CAUGHT IN THE NET AT THE HFA

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eXistenZ is a sicko comic puzzle picture, with a labyrinthine conspiracy plot existing mainly to prop-up the filmmaker’s heavily sexualized gross-outs. Leigh in particular is a stitch, constantly kicking off her shoes and playing most scenes in a breathy, erotic thrall. The moment Law tongues the orifice in her back is brave even by this fearless performer’s standards.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/15/2018

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RED SPARROW

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RED SPARROW  * * *

Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Joel Edgerton, Matthias Schoenaerts, Jeremy Irons and Charlotte Rampling. Screenplay by Justin Haythe. Directed by Francis Lawrence.

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2017 OSCAR TAKEAWAYS

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“It’s an awful shame because as a kid, the Academy’s Lifetime Achievement awards were how I learned a lot about film history, and they inspired me to seek out movies older than myself and begin to understand that art exists in a continuity. Now instead we have time-suck stunts with Ansel Elgort and a six-foot submarine sandwich.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 03/05/2018 

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DEATH WISH

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“For a movie featuring one of Hollywood’s few outspoken right-wingers running around the ghetto in a hoodie shooting brown people, what’s shocking is just how lame and instantly forgettable it is. You’d think such a morally repugnant gun-nut masturbation fantasy would at least be worth getting worked up about, but Death Wish is so wheezy it’s almost pitiable.” – North Shore Movies, 03/03/2018

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2017 OSCAR PICKS

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Lady Bird is terrific. It’s the best possible version of that movie you can make. I don’t think Greta Gerwig gets as much credit as she should for her direction. The movie is paced almost like a screwball comedy. It flies. I’ve had dumb conversations with people who say the camera doesn’t move enough, as if directing was just acrobatics. There’s a lot more to it.” – Boston.com, 03/02/2018

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THE SOUR HOUR: OSCAR EDITION

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What a pleasure to sit in with my dear old friend Craig D. Lindsey on KPFT’s The Sour Hour. We piss and moan a bit about the Oscars and complain about the idiots in the Trump administration but mostly I just laugh at Craig’s rants. He calls me up about halfway through the show, after playing the Backstreet Boys song that was in Booty Call. – The Sour Hour, 02/28/2018

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