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A French Icon Turns 70

A French Icon Turns 70

  Two days ago on October 22, French actress Catherine Deneuve entered her 7th decade. Long known for her thespian talent and legendary glacial beauty the Gallic icon can now be rightly considered a Grande Dame of French cinema. And to celebrate Ms. Deneuve’s birthday I’ve included a couple of video compilations that include her on screen sapphic scenes…..she’s had quite a few…merci Madame! Please like &...

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Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975)

Released in 1975, this film has the twofold distinction of being the first Australian movie widely distributed to international audiences as well as being acclaimed director Peter Weir’s only second feature film. Set in an all-girl boarding school in South Australia, it’s difficult to place Picnic at Hanging Rock in any genre as it defies categorization; part mystery, part supernatural gothic and part visual poem to lost innocence, the...

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Caramel (2008)

Caramel (2008)

Caramel is a sticky concoction made of sugar, water and lemon juice used as a depilatory in Beirut. It’s also the title of this Lebanese romantic-comedy set in Beirut written, directed and starring (in her directorial debut) the beautiful Nadine Labaki (who bears a resemblance to Italian actress Monica Bellucci). The film follows the lives of five Lebanese women. Layale (Nadine Labaki) owns and works at a beauty salon and is stuck in a...

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Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

Kissing the Witch by Emma Donoghue

Last weekend was the release of Snow White and the Huntsman in theaters. Like many of you I went just to see the beautiful and talented Charlize Theron in all her alpha female, wicked, sexy as hell craziness as Queen Ravenna. I enjoyed it but let’s be honest, we all know this would have been a far more entertaining fairy tale if Snow White and the Evil Queen had worked out all that jealousy, insecurity , competitiveness and sexual tension...

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Black Swan (2010)

Black Swan (2010)

What a strange, twisted gem of a movie. Is it drama, horror, a glimpse into the rigors of ballet or a study in madness? What exactly? Well, it’s hard to say because it seems to be a bit of everything. But whatever it is Black Swan is fascinating and riveting! A visual and emotional vortex properly reflecting the mental state of its protagonist, Nina Sayers (Natalie Portman) a dedicated ballerina at a NYC Ballet company obsessed with...

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