Archive | March 2013
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What a history I’ve had with this morbidly, delightful work. Talk about a case of unexpected and unintentional genius. Warning—there will be spoilers 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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]