Ian Casselberry is a freelance writer, currently based in Asheville, NC. He is an editor at The Comeback and Awful Announcing

Previously, he has been a contributing writer for Yahoo! Sports' Big League Stew, and SB Nation. In addition, he was a lead baseball writer for Bleacher Report. 

You can also find him on Twitter and Facebook, where he craves your attention.

He still plans to write that novel someday. 

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The last 10 films I've seen 

Does summer begin in March? That seems to be the case at the movies with four releases that feel like summer blockbusters. Ghost in the Shell, which I surprisingly have not seen, was a significant flop. Maybe it would have done better in the summer? Probably not. But Wolverine, King Kong and Power Rangers movies all feel like something you'd see in theaters during June or July. 

Inspired by the fun feature that Film Comment killed in its magazine, here are the last 10 films I've seen as of April 13, 2017.

Gifted - Marc Webb, 2017
High-Rise - Ben Wheatley, 2015
Going in Style - Zach Braff, 2017
Power Rangers - Dean Israelite, 2017
Kong: Skull Island - Jordan Vogt-Roberts, 2017
Logan - James Mangold, 2017
The Wrestler - Darren Aronofsky, 2008
A Cure For Wellness - Gore Verbinski, 2017
The Great Wall - Yimou Zhang, 2017

For a guy fortunate enough to get paid for writing about movies, I probably didn't do a good enough job of it in February by whiffing on The Great Wall and A Cure For Wellness. Neither was a very good movie, but both were worth writing about. Hopefully, I got better at that in March. 


The last 10 films I've seen 

Is it too early to say I've seen what could be my pick for best movie of the year? I'd be surprised if The Lobster is not at least in my top three. It might be too weird for a lot of people, but this is one of the most clever commentaries on modern relationships and coupling ever put on screen. Kind of amazing it got made, though Colin Farrell and Rachel Weisz may have had something to do with that. 

Just like Film Comment does each month with two directors, these are the last 10 films I saw as of June 26, 2016.

Weiner - Josh Kriegman and Elyse Steinberg, 2016
Free State of Jones - Gary Ross, 2016
The Shallows - Jaume Collet-Serra, 2016
Independence Day: Resurgence - Roland Emmerich, 2016
Central Intelligence - Rawson Marshall Thurber, 2016
The Lobster - Yorgos Lanthimos, 2016
Begin Again - John Carney, 2013
X-Men: Apocalypse - Bryan Singer, 2016
The Meddler - Lorene Scafaria, 2016
The Nice Guys - Shane Black, 2016

Weiner will probably also be on that year-end top 10 list, and I'm mad at myself for not writing a review about it. What a squandered opportunity for a politician who had a chance to be a rock star in the Democratic party. Shoulda kept it in your pants, Congressman. 

I also wish I'd have written a review on The Nice Guys, which was one of my most anticipated movies of the year but felt like a letdown to me. Maybe I was expecting too much, but I was disappointed. 


The last 10 films I've seen 

What a weird time for movies. Is there such a thing as the "summer season" anymore, now that blockbusters like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice are opening in March? Captain America: Civil War was soon to follow in May. As a movie (and comic book superhero movie) fan, I'm not complaining. There are so many of these things now that they need to be spread around the calendar.

Inspired by Film Comment's monthly lists, here are the last 10 films I've seen (with links to reviews I wrote), as of May 21, 2016. 

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising - Nicholas Stoller, 2016
The Hurt Locker - Kathryn Bigelow, 2008
Money Monster - Jodie Foster, 2016
Sing Street - John Carney, 2016
Captain America: Civil War- Joe and Anthony Russo, 2016
Everybody Wants Some - Richard Linklater, 2016
Hologram for the King - Tom Tykwer, 2016
Purple Rain - Albert Magnoli, 1984
The Jungle Book - Jon Favreau, 2016
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - Zack Snyder, 2016

A bittersweet event in theaters was the re-release of Purple Rain. While it was fun to see — and hear — on the big screen, the occasion only occurred because of Prince's surprising death. I was grateful for the opportunity to write about it, though. 

Looking back at the past couple months, I'm surprised I didn't write a review for Sing Street, a movie I absolutely loved. Dropped the ball there. Go see it if you have a chance. You have no soul or memory of adolescence if you don't like that movie. 


The last 10 films I've seen

I'm trying to keep something current on this here website, even if it's just a list of movies I've watched recently (inspired by Film Comment's regular feature at the beginning of each month's magazine).

Doing weekly reviews for ESPN Asheville (1310 and 970 AM, and 97.3 FM locally) every Wednesday will at least keep me going to the movies regularly. And helping with a little content here. 

With that, here are the last 10 films I've seen (with links to reviews I wrote), as of March 15, 2016. 

The Program - Stephen Frears, 2016 
Guardians of the Galaxy - James Gunn, 2014 
10 Cloverfield Lane - Dan Trachtenberg, 2016
Triple 9 - John Hillcoat, 2016
Eddie the Eagle - Dexter Fletcher, 2016
The Witch - Robert Eggers, 2016
Race - Stephen Hopkins, 2016
Deadpool - Tim Miller, 2016
Hail, Caesar! - Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, 2016
The Finest Hours - Craig Gillespie, 2016

Not much "recreational" movie watching this time around, as almost everything I watched was for a review, other than another viewing of Guardians of the Galaxy while cruising Starz on cable. And we're getting to the time of year when I'll be watching baseball in the evenings, so that might be the case for a few months. 


The week's writes and reads, 02-14-16

More of a productive week, writing-wise, thanks to the Super Bowl. Although staying up late Sunday night into Monday morning to get those pieces done made me a zombie for the early part of the week. 

In addition to my usual appearances on ESPN Asheville, I was on the Marty & Miller show in Iowa to talk about daily fantasy sports and some baseball, as we get closer to spring training: 

Marty & Miller Show in Des Moines, IA - Thursday (02-11, Hour 3, 20:00 mark)

All righty, the week's writing and reading links are below. Thanks for checking in! 


The 10 Best Super Bowl 50 Commercials - The Comeback
Super Bowl 50 halftime: Bruno Mars, Beyonce blow Coldplay off the stage - The Comeback

The 10 Worst Super Bowl 50 Commercials - The Comeback
Hail, Caesar! lets its stars have a blast, making fun of 1950s Hollywood - The Comeback
LeBron James among NBA All-Stars to voice characters on Cartoon Network - Awful Announcing

Fox marks down DraftKings investment by 60 percent, as company’s value drops $95 million - Awful Announcing
Samantha Bee stands on her own with Full Frontal's debut - The AP Party
Watch: Conan O'Brien spoofs Cam Newton's post-Super Bowl press conference - The Comeback
Watch: Daniel Bryan says goodbye to wrestling fans; WWE Network pays tribute - The Comeback

The People v. O.J. Simpson recap: He might kill himself, but what about me? - The Comeback
Baseball writer Tom Singer passes away at 67 - Awful Announcing

Watch: Do not mess with Batman in final Batman v Superman trailer - The Comeback

Deadpool slices up superhero tropes with relish, joking the entire way - The Comeback
Where's Oscar? Mike Francesa has issues with ESPN's all-time NBA Top 100 - Awful Announcing
Claiming censorship, Kevin Kiley resigns from Cleveland sports talk radio show - Awful Announcing
Dallas Mavericks analyst says during broadcast that Saskatchewan is named after sasquatches - Awful Announcing

Proud that I could sneak a reference to Marvel Comics Alpha Flight into that sasquatch piece, which I'm sure very few noticed or cared about. Canada's superhero team! 


-- VICE seems like a media company ready to truly break out, but maybe their reach is exceeding their financial backing? But TV could change that. [Variety]

-- It's been a choppy two weeks for Marco Rubio. A bad performance in the New Hampshire debate, followed by a bad finish in that primary. But after doing well in the South Carolina debate, maybe he'll do well in next week's primary? This race is nuts. [NY Times]

-- This week's episode of FX's The People v. O.J. Simpson (which I recapped above) dramatized the June 17, 1994 Bronco chase that became a signature event in our culture. What were you doing that day? [Washington Post]

-- It's been a year since David Carr died. I wasn't entirely comfortable reading this post by his daughter, but I know writing about grief can help process it. [Medium]

-- I haven't read many Deadpool comics, though am familiar with the character. But here's a good piece on how his popularity has developed over the past 25 years. [Vulture]

-- New York Mets reliever (or former Mets reliever) Jenrry Mejia, 26, either has a significant dependency issue or is the dumbest athlete currently throwing a ball. He's failed three PED tests in the span of 10 months, resulting in a lifetime ban from baseball. [Sports Illustrated]

-- Considering how big a role Twitter plays in my life (professionally and personally), I often forget how little it matters to people who don't necessarily live online or consume media 12-16 (or more) hours a day. So that lack of importance may have finally caught up with it. [NY Times]


The last 10 films I've seen

As with everything else related to this blog and website, I've been very bad about keeping up with listing the movies I've seen. I might actually be seeing more than in recent years because I'm doing movie reviews every Wednesday on ESPN Asheville (1310 and 970 AM, and now 97.3 FM locally), in addition to what I write for The Comeback and The AP Party

Here are the last 10 films I've seen (with links to reviews I wrote), as of Jan. 25, 2016.

Avengers: Age of Ultron - Joss Whedon, 2015
The Revenant
- Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2015
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi - Richard Marquand, 1983
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back - Irvin Kershner, 1980
The Hateful Eight - Quentin Tarantino, 2015 
Star Wars: A New Hope - George Lucas, 1977
Daddy's Home - Sean Anders, 2015
Youth - Paolo Sorrentino, 2015
The Big Short - Adam McKay, 2015
Ant-Man - Peyton Reed, 2015

I thought I would've written a review for The Hateful Eight, but was a bit late in seeing that one and by the time I was ready to write about it, the window kind of closed on me. (Even for the editor who could presumably keep it open for himself.) Maybe I'll write something here when the digital video and Blu-ray are released. 


The last 10 films I've seen

It's been almost two months since I posted one of these lists, but I can fill one up pretty quickly these days. With the summer movie season under way and trying to keep up with things for The AP Party, I'm seeing most of the big current releases and writing reviews of them. 

Here are the last 10 films I've seen (with links to reviews I wrote), as of June 7, 2015. 

Spy - Paul Feig, 2015
Entourage - Doug Ellin, 2015
Aloha - Cameron Crowe, 2015
San Andreas - Brad Peyton, 2015
Tomorrowland - Brad Bird, 2015
Poltergeist - Gil Kenan, 2015
The Road Warrior - George Miller, 1981
Mad Max: Fury Road - George Miller, 2015
Mad Max - George Miller, 1979
Avengers: Age of Ultron - Joss Whedon, 2015

The moviegoing is very blockbuster-heavy, as you might expect this time of year. So I haven't seen as many of the smaller, indie releases as I would like, but tried to move in that direction over the past couple of weeks. Still not getting to the movies as often as I'd prefer, though. 


The last 10 films I've seen

I haven't done one of these in a long time, though have a backlog of "last 10 films" lists that seem kind of silly to post now. I mean, it's almost going back a year at this point. Does it really matter what movies I saw last July and August. Maybe to me, or a very close friend.

Here are the last 10 films I've seen (with links to reviews I wrote), as of April 27, 2015. 

Ex Machina - Alex Garland, 2015
Going Clear - Alex Gibney, 2015
I Hate Christian Laettner - Rory Karpf, 2015
Draft Day - Ivan Reitman, 2014
The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - John Madden, 2015
Super Size Me - Morgan Spurlock, 2004
John Wick - David Leitch and Chad Stahelski, 2014
Kingsman: The Secret Service - Matthew Vaughn, 2015
Page One: Inside the New York Times - Andrew Rossi, 2011
The Search for General Tso - Ian Cheney, 2015

What this list really tells me is that my movie watching slowed to a crawl over the past three months. February through March is typically a wasteland at the theaters, but I've been slow about getting out to the cinema. There's just so much good TV on right now, and that's where my screen-viewing time has clearly gone. (Two of the movies on this list debuted on TV.)

But as TV seasons come to an end and the summer blockbuster months kick in, these lists will be filling out a lot more quickly. And I'll begin writing some movie reviews for The AP Party again. The Avengers are rescuing me!