I thought I’d seen this before. I hadn’t. It’s fantastic. 100% sick and twisted, featuring two and 1/2 of the most loathsome characters ever seen on screen. What none of the critics I’ve read seem to get is that this movie is *funny* (in parts.) Peter Coyote, an actor I never thought too much of, is brilliant here — and only the ghost of John Cassavetes could have done better. What’s kinda neat is that, the way this is presented, it’s done in Old Hollywood form — meeting on a boat, wearing dinner jackets, telling interrupted stories. It’s only the (somewhat) graphic sex and the sick mind games that make this modern. An interesting genre revision, I suppose. Anyway, strongly recommended.
The Day of the Dolphin (1973), Mike Nichols, D
October 10, 2005
Note by Note: The Making of Steinway L1307 (2007), Ben Niles, A-
November 17, 2007
Youth In Revolt, Miguel Arteta, B+
January 6, 2010
Jordan Hoffman is a New York-based writer and film critic working for The Guardian, Vanity Fair, Thrillist, Times of Israel, NY Daily News and elsewhere.
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