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    The Duke of Burgundy (2015)

    Writer/director Peter Strickland follows up his outstanding Berberian Sound Studio with The Duke of Burgundy; I didn't like it quite as much, but I still admired it a great deal. It concerns two women in a dom-sub relationship: the soft-spoken, tentative Evelyn (Chiara D'Anna) works as a maid for the upright, middle-aged Cynthia (Sidse Babett Knudsen), who studies moths and butterflies. Nothing Evelyn does seems to be good enough; there's always a spare pair of panties that didn't get hand-washed with the rest of the laundry, resulting in a punishment. After observing these two for a while, it becomes apparent that they have little routines. The punishments are pre-planned. Then, it becomes apparent that Evelyn is actually the one in charge; she's not shy about manipulating Cynthia into fulfilling her submissive desires. Strickland unfolds all this in quiet, carefully polished scenes. In one, the ladies go about trying to order a bed for Evelyn's birthday; it will allow Cynthia to sleep on top while Evelyn sleeps in a compartment underneath. Unfortunately it will not be ready in time; when the sales lady mentions a human toilet, Evelyn perks up again. Like its predecessor, The Duke of Burgundy is meant to evoke a specific genre from a specific time, and it does that well. As an erotic film, I think it's a bit too clever to really titillate, but it's certainly far preferable to Fifty Shades of Grey. read more...
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    The Duke of Burgundy (2015)

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    • With: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Chiara D'Anna, Eugenia Caruso, Zita Kraszko, Monica Swinn, Eszter Tompa, Fatma Mohamed
    • Written by: Peter Strickland
    • Directed by: Peter Strickland
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 104 minutes
    • Release Date: 01/22/2015
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    Lolita (1962)

    Though Vladimir Nabokov adapted his own novel for the Lolita screenplay, he denounced it later. He was being too harsh. Though the movie lacks Humbert Humbert's exquisite inner voice, James Mason portrays him with enough longing and suffering to make up for it. read more...
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    Lolita (1962)

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    • With: James Mason, Shelley Winters, Sue Lyon, Peter Sellers, Gary Cockrell, Jerry Stovin, Diana Decker, Lois Maxwell, Cec Linder, Bill Greene, Shirley Douglas, Marianne Stone, Marion Mathie, James Dyrenforth, Maxine Holden, John Harrison
    • Written by: Vladimir Nabokov, based on his own novel
    • Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
    • MPAA Rating: Unrated
    • Running Time: 152 minutes
    • Release Date: 06/11/1962
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    Happiness (1998)

    Writer/director Todd Solondz may be one of the most disturbed individuals out there. Thank God he's making movies instead of obscene phone calls. His 1996 critical hit Welcome to the Dollhouse was a direct channeling of adolescent fears, anguish, and pain. Solondz goes even farther in his new movie, Happiness. The movie shows us a family: three grown sisters, a mother, and a father, and their lives together and apart from each other. read more...
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    Happiness (1998)

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    • With: Philip Seymour Hoffman, Jane Adams, Dylan Baker, Lara Flynn Boyle, Ben Gazzara, Louise Lasser, Cynthia Stevenson, Camryn Manheim, Elizabeth Ashley, Jon Lovitz
    • Written by: Todd Solondz
    • Directed by: Todd Solondz
    • MPAA Rating: NR
    • Running Time: 139 minutes
    • Release Date: 05/14/1998
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    Last Call (2020)

    This biopic tells of the delirious final days of the great poet Dylan Thomas, best known for "Do not go gentle into that good night," but loved by me for A Child's Christmas in Wales. Directed by Steven Bernstein, the movie is a crazy-quilt slideshow of images, memories, and hallucinations, most in black-and-white, but some in color. The framing device has Thomas (Rhys Ifans) — who is on an epic tour, reading poetry to adoring crowds of college girls — wandering into a bar early in the day. Over the course of the day and into the night, downing 18 shots, naming each drink after an experience or an emotion, and generally holding court. A clever bartender (Rodrigo Santoro) subtly takes him down a few pegs with his quotations of other great writers, while his handler (Tony Hale) frets over the status of his manuscript, the only copy of which he has given to Thomas to critique. Meanwhile, Thomas's wife Caitlin (Romola Garai) waits in vain for him to send money home to support his family. John Malkovich plays a doctor who lets Thomas know in the slyest way possible that maybe he should stop drinking. The black-and-white is appealing, but also carries a desperation. It feels closed-in, and it's certainly a downer. But when Ifans reads Thomas's work at the microphone, all the stuff everyone says about him comes to life — as genius leaps off the page. read more...
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      • With: Rhys Ifans, John Malkovich, Rodrigo Santoro, Romola Garai, Tony Hale, Zosia Mamet
      • Written by: Steven Bernstein
      • Directed by: Steven Bernstein
      • MPAA Rating: NR
      • Running Time: 101 minutes
      • Release Date: 11/25/2020
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      Frank & Lola (2016)

      Much like Elvis & Nixon, Michael Shannon stars in another small-scale film, focused mainly on two characters, and excels at it. He plays Frank, a talented chef in Las Vegas who forms a romantic relationship with the beautiful fashion designer Lola (Imogen Poots). The jovial, slightly smarmy Keith (Justin Long) gives her a job, and Frank begins to worry that he has designs on her. His obsession and jealousy grows when she tearfully tells him about a man who raped her, earlier, in Paris. He uses a potential job interview to fly to France and investigate the man, Alan (Michael Nyqvist), but learns still more dark secrets about his lover's past. Written and directed by Matthew Ross -- who, apparently, at one time considered making this into a play -- Frank & Lola works amazingly well as a quiet piece of sex-driven film noir (like Body Heat, where even fancy restaurants seem to be places of doom and deception. Las Vegas is the perfect setting, almost a character in itself. Emmanuelle Devos and Rosanna Arquette both appear briefly. read more...
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        Frank & Lola (2016)

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        • With: Michael Shannon, Imogen Poots, Justin Long, Rosanna Arquette, Michael Nyqvist, Suteara Vaughn, Emmanuelle Devos, Alex Lombard
        • Written by: Matthew Ross
        • Directed by: Matthew Ross
        • MPAA Rating: NR
        • Running Time: 88 minutes
        • Release Date: 12/08/2016
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