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OKG Newsletter


Topic: drama

Life Above All

In this drama, the impact of AIDS is rarely stated, but often heard.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
AIDS is rarely mentioned in “Life, Above All.” It’s referred to obliquely — a “bug,” “the other thing” — but its grim presence is always felt. When a character finally does call it by name, late in the movie, the effect is startling.
 
Monday, November 28, 2011

Warrior

Puts the 'A' in MMA.


Drama

Rod Lott
In Pittsburgh, Tommy Conlon (Tom Hardy, "Inception") shows up on the doorstep of his three-years-sober father (Nick Nolte, "Arthur"), but the reunion isn't exactly sunny.
 
Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Dirty Girl

Set (but not shot) in Oklahoma, ‘Dirty Girl’ almost makes a clean getaway.


Drama

Rod Lott
Set in Norman in 1987, yet looking more like 1981, is “Dirty Girl,” the feature debut of former Normanite Abe Sylvia — and a partly autobiographical one at that, I assume.
 
Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Take Shelter

The thinking man’s ‘Twister’ is one of last year’s underseen gems.


Drama

Rod Lott
Rain the color and viscosity of fluids found in barrels at Jiffy Lube falls from the sky in the opening moments of the indie drama “Take Shelter,” serving as a dark harbinger of things to come.
 
Wednesday, February 1, 2012

The Myth of the American Sleepover

Come sweet slumber, enshroud me in thy purple cloak.


Drama

Rod Lott
All those coming-of-age movies we loved growing up in the ’80s seemed to have it all ... except reality.
 
Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Know thy ‘Enemy.’


Drama

Rod Lott
Let’s talk Oscar’s harshest snubs this year: Michael Fassbender in “Shame.” Pretty much everything related to “Drive.” And now, "Elite Squad: The Enemy Within," Brazil’s entry in the category for Best Foreign Language Film. It didn’t make the cut to the five nominees.
 
Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Ocean Heaven / 1911

Jackie Chan and Jet Li keep their feet on the ground.


Drama

Rod Lott
It sucks getting old.
 
Friday, February 17, 2012

Martha Marcy May Marlene

A chilling film by any name.


Drama

Kathryn Jenson White
Community ranks as key on the list of basic human needs. After water, food and shelter, our need to connect with others drives and defines us.
 
Wednesday, February 29, 2012

A Separation

The Oscar-winning film is a harrowing test in an exercise of how things can get worse.


Drama

Phil Bacharach
Most global news surrounding Iran concerns its nuclear capabilities and its nutjob leader, but fans of international cinema know there is much more to the Asian republic.
 
Thursday, March 1, 2012

Rampart

Bad cop, good movie.


Drama

Rod Lott
Woody Harrelson’s LAPD officer of Rampart is a very bad man.
 
Friday, March 2, 2012
 
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