Hunger (2008)

Film Title

Hunger

Synopsis

Inmates in a Northern Ireland prison are led in a hunger strike

Director

Steve McQueen

Cast

Stuart Graham
Laine Megaw
Brian Milligan
Michael Fassbender
Liam McMahon
Helen Madden

I saw this in April of 2009 and the rest of the year failed to produce a more perfect film. Director Steve McQueen (not the one I was thinking of, as it turned out) crafts a completely compelling take on the famed hunger strike endured by Bobby Sands (Michael Fassbender) and other political prisoners associated […]

Hubie Halloween

Film Title

Hubie Halloween

Synopsis

Hubie tries to save Halloween as Adam Sandler stinks up the screen again



Cast

Adam Sandler
Kevin James
Julie Bowen
Ray Liotta
Steve Buscemi
Rob Schneider
Shaquille O'Neal

If you are familiar with Adam Sandler movies, this is exactly what you have come to expect. Whether that means you will enjoy it, or how much that is even possible for you, may vary. Less familiarity might actually equate to greater enjoyment, as you will be less annoyed and distracted by the references and […]

Fargo

Film Title

Fargo

Synopsis

A desperate and inept crime has horrible consequences in Fargo, North Dakota

Director

Joel & Ethan Coen

Cast

Steve Buscemi
Francis McDormand
William H. Macey
Peter Stormare
Kristin Rudrud
Harve Presnell
John Carol Lynch

THIS IS A TRUE STORY.  The events depicted in this film took place in Minnesota in 1987.  At the request of the survivors, the names have been changed. Out of respect for the dead, the rest has been told exactly as it “occurred.” With these words Joel and Ethan Coen open their unassailable masterpiece (one […]

Silver Bullet (1985)

Film Title

Silver Bullet

Synopsis

Gary Busey is Uncle Red…No more needs to be said

Director

Daniel Attias

Cast

Gary Busey
Everett McGill
Corey Haim
Megan Follows
Robin Groves
Leon Russom
Terry O'Quinn
Joe Wright

At the risk of gaining a reputation as some sort of lunatic who insists on reading way too much into the subtext of popular 80s movies, the 1985 werewolf movie Silver Bullet is about priests molesting children.  The “priest” in question here is actually a Reverend, which indicates he is not in fact a Catholic […]

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 […]