WATCH WITH JEN SEASON 2 – EPISODE 39: MICHAEL DOUGLAS TRIPS OVER HIS DICK

Had a lot of laughs with my friend Jen Johans talking about Michael Douglas’ reign as Hollywood’s most virile avatar of threatened masculinity. We cover the persecuted cocksman trifecta of Fatal Attraction, Basic Instinct and Disclosure, as well has his late-career comeuppance in the underseen indie Solitary Man. Also much discussion of nightclub sweaters. Watch With Jen, 09/18/2021

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WE STILL LIKE TO WATCH: BLUE VELVET AT 35

“The film’s centerpiece sequence is one of the most boldly transgressive in modern cinema, a terrifying tightrope walk of abuse and illicit longings that famously sent viewers fleeing from their seats. Blue Velvet speaks to something primal about moviegoing itself: we’re all in that closet with Jeffrey. If we didn’t like to watch we wouldn’t be at the movies in the first place.” – Crooked Marquee, 09/17/2021

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THE VOYEURS

“While we’re all currently suffering through the most tediously sexless era of American cinema since the Hays Code, writer-director Michael Mohan’s cheeky erotic thriller harkens back to a happier, hornier time of Skinemax After Dark offerings and unrated VHS director’s cuts. What a pleasure to watch serious craft unencumbered by seriousness of purpose.” – North Shore Movies, 09/13/2021

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MARTY AFTER MIDNITE AT THE COOLIDGE

“It might be Scorsese’s most manic movie, disjunctively doubling back through dissolves so we’re seeing things from multiple angles at once. The camera flips on its side or upside down altogether, with Van Morrison’s wheezy, queasy ‘TB Sheets’ percolating over and over on the soundtrack, his wailing harmonica standing in for the ambulance’s siren.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/10/2021

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THE CARD COUNTER

“Another one of Schrader’s hothouse character studies cooked up from the former film critic’s career-long fixations on Bresson’s Diary Of A Country Priest, The Searchers, samurai rituals and suicidal ideation. Some will no doubt roll their eyes at the repetitions but for me they felt like hearing an old classic rock band launch into a greatest hits medley.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/09/2021

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SMALL ENGINE REPAIR

“The fellas are long past the age when such shenanigans are still considered cute. Without any special pleading on behalf of these cavemen, Pollono does a fine and often very funny job of illustrating their limited means of emotional expression. Busting chops and breaking balls are the primary modes of communication, with violence not very far down the list.” – North Shore Movies, 09/09/2021

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WHO YOU THINK I AM

“It’s of a piece with recent Binoche pictures like Olivier Assayas’ Clouds Of Slis Maria and Claire Denis’ Let The Sunshine In, as the iconic actress confronts her advancing years head-on, a key component of these films being her struggle to accept that you can’t be Juliette Binoche forever… though she’s been making a pretty good go of it so far.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 09/02/2021

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