United 93

On controversy and great filmmaking “United 93” could have easily been gratuitous, or cheesy, or exploitative. It is none of these things. If you feel ready to confront the tragedy of the hijacked flight, and the general bloodbath of September 11th, 2001 on the big screen, this is not a film to miss. At first, …

Natasha From Russia

When you’re privileged enough to attend a top-tier American university such as Duke, losing sight of the fact that your fate may have been different often comes with the package. Strutting to class in a pair of pricey high heels to hear well-paid professors talk and relaxing afterwards with a glass of pinot grigio at …

Wet Dreaming, Sort Of

On Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers” Decadence is good for you. Take your decadence like you take your vitamins. I understood this whilst freezing my bum off outside a Canadian Cineplex, arguing with the boyfriend about the artistic merits of Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Dreamers,” the movie that has the gatekeepers of America’s family values system being …

On Virginity

“What IS virginity?” I first knew that different people would answer this question differently as I rode down an escalator in a German shopping mall a few years ago; my friend turned toward me and delivered this peculiar line: “I could de-virginize you right now.” “What?” I wasn’t surprised he had brought up the subject …

Mel, I Hardly Knew Ye

Oh dear. Does a certain movie mean we can’t make fun of Mel Gibson anymore? If I were to play a free-association game using the image of Mel Gibson, the words and phrases that most readily come to mind are: “Crackpot,” “Braveheart,” “Cute bum.” And “Aaaaaaagh his poor wife has had, like, a million kids!” …