Justin Kurzel adapts Peter Carey’s groundbreaking novel into a stunningly queer deconstruction of masculinity and nationalism.
Berlinger’s Bundy biopic doesn’t glorify the killer. Instead it dissects him, as well as the events surrounding his trial(s).
LORDS OF CHAOS tells the true story of Norwegian black metal band Mayhem and the tragic consequences of their dangerous art
Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.
David Mackenzie’s tale of Robert the Bruce avoids the myths, focusing on the fierce man of flesh and blood.
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.
Jeremy Renner brings to life one of the most heinous murderers of the modern era in this horrific biopic.
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”
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?”
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”
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”
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”