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Expressing an appreciation (or lack thereof) for all sorts of films for over 25 years.

Prometheus (2012)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10)?  3   1979. In the universe of science fiction films, nobody planned on sequels. And in 2012, franchising seems to be the agenda for every big-budget movie. But more on that later. I went through great pains to avoid any spoilers – a testament to how much ... Read More »

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo: Fincher’s Remake v. The Swedish Original

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10)?  5   In my opinion, director David Fincher made two of his best films within the grim serial killer subgenre – Se7en (1995) and Zodiac (2007) – each of which is quite different from the other.  Rooney Mara, who plays the title character in this latest adaptation Stieg Larsson’s posthumous and wildly successful ... Read More »

Shame (2011)

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10)?:  5 Generally speaking, it seems to me that there are two ways that Hollywood presents victims of abuse.  The first is as defenseless children – either literally or emotionally – and nothing more than receptacles for evil deeds and objects of our pity.  The second is ... Read More »

My Favorite Film of 2011: Melancholia

Spoiler Scale (How spoilery is this article on a scale of 1 to 10?):  7    Woody Allen once said, “Paranoia is knowing all the facts.”  Substitute the word “paranoia” with the word “depression,” and you have the thematic backbone of Lars von Trier’s new film, Melancholia (2011). The first half – titled “Part I – Justine” – covers the wedding reception of the ... Read More »

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