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  • Rabid



    I love the way Cronenberg's mind works. He starts with the notion of a plastic surgery clinic that doubles as a spa and wants to become a franchise (Dr. Keloid frets about becoming "the Colonel Sanders of plastic surgery") and ends with a zombie-plague outbreak in Montreal. The apocalyptic-level plague storyline was possibly inspired by The Crazies, which came out just a few years before (Lynn Lowry had been cast in Shivers based on her performance in The Crazies, so…

  • Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father

    Dear Zachary: A Letter to a Son About His Father


    "Words can't describe how depressing and inspiring this movie is. It truly shows the best and worst of humanity." - Jordana Valerie Allen-Shim

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  • Y Tu Mamá También

    Y Tu Mamá También


    Spring of 2002; I was teaching high school English in Brooklyn. The Cobble Hill Theater was just down the street. I went there after school one day to see this solo and came back within a week to see it again with my wife. It was exceptionally rare for me, back then, to see a movie twice in the theater. And this was an odd pick for me. When I had been a horny young dude myself, you couldn't drag…

  • Collateral



    Subgenres of the thriller genre:

    1. the thriller as art film, where the artist cannot stoop to actually thrilling his audience

    2. the thriller as philosophical rubbernecking, where we are invited to meditate upon the nature of evil — as severed heads roll our way

    3. the thriller as pastiche of esoteric pop-culture references

    4. the redundant thriller, either a remake of a good thriller or adaptation of a good novel, or both

    My highest praise of Collateral is that…