Wed, 25 June 2014
Heather and Paul review two films from writer/director Woody Allen: an early funny one, and a later pretentious one. First: SLEEPER, the 1973 sci-fi slapstick spoof starring Allen as a manager of a 1970s Greenwich Village health-food store who awakens from a cryogenic chamber two hundred years later into a fascist, robot-filled future; then, INTERIORS, his super-serious 1978 ensemble drama depicting the emotional fallout among three artistically inclined sisters when their father decides to separate from their stifling, perfectionist mother. A woman who kills herself by walking into the sea, or a man who gets beaten unconscious with a giant strawberry: which will prevail?
Plus: our quick takes on BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST.
Tue, 17 June 2014
Paul and Erin revisit two memorable films about short-term memory loss. First: MEMENTO, Christopher Nolan's intricately constructed 2000 neo-noir starring Guy Pearce as a brain-damaged man who refuses to let his inability to make new memories interfere with his vendetta against the man who killed his wife; then, GHAJINI, the tonally unstable 2008 Bollywood remake of MEMENTO starring Aamir Khan as a former cellphone magnate who is transformed into a violent instrument of vengeance after a criminal gangleader murders his girlfriend. A story told backwards, or a story told with lots of elaborate musical numbers: which will prevail?
Plus our quick takes on X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, THE FAULT IN OUR STARS, EDGE OF TOMORROW, UNDER THE SKIN, and BIRTH OF THE LIVING DEAD.
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Tue, 3 June 2014
Heather and Paul review two films that explore love, romance, and office power dynamics. First, SECRETARY, Steven Shainberg's 2002 indie drama starring Maggie Gyllenhaal as a shy young woman whose new job as James Spader's office assistant blossoms into a dom/sub love affair. Then, WORKING GIRL, Mike Nichols' Oscar-nominated 1988 romantic comedy starring Melanie Griffith as a downtrodden secretary whose attempts to climb the corporate ladder are thwarted by her double-crossing boss, played by Sigourney Weaver. Getting spanked by James Spader or groped by Kevin Spacey: which will prevail?
Plus: our quick takes on THE DECALOGUE, I AM DIVINE, and RED DESERT.