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Escape from Tomorrow

With Escape from Tomorrow, one fears the story behind the movie would loom larger than the movie itself. Luckily, that is not the case. After all, it opens with a decapitation on Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster.
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William Friedkin spends a lot of time in his 2013 memoir discussing why Sorcerer didn't click with critics and audiences even though he believes it to be better than his previous film, The Exorcist. Now that Warner Home Video has reissued Sorcerer on Blu-ray, we can see what Friedkin's fuss is all about.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Broadchurch: The Complete First Season

Welcome to the coastal resort of Broadchurch, population … oh, who can keep track, what will all the corpses? Yes, Broadchurch is yet another British television procedural involving the search for a murderer in a quaint little town, just like the limited series The Fall and Top of the Lake.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones

Essentially part five in the ridiculously profitable horror franchise, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones continues the found-footage conceit of the other films. The difference is instead of the scares taking place in rich white suburbia, they do so in a junky apartment complex on a largely Latino side of Oxnard, Calif.
04/23/2014 | Comments 0

Holy Ghost People

Holy Ghost People examines two sisters whose bond is torn — but by what? After her sibling has been missing for more than a year, Charlotte (Emma Greenwell, TV's Shameless) intends to find out.
04/15/2014 | Comments 0
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Beautiful Darling

This Candy sours

Rod Lott August 10th, 2011

Candy Darling would’ve loved “Beautiful Darling,” the documentary of her brief 29 years alive, because, as one of the persons interviewed reveals, the thing that mattered most to her in life was being considered gorgeous enough to grace the silver screen.

That she was ... although she was born as James Slattery. More famous for being famous than for any discernible talent, she became a fixture of New York’s avant-garde scene of the late 1960s and early 1970s, thanks to her association with artist Andy Warhol.

He, of course, coined the famous “15 minutes of fame” expression, which fits her to a T — and that’s why the film isn’t worthy of recommendation: It greatly overstates the importance of its subject.

“Beautiful Darling” plays 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday only, at Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch.

Growing up with a Kim Novak obsession, Darling used “82 pounds of makeup” to transform the quiet boy into an outgoing woman in roles on stage and screen.

Some consider Darling brilliant, and maybe she is, but in the footage freshman director James Rasin shares, she appears to be more wannabe than genuine thespian, and a drama queen (potentially offensive pun not intended). John Waters sure digs her, but consider the source; the film states that even Warhol used her like Kleenex, more interested in exploiting “chicks with dicks” than employing any dramatic skills.

The most interesting section details Darling’s heartbreaking childhood, as struggling with one’s identity is a universal theme, whether or not that’s related to gender. Rasin and his interviewees, however, are more interested in placing her on a pedestal that all fail to justify.

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