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Saturday
May 04 2019

Tribeca 2019: "You Don't Nomi"

Team Experience reporting from Tribeca Film Festival which wraps up tomorrow.Here's Nathaniel R

Of all the titles that I most looked forward to at Tribeca's 2019 edition,You Don't Nomiwas at the top of the list.The debut documentary from Jeffrey McHale examines the cult fandom and critical rehabilitation (of sorts) surrounding Paul Verhoeven's trash-masterpieceShowgirls(1995).And readers,I was not dissapointed so much as seething with envy while watching it...

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Thursday
Mar 07 2019

Five From Tribeca 2019

byJason Adams

The 2019 edition of the Tribeca Film Festival,which runs from April 24th to May 5th,announced their Feature Film line-up this week -- you cancheck out the entire thing right here.Once again yours truly,along with a couple of familiar TFE faces,will be covering,and glancing through what I've got coming to me I can already feel the tips of my toes and fingers tingling with expectation.There are a ton of goodies again!So many,manygoodies,actually...there are 103 movies already announced...oh my god it's a lot.So much.Okay okay before I start hyperventilating let's narrow this down.Here are the 5 films I'm most looking forward to right off the bat...

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Wednesday
Jul 18 2018

Showbiz History: Dutch Men,Dark Knights,and Queen Bitches

We need escapism now more than ever so on thisJuly 18thlet's looks back into history for easier things to think about then the here and now.

Verhoeven on the set of "Showgirls"

10 random things that happened on this day in showbiz history...

1938Infamous Dutch auteur Paul Verhoeven (Basic Instinct,Showgirls) born on this day.Elle,his most recent feature,might be hard to top as late career provocations go but the 80 year-old master will certainly try with his next,Benedetta,a 17th century lesbian nuns drama starring Charlotte Rampling.The film is due in 2019.

1967Mark Vincent Sinclair born in New York City.He later becomes Vin Diesel...

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Tuesday
Jan 16 2018

The Flesh is Weak: Body of Evidence at 25

bySeán McGovern

Madonna is a lot of things: Singer.Mother.Grammy Winner.Cosmetics Magnate.She is also a "movie killer".ButBody of Evidence,which turns 25 this week,is not entirely her fault.Nor,sadly,is it camp enough,ludicrous enough or,really,badenough for the opinion of it to have changed after all these years.

Body of Evidencearrived at a particular nexus of Madonna's career.Riding on the wave ofLike A Prayer,pushing boundaries with the Blonde Ambition Tour and the exuberantTruth or Dare,Madonna's imperial phase began to dip with her boundary-pushing take on sex and erotica;namely,SEXandErotica.While Madonna would remain unapologetic,Body of Evidence,and the accompanying explicit period in career concluded with one of the most consistent criticisms of Madonna: rigid-perfectionism and managed-spontaneity...

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Thursday
Apr 27 2017

Paul Verhoeven Sticking To Dark Habits,Making Erotic Nun Movie

Paul Verhoeven is a walking,talking trigger warning;it's not difficult to imagine him sitting behind anInside Out-style control center smashing his fist on every red button in sight,cackling with perverse glee as he crawls under your skin like a psychologically disturbed porcupine with a bad case of rabies.Fresh off the especially spiky heels of last year'sElle– his infamous "rape revenge comedy"that catapultedlégendefrançaiseIsabelle Huppert onto the stages of American awards ceremonies,better late than never –Varietyreports that the Dutch provocateur plans to grind out a 17th century nunsploitation flick entitledBlessed Virginas his next feature,replete with Sapphic undertones and hellish visions of religious erotica;a series of descriptors that should surprise approximately no one when it comes to all things Verhoeven.

After all,this is the same director who obliterated the military-industrial complex with giant man-eating space bugs,exposed the American entertainment industry with pole-licking showgirls,and,yes,drove a hatchet through the contemporary French bourgeoisie with a number of problematic sexual assaults.

Based on the bookImmodest Acts: The Life of a Lesbian Nun in Renaissance Italy,Blessed Virgintells the sordid true tale of Sister Benedetta Carlini's subversive exploits as the Christ-communicating,same-sex bedding abbess of an Italian nunnery.Going straight from one hyper-religious sister to another,Ellestar Virginie Efira is set to reteam with Verhoeven to play the lead.Do Paul Verhoeven's (intentionally) problematic visions delight or disgust you?

Thursday
Jan 12 2017

One Last Day of Golden Globe Goofing - Four Questions

Perhaps in an effort to stave off worries about the impending T****ocalyspe,I've been doing a whole lot of pretending it's still last Sunday night in my head to relive the joys of the most consistent part of life that's not as depressing as taxes and death: awards shows!

So I did a quick poll of Team Experience to get one last rush of feelings out about the Golden Globes before we're on to Oscar nominations (Jan 24th) and SAG Awards (Jan 29th).Four happy questions after the jump.You should answer them,too.More being merrier,etcetera...

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