Arkham’s Razor

Joker is a clever and memorable (although not terribly original or enjoyable) R-rated art-...


I Went to See Joker and Didn’t Get Shot

On Friday at high noon, I saw a matinee of the feverishly hyped film Joker at a megaplex i...


The Hunt

Right-Wing Boob Job

During my five years with Friends of Abe, the “secret” (and boozy) organization of Hol...


Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio

Tarantino Punches the Damn Dirty Hippies

The stifling conformity of the Great Awokening has now driven even Quentin Tarantino to th...


Who You Gonna Believe: Netflix, or the Evidence?

Last week, we reviewed the evidence of "innocence" of the "Central Park 5" presented in th...


Santa Monica, CA

The High Price of Affordable L.A.

With my hometown of Los Angeles coming back into fashion again, it’s worth wondering whe...


Christian Bale

‘Anchorman’ Without Laughs

Vice stars Christian Bale, Christopher Nolan’s Batman, in an eerily impeccable impersona...


Jon Stewart at the Emmy's 2015

Jon Stewart’s Fading Legacy

They hiss and shout “Boo!” at Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson for owning slaves, b...


Killing Time With the Coen Brothers

The Coen brothers’ eighteenth movie, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, might be their whites...


Freddy Mercury

Homo Superior

Bohemian Rhapsody is a crowd-pleasing biopic about the life and sadly early death of Queen...


‘First Man’: A Hair-Raising Series of Crises

Is First Man, Damien Chazelle’s moody and moving biopic featuring Ryan Gosling as astron...


A Dead-Babies Movie for ALL of Us

It was 1 a.m. last Tuesday night, and I was drunk and conflicted. The drunk part is par fo...


Brian Banks

Yes, Women Can Lie

If I were Brian Banks, I’d be obsessed with trying to figure out when and how I pissed o...


Adolf Eichmann

Bland ‘Finale’

Operation Finale is a decently crafted, reasonably accurate retelling of the kidnapping fr...