Monthly Archives: August 2012

Wilby Wonderful (2004)

My Canadian friend, Emily, and I joke that I should move to her beloved Nova Scotia at once. After watching “Wilby Wonderful,” I might just do that (even though they have freezing fog there–what the hell is that about???) In … Continue reading

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Summer With Monika (1953) (orig: Sommaren med Monika)

Ingmar Bergman could direct “Tommy Boy,” and make it dark and stern. Whew. I just had to say that. Confession is good for the soul. Tonight, I watched “Summer With Monika,” Ingmar Bergman’s 1953 story of two young people stuck … Continue reading

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Post-Surgical Sunday Morning Mental Chex Mix, live from The Purple Zone (feat. The Hunger Games (2012))

Ah, “The Hunger Games.” Shit. Sorry. Ah, “The Hunger Games.” That’s better. *- At its core, “The Hunger Games” is about people using what they have to survive, to make the best of their situations, no matter how bleak and … Continue reading

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God Bless America (2011)

I am so tired of election ads, that I just want to bash something. Hearing the half-truths, the carefully parsed language–really, Romney people? “Tax breaks for job providers?” Aren’t they also known as “big corporations”?? Seriously, it’s enough to make … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992 film)

I saw the film version of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” years ago, before I watched the series. I just rewatched the film. Ye gods. The “Buffy” TV series had some campy moments. The difference between the BtVS film and the … Continue reading

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Rape Girl, by Alina Klein (2012)

Rape Girl by Alina Klein My rating: 5 of 5 stars One of the truest, most tragic lines in “Rape Girl” says that a rape victim is the only crime victim who has to prove her innocence. My friend (and … Continue reading

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Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) (aka, Valerie a týden divu)

Thirteen year-old Valerie is sleeping in a gazebo, when a spry, torch-bearing thief bounds in and steals her earrings right off her ears. The earrings come back to her–in very odd ways–throughout the film, and disappear just as mysteriously. There’s … Continue reading

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