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Save Me

Save Me

Save Me begins with two young gay stoners indulging in a coke and booze-fueled sex romp in a sleazy New Mexico hotel room. That'll get your attention. Soon, however, the mood changes as Mark (Chad...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2009

Arizona Sky

Arizona Sky

Hindered by a painfully trite script and some poor directing choices, Arizona Sky is a missed opportunity to tell a touching story about two men finding their way to happiness after years of unrequited love...

Movie Review posted on 1st February 2009

American Fusion

American Fusion

Can a 49-year-old Asian-American divorcee find true happiness with a middle-aged Mexican-American dentist? Give that extended-family culture clash stories usually have happy endings (Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story are exceptions, of course), the...

Movie Review posted on 30th January 2009

The Grocer's Son

The Grocer's Son

A laid-back French love story starring two great-looking young actors that unspools against the gorgeous backdrop of the Provencal countryside... what's not to like? The Grocer's Son is a low-key family drama that takes you...

Movie Review posted on 8th January 2009

Love and Honor

Love and Honor

The final film of legendary Japanese director Yôji Yamada's introspective trilogy of 19th-century samurai life, Love and Honor is as elegant and meditative as the two films that preceded it. Like The Twilight Samurai and...

Movie Review posted on 3rd January 2009

Sangre de Mi Sangre

Sangre de Mi Sangre

Despite the fact that Sangre de mi Sangre was the 2007 Grand Jury Prize winner at Sundance, it failed to make a splash in first-run distribution. (Then again, most of those winners suffer the same...

Movie Review posted on 29th December 2008

Liberty Kid

Liberty Kid

Many lives were thrown into tumult after the attacks of September 11, 2001. Liberty Kid tells the story of two of them, but they aren't soldiers, tragic widows, or prisoners. Instead, they're simply two high-school...

Movie Review posted on 10th December 2008

Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon

Wrangler: Anatomy of an Icon

A few years back, the documentary Inside Deep Throat took us back to the sexy '70s, a time when a slickly produced porn flick could become a mainstream cultural event attracting serious criticism and suburban...

Movie Review posted on 8th December 2008

Schoolboy Crush

Schoolboy Crush

For some weird sociological reason I have yet to puzzle out, teenage Japanese girls are irresistibly attracted to the sight of androgynous teenage Japanese boys making out with each other. A staple of Japanese manga,...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2008

The Bodyguard (2004)

The Bodyguard (2004)

I was misled into watching The Bodyguard by advertising suggesting that the star was Tony Jaa, the gloriously talented Thai martial artist whose work in Ong-Bak is unforgettable. Sadly, this film was made before Ong-Bak,...

Movie Review posted on 7th December 2008

Milarepa

Milarepa

One tonic for a stressful day: Spend 90 minutes with an 11th-century Tibetan mystic who wanders through gorgeous Himalayan scenery. Milarepa is one of Tibet's most revered saints, the only monk to achieve full Buddha...

Movie Review posted on 3rd December 2008

7 Virgins

7 Virgins

7 Virgins crams a lot of life into a very quick 48-hour time period. That's the break 16-year-old Tano (the excellent Juan José Ballesta) has been given from his Seville, Spain reform school so he...

Movie Review posted on 2nd December 2008

Kramer vs. Kramer

Kramer vs. Kramer

Back in the late '70s, a wave of divorce swept across America, perhaps the first big mainstream reflection of the women's lib movement that had blossomed a few years earlier. All my friends' parents seemed...

Movie Review posted on 15th November 2008

The Good Boy

The Good Boy

The Good Boy, a journey into Madrid's lower-class barrios, introduces us to a young boxer named Angel (Álex González), whose optimism battles with his realism, and that fight ends up as a draw. A Rocky...

Movie Review posted on 3rd November 2008

Saturn in Opposition

Saturn in Opposition

Italians have the nicest kitchens, and we get to ogle several of them in Saturn in Opposition, a crowded and talky drama centering around the reaction of a large group of friends to the sudden...

Movie Review posted on 3rd November 2008

In the Arms of My Enemy

In the Arms of My Enemy

One of the nice things about being alive at this point in history is that we all pretty much agree on the basic concepts of human rights and the idea that every human life has...

Movie Review posted on 29th October 2008

Mister Foe

Mister Foe

Jamie Bell continues on his zigzag path to stardom, taking yet another oddball role in another oddball movie as he stars in Mister Foe, a Scottish import that's as interesting as it is weird. Teenage...

Movie Review posted on 28th October 2008

Family Affair: The Complete Series

Family Affair: The Complete Series

If the 1966-'71 sitcom Family Affair is remembered at all these days, it's for the jaunty theme music and for Mrs. Beasley, a doll that had at least as much personality and a longer shelf...

Movie Review posted on 25th October 2008

The Rebel

The Rebel

History is full of ugly colonial abuses, from the British in America to the Belgians in the Congo. But nowhere did 20th century colonialism lead to more disastrous results then in Vietnam, where the French...

Movie Review posted on 14th October 2008

Before I Forget

Before I Forget

Beauty fades, and so does everything else. That seems to be the pragmatic if depressing message of Before I Forget, an intense character study of a Parisian man who seems willing to let his life...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

The Pacific and Eddy

The Pacific and Eddy

I'm not typically a fan of "mumblecore," that emerging genre of low-budget indie filmmaking that typically features 25-year-old slackers and hipsters sitting around in small apartments and trading bedmates while they try to get their...

Movie Review posted on 3rd October 2008

The Houseboy

The Houseboy

The Houseboy is badly served by both its title and its poster. While it's certainly frank in discussing issues of sex, it's not the exercise in soft-core porn that its marketing implies. Anything to attract...

Movie Review posted on 1st October 2008

Invisible Target

Invisible Target

Although I'm not totally sure why the Hong Kong film industry seems to have fallen into an irreversible funk, I'm starting to develop a theory after watching Invisible Target: There are no more new ideas....

Movie Review posted on 23rd September 2008

The Thief of Bagdad

The Thief of Bagdad

Newly re-released by Criterion, The Thief of Bagdad, a minor classic of early Technicolor artistry, is ready to entertain a new generation of kids who have learned all they know about those Arabian nights from...

Movie Review posted on 9th September 2008

The Bodyguard (2004)

The Bodyguard (2004)

I was misled into watching The Bodyguard by advertising suggesting that the star was Tony Jaa, the gloriously talented Thai martial artist whose work in Ong-Bak is unforgettable. Sadly, this film was made before Ong-Bak,...

Movie Review posted on 9th September 2008

The Bodyguard (1992)

The Bodyguard (1992)

A soundtrack in search of a story, The Bodyguard will entertain you for sure, but you needn't keep your eyes open to enjoy the show. The movie does a great job of capturing Whitney Houston...

Movie Review posted on 9th September 2008

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang

I'm old enough to have seen Chitty Chitty Bang Bang during its original theatrical run, and I've just about recovered. Like The Wizard of Oz, this movie has the power both to delight and to...

Movie Review posted on 31st August 2008

Hello, Dolly!

Hello, Dolly!

Come back, Carol Channing! All is forgiven! The epic screen version of the charming musical Hello, Dolly! hasn't aged well, but then again, it wasn't so great when it was new, either. An overstuffed extravaganza...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2008

Carousel

Carousel

The fact that Carousel is Rogers and Hammerstein's least accessible and darkest musical is what makes it so compelling. It has its lovely melodies and dance numbers, of course, but there's no escaping the fact...

Movie Review posted on 30th August 2008

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild

Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild

If Another Gay Movie was the gay American Pie, then Another Gay Sequel: Gays Gone Wild is the gay Revenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise. In this chapter of the saga -- with...

Movie Review posted on 29th August 2008

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RIP Aretha Franklin - Seven Of Her Most Captivating Songs

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