Double Bill: DRIVE and THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES

Each of these film noirs feature Ryan Gosling as a stunt-driver in entertainment, who moonlights doing mechanical auto work for a garage owner, who moonlights as a criminal on the side, and gets Ryan Gosling crime-work.  Gosling is a stunt-driver with skillz, displaying a mechanical genius AND a driving genius that knocks his fellows out …

Double Bill: PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES and LE DÎNER DES CONS

Two films from the modern world’s two initial republics; each is about a trim, urbane, well-dressed, successful businessman with a satisfying home life who encounters a bumbling, hefty, less attractive, unsophisticated lower class worker with a heart of gold and no one to call his own, whom he cannot get rid of and who ultimately, …

Double Bill: MAX and THE RAVEN, or “Pseudo-biopics”

MAX is about Adolf Hitler (widely considered to be one the world’s greatest evil world-dominating dictators) while THE RAVEN is about Edgar Allen Poe (widely considered to be a deeply influential genius of dark literature). Not content to settle for boring, real-life stories about these compelling, dark, passionate, intriguing personalities, the filmmakers in both cases …

Double Bill: DEATH BECOMES HER and THE SKIN I LIVE IN

Two dark comedies (containing light horror-movie homages) about plastic surgery and perfect skin quality, and about love, death, longing, and female beauty, each featuring an impressive mansion owned by a brilliant yet troubled plastic surgeon who carries an obsessive, determined and ultimately crippling love/adulation for a beautiful woman. Each features unusual, fantasy elements regarding beauty …

Double Bill: AMÉLIE and LÉOLO

She’s an over-imaginative and lonely French girl in an Old World metropolis; he’s an over-imaginative and lonely French boy in a New World metropolis. Each retreats into surreal fantasy to escape their distant family relationships and their inability to connect emotionally or physically to others around them. Amélie and Léolo each meet a reclusive, even …