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by maryann johanson, liberal movie person


Barcelona photos: the Sagrada Familia (exterior)

Tue Jan 17 2017, 10:32pm | 1 comment

Gaudí’s as-yet-unfinished basilica.

I urge you to watch PBS Frontline’s ‘Divided States of America‘ tonight

Tue Jan 17 2017, 10:13pm | 0 comments

It’s real shout-at-the-TV stuff.

curated: another reason ‘Hidden Figures’ is so cool? it’s really nerdy

Tue Jan 17 2017, 06:26pm | 0 comments

More nerdy movies, please!

new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, US/Can, from Jan 17

Tue Jan 17 2017, 06:17pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.

new and ongoing dvd & vod releases, UK/Ire, from Jan 16

Tue Jan 17 2017, 04:56pm | comments off

A simple listing of new releases and other stuff currently available.

Barcelona photos: just another Gaudí building

Mon Jan 16 2017, 10:22pm | 0 comments

This man’s work is delightful, and delightful to stumble upon as you’re just strolling around the city.

The Founder movie review: look at what the golden arches hath wrought

Mon Jan 16 2017, 09:36pm | 4 comments

Rather brilliant and kind of inspiring until it turns frightening and even sinister. A dark tale of the beginning of end-stage capitalism as profit above all.

curated: a proper mystery for Sherlock

Mon Jan 16 2017, 05:31pm | 2 comments

Unlike the ones he’s been involved in of late.

curated: actors are allowed to speak publicly about their political opinions

Mon Jan 16 2017, 04:45pm | 8 comments

Even if you disagree with them.

curated: yes, the press *is* the opposition party

Mon Jan 16 2017, 04:43pm | 0 comments

Maybe now they’ll start acting like it…

curated: Trump’s inauguration, or an episode of ‘The Twilight Zone’?

Mon Jan 16 2017, 04:41pm | 1 comment

Difficult to see the difference…

curated: the honesty of book lovers…

Mon Jan 16 2017, 04:37pm | 7 comments

Love it.

The Bye Bye Man movie review: don’t think it, don’t say it, don’t see it

Mon Jan 16 2017, 03:44pm | 5 comments

One of the most inept films I’ve ever seen. Cheaply made, poorly directed, badly acted, oddly edited, and ultimately insultingly stupid.

2017’s films ranked

Fri Jan 13 2017, 10:49pm | 0 comments

I rank films on the fly as I see them during the 2017 awards year. (Exclusively for subscribers only, until the end of the year, when it will be made public.)

2016’s films ranked

Fri Jan 13 2017, 10:47pm | 11 comments

I rank films on the fly as I see them during the 2016 awards year, still ongoing through the Oscars ceremony on February 26th. (Now available to all readers.)

new and ongoing cinema releases, US/Can, from Jan 13

Fri Jan 13 2017, 10:39pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.

new and ongoing cinema releases, UK/Ire, from Jan 12

Fri Jan 13 2017, 10:37pm | comments off

A simple listing of movies opening this week and in continuing release.

La La Land movie review: city of stars, shining just for us

Fri Jan 13 2017, 10:35pm | 11 comments

A marvel. Funny and exuberant and bittersweet and cliché-busting and unexpected as hell. We are going to need more movies like this one.

curated: all the ways in which journalism will be subverted in Trump’s America

Fri Jan 13 2017, 07:25pm | 2 comments

Depressed yet?

curated: Octavia Spencer knows how to pay it forward

Fri Jan 13 2017, 12:18pm | 0 comments

“Tomorrow I’ve bought the 8pm showing of #hiddenfigures the rave Baldwin hills…”

Zero Days documentary review: the code war has begun

Thu Jan 12 2017, 12:58pm | 5 comments

Fascinating and horrifying. A gripping detective story and an impassioned call for public debate over terrifying weapons that have already been loosed.

curated: ‘The Princess Bride’ Honest Trailer

Wed Jan 11 2017, 02:14pm | 4 comments


Barcelona photos: Casa Batlló roof

Tue Jan 10 2017, 07:54pm | 0 comments

Even the rooftop is magnificent.

Fox’s ‘Exorcist’ series is deeply creepy (Season 1 open thread)

Tue Jan 10 2017, 07:39pm | 4 comments

It’s incredibly unnerving in ways that filmed horror often fails to achieve… [This post is not behind the paywall.]

when I see fanboy sites gossiping…

Tue Jan 10 2017, 06:23pm | 0 comments

…about who’s gonna get cast in a superhero movie the script for which hasn’t even been written yet…

curated: we’re catching up to science fiction

Tue Jan 10 2017, 12:13pm | 1 comment

A key Blade Runner date is “happening” in 2017…

curated: ‘Veep’ star Timothy Simons’ epic takedown of “elite Hollywood” nonsense

Tue Jan 10 2017, 12:10pm | 0 comments

I love this guy onscreen, and now I love him in real life too.

curated: did a 1950s TV Western predict Donald Trump?

Tue Jan 10 2017, 12:08pm | 32 comments

I’d never even heard of the show Trackdown before…

Barcelona photos: Casa Batlló interior (details)

Mon Jan 09 2017, 10:31pm | 2 comments

I love the hobbity feel of Antoni Gaudí’s designs.

curated: the Meryl Streep Golden Globes speech in which she smacks Donald Trump

Mon Jan 09 2017, 08:35pm | 47 comments

And without ever even saying his name.

curated: Kristen Wiig and Steve Carell talk about animated movies at the Golden Globes

Mon Jan 09 2017, 08:33pm | 2 comments


curated: what, exactly, do men fear about older women?

Mon Jan 09 2017, 08:31pm | 42 comments

Is it that, as we get older, we give fewer and fewer fucks what men think about us?

curated: the most sexist thing I’ve heard yet in the wake of Carrie Fisher’s passing

Mon Jan 09 2017, 08:30pm | 8 comments

Spoiler: Women are not the only ones who get old.

the odd mobile-phone ad starring Jeremy Renner that’s all over London

Mon Jan 09 2017, 08:26pm | 0 comments

Apparently it makes more sense if you seen the TV ad from the same campaign…

curated: Hidden Figures had a fantastic wide opening weekend

Mon Jan 09 2017, 08:19pm | 2 comments

Hoorah! The movie has already earned back its production budget, and it has only just started its run…

Silence movie review: not golden

Mon Jan 09 2017, 07:29pm | 21 comments

This overlong, underpowered tale of Christian martyrdom, in which iconography and allusion stand in for character, is a challenge to even the Scorsese faithful.

Barcelona photos: Casa Batlló interior (part 2)

Fri Jan 06 2017, 10:12pm | 2 comments

Beautiful, organic-feeling domestic spaces, designed by Antoni Gaudí.

still loving ‘The Man in the High Castle’ (Season 2 open thread)

Fri Jan 06 2017, 04:48pm | 2 comments

Season 2 is even better than the first. [This post is not behind the paywall.]

Barcelona photos: Casa Batlló interior (part 1)

Thu Jan 05 2017, 10:12pm | 0 comments

I’ll start with just the two light wells in the center of the townhouse.

Live by Night movie review: criminal tedium

Thu Jan 05 2017, 08:43pm | 5 comments

Commits the cardinal sin of cinema: it’s boring. Feels like two hours of highlights from a 20-episode miniseries that only hint at a rich story tapestry.

Operation Avalanche movie review: to the moon?

Thu Jan 05 2017, 03:18pm | 10 comments

This Apollo-era would-be suspense-thriller mockumentary is more an exercise in “look how film-school cool and clever we are” than anything else.

Barcelona photo: Casa Batlló exterior

Wed Jan 04 2017, 10:04pm | 0 comments

Designed by Gaudí, and breathtakingly gorgeous.

Monster Trucks movie review: what a car-tastrophe

Wed Jan 04 2017, 08:43pm | 7 comments

What if “monster trucks” actually meant — wait for it — that there were monsters in the trucks? From an idea by a four-year-old (really), and it shows.

Barcelona photo: sunset from Montjuïc Castle

Tue Jan 03 2017, 10:38pm | 0 comments

One of the most gorgeous sunsets I’ve ever seen in my entire life.

OFCS 2016 awards winners announced

Tue Jan 03 2017, 10:30pm | 7 comments

Moonlight wins big…

A Monster Calls movie review: the monster is within us all

Tue Jan 03 2017, 09:37pm | 11 comments

A fairy tale of the Grimm sort: no happy ending, no heroes or villains, just hard truths about life and human nature. Important, beautiful, heartbreaking.

curated: Internet troll gets massive book deal

Mon Jan 02 2017, 08:30pm | 1 comment


curated: happy new year from Werner Herzog

Mon Jan 02 2017, 06:35pm | 1 comment

He always knows the right thing to say.

curated: why was this ‘Bambi’ designer and animator treated like garbage?

Mon Jan 02 2017, 04:24pm | 11 comments

What is wrong with us?

curated: why it matters that entertainers are snubbing Donald Trump

Mon Jan 02 2017, 04:22pm | 2 comments

It doesn’t just feel good: it’s important, too.

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