Melissa Anderson

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  • 27 days ago | Film and TV

    New York has often been the setting for films about heroin addicts, with titles ranging from Shirley Clarke's cinéma-vérité-tweaking The Connection (1961) to Slava Tsukerman's new-wave cult classic Liquid Sky (1982) mining the drama of smack freak...

  • 1 year ago | Film Reviews

    For more than two decades, Alain Guiraudie has been unrivaled in depicting desires that upend convention, whether homo or hetero. In the comedy The King of Escape (2009), for instance, a middle-age gay man falls in love with a 16-year-old girl. Th...

  • For more than two decades, Alain Guiraudie has been unrivaled in depicting desires that upend convention, whether homo or hetero. Guiraudie's most sexually explicit and narratively taut work, Stranger by the Lake — which won the Best...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    If Side Effects, an immensely pleasurable thriller revolving around psychotropic drugs, really is Steven Soderbergh's final big-screen film, as the director claims it will be, then he has peaked in the Valley of the Dolls. Scripted by Scott Z. Bur...

  • 2 years ago | Film Reviews

    A decorous gathering of dames and other knighted U.K. doyens, Quartet centers on the residents of Beecham House, a baronial residence for retired musicians. Former conductor Cedric (Michael Gambon), bedecked in a series of fantastic caftans and ch...

  • 3 years ago | Film Reviews

    Most of the blathering this year about the death of film and film culture has already evaporated from the mind, like so much inert gas. But one gnomic pronouncement endures: Leos Carax describing cinema as "a beautiful island with a cemetery" foll...