THE WAY BACK, EMMA, and FIRST COW

THE WAY BACK Ben Affleck, star of the surprisingly solid THE WAY BACK When I initially saw the trailer for THE WAY BACK, I rolled my eyes and looked to the person next to me and said, “I know that’ll be terrible but I still have to see it.” Thankfully, it wasn’t terrible and it… Continue reading THE WAY BACK, EMMA, and FIRST COW

Songs from Lil Uzi Vert, Jhené Aiko, and 100 gecs

That Way- Lil Uzi Vert The cover art for single "That Way" from Lil Uzi Vert After the release of “That Way” last week, I asked my followers on social media if Lil Uzi Vert was a top-15 mainstream rapper at the moment and about 55-60% said they thought he was. I’m happy to report… Continue reading Songs from Lil Uzi Vert, Jhené Aiko, and 100 gecs

PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

I just returned from seeing PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE for the second time in as many days. It’s the type of film that leaves you robbed of breath for half the runtime. PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE is a simple film. It follows a painter in France in the 1700s who has… Continue reading PORTRAIT OF A LADY ON FIRE

HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY and THE ASSISTANT

There were 11 people in the theater for the IMAX experience of HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY (which was previously titled from BIRDS OF PREY: THE FABULOUS EMANCIPATION OF ONE HARLEY QUINN but was changed due to poor performance at the box office (a better title for this film would’ve been NEOLIBERALISM: THE MOVIE)). Of… Continue reading HARLEY QUINN: BIRDS OF PREY and THE ASSISTANT

BOJACK HORSEMAN (SEASON 6B)

“Yeah, well what are ya gonna do? Life’s a bitch and then you die, right?” “Sometimes. Sometimes life’s a bitch and you keep living.” Diane Nguyen (voiced by Alison Brie) (left) and BoJack Horseman (voiced by Will Arnett) (right) It’s very rare that the final moments of a show that’s spanned six seasons provides a… Continue reading BOJACK HORSEMAN (SEASON 6B)

YOU (Season Two)

The second season of YOU was an absolute nightmare. It was a disaster in just about every conceivable fashion, if I’m being frank. Now, this isn’t to say that the first season was some high-brow piece of art, or, truly, even that good, because at best, it was fine. It had some fun moments, even… Continue reading YOU (Season Two)

CIRCLES

CIRCLES, Mac Miller's posthumous album The night CIRCLES was released, I was working (I’m a bartender) and I had a customer tell me that he was approaching his eight-year anniversary of living in New York City. He told me that some people say you’re not a “real” New Yorker until you’ve lived there for a… Continue reading CIRCLES

UNCUT GEMS

There’s a moment in the second act of UNCUT GEMS where Howard Ratnor (Sandler in the greatest performance of his career) is pounding on a bathroom door of a hazy nightclub, frantically trying to uncover his mistress (played by the revelatory Julia Fox) and The Weeknd together, all while Kendrick Lamar’s “Swimming Pools (Drank)” is… Continue reading UNCUT GEMS

Ten Songs From 2019 I Most Listened To (Part 4/4)

3) Ballin' (feat Roddy Ricch)- Mustard Mustard's PERFECT TEN, which should have gotten much more love than it did "Ballin'" might be the best song to be released in 2019. It’s the ultimate climax to Mustard’s criminally underrated PERFECT TEN. It’s nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rap/Sung Performance category (one of two Roddy’s… Continue reading Ten Songs From 2019 I Most Listened To (Part 4/4)

Ten Songs From 2019 I Most Listened To (Part 3/4)

5) Bad Bad Bad (feat. Lil Baby)- Young Thug Jeffrey Williams has a strong case to be made when debating who’s the most important artist of the decade. No other artist feels more omnipresent and imitated in hip-hop/pop at the moment than Young Thug. You can run down the list and name all of the… Continue reading Ten Songs From 2019 I Most Listened To (Part 3/4)