Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Matineecast: Song to Song

Ryan McNeil’s Matineecast is one of my favorite film-related podcasts. I’ve been fortunate enough to be featured on Ryan’s show before, most recently to discuss Terrence Malick’s new film, Song to Song.

Song to Song is a complex flick. It joggles multiple love connections while enthusiastically ignoring the convention of time. There’s a lot to unpack in the film, certainly more than the limits of my review allowed, so it was great to have the opportunity to discuss the movie in-depth with Ryan.

Click here to head over to Ryan’s site, The Matinee, and listen to our discussion on Song to Song.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Top 71 Things I Love About There Will Be Blood (that no one talks about)

Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood is a masterpiece, certainly one of the best films made since its release a decade ago. Upon reflection, it’s incredible Anderson was even able to make this movie. Prior, Anderson had done a little-seen two hander (Hard Eight), two large mosaics (Boogie Nights, Magnolia) and a quirky character study (Punch-Drunk Love). The tone, pace, and execution of There Will Be Blood don’t have much in common with those other films. In hindsight, There Will Be Blood kind of came out of nowhere. Which makes it that much better. Here are several reasons why.