What I've Been Up to Lately

Writing/hosting/producing You Must Remember This, a storytelling podcast about the secret history of 20th century Hollywood, distributed by Infinite Guest from American Public Media (See a sample script here)

Hollywood Frame by Frame: Cinema’s Unseen Contact Sheets, book released in September 2014 by Ilex/Princeton Architectural Press

Remembering Mike Nichols." Press Play with Madeline Brand, KCRW, November 20, 2014

Reviewing David Cronenberg’s Consumed for Slate

Chatting with Peter Labuzza on The Cinephiliacs podcast

Talking punk rock girl movies on Bullseye

Talking about baseball on Productive Outs

Reviewing Amy Sohn’s The Actress for Slate

Serpico and the Invention of Hair Acting,” essay included in booklet of Serpico blu-ray, released by Masters of Cinema

Meryl Streep vs. Pauline Kael,” essay for an anthology on Pauline Kael forthcoming from Scarecrow Press

The Legend of Harvey Scissorhands,” Grantland, October 2013

Why does James Franco make people so angry?" Slate, October 2013

Selected clips from the LA Weekly

Video Paradiso: How the best video collection in New York ended up in Sicily (Finalist for the 2012 Livingston Award in International Reporting)

Profiles: Julie Delpy, Woody Allen, Kevin Smith, Sofia Coppola, Elvira, Whit Stillman, Albert Brooks, Miranda July,Judd Apatow

Reviews: Silver Linings PlaybookArgoMagic MikeKaty Perry: Part of MeMy Week With MarilynI’m Still Here

The restoration of Barbara Loden’s Wanda (winner of a 2011 National Entertainment Journalism award)

Sundance’s Rebel Yell (winner of a 2011 Los Angeles Press Club award)

Why LACMA hired Elvis Mitchell as the figurehead of their film program (winner of a 2012 award from the National Association of Black Journalists)

Anne Hathaway and James Franco host the most embarrassing Oscars ever

The Hills

Revisiting Jackie Brown

Enter the Void

John Cassavetes

Michael Rapaport and A Tribe Called Quest

Looking back on Nirvana, Sonic Youth and The Year That Punk Broke

Alex Cox and Straight to Hell

State of the Los Angeles art house

70s American road movies

Why Hollywood loves The Artist

Shirley Clarke’s The Connection

Lady Gaga, live


Six Degrees of Joe Swanberg, Grantland, August 2013

Interview: Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, Grantland, August 2013

Interview: James Toback and Alec Baldwin, Grantland, May 2013

The amazing true story of The Super Mario Bros. Movie, Grantland, April 2013

Liz and Dick, Elizabeth and Richard, and the Lifetime movie formula, Slate, November 23, 2012

Ellen Willis book reviews, Slate, September 7, 2012

Avatar and zeitgeist, Vanity Fair.com, December 14, 2009

A feminist defense of Antichrist, Slate, October 23, 2009

Fake orgasms as romcom device, Slate, August 5, 2009

A brief history of American winners at CannesFilm in Focus, May 14, 2009