Tuesday 29 Jul

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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None October 18th, 2007


Reviewer's grade: F


John Malkovich sacrifices good working time to the art-film gods in this "biopic," which portrays Gustav Klimt as a moody, syphilitic, turn-of-the century painter determined to seduce every crazy skank in Vienna. Instead of adopting the usual strategy of depicting historical figures and events in a linear narrative fashion, writer/director Raoul Ruiz has chosen to create a sort of part-fact/part-fiction pastiche made of equal parts jibber-jabber, hoo-ha and poppycock.


Ruiz's recreation of art-nouveau Vienna is at least pretty, with lavish costumes and sets, often showcasing Klimt's permanently nude young models and his permanently nude young lovers (they're often both). Unfortunately, as nice as everything looks, there's no story to follow, and "Klimt" is tedious and pretentious from beginning to end.


Co-starring Saffron Burrows (TV's "Boston Legal") as Klimt's mostly absent muse and Nikolai Kinski (son of Klaus) as Klimt's sometimes-pal Egon Schiele, "Klimt" comes off as the worst sort of self-indulgent crap masquerading as "art." NR


"”Mike Robertson 

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