The Muppet Movie (1979)
Ms. 45 (1981)
Drafthouse Films is quickly turning my crush on them into a full blown love affair bordering on obsession. First they released Wake In Fright (one man’s fight against hicks and beer), then the gem Miami Connection (possibly the best film ever made), The Act of Killing, A Band Called Death, and now they will be releasing Abel Ferrara’s revenge classic Ms. 45 this December. I have been dying to see this film FOR-EV-ER, and the thought of seeing it restored in HD on the big screen has me feeling all sorts of warm and fuzzy. Ms. 45 is like Death Wish for every woman that has been harassed by that creep on the subway or a greasy construction worker catcalling you in between bites of a five dollar foot long. It’s a different, darker kind of girl power, and I can’t wait to see it! Watch the trailer here.
Funny Face (1957)
Dane DeHaan (2013)
One of my favorite new actors. The kid’s got chops! Dane is photographed by Bruce Weber for T Magazine.
A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III (2012)
I fell asleep watching this movie twice, on the third attempt I finally gave up. Sorry, Charlie.
Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Blue Caprice (2013)
The true crime genre has exploded in recent years. There are entire cable channels devoted to the subject, with Investigation Discovery leading the pack by curating fearlessly ridiculous programming and shows including Southern Fried Homicide, Blood Lies & Alibis, Frenemies, Happily Never After, Swamp Murders, Wives with Knives (!!!), Pretty Bad Girls, Very Bad Men, and six titles with the word Dead in them. Grim, horrific, and most importantly true stories of murder are reduced to sepia toned pulpy reenactments with ghoulish narrators giving us a pun filled Cliffs Notes of all of the gory details. This style is now a go to, with very few attempting for more. It’s cheap, and easy, which is precisely why Blue Caprice is such a refreshing take on the ‘based on true events’ trope.