Nick Allen

Nick Allen is a Chicago-based contributor for MEL Magazine, and an editor at RogerEbert.com. You can find also his words about movies and pop culture bric-a-brac at Vulture and the AV Club. The 1970s punk rocker he most identifies with is Jonathan Richman. Follow him on Twitter at @nickallen_redux


An Increasingly Desperate Search for a Good Thanksgiving Song

For how much we gorge ourselves every year at Thanksgiving, there’s really nothing for our ears to feast upon. Or as Phil Hartman says to…

Why the Darkest — And Funniest — Dark Comedies Are Coming From New Zealand

All things considered, Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit has a very strange approach to winning over audiences. It stars Waititi (who is half Maori, half Russian…

‘The Goldfinch’ Has This Year’s Best-Dressed Sadboi

I’ve quickly forgotten most of The Goldfinch, a surprisingly boring movie about traumatic loss that’s experienced by a young boy named Theo who carries that…