Beatriz at Dinner

The kind of quiet movie I don’t often watch anymore because of a number of factors… including watching fewer movies overall… it’s also a quite good, small, thought-provoking, carefully written and acted little film that’ll stay with you and give you plenty to think about. Salma Hayek plays Beatriz, Southern California massage therapist and energy…

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Knights of the Round Table

You’ll just have to put up with me and my King Arthur obsession until I move on, although during this time… you might just learn more about Arthuriana than you ever cared to know! For one, you might be surprised to know that, for such a massive cultural figure, there are actually quite few movies…

Transformers: The Last Knight

I find myself in a place in life where I have seen all five Transformers movies. We’ll gloss over how it all worked out this way, but after all that, my biggest question is: What ARE these movies? They are spectacles of massive-scale destruction with the thinnest of pretexts holding them together. I cannot recall…

Queer Profiles: Alec Butler

This is my latest Queer Profile and one I am particularly proud of. Alec was born in rural Cape Breton as intersex. At that time, in that small town, the doctors didn’t know what they were dealing with–the words genderqueer and nonbinary were not yet invented–and he was forced to take hormones and threatened with…

Rabid

Since I now have Showtime in addition to the moribund Netflix, I have a new collection of movies on demand, and this was on there. This is early, low-budget David Cronenberg, among his first body horror movies that got attention, before he went mainstream, then respectable mainstream, then avant-garde, where he is now. So let’s…

The Sword in the Stone

I’m on a little bit of a King Arthur obsession right now, reading Le Morte D’Arthur and The Once and Future King, of which The Sword in the Stone is the first book [initially published separately]. I wasn’t thrilled upon first read, because I didn’t expect a children’s novel [for what we would now consider…

The Mummy (2017)

I have a profoundly negative impression of this film’s director, Alex Kurtzman. He came from JJ Abrahms orbit and he, with Damon Lindelof and others, have a huge influence on the generally crappy, brash and overblown blockbusters we’ve had over the past ten or so years. And this film exists as Universal’s answer to the…