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Entries from May 2008

Secretary (2002)

May 18th, 2008 · 8 Comments

Synopsis “I got out of the institution the day of my sister’s wedding,” narrates Lee Holloway (Maggie Gyllenhaal). The socially repressed Lee has an alcoholic for a dad (Stephen McHattie) and a mom (Lesley Ann Warren) who puts a happy face on everything. Lee returns to old habits, inflicting cuts on herself with the instruments […]

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Tags: Based on short story · Bathtub scene · Black comedy · Cult favorite · Mother/daughter relationship · Unconventional romance

Big Wednesday (1978)

May 15th, 2008 · 6 Comments

  Synopsis “In the old days, I remember a wind that would blow down through the canyons. It was a hot wind called the Santa Ana, and it carried with it the smell of warm places. It blew the strongest before dawn, across the Point. My friends and I would sleep in our cars, and […]

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Tags: Coming of age · Drunk scene · Master and pupil · Sports

He Got Game (1998)

May 12th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Synopsis Shooting baskets in the yard of Attica State Prison, Jake Shuttlesworth (Denzel Washington) is called for a visit with the warden (Ned Beatty). Jake is notified that the governor is a huge basketball fan and a booster of his alma mater, “Big State University.” The warden verifies that Jake’s son Jesus (Ray Allen) is […]

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Tags: Ambiguous ending · Brother/sister relationship · Coming of age · Father/son relationship · High school · Master and pupil · Prostitute · Sports