Articles by Felix Gonzalez, Jr.


August 5, 2009 // 0 Comments

Roman Polanski's "Repulsion" wastes no time before plunging its audience into the frighteningly disturbed mindset of its central character, Carol Ledoux (Catherine Deneuve). The film opens on an extreme close-up of Carol's right eye as [...]

Children of the Corn

July 30, 2009 // 0 Comments

"Children of the Corn" was in crowded company when it was released in 1984. Horror auteur Stephen King was becoming quite the rage in Hollywood in the early 1980s as producers were eager to cash in on his string of best-sellers. In 1983 alone, [...]

I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry

July 15, 2009 // 0 Comments

Lesbians, come on, bend yo' wrist like this. Gay folk, come on, bend yo' wrist like this. Bisexuals, come on, let me see you bend yo' wrist. Trisexuals, bend yo' wrist like this. These are lyrics from the closing song in "I Now [...]

Night Train

July 6, 2009 // 0 Comments

Set in an indistinct location in a vaguely contemporary time period, "Night Train" features a nightmare journey on what appears to be the Polar Express. On an ethereally snowy night, a mysterious man climbs aboard the titular train without a [...]

Fast Company

June 29, 2009 // 0 Comments

When the name David Cronenberg is mentioned, it usually conjures up memories of Jeff Goldblum metamorphosing into a giant insect, James Woods making love to a breathing, pulsating television set, or a man's head exploding. These and countless other [...]

Inside Man

June 19, 2009 // 0 Comments

Spike Lee's "Inside Man" concerns a bank robbery. A most unusual bank robbery, in fact. The robbery is organized by Dalton Russell (Clive Owen), who addresses the camera directly at the film's opening to give us the Who, What, When, [...]

Dr. Strangelove

June 16, 2009 // 0 Comments

The 1960s was a good decade for director Stanley Kubrick. In fact, it marked the height of his financial and critical success. He opened the decade on a bittersweet note with the sword-and-sandal epic "Spartacus" (1960), the kind of adventurous [...]

The Best of Whose Line Is It Anyway?

June 8, 2009 // 0 Comments

The American incarnation of Britain's "Whose Line Is It Anyway?" proved to be a great success for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. The show, which features four comics participating in games that call for improvisational comedy, offered [...]

Revolutionary Road

June 3, 2009 // 0 Comments

Is it a sign of the times that the love-struck kids from the 90s' biggest blockbuster grew up to become the disillusioned couple at the center of Sam Mendes' would-be revelation of oppressive 1950s' conformity? It would appear so, as [...]

The Fast and the Furious Trilogy

May 12, 2009 // 0 Comments

The 2001 hit "The Fast and the Furious" hearkens back to the auto-centric B-movies of the 1960s and 1970s, bringing the relatively underground culture of speed racing to mainstream attention. As in the "hot rod" movies of decades past, [...]
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