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Friday, September 4, 2015

12:11AM - My blog is friends-only...

...but only because my public posts also turn up on my author page at Amazon.

Generally speaking, I'll friend back anyone who friends me, although I can't promise to read all the blogs on my friends list. Thanks!

[If you're already on my friends list, you can ignore this post. It's just a placeholder at the top of my page for people who wonder why they can only access a fraction of my actual blog.]

Sunday, July 17, 2011


This week on Linoleum Knife (also available on iTunes), djmrswhite and I discuss the week's new movies. And why Hoarders makes Dave sad.

I reviewed Winnie the Pooh and Tabloid for TheWrap.com (and here's my Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 review if you missed it.)


Sunday, July 10, 2011

3:25PM - That was the week that was

Over at TheWrap.com, I reviewed Horrible Bosses, Zookeeper, The Ledge, the Tribe Called Quest documentary Beats, Rhymes & Life, and filed one of the early reviews of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part Two.

For Movies.com, I wrote my biweekly DVD Obscura column as well as a piece on careers that can be blamed entirely on Adam Sandler.

And on this week's Linoleum Knife podcast, djmrswhite and I talk about new movies as well as our childhood memories of Pippi Longstocking and the CBS Late Movie.

Sunday, July 3, 2011


So the big news of the week is that I'm the new lead film critic for TheWrap.com; my reviews this week include Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Monte Carlo, and Terri.

djmrswhite and I talk about two of those movies as well as Larry Crowne on this week's Linoleum Knife.

Have a great Fourth!

Sunday, June 19, 2011

3:04PM - Whoops! Forgot about last week

So here's last week's episode of Linoleum Knife as well as this week's. (You can get these on iTunes as well. And you can "Like" us at the podcast's new Facebook page.)

And I wrote my first piece for Topless Robot as well.

Have a good week!

Sunday, June 5, 2011

12:22PM - The Week in The Week

With Dave out of town, I had a guest host on this week's Linoleum Knife. And I wrote this piece and this other piece about 3-D for MSNBC.com.

Have a great week!

Sunday, May 29, 2011


This week's Linoleum Knife (also available on iTunes) has djmrswhite and me talking about new movies and the bizarre life and death of songwriter/filmmaker Joe Brooks.

Happy Memorial Day!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

5:38PM - This must be Sunday

Not a whole lot to report this week, apart from the two What the Flick?! clips (three, if you count the additional Midnight in Paris segment where we give away all the spoilers) and a new episode of Linoleum Knife with djmrswhite. (LK also available on iTunes, of course.)

I was honored to participate in a discussion of The Times of Harvey Milk on The Criterion Cast -- give it a listen if you have a sec.

Oh, and here's a goofy little list I made of Penélope Cruz's sexiest movie moments. Have a good week!

Sunday, May 15, 2011

4:58PM - Sunday links

Thanks for your responses last week -- turns out quite a few of you are still getting info about my goings-on here at LJ rather than at Facebook, so I'll keep posting at the end of the week.

New Linoleum Knife episode from me and djmrswhite; this week we talk about two big releases and four little ones, all the while trying not to doze off from our post-pancake coma.

Over at HitFix, I interviewed Chaz Bono about the new documentary and book covering his gender transition and I reviewed the dull-as-dirt Priest.

And yes, I should be busier. Working on it. Have a good week!

Sunday, May 8, 2011


Is anyone still reading LJ to get information about my stuff? Are we all on Facebook now? Just curious.

In any event, the new episode of Linoleum Knife is up (also available on iTunes), where djmrswhite and I talk about Thor, Something Borrowed, The Beaver, Jumping the Broom, Hobo with a Shotgun and There Be Dragons.

Sunday, April 24, 2011


On this week's episode of Linoleum Knife (also available on iTunes), djmrswhite and I attempt discussing the week's new films, but it's really easy to go off on a tangent when Johnny Cash's Jesus movie The Gospel Road pops up on cable.

Over at Movies.com, where I'm filling in for the vacationing Grae Drake, I review Madea's Big Happy Family, African Cats, Water for Elephants, and Pom Wonderful Presents The Greatest Movie Ever Sold.

Oh, and I did these two What the Flick?! segments.

Happy Easter!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

5:46PM - Stuff and things

On this week's Linoleum Knife, djmrswhite and I talk about grape soda and how Objectivism applies to people turning their cell phones off in theaters. Or, if you want to get technical, Scream 4, Rio, The Conspirator, and Atlas Shrugged.

Alas, Movieline.com downsized their freelancers this week, of which I was one, so that column is no more, but you can read my last pieces, which were about H.R. Pufnstuf and Car 54, Where Are You?, of all things.

Meanwhile, I at least get to fill in for a vacationing Grae Drake at Movies.com, so please check out my reviews of this, this, and this.

Hope you all have a good week -- I'll be out looking for more work.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


On this week's Linoleum Knife podcast (also available on iTunes), djmrswhite and I discuss Arthur, Hanna, and various movies not named after the lead character.

This week at Movieline, I wrote about revisiting classic British TV series like Upstairs Downstairs and The Norman Conquests, I interviewed Tron himself (well, Bruce Boxleitner, anyway), learned romance tips from I Love You, Phillip Morris, championed a little-seen early film from Hanna star Saoirse Ronan, and picked my favorite movie amputees.

Have a great week!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

3:54PM - Another busy week

On this week's Linoleum Knife podcast (also available on iTunes), djmrswhite and I discuss Source Code, Insidious, Rubber and Hop as well as Dave's tea-drinking habits and other pressing matters. (I'm also a guest on this week's Popcorn Mafia podcast, discussing the hideous Sucker Punch as well as a far better female empowerment flick, Spice World, but I don't know when that will be posted.

This week at Movieline, I wrote about the midnight-movie life cycle of Black Swan, picked five favorite performances by Frank Langella, reviewed The Owls, and made a case for the legendary flop musical At Long Last Love and the much-maligned Scream 3.

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 27, 2011

2:20PM - My week in a nutshell

On the new episode of Linoleum Knife, djmrswhite and discuss Sucker Punch as well as movie that didn't make us want to quit our jobs. Update: For reasons I can't begin to comprehend, the host site of the podcast won't make the new episode go live until around 10pm Sunday night, Pacific time. My apologies for the delay.

This week at Movieline, I covered the perhaps-underrated comedy How Do You Know, interviewed the great gay documentarian Rob Epstein, took a look at Gene Kelly's little-known Invitation to the Dance, remembered Elizabeth Taylor at her most over-the-top, plugged the little indie The People I've Slept With, and raved about Todd Haynes' new Mildred Pierce miniseries for HBO.

Have a great week!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

6:46PM - All the stuff

With djmrswhite in Texas this week, I was lucky enough to get the lovely Grae Drake of Movies.com and the Popcorn Mafia podcast to co-host this week's episode of Linoleum Knife.

At Movieline this week, I wrote about the first two Peanuts movies, the best and worst of Mark Wahlberg, the early appearance of Nicole Kidman in BMX Bandits, pop-culture bad timing, and friend-to-children-everywhere Gamera.

I also got to guest host on What the Flick?! Busy week:

Hope your week ahead is all kinds of awesome.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

11:22AM - Linoleum Knife and Other Stuff

So the new episode of Linoleum Knife, my podcast with djmrswhite, is up online and at iTunes. Five movies this week! (So we run a little longer than usual.)

This week at Movieline, I wrote about how the Oscars made Burlesque seem better, movies that scarred my childhood, Fellini's The Clowns, disturbing computer animation, and actual '80s comedies that are far better than Take Me Home Tonight.

Monday, February 28, 2011

11:01AM - First Annual Linoleum Knife Oscar Special

Wherein djmrswhite attempts to come to the defense of James Franco.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

9:14PM - New episode of Linoleum Knife

In this week's regular episode (post-Oscar special to follow on Monday), djmrswhite and I discuss Hall Pass, Drive Angry 3D and the Independent Spirit Awards.

Friday, February 25, 2011

6:08PM - This week on Movieline.com

I reveal how life beat my childhood love of the Academy Awards out of me, raved about the Criterion Collection's Sweet Smell of Success DVD, remembered the groundbreaking 1986 Oscar ceremony, tried to take an alternate stance on the Birdemic phenomenon, and listed some of my favorite road movies.

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