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A Movie Guide to Your Never-Ending Twenties

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An avid student of the depiction of youth in movies, I’ve taken to calling the twenties, as we live them nowadays, the benties, after the British word “bent,” for messed up. And, while I realize not everyone will have found this decade of late adolescence / imposed maturity as disconcerting ...

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Sordid Cinema #84: ‘John Wick’ and Pedro Costa’s ‘Horse Money’

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This week on Sordid Cinema, we review John Wick, a violent, stylish B-movie that serves as a satisfying return to action for Keanu Reeves. For those who crave no-holds barred action, this may be what you are looking for. Also on the agenda is Pedro Costa’s Horse Money, Gregg Araki’s ...

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‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ flies nowhere

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White Bird in a Blizzard Written & Directed by Gregg Araki USA, 2014   Just in case the title wasn’t enough of a hint, White Bird in a Blizzard provides enough ponderous dialogue and artsy flourishes to reveal itself as the pretentious mess that it is.  Unsure whether it’s an ...

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Watch the Trailer for Gregg Araki’s ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’

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Once considered the angriest, most unconventional, and relentlessly intriguing voices in independent queer cinema, Director Gregg Araki is back with his sexually charged drama White Bird in a Blizzard. Based on the Laura Kasichke novel of the same name, the story takes place in the 1980s and stars Shailene Woodley ...

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‘White Bird in a Blizzard’, Gregg Araki’s latest feature, releases its first trailer

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One of the more well-regarded filmmakers in the independent film circuit is Gregg Araki. With movies such as Mysterious Skin, Smiley Face, and The Doom Generation credited to him, many fans of his were excited to learn that he was working on a new film, with his last release coming ...

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International Day against Homophobia & Transphobia: Some Influential Queer Films

To commemorate that yesterday, May 17th, was the International Day Against Homophobia, here’s a spotlight on some influential films in queer cinema (within the last decade or so and in no particular order) that gave way to more visibility and awareness within media and popular culture . Brokeback Mountain (2005) ...

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‘Doom Generation’ represented a major artistic leap forward for Gregg Araki

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  Doom Generation Directed by Gregg Araki Written by Gregg Araki 1995, USA Gregg Araki’s highly stylized, vibrant dark comedy/road trip is still in many ways the very best of his “Teen Apocalypse Trilogy.” It’s often compared to Natural Born Killers, but unlike NBK, Doom carries with it a sense ...

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Sordid Cinema Podcast #22: Director Gregg Araki

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Once considered the angriest, most unconventional, and relentlessly intriguing voices in independent queer cinema, Director Gregg Araki is back with Kaboom, a science-fiction cyber-thriller and self-aware teen sex comedy. On episode 22 of Sordid Cinema (Sound On Sight’s monthly spin-off show) Ricky D, Justine Smith and guest Beverly Brown sit ...

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Be blown (but not necessarily away) by ‘Kaboom’

Kaboom Directed by Gregg Araki Written by Gregg Araki 2010, USA, France Kaboom should be worse than it is. Much worse.  18-year-old Smith (an adequately engaging Thomas Dekker) is a film major who might be “a three or a four [out of six]” on the Kinsey scale as theorised by ...

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Gregg Araki’s “Kaboom” finally gets a Trailer

Kaboom took home the very first Cannes’ Queer Palm earlier this year, an award (if you couldn’t tell) that is given to a film’s “contribution to lesbian, gay, bi or trans” issues. About a dozen movies were eligible for the award but the director of previous cult hits such as ...

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