The Long Shot

Sean Wagner-McGough
Movie thoughts, rankings, reviews, and more from a former sportswriter, current law student who sees too many movies too many times.
Created 09 Feb 2020
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  • The future of Predator in a picture
    15 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    So. Yeah. It’s been a while. When I started The Long Shot, my aim was to write once a week so that every Monday morning, you’d wake up to a newsletter in your inbox — probably buried in your promotion...
  • Top-five movies: Oakland
    03 Aug 2020 • 16 min read • 3 0
    On Friday night, I drove from Oakland to Las Vegas. Over the past four years, I’ve done this drive eight times — 15 times if you count the return journeys home. I lived in the East Bay for nine years....
  • Top-10 movies: Jennifer Lawrence
    27 Jul 2020 • 16 min read • 4 2
    To avoid a career arc that is beginning to mimic the trajectory of the once great, now neither good nor great Felix Hernandez, Jennifer Lawrence desperately needs a win — the kind of win that will all...
  • Mailbag: The best films from 1992-2020
    20 Jul 2020 • 15 min read • 5 2
    The first rule of running a mailbag is that you need to get enough questions so that you actually have questions that require answering; otherwise you’re just a writer with an empty bag. The second ru...
  • Tom Hanks' Greyhound is a thrilling World War II popcorn flick lacking character depth
    13 Jul 2020 • 12 min read • 2 0
    Somewhere around 3,000 nautical miles separate Liverpool from the Eastern Seaboard. Nowadays, aboard a cruise ship, the journey is an uneventful week at sea. Back in the early 1940s, when the vessels ...
  • 12 options to replace Charlize Theron as Furiosa in the next Mad Max movie
    06 Jul 2020 • 12 min read • 3 0
    It’s been just about five years since Charlize Theron floored us as Imperator Furiosa, the one-armed, short-haired, bad-ass war captain turned renegade who robbed Tom Hardy of the spotlight in Mad Max...
  • Making a Mario Kart movie
    29 Jun 2020 • 10 min read • 2 0
    I’ll cut straight to the chase: Hollywood should make a live-action Mario Kart movie. In case you can’t already tell, I did not watch many movies this past week. Hence, this week’s newsletter about a ...
  • 7500 is a claustrophobic hijacking thriller that cleverly builds and sustains tension
    22 Jun 2020 • 7 min read
    It takes one hour and 45 minutes to fly from Berlin to Paris. If you’ve ever been on a flight of that approximate length, as I did every winter and summer break from Oakland to Seattle and back to Oak...
  • Cloverfield is just as terrifying 12 years later
    15 Jun 2020 • 17 min read
    Cloverfield shouldn’t really hold up 12 years later. It’s a found-footage movie, during which one underdeveloped and annoying character carries a camera for the entire runtime as the audience’s own pe...
  • Lucy in the Sky is far better than its reputation
    08 Jun 2020 • 17 min read
    As the final frontier, space is supposed to be the most dangerous place a person can somewhat realistically go to, the farthest you can remove yourself from humanity. “In space, no one can hear you sc...
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