I made a video featuring my top 10 films of 2019. Because what better time to release such a video than 16 days after the year is already over and nobody cares anymore?
Anyways, please watch. Also, you can listen to me count this list down on the Slashfilmcast.
My wife and I went to watch Tom Hooper’s movie Cats. What we saw we can never forget. We are changed. The above video captures what we took away from this experience.
Brilliant piece of self-examination by David Sandberg, the director of Shazam!. Every movie is the result of thousands of decisions by dozens of people. Attributing intentionality to any single minor aspect is a fool’s errand.
I was really grateful to Ben Pearson for joining me to discuss Spider-Man: Far From Home. We delve into what this movie does to Peter Parker’s arc, the reliance of these movies on the legacy of Tony Stark, and the possibilities of future MCU films.
Also: I ran into some difficulty with my video in this one. My Sony A7III ran out of battery while I was shooting the first half of my video. Despite the camera’s promises to recover the file after I booted it back up, it didn’t work and I lost the entire first half of my side of the video. Making things even worse: I was monitoring the battery life the entire time and it plummeted suddenly from about 18% to 0%. This genuinely shook my faith in the camera system. How can I record interviews with this thing if the camera might die and take my video with it?
In any case, I’m grateful to Daanish Syed for stepping up and helping me out with some photoshopped images that I used to fill in the video above. Check them out. I hope you enjoy them.
I was thrilled to see that Netflix recently released a new romantic comedy featuring two Asian-American leads (Randall Park and Ali Wong). There were so many things that the film nailed that I made the above video with my wife to talk about them. We discuss what the film gets right about the Asian-American experience, and dive into details you might have missed. Check it out.
For the past seven years, I’ve recorded one second of video for every day of my life, then combined them all to create a 5-6 minute video that summarizes that year. Here is this year’s video.
Highlights from this year:
- I saw David Byrne live in concert at the very last Sasquatch Music Festival
- I attended XOXO fest in Portland
- I climbed to the top of Kokohead Crater in Oahu
- I joined a new team at Amazon (at Prime Video!)
- I ate lots and lots of food and saw lots of movies and shows
Thanks for taking a look at my life through this unique lens.
Here’s a video in which I ponder the really odd questions left by the ending of Avengers: Endgame. To make this video, I decided to subscribe to a popular stock footage company. I think you will agree that the result was not worth it.
This week: Jeff Cannata and I tackle the question of why it is we don’t watch movie trailers, and practical steps you can take if you want to do the same.
Check out Jeff’s new show at Caffeine.tv on Wednesday nights at 6PM Pacific on Caffeine.