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Martha Marcy May Marlene

It’s superb. A 20ish young woman named Martha(Olsen sister Elizabeth, who is not one of the twins)joins a Manson-esque cult—only to escape soon after a particularly traumatic event. The great John Hawkes is FAN-FUCKING-TASTIC as the leader, Patrick. He is a marvel—and one of my favorite American actors. And Sarah Paulson, as Martha’s big sister Lucy, […]

The Muppets

Gotta tell ya’, it did weird me out a bit. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Man and Muppet living together as brothers, with Walter(the Muppet voiced by Peter Linz)feeling somewhat out-of-place in the human world(shades of “The Jerk”)? A rich, oil magnate(a wonderfully sinister Chris Cooper)wanting to demolish the already dilapidated Muppet studio to […]

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2011)

What is up with that title sequence? Is this a James Bond movie simply because James Bond is in it? Maurice Binder must be turning over in his grave. David Fincher is known for having wild and original openings for his films. They would set the right tone and always made connective sense. But I […]

Flashback: on 2010’s Kick-Ass

I’ve got a bit of a secret. I wasn’t 100% honest when I compiled my Top Ten Films list of 2010. Oh, I still believe that my #1 and #2 choices were the finest examples of film-making from that year. Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan” is a mesmerizing mindfuck featuring a brave, tortured, Oscar-winning performance from […]

Game Change on HBO

First things first: I read the book “Game Change” in 2010, and this is not “Game Change”. The John Heilemann and Mark Halperin political chronicle has a cover that reads, “Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime”. Its 400 plus pages zeroes in on the entire 2008 United […]

Real Steel

I have a question. Who are they marketing this shit towards? Kids? Then why would it feature a scene where a father is beat-up in front of his 11-year-old son over of a gambling debt? Adults? A film about boxing robots where the main one behaves like a loyal puppy? Maybe just white males of […]

On Antonio Banderas: The Skin I Live In & Puss in Boots

Nice year 2011 was for Mr. Melanie Griffith. It involved a continuation of a franchise and a return to his roots. How many American film-goers even realize that Pedro Almodovar cast Antonio in five films throughout the 1980’s before he made his stateside splash in 1992 with “The Mambo Kings”? Banderas also owes a debt of […]