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Comic book blockbuster sequel toys with our ideas of good and bad guys
ME PROBLEM Wednesday, June 24
How to read the emotional emergence from narcissism in Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Kristen Stewart shines in this intriguing drama
THE LEADING MAN Wednesday, April 29
Robert Mitchum’s biography was subtitled “Baby, I Don’t Care,” a line from Out of the Past (1946), a film noir classic and one of his own best as well. He served on a chain gang in his teens, spent time in WWII as a medic checking GIs for venereal disease (a “pecker checker” he called himself) and got busted for marijuana in the ’40s. He made a number of unforgettable movies and some less than memorable. Critic Roger Ebert called him one of the greatest American actors ever, but Mitchum often denigrated both himself and his profession, once saying that “I’ve survived because I work cheap and don’t take up too much time.”
COPPING OUT Wednesday, May 13
It has some laughs, but buddy chick-flick drips with sexist exploitation
If you liked the first one, you’ll like this snark-and-song-rich sequel
HIGHBROW HORROR Wednesday, May 6
True or not, it makes for a great anecdote. Seeking money to make his first (and only) English-language film, Polish director Andrzej Zulawski supposedly pitched the project to Paramount head Charles Bluhdorn as “a film about a woman who fucks an octopus.”
OCD AND LSD IN THE USA Wednesday, June 10
Don’t worry, baby, Brian Wilson biopic covers bad trips and good vibrations of the legendary musician’s life
VENICE THE MENACE Wednesday, June 10
For those of you contemplating a summer vacation abroad to the canals, restaurants, and sights of beautiful Venice, let me recommend two terrific films set in the Italian landmark that you’ll …
WHEN THEY DIED IN A 1940 CAR CRASH, Eileen McKenney was far better known (by name, at least) than her novelist husband Nathanael West. Made famous in her older sister Ruth McKenney’s 1938 memoir My Sister Eileen, she inspired at least two books, two movies, a Broadway musical, and a TV series. They were all light-hearted and comic.