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Flawless

Flawless

| May 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

Joel Schumacher’s 1999 film, Flawless, would have fit right in during the era of Boys in the Band (1970) and La Cage aux Folles (1978). Its highly problematic dual approach to sexuality and gender identity might have at least given visibility to those who desperately needed it in the 1970s. But by the turn of […]

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

It! The Terror from Beyond Space

| May 17, 2015 | 0 Comments

It’s been more than three decades since audiences were first warned that no one could hear them scream in space, and yet Ridley Scott’s Alien (1979) continues to be celebrated as a sci-fi/horror masterpiece. Edward L. Cahn’s 1958 B-picture, It! The Terror from Beyond Space, hasn’t quite fared so well though. And that’s a real […]

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Mortdecai

Mortdecai

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Unlike the majority of people I know, I’ve yet to grow tired of Johnny Depp’s bizarre acting decisions as of late. I have found him as strangely funny as ever in such divisive films as Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Dark Shadows, and Tusk, mainly because they’re just so odd, but also because you can […]

Cymbeline

Cymbeline

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

William Shakespeare’s Cymbeline is not one of his better known plays.  It’s a Romance (capital R) placing somewhere between his comedies and tragedies and akin to his other Romantic or plays like The Tempest, A Winter’s Tale, and Pericles.  Personally, I’d rather see a cool modern telling of Pericles, which is an awesome play full […]

The Blue Room

The Blue Room

| May 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

After having a yearlong affair with Esther (Stephanie Cleau), Julien (Mathieu Amalric) finds himself in police custody being interrogated relentlessly.  Without knowing exactly what’s going on, the audience is forced to jump around in time, seeing Julien’s infidelity juxtaposed with his interrogation, constantly asking ourselves what’s going on.  This disorientation as a way to keep […]

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Jamaica Inn: 75th Anniversary Edition

Jamaica Inn: 75th Anniversary Edition

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Alfred Hitchcock may not have found much to appreciate about his 1939 adventure drama, Jamaica Inn, but that doesn’t mean we can’t. For Hitchcock, as he told Francois Truffaut in the legendary Hitchcock/Truffaut interviews, the film was an absurd undertaking that even in 1967 he still described as being something he was “unhappy over.” And […]

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Tracers

Tracers

| May 12, 2015 | 0 Comments

Tracers (2015) is a film that promises a lot. To look at not just the trailer but the basic premise of the film, we’re promised a parkour heist film. Now, I’m a guy who both obsesses over heist films as an action subgenre and has spent many hours wrapped up in parkour videos on YouTube. […]

White Rabbit

White Rabbit

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

Harlon (Nick Krause; Boyhood) has had a rough life.  At least, he thinks it’s been rough.  He has an over-domineering father (Sam Trammell; True Blood) who drinks too much and pushes Harlon and his brother to be the men he thinks they’re supposed to be.  He’s also flunking out of high school and is the […]

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Hollywood Shuffle

Hollywood Shuffle

| April 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

A satire on the ups and downs of being a black actor in Hollywood, Hollywood Shuffle writer/producer/director Robert Townsend (The Five Heartbeats) stars as Bobby Taylor, a young black actor whose attempts to find work are dashed when told that he’s not “black enough” for the roles being offered. With jobs limited to stereotypes (gang-bangers, […]

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Convoy

Convoy

| April 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Were it not directed by Sam Peckinpah, I’d surely be forced to classify Convoy (1978) as a “guilty pleasure.” This film gets to me in a way no other Peckinpah picture does, simply put, because it’s fun. Straw Dogs (1971) isn’t fun. That’s all rape and murder from one end to the other, which is […]