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Melanie Lynskey and Linas Phillips. Photo by Nathan M. Miller The new movie Rainbow Time is uncategorizable — part romance, part drama, part dark comedy. Written, directed, and starring Linas Phillips, it originated with a character Phillips developed years ago after working with mentally disabled children. Phillips plays “Shawnzi,” a 40-year-old man with an unnamed mental disability who is prone to inappropriate sexual comments, is obsessed with Fonzie from Happy Days, and has intense sibling rivalry with his neurotypical brother, Todd (Timm Sharp). Melanie Lynskey gives...
Screenshot via Youtube Mila Kunis has been a part of the Hollywood industry for nearly 22 years. As a Hollywood starlet, she's been on the cover of numerous fashion magazines and appeared on Red Carpets every award season. Does this mean that the Hollywood veteran is exempt from the same kind of sexism  non-celebrity women face on a daily basis? Fuck no. Kunis recently published an open letter on Ashton Kutcher's website, Aplus, criticizing an unnamed producer for telling her that she would either pose "semi-naked" in a...
Girlhood Not having seen Boyhood, it’s difficult to compare Celine Sciamma’s Girlhood to Richard Linklater’s much talked about film, one he spent 12 years making. Both are coming of age stories and while Sciamma’s film didn’t take a dozen years to make, it still has a strong artist’s vision behind it. “I picked the title Girlhood not knowing Boyhood existed, but I was so glad,” Sciamma told The Independent. “I think the movies have a strong dialogue. They were mirroring [each other] and it’s really interesting...
A still from the Tightly Wound teaser When I tried using a tampon it felt like I was trying to force it into a hole that wasn’t there, causing excruciating, stabbing pain. I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to do it. Years passed by. I visited countless doctors who couldn’t tell me what I had or how to fix it. The mean, nasty voice inside my head often told me, “I’ll never have sex. I’ll never fall in love. I’ll never get married or...
American Honey (2016) Much like Mia, the young protagonist in Fish Tank, Andrea Arnold finds peace in dancing. “Apparently, there was a Cambridge professor who did a study on happiness—it took him five years—and he came back and said dancing made people happy. I could have told him that in ten seconds! I’ve always loved dancing, but my New Year’s resolution is to dance every day. I don’t dance as much as I used to and I miss it, and I was thinking, why do you have...
Erika Lust, sacred goddess of the modern cinematic sexual arts, destroyer of taboos, master of the Female Gaze, founder of Lust Films is holding an open call for pitches from YOU! If you’d like to join the ranks of those revolutionizing the male gaze dominated industry with their own sexually validating visions of tantalization, then this is your shot. We’re talkin’ about expanding the range of body types represented in porn, the sexual identities, the fantasies. Smashing the brackets so we can explore the full...
A Simple Life Ann Hui started out her film career working in television, creating short documentaries for organizations with the goal of cleaning up Hong Kong’s government misconduct. Since then, Hui has searched for ways to continue making socially conscious projects, whether they be film or television. Born in Manchuria in 1947 to a Chinese father and Japanese mother, Hui moved with her parents to Macau and then Hong Kong. In 1972, she received a master’s degree in English and comparative literature at the University of Hong...
Birth of a Nation The epic rise and fall of actor and filmmaker Nate Parker is currently still in the stages of grief and disbelief. How can it be that someone equipped with such brilliance, and with the evidence of his entrance into the esteemed walls of Hollywood’s elite — based on a dream come true — could also be aligned with a tragic mishap that cost only one life? Secrets and lies.Earlier this year, the buzzword was diversity. #OscarSoWhite gleamed in the landscape with the renderings...
  With the new erotic psychological thriller The Handmaiden, director Park Chan-Wook proves that filmmakers can take book adaptations in any direction they choose. He takes Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith and moves the setting from Victorian England to 1930s Korea under Japanese colonial rule — and it completely works.  To reveal too much of the ever-twisting plot would spoil the film, but it centers around three characters: Sook-hee (Kim Tae-ri), a poor Korean pickpocket; Lady Hideko (Kim Min-hee), a young Japanese heiress; and “Count Fujiwara” (Ha Jung-Woo),...
Tim Curry in the Rocky Horror Picture Show As FOX prepares to release their updated made-for-tv version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, I can’t help but remember by own pilgrimages to the midnight move as a teenager in the early ‘90s. Armed with some of the necessary audience participation props — water pistols, rice, and toast — my group of friends entered the time warp (hey, my folks let me break curfew for the movie!) while letting loose singing, shouting and throwing things for 100 fabulous...
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