Category Archives: Movies

Guest Post: The Woman in the Window

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Sometimes things don’t happen the way we anticipate and we find a piece of art that helps us make sense of things. In this special guest post, an academic finds himself in an online relationship that takes a … Continue reading

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Notes on “Let’s Go Native”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Like many early talkies, the 1930 “Let’s Go Native” is so effortlessly weird it serves as proof an innate American tendency toward surrealism. Jeanette MacDonald — still in her lingerie-naughty, pre-MGM phase — plays a Broadway … Continue reading

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“The Fisher King”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There’s a lot going on in “The Fisher King.” Perhaps too much. The mythic elements in Richard LaGravenese’s screenplay threaten to tip the movie out of balance, to spoil subtext by shoving it in your face. … Continue reading

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Like a Holy Candle

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There are four sorts of scenes alternated: (1) the particular history of Judith; (2) the gentle courtship of Nathan and Naomi, types of the inhabitants of Bethulia; (3) pictures of the streets, with the population flowing … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Fredric Wertham Lives!

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Comics nerd and intersectional feminist Laura Hudson thinks that “Rape Scenes Aren’t Just Awful. They’re Lazy Writing”: A small but terrifying study conducted on college-age males earlier this year found that around one in three men said they … Continue reading

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“The Black Swan”

Paleo Retiree writes: I was amazed how uninspiring I found this 2010 ballet-world-set psychological horror film. Natalie Portman plays a super-perfectionist, frigid (but yearning for release) ballerina who’s given the lead in a new version of “Swan Lake.” The movie … Continue reading

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Trolling Movie Critics

Sax von Stroheim writes: I thought Mad Max: Fury Road was a well-made action movie, but that it was wildly overpraised by critics and movie geeks. A wise friend said: “Give nerds an opportunity to think their tastes are sophisticated … Continue reading

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