Archive | March 2013

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“Before Midnight” trailer!!!

Spring is here, and love is in the air! And what better way to celebrate that amour than with the release of the official movie trailer for Richard Linklater’s long-awaited, upcoming, can’t believe it’s finally almost here, “Before Midnight”! Continuing with the arbitrarily imposed nine-year cycle between features(although the characters of Jesse and Celine did […]

Flashback: on 1986’s Little Shop of Horrors-The Director’s Cut

What a history I’ve had with this morbidly, delightful work. Talk about a case of unexpected and unintentional genius. Warning—there will be┬áspoilers throughout this piece. But really, if you don’t have any idea about the gist of this simple story of a naive young man and his talking, man-eating plant by now—just what kind of […]

Rust and Bone

It has two absolutely terrific performances, and I continue to be highly impressed by the talents of Belgium’s Matthias Schoenaerts. Unfortunately, it’s just not a very good film. There are some interesting scenarios presented that are never quite fully explored(sex with an amputee being one of them), and shameless, button-pushing manipulation throughout. It’s certainly never […]

“Skyfall”-ing into “Compliance”: a recent re-evaluation

It’s my belief that a truly fine critic should be critical of their own output. Now, I’m not claiming to be at the level of “truly fine”—that’s for others to decide. But it’s certainly what I wish to attain. Throughout my decades of being a film nut, there have been an array of classic works […]

Holy Motors

Alright, I’m still a bit lost after two rounds with this exhilarating project—but it’s getting clearer. And it’s never less than absolutely fascinating. Does any film expression of this ilk owe me 100% clarity on the first go-round? I think not. Where’s the fun in knowing exactly where everything is going all the time? Or […]

The Cronenberg Chronicle-Phase Twelve: The Dead Zone (1983)

Happy 70th birthday to David C! I made certain to rush in a fresh watch of Cronenberg’s only foray into Stephen King territory, so I could chronicle it in time for his big 7-OH! And, by chance, “The Dead Zone” represents the very first time that I ever experienced a film from my now favorite […]

Hit the Wall off-Broadway

Stonewall. It’s a titanic enough firebrand in the history of gay liberation that President Barack Obama mentioned it just weeks ago in his second inaugural address. This was the first time a U.S. President ever referenced homosexuals, or their rights as Americans, in such a speech…and it took nearly 44 years after the Stonewall riots […]