Posts Tagged ‘Nastassja Kinski’

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Guilty Pleasures: “Terminal Velocity”

February 13, 2014

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Friends, Romans, Cinephiles, lend me your ears (figuratively, of course; this is a blog). I watched Terminal Velocity with naught but the intention to roundly eviscerate it and score some cheap laughs at Charlie Sheen’s expense. This is, after all, an all-but-forgotten 1994 thriller that was all-but-forgotten by…well, a month later in 1994. It would be easy to say that this movie went splat like one of the hapless skydivers that the plot centers around, but that would imply the movie had some weight. In fact, this movie more blew away in the wind like one of those skydivers—if they were full of helium (shit, that started so good). Alas, gentle reader, I come here today not to bury Terminal Velocity, but to praise it, for this movie is utterly brainless, totally improbable, and a lot of fun.
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1982, Best Summer Ever: “Cat People”

July 28, 2012

If you have a movie that features people who transform into leopards and chomp on the population of New Orleans, naturally you’re going to assume it’s a horror movie. The problem with Cat People is that it’s directed by ‘70s film icon Paul Schrader, whose screenplays for movies like Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, and Hardcore—movies that explode the human heart and take an ambivalent look at it in all its prurience and virtue. Schrader thought he was making a tale of psychosexual nightmares. What he made instead was a were-cat movie in which Nastassja Kinski got naked a lot. Have you seen the poster? Yeah, then you know what this movie is about.
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