Cheers And Jeers: UFC Fight Night Sydney

Getty Image Cheers: Frank Camacho Vs. Damien Brown. My God, was this was a fight. These guys were just standing in front of each other throwing hammers. Honestly, I’d rather get hit with a hammer than what these guys got hit with in this fight. Not since the days of Don Frye have two men expressed such a disregard for future CTE. This was one of the most deserving “fight of the night” bonuses I’ve seen in a long time. How … [Read more...]

This Week In Posters: Spacey Erased, An Oprah In Time, And Double The Rock

IMPA This week in This Week In Posters, we begin with Ridley Scott’s All The Money In The World, which, if you’ll remember, is the movie Kevin Spacey got deleted from a month before the release. Now I have to wonder: did he also get deleted from the poster? Like did there used to be another person in this? Because right now it looks like they’re all taking pictures of a mole on Michelle Williams’ shoulder. [all posters via … [Read more...]

This Week In Content

A24 We consume an insane amount of media content every week. Sometimes I have time to write about all of it, sometimes not. Here’s the run down, Cliff’s Notes style.  Movies: Lady Bird: Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut set in her home town of Sacramento. Loved it. Contender for best of the year. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri: In Bruges director Michael McDonaugh’s third feature, starring a cast of heavy hitters. … [Read more...]

Frotcast 351: The Bad Comedy Men, With Drew Magary

The Orchard– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. Columnist Drew Magary (also of Deadspin and the Deadcast) wrote in GQ this week, “Why are all the comedy men so awful?” And was immediately deluged with indignant comedy men, averring that they were not defensive. … [Read more...]

Martin McDonagh’s Provocations Seem Well-Worn In ‘Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri’

Fox Searchlight If you look at the IMDb stills from Martin McDonagh’s first short film, “Six Shooter,” you can find a picture of Brendan Gleeson holding a pistol up to the head of a bunny. McDonagh’s first full-length feature, In Bruges, notably featured a scene of Colin Farrell karate chopping a racist dwarf. Which is to say, McDonagh’s work has not traditionally been characterized by the subtle (which was part of … [Read more...]

How Alcon Entertainment Hand-Delivered ‘Blade Runner 2049’ To A Dying Man

Ben Kaplan/WB If you’re a Frotcast listener you already know the gist of this story, but for everyone else, the background is this: Our original podcast co-founder, Ben Kaplan, has been sick with cancer for the past few years. It started out as a testicle lump, went away and came back a few times; he lost a testicle first, then a kidney, his gall bladder, and part of his colon (he wrote about part of his journey). Ultimately, none of it … [Read more...]

‘Roman J. Israel, Esq.’ Stars Denzel Washington As An Eccentric Attorney Who Sells Out

Sony Roman J. Israel, Esq. stars Denzel Washington as Roman J. Israel, an irascible criminal defense lawyer with wild hair and a gap-toothed smile, who wears natty suits to work, only eats peanut butter and honey sandwiches, and never leaves home without his iPod classic full of soul hits. He’s the brains behind a downtown LA law practice, a savant who can remember details of cases from seven years ago and knows the California criminal code … [Read more...]

‘Lady Bird’ Is A Master Class In Finding The Universal In The Specific

A24 No matter how many movies I see, leaving a bad movie is always intensely alienating, as if I don’t understand humanity and maybe never will. Leaving a good movie is always personal and cathartic, the feeling that someone somewhere gets it, and the promise that we’ll all be able to understand each other if only we can tell our stories just right. And that’s not so hard is it? Greta Gerwig sure makes it look easy in Lady Bird. … [Read more...]

This Week In Posters: Learn From ‘Black Panther,’ Not ‘Peter Rabbit’

IMPA This week in This Week In Posters, we begin with this series of Black Panther character posters. These are all pretty badass, and maybe the most impressive thing about them is that they could come up with 11 different variations on the “his/her ____’s _____” construction. [all posters via IMPA] IMPA Hmm, I don’t really know what those rings are. Weapons? I assume weapons. IMPA Everyone seems to be holding weapons. … [Read more...]

How Craft Culture And Don Draper Jumpstarted The Bourbon Boom

Unsplash The next time you sit down to order a bourbon at your local gentrified cocktail bar, likely choosing from a variety of craft distilleries and getting suggestions and tasting notes from your bartender along the way, stop to consider that it hasn’t always been this way. “When I was 25 and ordered Wild Turkey 101, people looked at you like you were a roughneck who was gonna start a fight,” says Wild Turkey’s now … [Read more...]

Frotcast 350: Celebrity Neighbor Feuds And The Horrors Of Orange County With Matt Ufford

Getty Image– Listen on the player above, or download as an mp3 here (right-click, save as). You can also listen on Stitcher. This week on the Frotcast, SB Nation’s Matt Ufford joins us to recap the week in movies (Lady Bird, Murder On The Orient Express) and discuss Rand Paul’s BRUTAL NEIGHBOR FEUD (as well as recap some past … [Read more...]

Jon Ronson Explores The Nexus Of Porn, Tech Culture, And Capitalism In ‘The Butterfly Effect’

Getty Image Having covered porn for years, I always struggled with how to explain why porn stories weren’t just fringe events, solely for exotic and prurient interest; to explain that it some way, porn is society. If that sounds like an exaggeration, consider that in a country with 300 million people, PornHub’s network (more on that in a second) receives 280 million impressions a day. Despite this, paradoxically, and despite its … [Read more...]

‘Murder On The Orient Express’ Is A Magnificent Panoramic The Stagnates Into A Dull Procedural

20th Century Fox The night before I saw Murder On The Orient Express, I saw Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig’s coming-of-age tale about growing up in Sacramento. Coming out of that film, we all argued about which of us it truly “belonged” to. “How could you understand it, you’re not even a woman.” “Woman? Please, you didn’t even grow up in central California!” We all felt like the movie was ours, … [Read more...]