Black Swan: Dark Hearts, Tortured Artists, and the Transition to Womanhood

Black Swan. 2010. Directed by Darren Aronofsky. Screenplay by Andrés Heinz, Mark Heyman, & John J. McLaughlin. Starring Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey, Winona Ryder, Benjamin Millepied, Ksenia Solo, Kristina Anapau, Janet Montgomery, Sebastian Stan, Toby Hemingway, Sergio Torrado, Mark Margolis, & Tina Sloan. Protozoa Pictures/Fox Searchlight Pictures/Cross Creek Pictures. Rated 14A. 108Continue reading “Black Swan: Dark Hearts, Tortured Artists, and the Transition to Womanhood”

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Damien – Season 1 Finale: “Ave Satani”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 10: “Ave Satani” Directed by Nick Copus Written by Glen Mazzara * For a review of the penultimate Season 1 episode, “The Devil You Know” – click here Disclaimer: I was invited to the Damien Season 1 finale screening in L.A. tonight, which includes a lunch, plus Q&A with Executive ProducerContinue reading “Damien – Season 1 Finale: “Ave Satani””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 9: “The Devil You Know”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 9: “The Devil You Know” Directed by Jennifer Chambers Lynch Written by Glen Mazzara & K.C. Perry * For a review of the previous episode, “Here Is Wisdom” – click here * For a review of the Season 1 finale, “Ave Satani” – click here After the shocking events ofContinue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 9: “The Devil You Know””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 8: “Here Is Wisdom”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 8: “Here Is Wisdom” Directed by Tim Andrew Written by Sarah Thorp * For a review of the previous episode, “Abattoir” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “The Devil You Know” – click here So many things happening on Glen Mazzara’s excellently macabre series Damien. First,Continue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 8: “Here Is Wisdom””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 6: “Temptress”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 6: “Temptress” Directed by Nick Copus Written by Richard Hatem * For a review of the previous episode, “Seven Curses” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Abattoir” – click here After the emotionally devastating “Seven Curses”, Damien Thorn (Bradley James) is being transported to theContinue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 6: “Temptress””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 5: “Seven Curses”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 5: “Seven Curses” Directed by Mikael Salomon Written by K.C. Perry * For a review of the previous episode, “The Number of a Man” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Temptress” – click here On we spin into the abyss, right alongside Damien Thorn (BradleyContinue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 5: “Seven Curses””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 4: “The Number of a Man”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 4: “The Number of a Man” Directed by Bronwen Hughes Written by Nazrin Choudhury * For a review of the previous episode, “The Deliverer” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “Seven Curses” – click here What will Damien Thorn (Bradley James) encounter next? Last weContinue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 4: “The Number of a Man””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 3: “The Deliverer”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 3: “The Deliverer” Directed by Guillermo Navarro Written by Ryan C. Coleman * For a review of the previous episode, “Second Death” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “The Number of a Man” – click here As Ann Rutledge (Barbara Hershey) leads Damien Thorn (BradleyContinue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 3: “The Deliverer””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 2: “Second Death”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 2: “Second Death” Directed by Ernest R. Dickerson Written by Mark Kruger * For a review of the first episode, “The Beast Rises” – click here * For a review of the next episode, “The Deliverer” – click here After an uneven pilot episode, A&E’s Glen Mazzarra-run Damien glides into itsContinue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 2: “Second Death””

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Damien – Season 1, Episode 1: “The Beast Rises”

A&E’s Damien Season 1, Episode 1: “The Beast Rises” Directed by Shekhar Kapur Written by Glen Mazzara * For a review of the following episode, “Second Death” – click here A new series from former The Walking Dead showrunner Glen Mazzara begins! No doubt it was a long time coming, after all the revival series talkContinue reading “Damien – Season 1, Episode 1: “The Beast Rises””

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INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 – Dark, Creepy, Moody

Insidious: Chapter 2. 2013. Directed by James Wan. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell. Starring Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Barbara Hershey, Steve Coulter, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Tom Fitzpatrick. Blumhouse Productions. Rated 14A. 106 minutes. Horror/Thriller ★★★★1/2 Being a fan of the first film, I was excited to see what James WanContinue reading “INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 2 – Dark, Creepy, Moody”

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INSIDIOUS Takes Us Back to Classic Haunting

Insidious. 2010. Directed by James Wan. Screenplay by Leigh Whannell. Starring Rose Byrne, Patrick Wilson, Ty Simpkins, Lin Shaye, Leigh Whannell, Angus Sampson, and Barbara Hershey. Rated 14A. 103 minutes. Drama/Horror/Mystery. 4 out of 5 stars There aren’t many horror movies that feel like the classics these days, except for a few. Even some ofContinue reading “INSIDIOUS Takes Us Back to Classic Haunting”

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