Some movies make you laugh. Some movies make you cry. Some leave you staring at the screen in disbelief for hours wondering “WTF did I just watch?” Inspired by a recent viewing of one such film, contributor Nate Mondschein deep-dives into the chaotic sub-genre of “WTF Did I Just Watch” movies, highlighting some of his favorites along the way.
Five of us got together and drafted teams with players from this graphic and a $15 budget. Who do you think won?
The 2021 Coulda Woulda Should-Awards: A Combination Oscars Post-Mortem and Wishful Thought Experiment
Another year, another round of Academy Awards snubs and surprises. To combat his own disappointment and celebrate some of this year’s highlights, our resident “took one film class in college and now acts like he’s a critic” Nate Mondschein presents his alternative Oscar nominees for some of the ceremony’s key categories.
Five years ago this month, Prince Rogers Nelson (aka The Purple One, aka The Kid, aka The Unpronounceable Love Symbol, aka The Artist Formerly Known As, aka Prince) passed away at 57. To celebrate his life, his legacy, his music, and his well-documented love of hoops, writer (and longtime Prince-obsessive) Nate Mondschein doles out a collection of NBA-Awards-style accolades to some of his all-time-favorite Prince tracks.
The theatrical release of Justice League was a cinematic-universe-altering catastrophe, and by all accounts anywhere from a miserable to traumatizing experience for all involved parties following the promotion of Joss Whedon to the director’s chair. With the release of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we finally have the chance to witness the fully realized vision of the project’s original director, in all its bloated, bewildering, unintentionally hilarious, and genuinely enjoyable glory. Writer Nate Mondschien does his best to capture the experience of the four-plus hour watch.
Like Wanda tried to do for Vision within the series, WandaVision tried to give us the world. Trapped in our own COVID-hex and starved for imagination, wonder, possibility, WandaVision teased us with the grandest of multiverse, House of M, Phase 4 setup, character introducing checks it could not cash. But in the end, maybe great TV is just good TV persevering.
Nate pronounced “biopic” incorrectly for decades. When he was finally corrected, the embarrassment of his “bi-opic” mistake left him estranged from the entire genre. So here we are, Nate’s Top 5 NON-biopic movies about music. (Yes, Coco is on there. No, Glitter is not on there.)
When Nate sent in his review yesterday, I (Sasha) replied, “one sentence take?” He responded, “Incredible performances weighed down by (but ultimately I think transcending) a clunky (debatably problematic?) script. And super beautiful. And Zendaya’s house is hella nice.” Okay then! Let’s dive in.
I mean…you know how we do. We love rankings, we love drafts, we love the NBA. So when someone found this Build your $15 Team of the Century graphic, it was on. We did a snake draft, five MMH contributors, five picks each. We shall return with part 2 where Cody and Dodson will evaluate the team’s and declare a winner! In the meantime, who’s team do you think is the best?
Nate grew up reading comics and watching I Love Lucy with his family. So needless to say, WandaVision has been a revelation. His new seminal show got him thinking about what other Marvel series he’d most like to see on the big screen. With vintage 3AM at Comic-Con energy, Nate Lee shares his top four arcs for adaptation.
Our in-house Rick Rubin shares the 5 plugins he can’t live without–aka the plugins he would take if he was going to a desert island. Great reference for everyone into production and mixing; from musicians starting home studios on account of COVID to professional producers/engineers looking to compare notes.
To quote the always dependable Cake, “I want a girl with a short skirt and a long jacket.” Or in Nate’s case, a simple column concept with a long title. Our Roger Ebert meets Zach Lowe columnist ranks 2016-2020 based on each year’s top 5 films (with consideration for the bench).