• Resurrection

    Resurrection

    a movie all about how scary it would be to see Tim Roth

  • Superflat Monogram

    Superflat Monogram

    Crazy how the Mii channel ripped this off wholesale

  • tick, tick...BOOM!

    tick, tick...BOOM!

    You ever think about how all the other people behind Rent just kind of let everyone not clued in think that Jonathan Larson died of AIDS when it was actually Marfan syndrome? I think about that sometimes.

  • Encanto

    Encanto

    Enough has stuck with me about this to compel me to write about it. Mainly the fact that the movie enters unreal, metaphorical, even quasi-abstract spaces during its musical numbers -- which shouldn't be noteworthy, except I realized this so rarely happens with CG animated films. One reason I find movies in this style increasingly prosaic is how much they devote their technical advancements to realism -- matching physics, lighting, and the like to that of the real world --…

  • The Beatles: Get Back

    The Beatles: Get Back

    Honestly a trip that, after crafting a generation-defining film trilogy and then slumming it for 15 years, Peter Jackson has pivoted to being basically the only filmmaker doing honest-to-god experimental stuff in mass-market-facing documentary. And not every experiment necessarily works -- it almost certainly could have been cut down, the lads are frequently just too smooth -- but I'd rather have the wonky series as it is than the safer version.

    That said, not looking forward to the endless refrain of "Don't let me down! Don't let me dooooown" being an intrusive thought for the rest of my life.

  • The Night

    The Night

    Wandering the city after the party's over but you don't feel like going home. Tsai locates hypnotic natural mosaics in urban wall detritus -- graffiti, wear and tear, and especially the little shavings of posters and stickers that cleaners haven't been able to tear off. The last series of shots then makes turns this mosaic into a sort of kaleidoscope through the movement of lights and colors from the outside world as seen through this junk from inside an overpass. The kind of stop-you-in-your-tracks beauty you only encounter when zoned out half stoned and/or drunk and/or full of heartache at 3 a.m.

  • Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills

    The Dan Schindel Criticism Retrospective

    Wrote about the whole trilogy both at Nonfics and at Paste Magazine, at different times.

    Is the movie's official website somehow still up? - It doesn't look like it and, I mean, the movies did their job, so it makes sense.

    Fascinating to me that this trilogy frequently commits either the same sins or worse sins than many entries in the current terrible true crime craze. (Holy shit so much inappropriate and wild speculation trying…

  • Tough Bond

    Tough Bond

    The Dan Schindel Criticism Retrospective

    nonfics.com/tough-bond-review-b75a5fbe0d23/
    Site: Nonfics
    Originally watched: 5/4/2014
    Is the movie's official website somehow still up? - No, and also oh god, my review is the third Google result for it.

    After so many years this sticks in my head as one of the most abject documentaries I've ever watched, so that's something, I guess? I don't know if it could really be called successful, though. I remember deeply upsetting scenes of children sniffing glue and getting…

  • A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times

    A Fragile Trust: Plagiarism, Power, and Jayson Blair at the New York Times

    The Dan Schindel Criticism Retrospective

    nonfics.com/a-fragile-trust-plagiarism-power-and-jayson-blair-at-the-new-york-times-review-f103cdd948d0/
    Site: Nonfics
    Originally watched: 5/4/2014
    Is the movie's official website somehow still up? - It is. I rank its 2010s groddiness at a 6/10

    This feels these days like a pre-Trump last gasp, because now criticizing The New York Times automatically lumps you in with legions of hooting goobers in the minds of many "serious" people. Pity, that! With fuckups this bad, it's almost as if no journalistic institution should be allowed to grow "too big to fail." Probably nothing to worry about.

  • Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

    Superheroes: A Never-Ending Battle

    The Dan Schindel Criticism Retrospective

    nonfics.com/the-doc-option-watch-pbss-superheroes-a-never-ending-battle-instead-of-the-amazing-spider-man-2-668908ea3766/
    Site: Nonfics
    Originally watched: ???
    Is the movie's official website somehow still up? - Nurp

    Gonna have to contradict Past Dan here and say that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is probably a better use of your time than this. Has a kickass score, at least. How'd they rope Liev Schreiber into this? Anyway, fuck Stan Lee always.

  • Elway To Marino

    Elway To Marino

    The Dan Schindel Criticism Retrospective

    nonfics.com/the-doc-option-watch-elway-to-marino-instead-of-draft-day-fbd8fb025f32/
    Site: Nonfics
    Originally watched: 4/9/2014
    Is the movie's official website somehow still up? - Yeah, it's a 30 for 30 film so it's on their site.

    Don't remember shit about this but howling at being reminded of Draft Day, the movie I told people that this was better than. Draft Day tries to invoke Kevin Costner power to convince people that the NFL is SO concerned about proper behavior in its players that Costner decides to turn down the choicest pick in the draft because the dude has bad vibes. Uh-huh.

  • Documented

    Documented

    The Dan Schindel Criticism Retrospective

    nonfics.com/documented-review-bbc7714f7094/
    Site: Nonfics
    Originally watched: 4/30/2014
    Is the movie's official website somehow still up? - Yep.

    No big thoughts here except this is probably the biggest wham of "Well this issue got exponentially worse since this movie came out, now didn't it" of any film I've revisited for this so far.