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Truly Trying Too Hard: Recap of "True Detective" Season 2 Episode 1

My thoughts on this week’s episode are up at Slant Magazine, and all I can say right now is: thank goodness there are only seven weeks left to go. 399 more words

Television

Mama Said There'd Be Days Like This: Recap of "Mother's Mercy" (Game of Thrones S5E10)

I’m done! Not with Game of Thrones, though I suspect yet a few more “fans” will be throwing their hats into the ring after even more heroes bite the dust in the fifth season’s finale. 910 more words

Television

Venus in Fur (Roman Polanski, 2013)

“Roman Polanski’s Venus in Fur is a deceptively simple two-hander. Superficially, the film seems to unfold as a textbook study of role reversal (that staple of the psychodrama) in the tragicomic mode.” 24 more words

Film

Hiroshima Mon Amour (Alain Resnais, 1959)

“Like the anonymous entwined bodies glimpsed in its opening moments, things tend to commingle in Alain Resnais’s revolutionary first feature, Hiroshima Mon Amour. Marguerite Duras’s oblique script builds on an ever-shifting groundwork of spatial and temporal indeterminacies, a structural technique borrowed from the French ‘new novel,’ in order to suture together past and present, private and public, desire and trauma.” 33 more words

Film

The Children Act by Ian McEwan | Slant Magazine
“McEwan writes of many things, but in form he oscillates between two poles: the short, parable-like novel ( 44 more words

Books

Cotton Comes to Harlem (Ossie Davis, 1970)

Cotton Comes to Harlem swaggers onto Blu-ray with a superfly transfer from Kino, accompanied, unfortunately, by nothing more contextual than the trailer.”

Read my whole review… 18 more words

Film

Stagefright (Michele Soavi, 1987)

“Birds of a fiendish feather will flock to Blue Underground’s sterling new Blu-ray transfer of Michele Soavi’s Stagefright, especially given the gaggle of bonus materials new to this presentation.” 18 more words

Film