Anatomy of a Sequence

The Exorcist The Exorcist’s opening Iraq sequence is a masterclass in visual metaphors. By using only images and sound (the brief dialogue is in Arabic), a portending evil is introduced. The scenes taking place in an ancient arid land (you can feel the heat) slowly lull the viewer into a hypnotic trance with its starkContinue reading “Anatomy of a Sequence”

The Horror of Aging

I’ve Had Those Moments As a woman in my mid-fifties, I’ve experienced the horror expressed in this classic moment of cinematic grand dame guignol. I started a YouTube channel recently, and I admit to spending as much time on my make-up, hair, and flattering lighting as I do my “content.” Like many Virgos, I’m vain.Continue reading “The Horror of Aging”

Guilty Pleasures – The Craft

All of them bitches… While channel surfing last night looking for something “dumb but fun”, I was thrilled to see that The Craft had just started. I grabbed some popcorn (not really, I’m dieting) and sat back to enjoy one of my favorite teen flicks.

The Terminator, a Modern Prometheus

If a movie I’ve seen at least a dozen timesĀ (maybe more) since its release in 1984 can still get my heart racing and my palms sweating when the steely endoskeleton rises from the infernal wreckage of an 18-wheel fuel truck, I know that I am experiencing a great work of art, tested by the passageContinue reading “The Terminator, a Modern Prometheus”

Mother! Issues

There will be spoilers… I went in cold to see this in an empty (except for one couple, should I have asked them out for coffee?), freezing cold mall theater yesterday at noon and came out feeling seriously traumatized. After reading a Daily Mail article (a daily bad habit, but I tell myself it providesContinue reading “Mother! Issues”