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Archive for the ‘Directors’ Category

It Takes A Village: Ari Aster’s Midsommar

July 29, 2019

I find it interesting that the only two times that I’ve come out of my little writing sabbatical to post on this blog in the past two years were both for Ari Aster films.  Not Jordan Peele (Us), not my beloved Paul Thomas Anderson (Phantom Thread), but for this young newcomer who arrives straight out […]


Capra aegagrus hircus…

January 4, 2016

Happy, Happy, Mc Happerton 2016 to you all!!! I’m gonna start this year (and this post) out a bit slowly, because I’m rusty. If you follow me, and you must (all, what, 4 of you?), you’d know that I didn’t write much in 2015.  Well, quite frankly, that’s because 2015 just fucking blew goats.  One-legged goats.  […]

I’m going to show some restraint.

January 12, 2015

In honor of PT Anderson, I must say fuck every other fucking word.  Apologies in advance and fuck you and your priggishness. INHERENT VICE Written By: PT Anderson (Screenplay) / Thomas Pynchon (Book) Directed By: PT Anderson Stars: Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Owen Wilson, Joanna Newsome, Katherine Waterston, Hong Chau, Benecio Del Toro, Reese Witherspoon […]

And the screeners kept coming and coming and coming!!!

December 31, 2014

          Hooray! It’s screener season, which means my annual SAG dues are put to very good use.  I didn’t do this last year, but in light of my shameful lack of contributions this year, I’ve decided to take keyboard in hand and do mini-reviews much the same way I did for […]

A Quick Hi-How-Are-Ya

December 2, 2014

  This is a bit of a cop out on my part in terms of writing, but I’m waiting for Inherent Vice to come out. So cool yer heels, kiddies. In the meantime, do yourself a big favor and watch this video of my hero, my enfant terrible, Lars Von Trier.  In it, he gives a very […]

Only God Forgives!! Only…GOD!!…Fffff…ooorrrrrr…GIIIIIVVVEEESSSSSS…

July 21, 2013

SPOILER ALERT.  You’ve been warned. As you must know by now, I have been waiting for the release of Only God Forgives for…oh…forever…since Drive, really.  And the day finally arrived!  Friday, July 19th, two hours before my mom’s 60th birthday (Happy Birthday, Mom! You look fabulous!), I found myself sitting in the slightly sticky seats […]

oooooohhhweeee!! Now dat boy fine.

May 25, 2013

This was shared on Facebook by my friend, Shane Tea French: Ryan Gosling’s ‘Only God Forgives’: Critics really, really hate the crime drama I might be crazy, but this makes me want to watch this movie even more than I already do.  Controversy in art is a beautiful thing.  I will be front and center […]

Thoroughly Modern Fitzgerald

May 22, 2013

Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls, I present to you…The Great Gatsby, as seen through the huge, ever-observant eyes of Baz Luhrmann. Let’s start with this caveat: I really, really, REALLY, REALLY like Baz Luhrmann. Really.  I own the box set “The Red Curtain Trilogy,” which contains not only Strictly Ballroom, Romeo and Juliet, and Moulin Rouge, […]

In Defense of High Spirits

September 3, 2012

Dear Mr. Jordan, (May I call you Neil?) I am writing to you as a concerned advocate of your films. I have followed your career closely, and I pretty much adore everything you do. Quite frankly, if you did a short film about toilets, I would most likely be one of the first in line […]

I’ve just had a literary baby. Thunk.

December 8, 2011

THIS ENTIRE POST IS A SPOILER.  DON’T SAY I DIDN’T WARN YOU. Before we begin, allow me to digress about a topic that we haven’t begun speaking about yet.  This post…well…almost novel at this point…has been the most difficult contribution to this blog to date.  Lars Von Trier is unquestionably my favorite director now.  That […]

Lucile Hadzihalilovic’s “Innocence”

July 4, 2010

I wholeheartedly apologize for my recent dry spell, but let’s face it–it can be hard to get inspired sometimes….aw hell, who am I kidding? I’ve been a slacker.  But! Thanks to the recent chastisements of a couple of friends of mine who say they actually READ this (thank you Mandi and Tanya, for convincing me […]

Goodbye cruel world!!!

February 16, 2010

This is a suicide note.  I’m going to have to kill myself, because I cannot bear to live… Why, you ask? I’ll tell you why.  Fate has conspired against me.  Polarizing forces have merged, time has ceased to exist, and the unthinkable has happened… Dario Argento AND Malcolm McDowell will be attending Monster Mania in […]

That’s an ORDER!

November 4, 2009

Go and see the Coen Bros. new film, “A Serious Man.”  Seriously.

Rob Zombie’s “The Devil’s Rejects”: a small rant…

September 29, 2009

I should’ve written this post as soon as I’d watched the movie.  I’m worried that many facts will have been swallowed up by the colossus that is the void of time when it comes to my short term memory lately.  But heck–when has adherence to facts ever stopped me? Perhaps the most telling factor in […]

John Hughes, RIP 08-06-09

August 6, 2009

This is very, very sad news.  What a legend.  You will be sorely missed.  Why are all these kick-ass people dying lately? For fuck’s sake…   😦

Lucio Fulci: the House by the Cemetery

August 2, 2009

What took me so long in making my way to Lucio Fulci? And I call myself a horror film fanatic.  I spit on myself! Pah-touwee!! So! This movie left me with an overall sense of hell-yeah-ness.  Yeah, I made up a word.  It’s my damned blog.  So! I’m going to let my little nit-picky negativity […]

“Let the Right One In…” to your IKEA decorated living room

April 12, 2009

Just watched this Swedish take on a familiar genre–vampire films.  Wow.  All I can say is wow.  There are so many things I loved about this film.  It has a fantastic, bleak tone, well set amongst an austere winter landscape in 1982, when Sweden was still partially behind the iron curtain.  Y’all know I’m a […]

A total waste of two hours…Garden State

March 12, 2009

I gotta say, I didn’t expect much of this movie, and I wasn’t disappointed.  Throughout the entire film I kept saying to Paul, “this just feels like a whole bunch of scenes some guy thought would be cool in a film.”  Like, “Hey, wouldn’t it be great to have this guy wake up on the […]

In case you were wondering what to buy me for my next birthday…Holy shit!!! Oh happy day!!

March 6, 2009

I’m just going to post this link.  It speaks for itself… Aaaaahhhhhh!! I’m so incredibly happy right now.  I  love you Mike! Werd.

Lamberto Bava’s “Blade in the Dark”

March 4, 2009

Just watched this a couple of nights ago with the hubby.  GREAT death scenes, but overall, the gaping plot holes and the truly atrocious dubbing (both common for giallos, but this was pretty damned bad) just pulled me out too much.  Oh and the first murder weapon was one of those arts and crafts exacto knives with the […]