Jason Bailey is contributing editor-at-large at Flavorwire, with bylines at The New York Times, Vulture, VICE, Slate, Rolling Stone, and more. He is currently writing his fifth book.
Jason Bailey clip reel: CNN's "The Movies"
Excerpts from the CNN documentary series 'The Movies.'
‘Togo’ Review: A Man, His Dogs and a Very Bad Storm
Willem Dafoe stars in the latest addition to Disney’s sled dog canon.
“Actually, They’re All True”: ‘Isis’ and the Slipping of Bob Dylan’s Mask
It might be the single greatest Dylan performance ever captured on film.
What Disney Risked to Make ‘The Lion King’ in 1994
The animated original was hardly the anticipated film the remake is now. But that release 25 years ago changed so much for Disney — and Hollywood.
Guys, Blockbuster Wasn’t That Great
Too often, our nostalgia for video stores is translated into nostalgia for the Blockbuster Video chain. And we should accept no substitutions for the truth in this matter: Blockbuster Video was absolute garbage.
‘Mindhunter’: What to Know and Read About the Killers in Real Life
Looking for more context on the Atlanta child murders? What about B.T.K.? Here’s some background, along with links to historical press coverage.
‘High Flying Bird’ Is Rich With Historical References. Here’s a Closer Look.
The film’s dense but fast-moving script is replete with references to the game’s history — not least to the currents of protest and politics that have coursed through pro basketball since it was segregated.
‘The Dirt’ Review: A Badly Bewigged Bummer
The kind of paint-by-numbers storytelling that “Walk Hard” should have smothered in its crib over a decade ago.
Now Playing: The Movies Before the Movies
“When our house lights fade out for showtime, we want people to feel excited for what they’re about to see, not exhausted by the theatergoing experience."
A Brief History of the X Rating
For a brief but potent period, moviemakers were able to make legitimate movies that were sexy and dangerous. It was good while it lasted.
‘Sextuplets’ Review: Six Marlon Wayanses and Zero Laughs
The comic’s latest Netflix comedy has him playing each of six sextuplets, just not very comically.
Movies Lost and Found: ‘Shirkers,’ ‘A Star Is Born’ and More
Two long-unfinished projects, Orson Welles’s “The Other Side of the Wind” and Sandi Tan’s “Shirkers,” are now streaming on Netflix; those pictures, an earlier version of “A Star Is Born” and other butchered classics make for fascinating stories of cinematic archaeology.
The 100 Best Movies on Netflix
The sheer volume of films on Netflix — and the site’s less than ideal interface — can make finding a genuinely great movie there a difficult task. To help, we’ve plucked out the 100 best films currently streaming on the service in the United States, updated regularly as titles come and go.
How Joe Cole Went From ‘Peaky Blinders’ to Thai-Prison Kickboxer
Why the ‘Prayer Before Dawn’ actor went through hell and back to portray a real-life English ex-pat fighting for his life in a Bangkok jailhouse
12 Marvel Movies in 31 Hours. It Didn’t Feel Like Infinity.
In advance of “Avengers: Infinity War,” superfans come together for an epic shared experience in a Times Square multiplex.