EXTREMELY WICKED is shockingly tasteful

Commentary, Film and Television

When a splashy trailer for Netflix’s star-studded Ted Bundy biopic dropped earlier this year, it set off a firestorm of controversy.

The tightly-edited clip for Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile suggested a tongue-in-cheek approach to the sordid story, prompting comparisons to a heist movie and accusations that the film was glorifying Bundy. (The fact that the notorious serial killer was to be played by former teen idol Zac Efron certainly contributed to that impression.)

Avril Lavigne – Head Above Water [album review]

Commentary, Music

As I sat down to listen to Head Above Water, it occurred to me that Avril Lavigne’s become a bit of a wild card over the past few years.

Over the course of her nearly twenty-year career, the former Canadian punk princess has tried her hand at Alanis-esque post-grunge, candy-coloured pop, and everything in between. I’ve been a Lavigne fan since I was an angsty eight-year-old, and lately every album announcement has left me breathlessly wondering, What’s this one going to sound like?

Top Ten TV Seasons of 2018

Commentary, Film and Television, Uncategorized

2018 saw a lot of impressive debuts on the small screen, including HBO’s black comedy Barry and several excellent horror offerings from Netflix. Several of my old faves, from cartoons to prestige dramas to zombie comedies, also returned with very strong seasons.

Top Ten Films of 2018

Commentary, Film and Television

A lot of cool movies hit screens large and small this year, including the best Marvel movie yet, several inventive sci-fi flicks, and some truly freaky horror gems. Not to mention, a handful of excellent satirical period pieces by Armando Iannucci and the Coen Brothers.