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    Inconstant selves in Brian De Palma’s ‘Sisters’

    In Brian De Palma’s Sisters, the titular siblings are French-Canadian Siamese twins surgically separated as adults. Danielle is gentle and lovely, and Dominique gloomy and anguished. This dynamic is complicated by the fact that the former needs the latter to develop her persona. Without Dominique, Danielle has no identity. To weave the fiction of her socially acceptable behavior, she must have Dominique bear the burden of her most disturbing desires. Yet the film, oddly enough, is not about Danielle or Dominique, but about the journalist Grace Collier. As Dominique recedes into the background, Danielle and Grace become the main antagonistic pair, a transition that culminates in an intense climax, a hypnosis dream, that imagines them as conjoined twins. As we learn, Dominique has been dead from the outset, and Danielle has transformed into her in moments of sexual and emotional excitement. More

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    A (straight) person’s guide to talking about queer cinema

    Growing up gay as a suburban teenager in the mid 90s, my access to queer culture was severely limited (ie nonexistent). Before the proliferation of the internet, one relied on the “gay” section in bookstores and video stores, if there even was one, to seek out examples of visible representation in the media throughout the […] More

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    The birth of ‘The Grandmother’ and Lynchian themes

    The Grandmother Written by David Lynch Directed by David Lynch USA, 1970 Mrs Bates lived on inside Norman’s fractured psyche. Her continued residence compensated for the guilt her son felt following her murder. Ever present, her spectral presence kept watch in the guise of a maternal superego overlooking the Bates motel from close quarters. Psycho […] More

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    ‘Mulholland Drive’ baffles the mind

    Mulholland Drive Directed by David Lynch Written by David Lynch 2001, USA I have never seen a David Lynch film. I know very little about him. I doubt that I truly grasped that Lynch was a surrealist filmmaker before now, yet Eraserhead and Mulholland Drive have been on my to-be-watched list for a decade. So […] More

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    David Lynch Special – ‘Mulholland Drive’

    In what turned out to be one of the most epic conversations in SOS history, Ricky, Simon and Edgar are joined by David Lynch superfan and friend of the show Kate Rennebohm for a two-part dissection of the man’s last two films: 2001’s Mulholland Dr. and 2006’s Inland Empire. Discussed: rabbits, the Lincoln assassination, the […] More

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    TIFF 2012: ‘Berberian Sound Studio’ – the sounds between fantasy and reality

    Berberian Sound Studio Directed by Peter Strickland Written by Peter Strickland UK, 2012 British filmmaker Peter Strickland’s sophomore effort is many things: a sly deconstruction of 1970s hallucinatory Grand Guignol cinema, an audio geek’s wet dream celebrating the art of foley magic, a stylistic tour de force, and a blend of comedy and horror with […] More

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    Inside Out 2012: ‘Kiss Me’; a classic tale of love destined to become a classic of its own

    Kiss Me Written and directed by Alexandra-Therese Keining Sweden, 2011 Like in Mulholland Drive, the first intimate encounter between the two female leads is delicately depicted. Perfuse with undeniable eroticism and composed with such seductive elegance, this moment is mediated on absolute and instinctive passion. Framed amongst the forbidden circumstances of their carnal convergence, the […] More

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    Video(s) of the Day: ‘Mulholland Drive, City of Nightmares’

    Without a doubt, Mulholland Drive, the 2001 American neo-noir psychological thriller written and directed by David Lynch, is one of the best films of the aughts, and ranks among the director’s best work. The surrealist film was highly acclaimed by many critics and earned Lynch the Prix de la mise en scène (Best Director Award) […] More

  • The Best Films of the Decade: 2000 – 2009 Part 9 (Revised)

    39- Talk To Her (2002) Directed by Pedro Almodóvar Genre: Dark Comedy, Drama This is Almodovar’s stab at serious drama, and the result is compelling, engaging, thought-provoking and in the end, an invitation to countless interpretations. Talk To Her is both unnerving and comforting at once with superb work in front of and behind the […] More

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