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Gormenghast Review


Very Good
This BBC four-part miniseries adapts Mervyn Peake's epic fantasy novels for the small screen, with Jonathan Rhys-Meyers as the backstabbing upstart looking to gain control over the odd, timeless kingdom of Gormenghast, by any means necessary. Shot on a low budget, the series has enough cleverness, nifty effects, and curious characters to make its 6-hour running time worthwhile -- if only the BBC didn't play 4 minutes of commercials for every 10 minutes of movie. On DVD or VHS, you'll likely find Gormenghast a more palatable experience.

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Quills Review


Good

Director Philip Kaufman establishes the nebulously erotic atmosphere of "Quills," a fictional film about the Marquis de Sade, with an opening scene in which a pretty aristocrat, shown on screen in some kind of ecstasy, is described by Sade (in a voice-over) as a woman with a sexual appetite for torture.

His voice slithers as he relates how she one day "found herself in the arms of a man whose skill in pain exceeded even her own" as the camera focuses on two giant, dirty hands coarsely roaming her neck and shoulders while she shivers in fear. The camera pulls back to reveal that the woman is standing before the gallows, about to become the eighth or ninth severed head to roll into a basket below as a crowd of rowdy peasants cheers on. (This is 18th Century France, after all.)

The Marquis' narration drips (like blood from the blade of the gallows) with a kind of odious sensuality and pricks at the viewer's darker side with a twisted sense of humor that carries throughout this engrossing, seductive, and at times unsavory film.

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Gormenghast Movie Review

Gormenghast Movie Review

This BBC four-part miniseries adapts Mervyn Peake's epic fantasy novels for the small screen, with...

Quills Movie Review

Quills Movie Review

Director Philip Kaufman establishes the nebulously erotic atmosphere of "Quills," a fictional film about the...

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