Tag Archives: Drama

Sister My Sister

In a provincial town in France, 1932, a widow, Madame Danzard (Julie Walters) and her daughter, Isabelle (Sophie Thursfield) live an insular, suffocated life with their maid, Christine Papin (Joely Richardson). Christine’s younger sister, Lea (Jodhi May), comes to work at the house, which is when the action of the film begins. Madame Danzard runs […]

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Billions (Season One)

U.S. Attorney Chuck Rhoades (Paul Giamatti) has the hate horn on for hedge fund genius Bobby ‘Axe’ Axelrod (Damian Lewis). Rhoades knows Axelrod has built his fortune from nothing using less-than-honest means—primarily insider trading—and it’s his job to prosecute people who break the law on behalf of the American people. But this instance is personal. […]

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Romance 1999

A couple who’ve been together a few months are having difficulties because the man—Paul (Sagamore Stevenin) is no longer interested in sex. He doesn’t think it’s important. Marie (Caroline Ducey) heartily disagrees. She wants to be with him every night. He gives her tacit permission to have an affair—or at least wouldn’t be bothered if […]

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Kelly and Victor

The titular Kelly (Antonia Campbell-Hughes) and Victor (Julian Morris) meet at a club on his 28th birthday. After which they go back to her place and snort something called meow meow then have unprotected sex where it becomes apparent she’s something of a sadist, strangling him (with no negotiation and what appears to be without […]

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Taxidermia

Morosgovanyi (Csaba Czene) is an orderly to an exceedingly harsh lieutenant in the Hungarian military during the Second World War. Life is brutal so he spends time exploring his perversions (including sticking something flammable in his urethra) and fantasies (like getting a handjob from the Little Match Girl). One of these fantasies—which turns into one […]

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The Night Porter (1974)

There are films that exist outside of themselves—by that I mean—it’s impossible for the viewer to completely suspend disbelief, as they are regularly brought to the present by the question, ‘How did this get made? What were the circumstances that allowed this to happen?’ Caligula falls into this category. The Night Porter isn’t nearly as […]

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Of Freaks and Men

Prologue In a segment that is silent and black and white, we are shown three different, brief scenes, with titles between them explaining what’s happening a la the early days of cinema. First is Johann who enters a Russian town through immigration control. Then Dr Stasov, who adopts Siamese infants. Two boys of Asian extraction […]

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Blue Velvet

After his father has a stroke, Jeffery Beaumont (Kyle MacLachlan) returns to his small town in North Carolina to help with the family hardware store. He’s standing in a field after visiting his father one day and comes across a severed human ear, which he puts in a small paper bag and takes to the […]

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Gaspar Noe’s Love

I wasn’t looking at the screen when Gaspar Noe’s Love started—I was looking at my laptop—and the first thing I hear is Bean saying, ‘Well, dang.’ I look up and, on my Netflix-showing screen is a woman stroking a very erect dick with her face right next to it while a dude is enthusiastically fingering […]

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Matinee 2009 (short film)

Two theatre actors have been struggling with a scene in the play they’re in. Before the matinee performance Daniel (Steven McAlistair—NOT Alan Cumming) goes to talk to his co-star Mariah (Alicia Whitsover) about ‘art’ and ‘truth’ or something. He tries reblocking—changing the way they move during the scene—without the director’s approval or even anyone else […]

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Downloading Nancy

Nancy Stockwell (Maria Bello) is in a … ‘loveless’ is too nice of a word. There is a void where love should be. She spends her time self harming and talking to her therapist (Amy Brenneman) about her truly terrible childhood. Oh, and talking to strangers on the internet about her masochistic fantasies. Her husband, […]

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Dogtooth

A modern Greek family consisting of heterosexual parents, two daughters and a son (no names are ever given) live in a large house with expansive gardens and a pool. And a high fence that keeps the mother and children locked in snuggly while the father goes to work. The children are grown—the eldest girl and […]

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Nymphomaniac Extended Director’s Cut

There are certain films on the Wikipedia page of ‘BDSM in Film‘ that I have no interest in seeing. Until last week Lars von Trier’s epic Nymphomaniac was on that list—it was too long and the trailer didn’t make it look like anything I would enjoy. (And though I’d liked Melancholia, Antichrist made me want […]

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