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I'm officially somebody's great aunt Mildred, because sometimes I can't watch RuPaul's Drag Race without thinking of Tootsie. In terms of gender-bending comedies of 1982, it's officially my second favorite (You go, Victor/Victoria!), but it's nonetheless a first-rate and utterly rewatchable comedy about sexism, show business, and, uh, me laughing. Because it is so, so funny -- from the one-liners to the reaction shots to the plot twists, Tootsie is basically a teachable crash course in all things hilarious, so much so that I can forgive Jessica Lange's unjustified Oscar win over my scarlet dame Ms. Lesley Ann Warren.
The short synopsis: Dustin Hoffman is a bastardly New York actor named Michael Dorsey who dresses in drag to snag a part on a soap opera, and after he lands the role, he discovers that he's a righteous, cool, and powerful lady. Can he keep the bizarre, but profitable act up? »
Back when I manned the horror section of the video store I worked at, anytime I’d find a customer skimming through all the “S” titles with mild frustration, 99 percent of the time, I knew exactly what it was they were looking for. And when I would finally ask, my suspicions were confirmed. “Do you have ‘The Silence Of The Lamb’”? To which I’d always reply, “Ah, the Hannibal Lector movies are all in the ‘mystery/thriller’ section.” And usually this would spur a conversation with that customer that would begin with, “Really? I always thought the Hannibal Lector movies were horror!” And it got me thinking about a handful of other titles that horror fans might not even think to hunt for in the “mystery/thriller” section. There are the obvious choices like Se7en or Misery. Then, there’s also stuff like The Sixth Sense, which yes, »
- Rob Galluzzo
2 items from 2013
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