Thu, 28 November 2013
Paul and Erin focus their ocular viewing implants upon two films about female cyborgs struggling against the forces of social oppression. First: I'M A CYBORG BUT THAT'S OK, Park Chan-Wook's offbeat 2006 film about an inmate in a mental institution who falls in love with a female patient whose belief that she is actually a robot endangers her life; then, CYBORG, the 1989 Jean-Claude Van Damme post-apocalyptic B-movie about a mercenary who attempts to rescue a female cyborg whose brain holds the key to saving the world from plague, anarchy, genocide, and starvation.
Plus: quick takes on HOW I LIVE NOW, VIOLET & DAISY, DELIVERY MAN, DALLAS BUYERS CLUB, and Spike Lee's OLDBOY remake.
Thu, 21 November 2013
Paul and Erin review two films about movie characters walking off the screen and into the real world. First: THE PURPLE ROSE OF CAIRO, Woody Allen's wistful 1985 comedy starring Mia Farrow as a mousy Depression-era waitress who embarks on a whirwind romance with a handsome fictional character from the movie playing at the local theatre; then, LAST ACTION HERO, director John McTiernan's high-concept 1993 flop about a twelve-year-old action-movie fanatic who gets magically transported into the outrageous, larger-than-life world of an Arnold Schwarzenegger movie. A madcap Manhattan weekend, or an explosion-filled killing spree: which will prevail?
Plus: quick takes on THE RAID: REDEMPTION, THE BROKEN CIRCLE BREAKDOWN, ASS BACKWARDS, FRANCES HA, and BOTTLE ROCKET.
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Category:TV and Film -- posted at: 2:46am EST
Wed, 13 November 2013
Erin and Paul review two Euro-style musicals featuring all-star casts of illustrious actresses, and with numbers in the title. First: 8 WOMEN, François Ozon's 2002 confection in which eight women must solve an Agatha Christie-style murder mystery while trapped inside a snowbound country house; then, NINE, director Rob Marshall's splashy 2009 musical remake of Fellini's 8 1/2, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as a womanizing Italian film director coping with a shortage of ideas and an overabundance of beautiful women as his latest movie goes into production. Frenchwomen in rainbow-coloured dresses, or Italian women in black lingerie: which will prevail?
Plus: quick takes on THE AVENGERS, QUADROPHENIA, DRINKING BUDDIES, ZERO CHARISMA, and AMERICAN MARY.
Wed, 6 November 2013
Paul and Erin review two movies featuring main characters with incomprehensible ways of talking. First: NELL, the 1994 drama starring Jodie Foster as a woman who has grown up in an isolated cabin in the North Carolina wilderness, speaking her own private language; then, POOTIE TANG, the 2001 blaxploitation spoof written and directed by Louis C.K., starring Lance Crouther as a singer, ladies' man, and crimefighter who is literally "too cool for words." Chicka chicka chickabee, or sine your pitty on the runny kine: which will prevail?
Plus: quick takes on MAN OF TAI CHI, ABOUT TIME, 12 YEARS A SLAVE, and A BAND CALLED DEATH.