‘Extermination Alone’: Aurora One Year Later (July 2013)

NFL Films and the Magic of Seeing Sports (Sept. 2012)


The Bean: An Epic Tale of Music, Money, Madness and Selling One of America’s Rarest Electric Guitars (Aug. 2012)


Fahrenheit 2012: The Profits in Political Films (Oct. 2012)


The Sacramento Kings Disappear (Jan. 2013)


Losing is Everything (Nov. 2011)

What We’ll Lose When We Lose Blockbuster (Sept. 2010)

Where Have all the Real Underdogs Gone? (Feb. 2010)

What Happens When Disaster Goes Viral? (Feb. 2010)

Why Recluses Are the New Superstars (Feb. 2010)

Should We Just Boycott the Movies in January? (Jan. 2010)

Why Avatar Really Can Change Movies Forever (Dec. 2009)

Why Tyler Perry is the New Obama (Sept. 2009)

What’s So Great About the ’60s Anyway? (Aug. 2009)

Complete Hollywood Signs column archive


You Will Never Feel Safe in a Movie Theater Again (July 2012)

Harvey Weinstein’s Bully Problem (and Ours) (Feb. 2012)

Consider Uggie: The Awards Case for The Artist‘s Wonder Dog (Nov. 2011)

The $11 Question: How The Worst Movie EVER! Scored the Worst Opening Ever (Aug. 2011)

The "Should I See The Smurfs?" Flow-Chart Movie Review (July 2011)

Fair is Fair: Filmmaker Marshall Curry Refines the Lost Art of Objectivity (June 2011)

I Hate Brangelina: An Appreciation (May 2011)

Of Doyennes and Death Threats: Remembering Elaine Kaufman (Dec. 2010)

Jacki Weaver Superstar: One Actress’s 48-Year Journey to the Role of a Lifetime (and Maybe an Oscar) (Aug. 2010)

Why You Should Care About the Roman Polanski Culture War (Sept. 2009)

Tracking Down the Place Where We Lost John Hughes (Aug. 2009)

Complete 2010-12 Oscar Index archive

Complete Movieline author archive


The Life Saver: Ingmar Bergman, 1918-2007 (July 2007)

Frank Rich Presuming Stanley Kubrick, I Presume (April 2006)


Pigeons: A Love Story–A Marriage, a Divorce, a Decade, and Two Very Stubborn Birds(June 2014)

Last Call: Saying Goodbye to a NYC Drinking Institution–and to Drinking (Nov. 2014)

Complete Medium author archive


Passion for Film Spurs New Festivals, but Grueling Work Keeps Them Going (Aug. 2007)

Squint and It Looks Like Hollywood (Oct. 2006)

Graffiti Cinema Turns Moody (Oct. 2006)

In the Cinema of the Street Kid, Casting at Ground Level (Aug. 2006)

ImaginAsian Finds a New Formula for Asian Films in America (April 2006)


To Fuck and to Fear (on voyeurism, nihilism and We Live in Public vs. American Swing; April 2009)

The Bank of Jason Statham (March 2008)

The Voice in the Wilderness (on the woes of the Village Voice‘s film section; Nov. 2007)

The Trick (on No Country For Old Men‘s debt to Raising Arizona; Nov. 2007)

The Real Thing (on the majesty of Dionne Warwick; Oct. 2007)

Mumblecore Inc. (on exposing a movement, Aug. 2007)


Ready For Prime Time (profile of NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt; Oct/Nov 2015)

The Art of the Matter (inside the new Sacramento arena’s public-art saga; June/July 2015)

A Long, Strange Trip (behind the scenes of Colin Hanks’ Tower Records doc All Things Must Pass; April/May 2015)

Leading Lady (Feb/Mar 2015)

Changing Gears (exploring Sacramento’s struggles to become a bicycle-friendly city; Dec 2014/Jan 2015)

Trigger Effect (looking back on the national influence of Stockton’s Cleveland School shooting after 25 years; Dec 2013/Jan 2014)

Finding His Religion (profile of author Richard Rodriguez; Oct/Nov 2013)


Farewell to the Record-Store Magnate Who Made Sacramento Cool Before Lady Bird (March 2018)

Moses Parting the Red-Ink Sea: A Review of Clark Howard’s Living For the Long Haul (Aug. 2013)

The Fresh Wars: How a Five-Letter Word Became a Fast-Food Mantra (Feb. 2013)

In Defense of Oscar Bait (Dec. 2012)

Kickstarter and the Lost Lockpick (Oct. 2012)



The Oscars: Deconstructing the Little Miss Juno Phenomenon (Jan. 2008)

Marion Cotillard’s Secret Weapon (Feb. 2008)

Complete 2007-2008 "Little Gold Men" blog archive


The Coen Brothers Were Never Better Than with Barry Sonnenfeld (July 2008)


The Lumet Conundrum (7×7, NYC, May 2011)