The Binge Interview: Justin Kelly on “I Am Michael,” Tori Amos Fantasies, and Three-Way Regrets

June 18, 2015 feels so far away now, and like such simpler times. The Supreme Court was eight days from announcing its landmark decision legalizing marriage equality in all 50 states, and the pre-Pride air in San Francisco was humming with anticipation.… Continue Reading

Binging the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival

Guys, I had the privilege of attending the 41st Toronto International Film Festival from September 7-18. It was my third consecutive year in attendance, and as far as the movies were concerned, let’s just say the third time was the charm.… Continue Reading

11 Movies to Binge at the 2016 San Francisco International Film Festival

The 59th San Francisco International Film Festival will take place in theaters across the city—including, for the first time, the Alamo Drafthouse New Mission—from April 21 to May 5, 2016. The largest and most historic film festival within San Francisco,… Continue Reading

The Binge Interview: Dana Fox on “How to Be Single,” Rom-Com Sexism, and Voting with Your Dollars

Boasting such screenplay credits as The Wedding Date, What Happens in Vegas, and Couples Retreat (which she also produced), Dana Fox is among the reigning behind-the-scenes studio comedy queens. Whereas many female filmmakers understandably go the independent cinema route to bypass Hollywood’s entrenched sexism, the… Continue Reading

The Binge Review: Eight Observations About “The Hateful Eight”

cast: Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Demián Bichir, Bruce Dern, Channing Tatum writer/director: Quentin Tarantino MPAA: Rated R for strong bloody violence, a scene of violent sexual content, language and some graphic nudity… Continue Reading

The Best and Worst of the Toronto International Film Festival 2015

The big story at this year’s 40th installment of the Toronto International Film Festival was, sadly, the lack of stories to talk about. Just when I thought it couldn’t get any more dire than last year (my first in attendance),… Continue Reading

Film Review: Ricki and the Flash

cast: Meryl Streep, Kevin Kline, Mamie Gummer, Audra McDonald, Rick Springfield screenplay: Diablo Cody director: Jonathan Demme MPAA: Rated PG-13 for thematic material, brief drug content, sexuality and language Okay, so let’s start with the marketing. From the bizarrely triumphal and… Continue Reading

Film Review: Trainwreck

cast: Amy Schumer, Bill Hader, Brie Larson, LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, Colin Quinn, Vanessa Bayer, John Cena screenplay: Amy Schumer director: Judd Apatow MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content, nudity, language and some drug use Let me start by saying what… Continue Reading

Film Reviews: Magic Mike XXL / Terminator Genisys

Magic Mike XXL cast: Channing Tatum, Joe Manganiello, Matt Bomer, Jada Pinkett Smith, Amber Heard, Andie MacDowell script: Reid Carolin director: Gregory Jacobs MPAA: Rated R for strong sexual content, pervasive language, some nudity and drug use   Terminator Genisys cast:… Continue Reading