You Want to Believe? Start with “The Erlenmeyer Flask.”

Last year, when Vulture held a March Madness style tournament to determine “the greatest TV drama of the past 25 years,” only three of the eight quarter finalists were shows that originally aired on commercial broadcast networks: Buffy the Vampire Slayer,* Twin Peaks, and my personal favorite, The X-Files. None of them made it any […]

[Criterion] Introducing the Project/”The Lady Vanishes” (1938)

After watching Nagisa Ôshima’s “In the Realm of the Senses” on Hulu last month (it was available outside of Hulu Plus for a short time), I started to look for other titles from the Criterion Collection online. I watch and have watched a lot of movies, but I know that there are still a lot of […]

January’s movies, reviewed

With 33 films in 31 days, January of 2013 has tied with August of 2012 for the most movies I’ve watched in one month. I don’t think that’s a good thing, to be honest, but that’s the way it is. Some stats: The average release year was 1999, the earliest film was 1933’s “King Kong,” […]

My Top Ten Films of 2011

This is mostly for my own amusement – but then again, what isn’t? – so let’s just get it out of the way. As of today, I’ve seen (more or less) exactly 100 films released in 2011. Out of those, here are my favorite ten: “The Tree of Life” (Terrence Malick) “Pina” (Wim Wenders) “Medianeras” (Gustavo […]

Luke and Brie Are on a First Date

I’ve meant to catch “Luke and Brie Are on a First Date,” an independent movie from 2008, for a while now. I finally did so yesterday, and just in time, too. It’s on Netflix Instant, but only til April 8 (this Sunday). I asked the film’s director and writer Chad Hartigan on Twitter if he, […]