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The Cronenberg Chronicle-Phase Nine: Naked Lunch (1991)

It was of the immediate opinion before this film went into production, twenty plus years ago, that William S. Burroughs novel of the same name was “unfilmable”. Many were baffled as to why David Cronenberg would attempt to do it. It was thought that he was setting himself up for an epic failure. PLUS, he […]

Magic Mike

How many women that traveled to it in packs this past summer realized “Magic Mike” was helmed by an Academy-award winning director? How many even cared? Did director Steven Soderbergh bother to distress? I doubt it. HisĀ 3rd film in roughly 9 months(rest much, Steve?), following the star-studded worldwide plague movie “Contagion” from September 2011 and […]

Silver Linings Playbook

It blows it in the final shot and sometimes that’s enough. Don’t worry, I wouldn’t dream of spoiling it for you, but that last image really sticks in my craw. Before that, it’s a curious beast, either gleefully unaware of its offensive qualities—or it just plain doesn’t give a shit. And it all comes down […]


It’s got the plucky, fire-haired young girl—Merida, as voiced by the adorable and marvelous Kelly Macdonald—and the stunning animated representation of the Scottish Highlands. I mean it’s gorgeous. There is a King(boisterous Billy Connolly)and Queen(awesome Emma Thompson)as Merida’s parents. And you even get a creepy witch(Julie Walters)to keep things hopping. It’s light and fun and […]

Promised Land

There was a time in the late 80’s to early 90’s when Gus Van Sant was the new guy on the scene, churning out exciting indies like “Drugstore Cowboy” and “My Own Private Idaho”. He went Hollywood soon after, turning out commercial dreck like “Good Will Hunting”(there, I’ve said it!)and an ill-conceived remake of Hitchcock’s […]


In the end, I just can’t forgive the flourishes. It’s the damned Spielbergian grandiosity that always manages to shoot him down. I can’t say that a film he’s directed in the last dozen years is out-and-out bad(okay, maybe 2004’s “The Terminal”). And he’s helmed at least one(2005’s “Munich”)that, at the very least, is near-great. But […]

This Is 40 & Friends with Kids

Well, that was a surprise. Who would’ve thunk it? Two strikingly similar films—one yet to open and certainly expected to be a big moneymaker, the other a lower budget feature that barely made a box office dent. But they share a plot line that’s just about in the same wheelhouse—as well as a couple of […]