Eric, Pie Pal

Snow Cake

Snow Cake must have had my name written all over it, because I circled it in the SIFF guide more than once over the course of the festival, and only missed out because I couldn’t find a movie buddy. The other day, my friend came up to me with the DVD, saying, “Oh my God, …

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Dreamcatcher (2003)

“Dreamcatcher,” the book by Stephen King, derived much of the horror of its alien invasion by letting it be the backdrop to the story of four living, breathing, three-dimensional characters who would have been interesting for over 800 pages even without shit-weasels and plagues of red alien fungus. Dreamcatcher, the disappointing adaptation by Lawrence Kasdan, …

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Devdas

Last week I confessed that I had no knowledge of Bollywood films or conventions, and thus had difficulty reviewing the self-explanatory Bollywood/Hollywood. This week I have no trouble reviewing the authentic Bollywood musical Devdas, and must confess that I may have found a new cinematic obsession. If there were more than a full pie of …

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Torremolinos 73

Contrary to the impression you might get from your average American sex “comedy,” it is not necessary to add vomit, animal feces, superglue, forest creatures, or anything else to the equation to make sex funny. It just is. Torremolinos 73 knows that, yes, it is indeed funny because it’s true! Torremolinos 73 is about an …

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The Raspberry Reich

I can’t in good conscience rate The Raspberry Reich any higher than this, because it’s a terrible, terrible movie. Then again, it’s not really a movie, it’s a porno. Not only that, it’s a terrorism-themed gay porno, populated by left-wing extremists who say things like “Heterosexuality is the opiate of the masses!” in order to …

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The Good Old Naughty Days (Polissons et Galipettes)

Synopsis: This head-turner, which premiered at the 2002 Cannes Film Festival’s Director’s Fortnight, provides an intriguing counterpoint to today’s bland, fantasy-driven version of sex in the cinema, presenting every type of coupling known to man, woman, or dog, performed in virtually every combination you can imagine. A beautifully restored compilation of French silent porn movies …

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Planet Earth

At last, I have watched every episode of Planet Earth, the BBC nature documentary that aired on the Discovery Channel. Except “nature documentary” doesn’t even begin to describe it, because as the extremely ambitious title implies, this is our world as you’ve never seen it before. It says that in the opening credits, but it’s …

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Moon

“Over the last couple of decades, filmmakers have allowed themselves to become a bit embarrassed by science fiction’s philosophical side… We’ve allowed ourselves to be convinced that science fiction should be frivolous, for teenage boys… I think that’s ridiculous.” So says Duncan Jones, director of Moon, a captivating and quietly thrilling take on modern sci-fi. …

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