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Coco At the Movies: Grey Gardens, HBO

Posted By: Coco Buchanan

Having not seen the entire 1975 Grey Gardens documentary, I was a little spotty on some of the details about the lives of “Big” and “Little” Edie Beale.  Thus, perhaps I have a different (and inaccurate?) perspective on how well this movie does justice and compliments the original documentary.  Overall, I have to say that I found this movie to be at once sad and really inspiring.  Though it could be a little Lifetime-y at times, and though it could be argued to be far too happy as compared with the reality of their situation, I really enjoyed it.

Barrymore and Lange, in the Behind-The-Scenes clips on HBO On Demand, have both iterated that this film is a love story between a mother and daughter.  But more than that, I found this to be about how these women felt the need to distance themselves from society to feel free, and yet were also trapped from and by themselves. 

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Coco At the Movies: Observe and Report

Posted By: Coco Buchanan

[This review contains spoilers]

I really wasn’t sure what to expect going into Observe and Report. I knew the director, Jody Hill, had something to do with Eastbound and Down, which what little I’ve seen, I think is hilarious. Certainly, I did not expect a Seth Rogen comedy to be so dark….or deeply disturbing.

Don’t get me wrong, there were some funny moments, plus the fact that Hill’s playing around with realities was interesting, fairly unique, and a bit more sophisticated than what I was expecting. But overall, the whole thing didn’t gel for me, and in the end, I was left feeling disgusted with the humanity portrayed on the screen as well as the brand I witnessed in the theatre itself.

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Coco At The Movies: Disco Dolls in Hot Skin

coco_chanel1Posted By: Coco Buchanan

Strangely enough, the person who recommended I see a midnight showing at the Sunshine of the 3-D (supposedly) 70’s porno starring (allegedly) John Holmes was Hunter aka Mr. Serious.  I thought it would be good campy fun for a laugh, after having drinks with friends, but it turned out to be more of an insanely creepy experience; and as though I needed any more, another reason to be disgusted with humanity.

So, before I get into the particulars of the specific grossness of the film itself and the “delightful” audience, I would like to clarify a couple of things I mentioned earlier.   First, this movie is not exactly 3-D since (a) apparently, in 1977, they still used those really ancient blue and red glasses, and (b) they kept at least one light on the whole time in the theater, presumably so that no one would get “too” excited.  Though, honestly, I don’t think that was too much of a danger.  Essentially, these factors made the 3-D effect non-existent.  Second, that although in the opening credits, John “The Wad” Holmes was highlighted, according to imdb, he merely played the part of “Orgy Guy”…not one of the main characters. Not that I’m complaining, though…he uuuuugly.  But, it’s kind of false advertising.

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Ok now for the gross stuff..

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Coco At the Movies: The Eyes of Laura Mars

Posted by: Coco Buchanan

coco_chanelProducer Alex & I found this flick on Fear Net On Demand. It stars Faye Dunaway, as a Helmut Newton-type (who actually did the photography for this movie) fashion photographer who has premonitions/visions of murders, and Tommy Lee Jones as John Neville, the detective investigating the murders surrounding Mars. It was written by John Carpenter, and directed by Irvin Kershner, who apparently, used to be Barbara Streisand’s hair guy. Streisand sings the title track, natch, though it also boasts some quintessential 70s disco hits from KC and the Sunshine Band & Heatwave (Boogie Nights).

What’s pretty cool about this film mostly, is the costumes and the fact that they shot all around New York City, so you get to see Chelsea and SoHo all raw in the 70s. It worked well as capturing the time period, and focusing on the fashion world of the time. And actually, I was pleasantly surprised that everything but the plot was better than it really had to be. The plot was compelling and interesting enough, though I thought they were a few key elements were nonsensical and a bit preposterous (I mean, besides the fact that she was psychic or whatever)– the premonitions she had were never really explained or came to her in any intuitive way. I guess we were just supposed to not question it or wonder about why, how, or when they happened. Whatever.

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Coco At The Movies: Bound

coco-chanel-3Posted by: Coco Buchanan

Full disclosure:  I watched this movie by myself in my apartment & actually applauded after it was done.  Here’s why.

Bound was written and directed by the Wachowski brothers, otherwise known for directing V for Vendetta and The Matrix movies.  Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly star as Corky & Violet- an ex-con plumber, and a super femme girlfriend of a Mafioso named Caesar (played by Joe Pantoliano– sidenote:  this dude really scares me ever since I saw that one episode of The Sopranos where he brutally beats a stripper to death).  Basically the plot is very film noir, and the style is very pulp-y, except atypical to these styles/genres, it’s INCREDIBLY queerly subversive.  *SPOILER ALERT*

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Coco At the Movies: Revolutionary Road

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Directed by Sam Mendes (American Beauty, Jarhead, Road To Perdition), this film is an adaptation of Richard Yates 1961 novel, and stars Kate Winslet as April Wheeler, and Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Wheeler – a newly married white couple.  Though this film had many problems, most obvious being the histrionic script (at times horrendously so) and general heavy-handedness of the story telling, I thought there were some standout performances by Winslet and Michael Shannon, who plays nosy neighbor Kathy Bates’ emotionally disturbed son.  DiCaprio was okay, I guess, but I’m not a fan in general.  Some argue that this story of white suburban tension and gender politics in the early 60s is “old news.”  I disagree.  Sure, this film has all the subtlety of the awful The Manchurian Candidate remake, in comparison to the genius of Mad Men, but just because Mad Men does it better, doesn’t mean this topic should be left alone or not further explored.  Yes, this film did not successfully illuminate the nuances of the subject, however, at the very least, it gives others a jumping off point, and the art direction was beautiful.  Also, this review contains spoilers.

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Phyllis Nefler Corner: Recession Special!

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Posted by: Stella Glass

Well it’s real this time, people–we’re in a recession.  The New York Times officially declared an economic recession on December 2nd, causing the Dow to plunge 680 points.  But for the Phyllis  of the world, always ahead of the curve, the economic crisis became a reality almost a month earlier on November 4th, when Marc Jacobs announced that his wildly anticipated annual masquerade-ball holiday party would be cancelled this year.

While some would argue that depriving society of photographs of Marc Jacobs dressed as a camel toeis cruelty enough, the recession has only begun to take it’s toll. The unemployment rate is creeping up to 7% , Washington claims that President Elect Obama’s inauguration will be a fairly subdued affair, and many on-line retailers are offering large markdowns and free shipping in anticipation of flagging holiday sales.

So clearly it’s not just Jane Winebox and Joe AirplaneSizedLiquorBottle who are suffering.  This thing goes all the way to the top.  But how will our celebrities cope?

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