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Cat People
Cat People

film_ronin, October 17, 2007

Immediately Giorgio Moroder's score captures you in the darkness with
its sensual rhythms, then Schrader entices us into a labyrinthine
journey of sex and death seen through the eyes of the dark & beautiful
Irena (Kinski). Her brother Paul, played by a Malcom McDowell welcomes
Irena to New Orleans ( a perfect location for this erotic & fetishistic
tale ) dressed as a priest, this is their first 'reunion' since infancy
& orphanage. Paul takes her home and introduces her to his housekeeper
Female (played by the great Ruby Dee). Their joy is short lived, as
Paul's incestuous overtures are rebuffed by an innocent Irena and his
disappearance coincides with a visit by the police to investigate
Paul's possible involvement in a 'ritualistic' murder involving a
panther. Female is arrested as a possible accomplice to Paul's crimes.
In jail, she advices Irena to 'not love' and 'pretend the world is what
men believe it to be'. Irena is quickly taken in by Oliver ( John Heard
), curator of the New Orleans Zoo, after he startles her sketching a
recently captured black panther. Irena settles into a life working at
the zoo and begins a relationship with Oliver, much to the dismay of
Alice ( Annette O'Toole ), ostensibly Oliver's love interest until
Irena's arrival. Paul resurfaces after a tragic attack by the panther
on a zoo keeper (played by Ed Begley, Jr.) in front of Irena, Alice &
Oliver. Paul's presence is now menacing and his previous advances are
now violent and threatening. He tells Irena that 'only she can save
him': by being with him as they are like their parents- brother &
sister and of an ancient and incestuous race, unable to mate with only
their own kind, lest they transform-returning to human form only after
killing. Schrader captures the dark, sensual and moody atmosphere of
the New Orleans night with this tale of occult, sex, blood &
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The kid stays in the picture by Robert Evans
The kid stays in the picture

film_ronin, May 8, 2007

I met Bob Evans a couple of years ago at Book Soup on Sunset Blvd., for no less a 'literary' L.A. event than a 'book' signing for the release of 'Kid' on cd. Never the less, Evans' story as meteoric rise to head of production at Paramount and white-hot, sub-orbital fall due to substance abuse is an amazing tale. Evans was personally involved in producing some the classics from a artistic Golden Age: The Godfather, Chinatown, Harold & Maude.
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American Tabloid by James Ellroy
American Tabloid

film_ronin, May 1, 2007

I purchased this book at Powell's in Portland, after a recommendation by a close friend. Elroy's spartan prose runs contrary to the polished and impersonal history of text books and screenplays. His 'history-as-tabloid headlines' is a visceral view of America rife with corruption at every level, struggling with itself at a time of chaos and change.
'Tabloid' drives you through a violent landscape with characters like: JFK, RFK, Howard Hughes and J. Edger Hoover as signposts headed toward an uncertain future.
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Dirty Havana Trilogy: A Novel in Stories by Pedro Juan Gutierrez
Dirty Havana Trilogy: A Novel in Stories

film_ronin, May 1, 2007

The novel lives up to every promise of the title. Every page is a rum soaked lustful portrait of a society full of life, its struggle for survival told by (and symbolized by) 'Pedro Juan', a hustler always looking for his next meal, drink or lay. The Cuba that many only know through Hemingway is long past, yet the warm character of its people and the beauty of the Malecon comes through like a sweet sea salt breeze.
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Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour by Chuck Murphy
Graceland: An Interactive Pop-Up Tour

film_ronin, April 26, 2007

I'm from Memphis. They should make this book available to everyone that visits Graceland! How else will you understand the King, unless you've gazed through hs gold glasses? No less a person than John Updike recently visited Graceland-he should've had this book! He was both impressed and saddened by the experience-as I'm sure a lot of fans are. With a foreward by Priscilla, you come to understand Elvis' home as a creation out of a child's longing for comfort and security. Long live The King!
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