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Gleaming the Queue: ANTIVIRAL

David Cronenberg’s son, Brandon, was always going to be measured in the shadow of his father. So for his directorial debut, rather than conspicuously avoiding these comparisons, Cronenberg has doubled down on them with Antiviral – a film that literally … Continue reading

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Gleaming the Queue: Berberian Sound Studio (2013)

Sound is a sacrament in the Berberian Sound Studio: it enters innocuously through the ears before transubstantiating into something more sinister. Peter Strickland’s film is utterly distinctive as it is unclassifiable.  Berberian Sound Studio is a psychological/metaphysical implosion of anxiety, … Continue reading

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GLEAMING THE QUEUE: A BAND CALLED DEATH

Queued up this month was the rock doc, A Band Called Death, about an enigmatic Detroit trio whose music was initially ignored or dismissed, only to be rediscovered and embraced by later generations.  This subject is hardly novel (the excellent … Continue reading

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GLEAMING THE QUEUE: ROOM 237

The leap of faith one has to make before entering Room 237, Rodney Ascher’s documentary of the hidden agendas allegedly contained within Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 thriller, The Shining. That leap is that Stanley Kubrick never did anything by accident. And … Continue reading

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Gleaming the Queue: END OF WATCH

I’m not quite sure why I picked David Ayer’s End of Watch for this month’s Gleaming the Queue. Unlike many, I thought the Ayer’s scripted Training Day was rather pedantic, in spite of Denzel’s Oscar-wining performance, and I could not … Continue reading

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GLEAMING THE QUEUE: “HEMLOCK GROVE”

I am going to try something new this month. After a year of reviewing Netflix suggested films for my Gleaming the Queue column, I’ve decided to write on one of Netflix’s Original Series. And, as it is the most recent … Continue reading

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GLEAMING THE QUEUE: BUKOWSKI: BORN INTO THIS

John Dullaghan’s Bukowski: Born Into This is a documentary about the oft lewd, drunk, and majestic poet and novelist, Charles Bukowski, who died in 1994. The documentary beautifully weaves many interviews, footage of poetry readings, and testimony of Bukowski’s friends, … Continue reading

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GLEAMING THE QUEUE: HAYWIRE

Haywire seems like Stephen Soderbergh’s cold and kinetic experiment in high-impact, low-concept genre filmmaking. In this instance, the action genre. Starting with a brawl in a rural roadside diner, the film, written by Lem Dobbs, proceeds through a series of … Continue reading

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Gleaming the Queue: Bernie

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At the opening of Richard Linklater’s East Texas black comedy, Bernie, the small-town mortician – played with unusual restraint by Jack Black – conducts a master class in how to prepare a body for a first rate open-casket funeral. Bernie … Continue reading

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Gleaming the Queue: The Two Jakes (1990)

Roman Polanski’s Chinatown is one of my all time favorite films.  But, despite my appreciation for the 1974 Oscar winning film, I had never seen its 1990 sequel, The Two Jakes, directed by Chinatown star, Jack Nicholson.  And never seeing this sequel was intentional … Continue reading

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