Reviews

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The Film Cult Presents: I Am Love
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Warning! Major Spoilers Ahead! As a follower of fashion, I first heard about I Am Love from various fashion publications. Articles on Tilda Swinton’s Raf Simons-designed wardrobe and her singular…

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The Film Cult Presents: Weekend
Friday, March 20 by

I know what I’m about to say is controversial, but I have to say it anyway. Gay-themed movies tend to suck, and no I don’t mean blowjobs. I’ve seen maybe…

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The Film Cult Presents: Grey Gardens
Friday, March 13 by

Last week, Albert Maysels, one of our great documentarians, passed away. I thought it only right then that I devote this week’s column to my favorite of his films, Grey…

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The Film Cult Presents: Truth or Dare
Friday, March 6 by

Last week, Madonna took a rough tumble down a flight of stairs at the Brit Awards. Because she’s the creamy, smooth Queen of Pop she got right back up and…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Bridges of Madison County
Friday, February 20 by

Okay, okay. I get it. I know this is a romance movie steeped in genre stereotypes: frustrated housewife, discovered letters from a dead mother, the rough ’n tumble stranger driving…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Beach
Friday, February 13 by

I often imagine storylines extending past the end of films. For instance, I consider Revolutionary Road as the extended storyline of Titanic had Jack not drowned. Jack and Rose are…

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The Film Cult Presents: Office Space
Friday, February 6 by

If I’m totally honest, I didn’t love this movie the first four times I saw Office SPace. Yes, that’s right, four times. Friends showed it to me, then my brother,…

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The Film Cult Presents: Only Lovers Left Alive
Friday, January 16 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! I didn’t want to give Only Lovers Left Alive a chance. Hipster vampires hanging out in Detroit? No, thank you. In fact, I waited until the Facebook…

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The Film Cult Presents: Beetlejuice
Friday, January 9 by

None of us truly knows what happens when we die. We live our lives knowing the journey will end. What Beetlejuice proposes is that maybe death isn’t the end but merely a hilarious beginning.

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Review: ‘The Babadook’
Friday, December 12 by

A fresh breath of air into a genre whose most recent financial success centered around a haunted cardboard game.

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Review: ‘Alive Inside’
Friday, December 12 by

Alive Inside is a beautiful, eye-opening experience that demonstrates the healing power of music in a drug-dependent healthcare system.

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Review: ‘Nightcrawler’
Friday, October 31 by

If Ben Affleck was the bomb in Phantoms, yo, then Gyllenhaal is the goddamn Kuz’kina Mat in Nightcrawler

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Review: ‘Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)’
Friday, October 24 by

Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) is the best movie we’ve seen this year, last year, three years before that, and maybe ever.

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Review: ‘Gone Girl’
Sunday, October 5 by

See it if you’ve read the book. See it for Affleck’s dong. We don’t really care why, but just go see Gone Girl.

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The Film Cult Presents: Hard Candy
Friday, September 19 by

The revenge Page’s character takes out on Wilson is calculated, diabolical. It’s hard to argue that Wilson’s character doesn’t deserve it, so I won’t. That said, there is a sense of the predatory to Hayley. She’s been working at this.

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Review: “Tusk”
Thursday, September 18 by

Tusk stretches its wafer-thin premise far beyond its breaking point, and the result is an all too long inside joke that looks like a poor man’s Wes Anderson directed a homeless man’s Human Centipede.

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The Film Cult Presents: Contact
Friday, September 12 by

Based on the Carl Sagan SciFi classic of the same name, and directed by Robert Zemeckis of Forest Gump fame, Contact is the tale of Ellie Arroway, a scientist who has devoted her life to finding evidence of alien life.

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The Film Cult Presents: Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work
Friday, September 5 by

On August 15th, I wrote about my favorite Robin Williams film, Hook, in tribute to his untimely and heartbreaking death. If you had told me then that less than a…

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The Film Cult Presents: The Heat
Friday, August 29 by

Warning: Spoilers Ahead! I’ll admit it: I’m not the biggest Sandra Bullock fan. I find her precious nature to be cloying and often tedious. I can’t sit through any of…

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The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo
Friday, August 22 by

The Film Cult Presents: American Gigolo, the 1980 film about sex and fashion that became a cult classic for its eighties aesthetic.

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The Film Cult Presents: Hook
Friday, August 15 by

Like the rest of the world, I too have been mourning the untimely and tragic death of supernova comedian Robin Williams. My Facebook newsfeed has been blossoming with tributes, some…

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Throwback Thursday: 9 of the Most Scathing Siskel & Ebert Reviews From the ’90s
Thursday, August 14 by

Back before movie reviews could be summed up in 13 characters or less, there were two gentleman who stood atop the peak of film criticism. Simply put, *no one* could rip a movie a new a-hole like Siskel and Ebert.

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The Film Cult Presents: Go
Sunday, August 10 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! In the spring of 1999, just before I graduated from high school, I met a young man named Zoe. He was a few years older and, I…

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Review: ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’
Thursday, August 7 by

Despite all the fanboy hand-wringing, TMNT is not the childhood-defiling catastrophe that so many people predicted it would be. It’s also not a very good movie.

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The Film Cult Presents: Cookie’s Fortune
Friday, August 1 by

Cookie’s Fortune was not a financial success, making just shy of one percent profit, and ask most people if they’ve seen it, they’ll probably reply in the negative. And yet, it’s a perfect film.

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Review: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’
Friday, August 1 by

Guardians of the Galaxy can best be described as a two-hour montage set to a 1970’s Jock Jams mixtape (and that’s a good thing).

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The Film Cult Presents: Toys
Friday, July 25 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Toys didn’t get a fair shake. I saw it in the theater when I was a teenager, and the visual effects mesmerized me. It was a Magritte…

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The Film Cult Presents: Elizabethtown
Friday, July 18 by

Warning! Spoilers Ahead! Five movies after the last of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, in which he played eternally-fare, arrow-wielding Legolas, Orlando Bloom teamed up with Cameron Crowe to…

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The Film Cult Presents: Gosford Park
Friday, June 13 by

Warning! Mild Spoilers Ahead! Before he gave the world Downton Abbey, Julian Fellowes made a brilliant film that could very easily be considered the little brother of Downton. One could…

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Why ‘Maleficent’ Failed
Wednesday, June 11 by

WARNING! SPOILERS AHEAD! Not that it matters. “Yet I know it’s true that visions are seldom all they seem.” Nobody, and I mean nobody, was more excited than me when…