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  • The Midnight Meat Train

    The Midnight Meat Train

    This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

    Impressive only in its final moments, in which Bradley Cooper steps into his new role as the man who turns people into meat for a vast netherworld system of ancient beasts, and his change in personality or position or openness to evil or what have you is signified by little more than a fashy haircut.

  • The Blood of a Poet

    The Blood of a Poet

    ★★★★

    Decadence is the charge that dogged Jean Cocteau, that dabbler, that celebrity, artist of the ruling class, even in Vichy, the man who made The Blood Of A Poet at age 40 because a gay viscount in his social circle wanted to finance a film, or more accurately, finance the man behind it. In the end, the patron had twins, Buñuel’s L’âge d’or and Cocteau’s The Blood Of A Poet. But where Buñuel’s urgency was political, Cocteau’s was psychological. His…

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  • Velvet Goldmine

    Velvet Goldmine

    ★★★★½

    Everyone knows Ewan McGregor waves his dick around on-stage as Curt Wild, but nobody talks about what comes next, a cut to the nurse smiling into the camera as she prepares to wheel us off to electro-shock therapy. That’s what happens to boys who ogle boys. The story of an ex-groupie music journalist investigating the death of glam rock icon Brian Slade (Jonathan Rhys Meyers), here’s a Citizen Kane where Charles says, “I think it would be fun to be…

  • Carol

    Carol

    ★★★★★

    Carol starts with the sound of an approaching train car, but it just shows us the golden grate on the street, a ventilation port for an unseen cavern containing all kinds of men and women in transit. There’s a whole world down there that we can’t see for the ornate surface. That was my first viewing, taking too much at face value, following color and touch—and the powerhouse coupling of gayness with integrity—but missing the motivating emotions. This time everything…