“Nostalgia is denial. Denial of the painful present. The name for this denial is Golden Age thinking - the erroneous notion that a different time period is better than the one ones living in - it’s a flaw in the romantic imagination of those people who find it difficult to cope with the present.”
— Midnight in Paris


'The World's End' review: Simon Pegg and Nick Frost reunite over pints to battle robots

Nobody articulates what it’s like to be in love with pop culture quite like Simon Pegg and director Edgar Wright. Starting with Spaced, the inventive UK series Pegg created with co-star Jessica Hynes, the duo have crafted a body of work that feeds on our cultural obsessions — even when the stories they’re telling gently remind us that yes, eventually, we all need to grow up. That’s what makes it so shocking when they deliver a debilitating body blow to nostalgia itself in The World’s End. 

Pacific Rim

As I become older, I just can’t get into some movies, or stories, let’s say, due to some sort of extreme bullshit alarm going off in my mind.

Like, Pacific Rim, I can totally get into it, on paper, fuck yeah giant robots for life, as a concept, but when it actually happens on screen, in the trailer, the plot supporting the idea seems just so far fetched that I immediately don’t think it’s plausible at all. It’s just for ‘reasons’.

It reminds me of that comic strip about the guy who always wants to build a labyrinth, i’m sure there’s this mad scientist that always wants to build a giant robot for the sake of it, I can picture him in the warroom shooting his hand up at every crisis, asking for the go-ahead on the hugeass fighter robots program. So Godzilla rolls around, every other option exhausted, now they have to go for that, right guys?

I mean, scary monsters emerging from the ocean? Yeah I guess it might happen, but why would you build a giant humanoid robot thing to punch them in the face? It’s just, it doesn’t seem an elegant solution to the problem. Even if the thing had a fucking house sized assault rifle, wouldn’t the bullets from that thing actually be pretty much as big (or smaller than) those icbm things? Which we’ve had for decades now? I don’t know.

It’s the avengers all over again. Yeah for a bunch of guys they’re pretty much formidable, but I’m sure even a single army division could have stopped that half assed aliens on flying mopeds invasion just as well.

Brief list of 2013 summer movies I find equally implausible.


Escape Plan

*Note about superhero movies. They should fit squarely in this category, but due to those weird characters and stories (seriously, planet Krypton uugh) having existed and being told and retold since forever I guess they’ve almost cemented in this sort of alternate reality in pop culture where they could and do exist, just in the same way you’d believe your parents about santa and shit, because everybody was into it and quoting it and perpetuating that bullshit year after year.

Wreck It Ralph

Bombed because it’s a kids movie full of references only people 30 or older can get.

Awesome tho.

Hanna rocked!

Is there a Fuck Yeah Hanna Heller?

There should be.

This is important, and competently written, because it offers not only a rant but a clear cut, easy, real world solution to the problem.

35mm (by Pascal Monaco)

35 movies in 1 minute. can you get them all?


As anyone who has ever read anything I’ve ever produced knows, my career writing about sports was a total accident. I went into writing because I wanted to be a film critic, because I wanted to be Roger Ebert. I stumbled into the sports thing, and Deadspin, because I like sports and sports are endlessly fun to write about. But it wasn’t the initial plan. If you’ve seen my lengthy, wordy and pretentious movie reviews on this site, you know writing about movies has always been my true love.

So, now that word is starting to leak out, I should fess up: I’m going to be writing about movies full-time, daily. Yahoo — I never know whether or not to include the exclamation point; someday I hope to found a company with interjectory punctuation — has hired me to run a movie blog for them. What Yahoo has been doing with their sports blogs and their news blog The Upshot has been exciting for me, as a reader, to watch happen. I’ll be working with Jamie Mottram — his career and my career have been circling each other for years — the estimable (and fellow June 5 bride) Courtney Reimer and the great Mark Lisanti, who honestly might be my favorite blogger of all time. To be able to be a part of that, writing about my favorite topic, was a no-brainer.

Particularly because the blog is going to have a very Mattoon feel: My co-editor on the site is going to be Tim Grierson, the vice president of the Los Angeles Film Critics Association and my closest friend since we were in the eighth grade. This has been a lifelong dream for the both of us. Plus, he’s light years better than I am at writing about movies, so I’m just going to try to keep up with him.

I am not leaving New York magazine, by the way: I’ll be doing this while still covering sports for them. (It is, after all, my favorite magazine.) I look forward to New York having better film coverage than Yahoo and Yahoo having better sports coverage than New York. It’s not every day you get to take down two media organizations at once.

The site, as it’ll look when we’re fully operational, hasn’t launched yet. We’re still working out the kinks and figuring out how not to make every post about Woody Allen. (Though a couple reviews have sneaked their way onto Yahoo’s site.) When it launches, I promise to let the four-or-five people who can’t wait to find out — all named “Leitch” — know all about it. I can’t wait. It’s very exciting.

leitch + mottram + lisanti + reimer = the only movie reviews website you’ll ever need. get hype. and everybody else please stop writing bullshit, because shit just got real.