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The lunatics have taken over the asylum

I can understand why people often shrink back from Lars von Trier’s portrayals of suffering women.  Because arguments in film take the form of characters, setting, and action, it’s a slippery line between say,…

Hostel: Brokeback Mountain for the psychotically closeted

It’s impossible to know where to begin dissecting the broken sewer main that is the movie, Hostel.  Of course, any critique of a film with such obviously skyscraping levels of suckage begs the question…

Reeking havoc

It’s hard to believe that Havoc didn’t generate more inquisition or outrage during its initial release.  It’s one of the most racially condescending films I’ve ever seen.  Havoc is the…

Clash of civilizations (the high school remix)

Director Marco Siega’s Pretty Persuasion begins with an essential fake-out of its mood, leading you on to believe that it’s just a slightly edgier take on the cut-throat puberty politics immortalized in Heathe…

High time for sexing up the disabled

I don’t mind adding to the praise parade that has rained down upon Murderball because it’s one of the best documentaries I’ve ever seen.  Murderball (which chronicles the lives of members of the…

The trouble with Hitler

The evil of Nazism was so totalizing that we’ve been collectively struggling ever since to imagine how so many people could be led down such a dark path and how best to make the person we disagree with at the cocktail p…

Jesus, ghosts, and goblins

One of the best possible uses of a lousy movie comes from enjoying the tangents your brain makes to avoid smothering boredom. The Australian existential slasher movie, Lost Things, has all the intellectual overki…

Lesbians that go bump in the night

Ever since reading Joshua Gibson’s essay “Monsters in the Closet:  Killer Kids and Queer Identity,” I have a much more acute awareness of the ways in which gays and lesbians get configured as the monster objec…