‘T2 Trainspotting’ Review

T2 Trainspotting

T2 Trainspotting picks up 20 years after the events in the original film, 1996’s episodic blast through Scotland’s drug-infused underground that culminated in Mark Renton (Ewan McGregor) absconding with the proceeds of a medium-sized drug deal. Flush with cash, Mark jetted off to Amsterdam and wound up with a white-collar office gig, leaving mates Simon (Jonny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewen Bremner), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle) high and dry.

Beauty and the Beast Podcast, Plus: Board Games!

In the latest Substandard (Subscribe! Leave a review! If we get to 100 reviews on iTunes by next week, Bill Kristol will record an especially condemnatory opening message!) we unveil the long-awaited Beauty and the Beast podcast! More importantly, we spend 25 minutes yammering about board games. Let’s be honest, you love the yammering. The yammering is the best part. Listen below!

The Transitive Property Proves Roger Federer > Serena Williams

If a > b and b > c then a > c. IF Karsten Braasch > Serena Williams: Braasch would smoke cigarettes and sip beer during the changeovers, and to be honest no longer looked the part of a fit professional athlete. It made no matter. Braasch led 5-0 over Serena before winning the set 6-1, and …

‘Beauty and the Beast’ Review

Beauty and the Beast

One of my favorite moments in Whit Stillman’s Barcelona comes midway through the picture. Two Americans, businessman Ted (Taylor Nichols) and naval officer Fred (Chris Eigeman), are walking through the streets of the eponymous Spanish city when Fred asks his better-educated cousin a question.

Blumhouse Productions Is Handily Winning 2017 Thus Far

As someone who checks box office data pretty religiously, I’m fascinated by the fact that a.) there have only been two real surprises at the box office so far this year, and b.) they both are from the same production company: Blumhouse.

We Need a Better Metaphor for Mutants


In the latest edition of The Substandard, JVL, Vic, and I discussed Logan and the other X-Men movies as well as improvements in the theatergoing experience. (Listen below, subscribe here, leave a review!) One thing I didn’t spend too much time on in the Logan podcast, but will here, is my annoyance with the way that comic books and the movies have treated mutants as a metaphor for the various civil rights struggles of our day.