Earth Girls Are Easy (1988)

Film Title

Earth Girls Are Easy

Synopsis

Aliens and Furries in SoCal

Director

Julien Temple

Cast

Jeff Goldblum
Geena Davis
Jim Carrey
Damon Wayans
Julie Brown
Charles Rocket
Michael McKean


A few years after enacting a disgustingly doomed romance in The Fly, real-life husband-and-wife Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis went on to play a similarly weird but much less doomed couple in Julien Temple’s 1988 cult classic Earth Girls Are Easy. Unlike The Fly, which was dark and deep enough to warrant speculation about its […]

The Fly (1986)

Film Title

The Fly (1986)

Synopsis

The AIDS just might be behind cocaine door #3

Director

David Cronenberg

Cast

Jell Goldblumb
Geena Davis
John Getz
David Cronenberg
Leslie Carlson

David Cronenberg’s remake of the (also very good) 50s giant bug movie The Fly added a lot of nuance and subtlety to the themes of the original. “Subtlety” might seem like a strange word to describe a movie in which a gradually decomposing man vomits on his food before eating it, but when it is […]

A Serious Man (2009)

Film Title

A Serious Man

Synopsis

Being a Jew can suck, especially if God hates you.

Director

Ethan & Joel Coen

Cast

Michael Stuhlbarg
Richard Kind
Fred Melamed
Sari Lennick
Aaron Wolff
Jessica McManus

After the success of their rightly acclaimed, Oscar-winning 2007 hit No Country for Old Men, the Coen Brothers made two dry, dark comedies in a row, neither of which has garnered the same level of praise as their brooding Texas masterpiece. Though Burn After Reading (2008) has developed a substantial cult following since its release, […]

Suspicion (1941)

Film Title

Suspicion

Synopsis

A shy young heiress marries a charming gentleman, and soon begins to suspect he is planning to murder her

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast

Cary Grant
Joan Fontaine
Cedric Hardwicke
Nigel Bruce
Isabel Jeans
Auriol Lee

“Gaslighting” is the use of psychological manipulation to make a person doubt their own sanity, and even to lose it. The term derives from the 1938 British play Gas Light and its 1940 and 1944 film adaptations from Britain and Hollywood, respectively. It is somewhat surprising Alfred Hitchcock was not at the helm of the […]

Ricochet (1991)

Film Title

Ricochet

Synopsis

A District Attorney is stalked by his worst nightmare

Director

Russell Mulcahy

Cast

Denzel Washington
John Lithgow
Jesse Ventura
Ice-T
Kevin Pollack
Lindsay Wagner
Victoria Dillard

Tagline: “He’s a cop accused of murder. And the only man who knows he’s innocent is the killer who framed him. This is one case that’s going to be settled out of court.” Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence:  Homicidal maniac obsesses over hot black sex cop.  Homoeroticism:  It is perhaps […]

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street (2019)

Film Title

Scream, Queen! My Nightmare On Elm Street

Synopsis

The homoerotic aspect of the Nightmare On Elm St. Franchise

Director

Roman Chimienti, Tyler Jensen

Cast

Mark Patton
Cecil Baldwin-Narrarator

A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge rivals even Top Gun and Commando as the gayest movie of the 80s, and therefore of all time. While the glistening classics of 80s Action are awash in (perhaps) unintended homoeroticism, 80s horror movies such as Elm Street 2 and Sleepaway Camp have at the core of […]

The Birds (1963)

Film Title

The Birds

Synopsis

Birds decide to attack all humans who refuse to practice social distancing

Director

Alfred Hitchcock

Cast

Rod Taylor
Jessica Tandy
Suzanne Pleshette
Tippi Hedren
Veronica Cartwright
Ethel Griffies

In his excellent nonfiction book Danse Macabre, Stephen King posits that the horror story is essentially conservative, a chronicle of the battle between Apollonian and Dionysian forces. These are the Light and Dark sides of the Force, respectively, if you prefer that terminology (obviously it is not only horror stories that utilize this formula). The […]

Midnight Run (1988)

Film Title

Midnight Run (1988)

Synopsis

Everyone is after this guy, including Bounty Hunters, The Mafia, and the F.B.I.

 



Cast

Robert D Niro
Charles Grodin
Yaphet Kotto
John Ashton
Dennis Farina

Tagline:  This could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship.  Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence:  Bounty hunter and his quarry trade wisecracks.  Homoeroticism:  Hardly anything to report, sadly. Bounty hunter Jack Walsh (Robert De Niro) and accountant Jonathan “the Duke” Mardukas (Charles Grodin), who is in his custody, quickly develop […]

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Film Title

Raiders Of The Lost Ark

Synopsis

Indiana Jones battles Nazi’s for control of The Ark of the Covenant

Director

Steven Spielberg

Cast

Harrison Ford
Karen Allen
Paul Freeman
Ronald Lacey
John Rhys-Davies
Alfred Molina
Wolf Kahler

Tagline: The Return of the Great Adventure. Entire Story In Fewer Words Than Are In This Sentence: Indiana Jones hates snakes, and Nazis. In that order. Homoeroticism:  Basically nonexistent, I am sorry to report. There are a lot of natives dressed only in leather thongs chasing Indy (Harrison Ford) at the beginning, after he steals […]

Movies By Ezra: Decade To Decade Favorites

At the end of last year and the beginning of this one, there were a lot of Best Movies of the Decade lists going around online. As always, I was drawn in by the allure of pointlessly ranking movies and I participated, but it got me thinking about the bigger picture. What was the best […]