American Sniper proves the dictum “never count an auteur out” by proving itself as Eastwood’s strongest directorial effort since 2009's underrated Invictus pretty much right…
A native of Chicago, Sam lives and works in San Francisco as a journalist and student at San Francisco State University. He's the founder of Movie Mezzanine, residential film critic for SF Bay and member of the OFCS. He also happens to be (consistently) illogically idealistic about everything (save for politics).
Understanding consciousness; Inside Llewyn Davis and Mad Men; Canceling the Colbert Show; John Wayne biography; Amtrak's shoddy writer's program.
Entertainment Weekly pays writers in non-existent prestige; The pleasure of Masters of Sex; The Rock and prewar cinema; A brilliant (also illegal) streaming service; Forming opinions.
Nymphomaic explains the career of Lars von Trier; Nolan rejects 3D; Critics should write about form, except when they don't want to; A 1970s mother blogs; HBO challenges Netflix.
Beauty shaped by evolution; A tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman; Onslaught of YA adaptations; Facebook purchases Oculus; Chris Evans retires from acting.
A study on when a joke is too soon; Jim Rebhorn writes his own obituary; Disney makes an acquisition; Sudden death in The Good Wife; An Iranian cinema podcast begins.
A career-view of the Coen brothers; Movie app shuts down; Nymphomaniac is not pornography; Cyberpunk renaissance forming; Negative take on No Country for Old Men.
Women saving film criticism; The wonderfully unique Shailene Woodley; BuzzFeed hires Allison Wilmore as their first film critic; Revisiting George Lucas' American Graffiti; Sex in Pasolini films.
A public school making a change for the better; Constant surveillance; A crime of love; Analyzing the interiors of The Grand Budapest Hotel; Eviscerations of classic novels.
Flappy Bird creator tells all about his hit app; Looking back at Kevin Smith's Mallrats; An expose on Scarlett Johansson; A letter to Lena Dunham; Challenging David Lynch's Blue Velvet.