rockmarooned
Jesse Hassenger
rockmarooned
Contributor, The A.V. Club. I also write fiction, edit textbooks, and help run SportsAlcohol.com, a pop culture blog and podcast. Star Wars prequels forever!
Dec 28
4

Ha, depending on which Tyler Perry movie, it may have been this very same critic! (I reviewed one he did for Netflix early in 2020.) I dunno, I don’t think Perry gets a pass for “hacky” just because he’s made his own genre out of doing hacky comedies and hacky thrillers. At some point, you’re just saying that only Read more

Dec 28
5

I do agree with your admiration on Ebert on those grounds, and I strive to do the same. That’s why I gave this movie a “C” rather than something lower. By adult standards, it’s probably a tick or two below that. And by kid standards, I dunno, there are a LOT of kid-targeted movies that are genuinely well-crafted. I Read more

Dec 25
12

It’s all “Heroes,” and I’m not sure (it could even potentially be different mixes of the same cover) but I think one of the kids sings it, and another one is sung by Haley Reinhart, a former American Idol contestant.

Dec 25
2

They were vague about it. I may be mixing things up with a sorta-similar situation in the movie Greenland, but I believe that people were being evacuated to potential shelters on Earth, maybe underground? But not actually leaving the planet, and these shelters were not seen as a tenable long-term solution. Basically, Read more

Dec 18
2

For all of the attention WB got for sticking with theatrical-only for so long (before finally going the other way and putting every 2021 movie on HBO Max), the hardest-line on not doing VOD are two major indies: Sony Pictures Classics and A24. The Climb is from Sony Classics, which means it got a theatrical release Read more

Dec 17
1

I am now going to do what many commenters have done with me, and assume that you are much younger than I am. 

Dec 17
1

Oh, for sure; there will also be separate lists for best over two hours, best under 90 minutes, best superheroes, and best credits font.

Dec 17
1

Furie specifically wouldn’t be in this end-of-the-year conversation because it came out in the U.S. in 2019.

Dec 17
3

Oh, no, you didn’t come off as an ass! I just get a little prickly because every year there’s SOME movie, almost always something I liked (though not always, Joker) that tons of people cannot fathom not being on the list. It’s usually (but not always; again.... sorry, Joker) a movie a lot of us liked, like Blade Read more

Dec 17
3

I didn’t love Mulan but I really don’t get the disdain for removing the songs. Did leaving the songs in the Beauty and the Beast and Lion King remakes do anything but make you think, wow, they sure did a good job with this song in the original movie? And the Mulan songs are outright bad!

Dec 17
1

I caught up with it specifically for list-making purposes (it’s on Criterion Channel right now! Convenient!) and I liked it fine but didn’t really feel a for it, ultimately. The characters didn’t really pop for me and I don’t know if I read too much about it or something, but it didn’t really surprise me a lot. I Read more

Dec 17
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I don’t love slideshows under any circumstances but I will say, a full ballot that includes a top 15 list and five blurbs for each of a dozen writers is ... not a bad use of them, all things considered. As always, you can also resize the window to scroll. 

Dec 17
13

As someone who put Palm Springs on his ballot, I don’t think it’s a huge mystery. Dowd wrote the original review for the site, which was positive. Caroline wrote a bit about it for her column, and her reaction was also positive, but it a more measured. The problem is (wait for it)... some critics liked it, but liked so Read more

Dec 13
1

Good news! His return happened [[checks watch]] 12+ hours before you even posted this!

Dec 13
1

Basically, any Horatio Sanz impression is what you’re describing. ;) I still think of his impression of Vin Diesel and laugh out loud, not because it’s any good at all, but because the sheer inaccuracy of it (added to the fact that Diesel is really weird, and really difficult to impersonate) felt kind of like a Read more

Dec 12
1

I think any classification of “traditional musical” that eliminates Rent or Next to Normal or even Hamilton (yes, it uses some newer forms of pop music that couldn’t have been in songs written in 1960...but isn’t that true of so many big musicals produced since 1960?) is maybe a bit narrow for my taste, and indicative Read more