Queer Deconstructions of Australian Masculinity & Nationalism in TRUE HISTORY OF THE KELLY GANG

Justin Kurzel adapts Peter Carey’s groundbreaking novel into a stunningly queer deconstruction of masculinity and nationalism.

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EXTREMELY WICKED, SHOCKINGLY EVIL, AND VILE: The Banality and Ugly Humanity of Ted Bundy

Berlinger’s Bundy biopic doesn’t glorify the killer. Instead it dissects him, as well as the events surrounding his trial(s).

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The Gruesome Line Between Art & Real Life in LORDS OF CHAOS

LORDS OF CHAOS tells the true story of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem and the tragic consequences of their dangerous art

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Decadence and the Destruction of Discourse: The Death of Modern America in Adam McKay’s VICE

Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.

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Mackenzie and Pine De-Mythologise Robert the Bruce in OUTLAW KING

David Mackenzie’s tale of Robert the Bruce avoids the myths, focusing on the fierce man of flesh and blood.

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Alienation, Exploitation, and Moral Predicaments in MY FRIEND DAHMER

MY FRIEND DAHMER is a poignant, unnerving, and even empathetic portrayal of Jeffrey Dahmer in the year or so leading up to his first murder.

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DAHMER: The Eerie Psychological Biopic

Jeremy Renner brings to life one of the most heinous murderers of the modern era in this horrific biopic.

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Refn’s Bronson is a Surreal Character Study of Lonely Violence

Bronson. 2008. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn. Screenplay by Brock Norman Brock & Refn. Starring Tom Hardy, Matt King, James Lance, Amanda Burton, Kelly Adams, Juliet Oldfield, Jonathan Phillips, Mark Powley, Hugh Ross, Joe Tucker, Gordon Brown, & Charlie Whyman. Str8jacket Creations/Vertigo Films/Aramid Entertainment Fund. Rated 14A. 92 minutes. Biography/Crime/Drama ★★★★1/2 Time and again IContinue reading “Refn’s Bronson is a Surreal Character Study of Lonely Violence”

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Spike Lee’s Malcolm X: Has Anything Really Changed?

Malcolm X. 1992. Directed by Spike Lee. Screenplay by Lee & Arnold Perl. Starring Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall, Al Freeman Jr., Delroy Lindo, Spike Lee, Theresa Randle, Kate Vernon, Lonette MCKee, Tommy Hollis, James McDaniel, Ernest Thomas, Jean-Claude La Marre, O.L. Duke, & Larry McCoy. 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks/Largo International N.V./JCVContinue reading “Spike Lee’s Malcolm X: Has Anything Really Changed?”

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A Dangerous Method: The Unbearable Burden of Knowing Freud and Jung

A Dangerous Method. 2011. Directed by David Cronenberg. Screenplay by Christopher Hampton, based on his play The Talking Cure. Starring Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Sarah Gadon, & Vincent Cassel. Telefilm Canada/Ontario Media Development Corporation/Corus Entertainment/eOne Films. Rated 14A. 99 minutes. Biography/Drama ★★★★ I’ll say it loud and proud ’till the day I die:Continue reading “A Dangerous Method: The Unbearable Burden of Knowing Freud and Jung”

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Chopper: A Storytelling Liar

Chopper. 2000. Directed & Written by Andrew Dominik; based on the books of Mark Brandon Read. Starring Eric Bana, Simon Lyndon, David Field, Dan Wyllie, Bill Young, Vince Colosimo, Kenny Graham, Kate Beahan, Serge Liistro, Pam Western, Gary Waddell, Brian Mannix, Skye Wansey, Annalise Emtsis, & Johnnie Targhan. Australian Film Finance Corporation/Mushroom Pictures/Pariah Entertainment Group.Continue reading “Chopper: A Storytelling Liar”

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Down the Social Rabbit Hole with The Stanford Prison Experiment

The Stanford Prison Experiment. 2015. Directed by Kyle Patrick Alvarez. Screenplay by Tim Talbott. Starring Billy Crudup, Michael Angarano, Moises Arias, Nicholas Braun, Gaius Charles, Keir Gilchrist, Ki Hong Lee, Thomas Mann, Ezra Miller, Logan Miller, Tye Sheridan, Johnny Simmons, James Wolk, Nelsan Ellis, and Olivia Thirlby. Coup d’Etat Films/Sandbar Pictures/Abandon Pictures. Rated 14A. 122Continue reading “Down the Social Rabbit Hole with The Stanford Prison Experiment”

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