Get Off The Internet, Johnny Depp: Transcendence, Reviewed

1. Transcendence is what Her would be like if Her were made by idiots. All the things that film did right—establish a love story convincing enough to make us believe its crazy premise; scale down a global story for a specific focus; have a weirdo lead actor willing to dial it down and do something real—Transcendence » 4/17/14 10:43am Yesterday 10:43am

Fucking With Us. Nymphomaniac, Part Two, Reviewed.

1. You know, I probably should have seen this coming. The first half of Lars Von Trier's Nymphomaniac two-parter was confrontational and insane, as you'd expect, but it was also, surprisingly, funny and daring and light on its feet. It was as if Von Trier, finishing up his Depression Trilogy, couldn't help finally… » 3/25/14 6:33pm 3/25/14 6:33pm

Nymphomaniac Has Repulsive Hardcore Sex And Is Made By A Crazy Man.…

Every Lars von Trier movie, deep down, is about how depressed Lars von Trier is and how much Lars von Trier hates himself, which is another reason it's amazing how gleefully deranged and entertaining each of his movies keeps turning out to be. He is the world's strangest guilt artist. He keeps finding new ways to make… » 3/11/14 5:44pm 3/11/14 5:44pm

Who Was The Best Oscars Host Of The Past 25 Years?

11. James Franco and Anne Hathaway (2011). Always beware of courting the "young," particularly two young people who are basically 50-year-olds in grownup clothing. Franco, stripped of all self-referential schtick, turned into an empty suit with nowhere to hide, and Hathaway's desperate attempts to pep up the room made… » 3/03/14 12:53pm 3/03/14 12:53pm

Grierson & Leitch Predict The Oscar Categories You Actually Care About

Yesterday, to help you out with your pool, Grierson made predictions in all the technical Oscar categories. Today, we both make our predictions for the eight major categories, the ones you actually care about. Let's go to it. » 2/27/14 6:05pm 2/27/14 6:05pm

The Grierson & Leitch Best Films of 2013: Nos. 5-1

It's the final week of 2013, so we're wrapping the year up the way movie people are supposed to wrap the year up: Lists! Friday, we each gave our five worst films of 2013. Yesterday, we each counted down our No. 6-10 best movies of the year. Today, we finish off with our top fives. » 12/31/13 3:27pm 12/31/13 3:27pm

The Grierson & Leitch Best Films of 2013: Nos. 10-6

It's the final week of 2013, so we're wrapping the year up the way movie people are supposed to wrap the year up: Lists! Friday, we each gave our five worst movies of 2013. Today, we each count down our No. 6-10 best movies of the year, and tomorrow, we finish off with each of our top five. » 12/30/13 5:52pm 12/30/13 5:52pm

The Worst Films Of 2013

Yes, many people are already writing their Top 10 movie lists for 2013. We're saving ours for the last week of the year. While we wait for this terrific movie year to wind down, we're going to start looking back at some highlights. Today, it's the five worst films each of us saw this year, in alphabetical order.… » 12/27/13 4:06pm 12/27/13 4:06pm

Why That Dumb AIDS Tweet Was So Captivating

Will Leitch, senior writer at Sports On Earth and founder of Deadspin, is doing his yearly fill-in for Drew Magary on today's Thursday Afternoon NFL Dick Joke Jamboroo. (Here is 2011's version, and here's 2012's.) Leitch has written four books. Find more of his business at his Twitter feed. » 12/26/13 2:20pm 12/26/13 2:20pm

What You're Expecting, But More So: Anchorman 2, Reviewed.

1. When did the tide start to turn on Ron Burgundy? It's a strange thing: Since Will Ferrell introduced his greatest creation in 2004, there has been a relentless drumbeat among the public to bring him back, from cameos on Conan to rampant interview requests to the ultimate point where Ferrell and Paul Rudd and Steve… » 12/19/13 12:29pm 12/19/13 12:29pm

A Dog Distracted By A Squirrel: American Hustle, Reviewed.

1. David O. Russell is a director who doesn't know what he's doing. I say this with legitimate, if cautious, admiration. Some of our most celebrated directors have been incorrigible perfectionist assholes: David Fincher makes actors do hundreds of takes; Kubrick sent crazy (but not wrong) letters to projectionists;… » 12/17/13 5:57pm 12/17/13 5:57pm

Mark McGwire Made You Happy. It's Time To Admit It.

Over the next few weeks, we'll be examining the merits—and relative lack of merits—of all 36 players on this year's Hall of Fame ballot for the purposes of better informing the electorate, i.e., you. All entries in the series can be found here. » 12/11/13 2:26pm 12/11/13 2:26pm

Killing Jennifer Lawrence: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, Reviewed.

1. The first Hunger Games movie was entertaining enough, but still plodding, awkward, and weighed down with so much exposition that you found yourself wishing everyone would stop sketching out the rules of this universe and get down to mourning all the dead children falling from the skies. The movie had Jennifer… » 11/19/13 6:02pm 11/19/13 6:02pm