The Drop

BBBB (out of 5) James Gandolfini‘s Brooklyn bar is a quiet, out of the way joint that was purchased from him by Chechen mobsters who now use it as a central station for payment drops.  Gandolfini still runs the place, assisted by his quiet, unassuming cousin (Tom Hardy) who sees everything and says nothing.  Two … More The Drop

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Marci X (2003)

RICHARD BENJAMIN Bil’s rating (out of 5):  0.5.  USA, 2003.  Paramount Pictures, Scott Rudin Productions, Munich Film Partners New Century & Company.  Screenplay by Paul Rudnick.  Cinematography by Robbie Greenberg.  Produced by Scott Rudin.  Music by Mervyn Warren.  Production Design by Therese DePrez.  Costume Design by David C. Robinson.  Film Editing by Jacqueline Cambas.  Podcasts:  Bad Gay Movies.   Not even the presence of two adorable stars … More Marci X (2003)

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The Door In The Floor

BBB (out of 5) Adapted from part of John Irving’s novel A Widow For One Year, this emotionally staid film stars Jeff Bridges as a children’s book author and painter who hires a writing student (Jon Foster) as an assistant for the summer during a painful time in his marriage. Bridges’ wife (Kim Basinger) has been … More The Door In The Floor

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Arlington Road

BB (out of 5) Idiotic, arch thriller about a university professor (Jeff Bridges, giving a ridiculous performance) who begins to realize that his next-door neighbours (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack) are actually terrorists intent on blowing up major city buildings in protest of whatever they’re pissed off about. Bridges, having lost his first wife in a … More Arlington Road

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Stoker

BBB.5 (out of 5) Mia Wasikowska is devastated when her father dies on her eighteenth birthday in a freak car accident, but thankfully her handsome young uncle (Matthew Goode), about whom she previously knew nothing, is on the scene to comfort her and her grieving (but so glamorous) mother (Nicole Kidman).  It is not long before … More Stoker

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Hedwig And The Angry Inch

BBBB (out of 5) Deliciously tacky movie version of John Cameron Mitchell‘s brilliant Broadway show that is pulled off just as impressively on film. Telling the story of an “internationally ignored” rock star transsexual who, following a botched sex-change operation, now has the “angry inch” of the title, Mitchell as director uses gorgeous animated sequences, … More Hedwig And The Angry Inch

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