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Chrystal: Sucks to be her

Twenty years after the car accident that severely injured his wife and killed their young son, Joe (Billy Bob Thornton) returns home. He spent those twenty years in prison because he was drunk and running from the law when he wrecked the car. He was also growing some dank weed, and that’s why the cops were after him in the first place. Ray McKinnon wrote, directed, and has a supporting role in 2004’s... read more

Taxi Driver: Jodie Foster has a big hat

Taxi Driver was released in 1976. I saw it for the first time in about 1996. My second viewing was last Friday night. The film was on a cable channel, with all the swears and no commercials. I know I’m not telling anyone about a movie they’ve never heard of. Taxi Driver launched the careers of legends and is referenced in countless films and TV shows. If you haven’t seen it in a while, so long that... read more

I, too, love Phillip Morris

I didn’t know it was possible to have more love for Ewan McGregor.  He’s a talented, grungy yet pretty bloke with an accent that makes a girl want to shed her clothing.  But when I saw him as fem convict Phillip Morris, I became endeared to him even more.  I wanted to put McGregor’s Phillip Morris in my pocket and take care of him.  That must be how Steven Russell felt about the real-life Phillip... read more

Bryan Cranston rocks my socks

The fourth season of Breaking Bad is upon us. I feel it’s my duty to make sure everyone is watching this show. Walter White (Bryan Cranston) is a brilliant scientist. He’s married to Skyler (Anna Gunn) and they have a teenage son with cerebral palsy. They also have an unplanned baby on the way. Walter’s broke and underemployed. He teaches bratty teens full time and works part-time at a car wash.... read more

Wonderboys: Playing against type

Wonder Boys came out ten years ago, so if you haven’t seen it, I’m guessing it’s for one of the following reasons: Even seeing the phrase “coming of age story” in a movie summary makes you want to punch a baby in the junk. You prefer movies with less talk and more action. You’re one of the poor bastards who saw this poster. You hate Michael Douglas. If it’s... read more

Will, Silence, and Desire

In my experience, Oscar nominated films tend to be overwrought drudgery. They’re so IMPORTANT and so DEEP and INTENSE and stuff. (I’m lookin’ at you, The English Patient). The Piano, however, was nominated for a jillion Oscars (including Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Picture) and deserved every one. In the end, Jane Campion won for best screenplay, Anna Paquin scored best... read more

Favorite transvestite ever

A very nice Englishman named Philip introduced us to comedian Eddie Izzard sometime after the video of Glorious turned up in the neighborhood video rental stores and before Dress to Kill.... read more

Hush: Notorious

Hush tells the tragic story of Callie: a small-town girl of modest means, a humble girl from a humble background, a simple, innocent girl whose only crime in this life was falling for The Wrong Guy. Love came calling when she was just eighteen, and he was a more seasoned twenty-five. Alas, he didn’t share her dream of getting hitched and staying put in Anytown, USA; when she got knocked up, he... read more
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