Limbo

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Limbo directed by John Sayles “Well, he’ll never be a filmmaker…” were the first words out of the mouth of a friend I asked about John Sayles’ Limbo before I saw it myself. But they were said wryly, even a bit fondly, and they prefaced a generally favorable opinion of the movie, an opinion I ended up sharing. As for [&hellip
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Instinct

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Instinct directed by Jon Turtletaub Hopkins’ Macho Misfire In Instinct, 62-year-old Anthony Hopkins plays an ape expert named Ethan Powell, who lived among the mountain gorillas of Rwanda for several years until he went berserk and murdered two Rwandan soldiers for reasons unknown. Now he’s incarcerated in the psycho wing of a maximum security penitentiary, where he remains mute [&hellip
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Henry Flesh’s Massage

Written by J.T. Leroy on . Posted in Books, Posts

Massage by Henry Flesh Akashic Books, 384 pages, $15.95   When I read a blurb about Henry Flesh’s Massage saying it was about this erotic masseur, Randy, involved in a violent, sadomasochistic relationship with this rich older guy, Graham, who has AIDS… I thought cool! I’ve mostly been reading Goodnight Moon and Babar books, so it was refreshing to read [&hellip
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The Small-Town Surrealism of Desert Blue

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Desert Blue directed by Morgan J. Freeman Casting and directing actors in ways that play to their strengths is a talent in itself. In both Streets and Blue, the Sexton character is a troubled hero who has a disordered home life (one parent is dead and the other is either a deceiver or deceived). He has an unlikely dream—in Streets, [&hellip
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Trekkies

Written by Matt Zoller Seitz on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Trekkies directed by Roger Nygard What is the nature of obsession? Almost any of the Star Trek fans who appear onscreen in Roger Nygard’s documentary Trekkies could answer that question. That is, they could answer it if they agreed that what there are engaged in is an obsession, as opposed to a hobby or interest. And most of them [&hellip
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The Love Letter

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

The Love Letter directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan   The Third Man directed by Carol Reed Kate Capshaw plays Helen, a bookstore owner who discovers an unsigned love letter and obsesses about its author among her kooky employees and quaint neighbors. Her romantic suspicions make her antsy–like a vacationer freaking out from Lyme disease panic. Screenwriter Maria Maggenti rips off the more interesting [&hellip
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Notting Hill Is Bad, But The Loss of Innocence May Be the Year’s Worst So Far

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Notting Hill directed by Roger Michell Those lips, those eyes: They seem to belong to the sketchpad of some stoned fashion designer bent on mocking his—or the culture’s—lust for outlandish ideals. The perfection of her looks was never balanced or poised but always loud, aggressive, unashamedly incongruous. Does anyone ever mention that the different features of her face, striking though [&hellip
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Only Clouds Move the Stars

Written by Armond White on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Only Clouds Move the Stars directed by Torun Lian Passing off a canard as insight, Vincent Canby in the March 25 New York Times slapped Steven Spielberg with this backhanded compliment: “He has a child’s-eye view of the universe. He demonstrates an uncanny appreciation for children’s fears and fantasies… To hail him as an Eisenstein is to mislead him and the public.” [&hellip
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LOVERS OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE

Written by Godfrey Cheshire on . Posted in Arts & Film, Posts

Lovers of the Arctic Circle directed by Julio Medem Do some movies begin as a snappy title? The filmmaker’s sitting in the tub, say, or waiting for a train to arrive, idly spinning words through his head, when suddenly a phrase clicks, and then he can’t get it out of his head. I suspect something of this sort may have been [&hellip
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