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'Lady Chatterley's Lover' Fails to Rise Above Mere Bodice-Ripping
Like all adaptations of this classic work of erotic literature, this film misses the mark in capturing any of the poignancy of the novel's fluid and lyrical prose. [4.Mar.15]
'The Cossacks' and 'Why Be Good?' Are Rampant Nonsense
As the silent era was ending, Hollywood turned out slick, predictable, pleasingly made entertainments punched out of perfect formulas. Two examples, The Cossacks and Why Be Good?, are newly available from Warner Archive. [4.Mar.15]
Women Run the Street Showdowns in 'Woman They Almost Lynched'
This woman-centric western isn't a lost masterpiece, but rather an entertaining and sometimes fascinating pleasantry. [3.Mar.15]
Double Take: The Kid (1921)
By Steve Leftridge and Steve Pick
This installment of Double Take turns its gaze to Charlie Chaplin's debut full-length silent film, which is at turns funny, heartbreaking, and tender. [2.Mar.15]
Love and Claustrophobia in 'The Bitter Tears of Petra Von Kant'
Fassbinder's stifling drama about the sufferings of dependence is high camp, where the sparks fly with radiant colours. [2.Mar.15]
Reviews
Like all adaptations of this classic work of erotic literature, this film misses the mark in capturing any of the poignancy of the novel's fluid and lyrical prose. [03.Mar.15]
This woman-centric western isn't a lost masterpiece, but rather an entertaining and sometimes fascinating pleasantry. [02.Mar.15]
Fassbinder's stifling drama about the sufferings of dependence is high camp, where the sparks fly with radiant colours. [02.Mar.15]
Because The Lazarus Effect takes so long getting to the supposedly scary stuff, we have to stay focused on either the characters or the content, and both fail. [27.Feb.15]
This Will Smith vehicle is witty, brash Hollywood entertainment that's sexy, smart, and on the whole, successful. [27.Feb.15]
While not in the vein of Cronenberg's classic body horror thrillers, the bleak showbiz satire Maps to the Stars could well be a horror film after all. [27.Feb.15]
Mixed Media
News
By Roger Moore
Yann Demange’s 71 takes us back to the swirling maelstrom of the peak of the civil war in Northern Ireland. Set just three years after “The Troubles” began and a year before “Bloody Sunday", it’s an intricate, intimate thriller about a single soldier’s nightmare day and night on the front lines. [02.Mar.15]
Features
Aerosmith has released concert DVDs before, but with Aerosmith Rocks Donington 2014, they are on the silver screen for one night only. Tom Hamilton tells us about the hits, the fits, and the pursuit of naughty bits. [26.Feb.15]
Is Birdman's metacommentary the theatre within cinema that it appears to be? [23.Feb.15]
Columns
Queer, Isn't It?
The '30s era Hays Code limited significantly what artists could express and what audiences could see. Today's LGBT media has blasted through all that. [26.Feb.15]
On Principle
Network and cable programming both demonstrate overwhelming irresponsibility and contradiction concerning depictions of sexual violence and abuse. [19.Feb.15]
From The Blogs
As the silent era was ending, Hollywood turned out slick, predictable, pleasingly made entertainments punched out of perfect formulas. Two examples, The Cossacks and Why Be Good?, are newly available from Warner Archive. [04.Mar.15]
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