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  • A Prayer Before Dawn

    A Prayer Before Dawn

    ★★★★

    Raw. Violent Humane A visceral watch.

  • Donnybrook

    Donnybrook

    ★½

    "A mess of piss and fecal had leaked from the chair to the tile floor. Forehead opened in its center with eyes holding a dead stare. Brain matter and skull flung about the rear of his head like pasta garnished with chunks of tomato. A few teeth knocked from his mouth, stickered to his pink shirt. A single .45 brass casing on the floor."

    I'm not sure if it is possible to bring the poetic violence and pure nihilism of Frank Bill's hillbilly gothic masterpiece Donnybrook to life. This attempt, at least, was a swing and a miss.

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  • Upstream Color

    Upstream Color

    ★★★★★

    One may never be able to fully unravel the avant-garde enigma that is Shane Carruth’s Upstream Color.  The film is an array of seemingly disassociated complex themes; the pernicious results of American avarice, environmentalism, depression, the circle of life, loss of individuality to the collective, breaking of cycles, and the reconstruction of the American middle-class are all explored with multiple instances of thematic overlap and blending.  Carruth illustrates that life is not constructed from a timeline of autonomous finite events,…

  • Beauty and the Beast

    Beauty and the Beast

    ★★★★★

    The 1991 Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise directed Disney film Beauty and Beast is a wonderfully subversive entry into the princess and prince charming genre that numerous Disney animated musicals had previously and masterfully operated within. The film takes the traditional prince charming archetype and flips it on its head through the casting of the downtrodden and ill-tempered, but sympathetic protagonist Beast against the chiseled-bodied, testosterone-dripping traditionally masculine male archetype Gaston in a fight, both literally and figuratively, for the…