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Editorials

Opinion pieces that touch on prominent and sometimes controversial topics in the world of film.

Where I’ve Been and What I’m Doing

My dad asked me a few weeks ago, “So what’s going on with John Likes Movies?” I didn’t even know how to start answering that question. I hated to say it, especially out loud, but the site that got me into writing and did so much to foster my love of film has been impossibly […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 13

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 13

In our latest episode of the podcast, Max and I share some of our most-anticipated fall movies and preview the lineups of Venice, TIFF, and NYFF, respectively. We also discuss Kubo, Florence Foster Jenkins, the new Arrival trailer, the November Criterion lineup, and … hot iced coffee? Listen to the episode over at our libsyn […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 12

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 12

John and Max are donning their black hats this week for a discussion about Suicide Squad and our favorite movie villains. We’re also covering the new teaser for Christopher Nolan’s 2017 film Dunkirk and news about an upcoming remake of Splash! starring Channing Tatum. We close with reviews of Terrence Malick’s The New World and […]

Why Harlan County U.S.A. Is Essential

Why Harlan County U.S.A. Is Essential

I had a chance to choose a film for a week of coverage at The Cinessential and went with one of my favorite documentaries of all time, Barbara Kopple’s Harlan County U.S.A. In my latest piece, our opening statement for the week, I outline why it’s important to include documentaries in the “canon” and what […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 11

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 11

It’s the Pictures is all about the Criterion Collection this week. John and Max look at the films released thus far in 2016 in the Collection and talk about their must-own titles, just in time for the bi-annual B&N sale. They also discuss the possibility of Quentin Tarantino retiring and the trailers for Jeff Nichols’s […]

The Futurist and the Future

The Futurist and the Future

I’m writing and editing for a new film website called The Cinessential, which launched this week under the guidance of fellow writer and OFCS members Aaron Pinkston. The site will highlight one noteworthy title each week with a variety of thematic essays. For our kickoff, we chose two titles — Aliens and Terminator 2: Judgment […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 10

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 10

It’s the tenth episode of It’s the Pictures! John and Max look into the films of Steven Spielberg this week, including his new feature The BFG. They talk about the films Spielberg has made since the year 2000 and what films will stand the test of time. They also discuss the passing of directors Abbas […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 9

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 9

John and Max are exploring the films of Pixar Animation this week, including its newest feature, Finding Dory. They rank their each of the 17 films Pixar has released since Toy Story. They also discuss the passing of actor Anton Yelchin, the trailer for Cannes Jury Prize winner American Honey, and their films of the […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 8

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 8

It’s the end of the world, but John and Max feel fine. This week, on the It’s the Pictures podcast, we’re discussing three 1990s apocalyptic action movies: Independence Day, Armageddon, and Deep Impact. Questions answered include: What happens if you shoot in a gun in space? Why did Ben Affleck nearly get cut completely from […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 7

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 7

John and Max are exploring the films of Shane Black in the latest episode of the podcast, including his new feature The Nice Guys. Disagreements are the name of the game this week. They also discuss the 50th anniversary screening of Persona, the wrap up of the 69th Cannes Film Festival, the Beauty and the […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 6

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 6

John and Max dive headfirst into 2016’s summer movie offerings. They come out of the process having selected five films each in It’s the Pictures’ first annual summer movie box office draft. Whoever’s “team” makes the most bank domestically by the end of the summer earns bragging rights! Who do you think will win? Are […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 5

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 5

John and Max weave a joint review of the new Jungle Book adaptation in with a larger discussion of Disney animated classics that are being reimagined as live-action blockbusters. Is this an exciting trend? Or are we heading toward a bubble that will burst? They’ve also got some thoughts on the new streaming video platform […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 4

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 4

Cinephiles rejoice! John and Max cover the announced films for the 69th annual Cannes Film Festival. Listen to John and Max butcher the pronunciations of famous actors and directors, as well as, the name of the festival itself. It all concludes with talk of a former Palme d’Or winner All that Jazz and Richard Linklater’s […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 3

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 3

Spoilers abound when John and Max go deep on their favorite movies with ambiguous endings in the third episode of It’s the Pictures, but there’s nothing ambiguous about this episode’s conclusion as Max discusses his love for Jeff Nichols’ Midnight Special. Listen to the episode over at our libsyn feed. (We’ll be in iTunes soon!) […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 2

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 2

The second episode of It’s the Pictures is available to stream! In it, Max and I discuss some of our most anticipated 2016 movies — among them The Nice Guys, La La Land, Silence, and Star Wars: Rogue One. We also talk about Magnolia Pictures’ decision to release Terence Davies’ English-language film Sunset Song with […]

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 1

It’s the Pictures Podcast: Episode 1

After several enjoyable stints on the John Likes Movies podcast, Max Covill and I have formally teamed up for a new podcast venture: It’s the Pictures. Our inaugural episode is a deep dive on the 2016 Oscar ceremony including predictions for all the major categories. We also briefly discussed the recent Criterion Collection flash sale, […]

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