Four Favorite Dangerous Women. BTW, gotta know I love 3-star movies, I bathe in them.
Gone Girl 2014
Rosamund Pike had been such a mysterious and cold beauty in movies for years, with that Catherine Deneuve enigma quality, that when she was cast as Amy Dunne she lavished a perfectly entrancing yet duplicitous quality for Gone Girl; it was a plot that was not probable but Pike is so great she convinces the diabolically insanity of her character was not necessarily impossible.
We have diminished expectations with the central performances by Ben Affleck and Pike only at the…
I’m probably one of the few people on Earth who thinks a 4-hour Danish film about a woman with an insatiable sex drive is great. What can I say? I like psychology. Most people would find it too upsetting within twenty minutes.
From the director of “Breaking the Waves” and “Melancholia,” Lars von Trier’s hypersexual saga Nymphomaniac has pornographic content, but it is not senseless pornography. Joe is aged by decades (Stacy Martin, young; Charlotte Gainsbourg, woman), and she grows…
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975
It was 1975 and even the crazies in the loony bin were more interesting people than most “sane” people you find in 2020 movies. At the zenith of interest is Jack Nicholson who has more personality, more raucousness, more chutzpah, than any other personality you can find anywhere in any other movie. His R.P. McMurphy has arrived at the state mental hospital in order to evade prison work detail, unknowing that he has walked into a chamber of boredom and…
The Long Kiss Goodnight 1996
It’s always fun going back and watching Geena Davis again, in anything. The high concept here is that she is a housewife, and amnesiac, who gets jolted back into her true assassin identity (she comes to remember her past!) only to fight some unmemorable bad guys who want revenge on her. Davis is paired with slick Samuel L. Jackson, and the two of them outrun some terrifically photographed fireballs and explosions. The director, Renny Harlin, also infuses some nice Christmas…
“In Australia when an Aborigine man-child reaches sixteen, he is sent out into the land. For months he must live from it. Sleep on it. Eat of its fruit and flesh. Stay alive. Even if means killing his fellow creatures. The Aborigines call it the Walkabout. This is the story of a Walkabout.” – Prologue
The greatest film ever made. Walkabout features two city children lost in the Outback, luckily saved by an Aborigine boy who is on his yearlong…
The Night Porter 1974
Once upon a time, there might have been a few who took it seriously enough to enjoy it as renegade art, but today it is Nazi kitsch. Nothing here should qualify it as good in any frame of mind.
At a Vienna hotel in 1957, Charlotte Rampling is a concentration camp survivor who runs into Dick Bogarde the eponymous night porter who spends his days now quiet as "a church mouse," he being the camp officer and doctor who routinely…