‘Split’ Review


If you care about M. Night Shyamalan’s movies and hope to avoid having his latest film spoiled for you—and its twist will be spoiled for you on Twitter or Facebook or somewhere else; it’s too good not to share—then you have to see Split on its opening weekend. In fact, you should leave work or home or wherever you are and hit up a multiplex now.

New Substandard Addresses Dying Malls, Dying Wrestlers


It’s an all-death issue of The Substandard, judged by many neutral sources to be the greatest podcast on God’s green Earth (or J’onn’s red Mars, for that matter). Vic Matus and JVL discuss the heyday of malls—they’re old—while I talk about how I can’t respect people who go to shopping centers without a discrete shopping agenda. I’m basically Shannon from Mallrats. Though, you know, not in certain aspects. We also talk about wrestling for a bit, and I reveal the most important life lesson you can derive from watching dudes in spandex grab each other.

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New Substandard Discusses Actors Who Direct, NFL Playoffs

Patriots Day

Actors who want to direct! The NFL playoffs! Drama at the Golden Globes! All this and (a very little bit!) more in this week’s Substandard! Leave a review here! Subscribe in iTunes or Google Play or other podcast thingies! Do one of those and I promise not to use any exclamation points next week!

Is Meryl Streep Overrated?

Meryl Streep

So, obviously, the only thing anyone cares about from the Golden Globes last night—anyone except the fulminators of Film Twitter fuming about La La Land’s triumph, that is—is Meryl Streep’s speech and the reaction it prompted from President-elect Donald Trump.

New Substandard Features ‘Silence,’ Me Getting Trolled


In the latest episode of The Substandard (subscribe here! Leave a review!), JVL, Vic Matus, and I discuss Silence and Martin Scorsese. I’ll be honest: I may or may not have lost my cool when JVL revealed that he thinks Martin Scorsese is overrated.