Movie Review: HYSTERIA

HYSTERIA movis poster | ©2012 Sony Pictures Classics

Rating: R Stars: Hugh Dancy, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jonathan Pryce, Felicity Jones, Rupert Everett Writers: Stephen Dyer & Jonah Lisa Dyer, story by Howard Gensler Director: Tanya Wexler Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Release Date: May 18, 2012 Surprisingly enough, the vibrator was invented during the Victorian era. Though HYSTERIA’s account of how this came to pass can be taken with a grain – or perhaps an entire shaker – of salt, the film’s overall look at the juxtaposition of extreme sexual prudishness (to say nothing of sexism and classism) and the upper-class medical theories of the day are hilarious and appalling […]Read On »

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Movie Review: HEREAFTER

HEREAFTER movie poster | © 2010 Warner Bros.

With gorgeous locations in London, Paris, San Francisco and Hawaii (this last standing in for Indonesia) and the agreeable company of Matt Damon as a tamped-down, but not hopeless man who is trying to change his life, HEREAFTER is quite pleasant. However, one gets the feeling that director Clint Eastwood and writer Peter Morgan (of THE QUEEN and FROST/NIXON fame) had something a bit more affecting in mind, and the movie seldom connects on a fully emotional level. Indeed, it actually generates more intellectual curiosity about the story’s claims of scientific proof of some sort of shared afterlife.

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