In my 20s, I was backpacking through Europe, and made a stop to check out Paris’ Père Lachaise Cemetery, burial ground of a great many famous folks. You’d see teens crowded around Jim Morrison’s grave, or people leaving lipstick marks on Oscar Wilde’s tomb, or laying flowers for Edith Piaf. Then there was also the …

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Submission (2017)

How many times have we seen a story of a married middle-aged (white) guy being lured and destroyed by a young woman? Is it because most screenwriters are middle-aged guys who have experienced more failure than success in their art, and this is their way to take out their bitterness on their fantasy groupies? It’s …

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The Hours

The Nose. Much hubbub has been made about The Nose. Specifically Nicole Kidman’s prosthetic nose in her role as Virginia Woolf in the film adaptation of Michael Cunningham’s acclaimed novel The Hours. Apparently test audiences didn’t even recognize her in the film, and wondered if they had missed something. But The Nose is hard to …

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Now that I’ve finished vomiting in a bucket after seeing Quills, let me give you an idea of what it is about. It is Napoleonic times in France (that would be the early 1800s, for those of you who slept through your history classes), and the prolific smutty author the Marquis de Sade (Geoffrey Rush, …

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