Author: Nicole Frangos

The TFS List: food porn

What is it about food and sex that connects the two so intrinsically? Is it the pleasure principle? Food and sex are so intertwined that sometimes it’s impossible to choose between them. For example, see the infamous study that suggests 52-percent of women would choose chocolate over sex. While said results may sound a bit dubious, one thing is for certain: it’s possible to extract as much pleasure from licking the cream from a delicious cannoli as it is from…well, you get the idea. The term “food porn” nods to this culinary/sexual conflation — food porn meaning the very sexy...

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Best of EUFF 2015 Review: Liza, the Fox-Fairy

Liza (Monika Balsai) is a naïve, lonely nurse who wants love more than anything else. For the last 12 years she has cared for Marta, the widow of a former Japanese ambassador. Marta’s apartment is haunted by the ghost of Tomy Tani (David Sakurai), a Japanese singer from the 1950s and Liza’s only friend. On her 30th birthday, Liza is inspired by a Japanese romance novel and heads to a burger joint to fall in love—and then things start to change. Liza slowly gains more confidence and begins to date, but all of the men she dates are killed...

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Feels like the first time: The timelessness of Some Like It Hot

Many films we rewatch as adults are muddied by the nostalgia of youth. Movies you enjoyed in the late ’80s can age terribly — rewatching these beloved works years later can be disheartening. Some jokes fail the test of time, effects age poorly and what was once edgy can be terribly trite by today’s standards. Then there are movies we rewatch for years that comfort us, bringing us back to simpler times. For some, Pee Wee Herman movies are incessantly rewatchable for this exact reason, as well as some of John Hughes’s efforts. And then there are those that...

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Review: The Hateful Eight

The Hateful Eight is Quentin Tarantino’s eighth film and his first official foray into Western territory. The film’s events take place during a brutal blizzard in Wyoming a few years after the American Civil War. Bounty hunter John “The Hangman” Ruth (Kurt Russell) is rushing toward Red Rock, Wyoming, to collect pay for his fugitive prisoner (Jennifer Jason Leigh). Along the way he encounters another bounty hunter (Samuel L. Jackson) and the supposed sheriff of Red Rock (Walton Goggins). The party seeks shelter from the storm at a stagecoach stopover where they meet four strangers who are also waiting out...

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Review: Sisters

When their parents decide to sell their Orlando home and move into an “adult community,” sisters Kate (Tina Fey) and Maura (Amy Poehler) are not happy. To the Ellis sisters, the house is an emblem of their family and the source of many happy memories—and for the unemployed, homeless Kate, it’s where she planned on living with her daughter. While cleaning out their childhood bedrooms, Kate and Maura decide to throw one more epic house party. If all goes to plan, the sisters will successfully relive their fleeting youth, get the straight-laced Maura laid, and potentially thwart the buyer’s plans. The...

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Women in the male-driven comedy (Or: Can you really teach a man-child to change?)

There is a scene in Ted (2012), which, three years after watching it, still sticks out. In it, Mark Wahlberg’s anthropomorphic teddy bear hosts some prostitutes at Wahlberg’s apartment and one of the working girls defecates on the floor. Cue the next scene, in which Mila Kunis (Wahlberg’s live-in girlfriend) picks up the shit while Mark Wahlberg screams in a corner. And with that, we have the literal representation of a one-dimensional female character putting up with an overgrown man-child’s crap. I loved Ted when I first saw it. I thought it was a funny movie, and it worked for me, especially as...

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Review: The Reflektor Tapes

The Reflektor Tapes is a documentary that explores Arcade Fire’s critically-acclaimed fourth album “Reflektor.” The film takes viewers on a sonic journey that follows the album’s origins in Jamaica, its Montreal recording sessions, and its ultimate fruition in Haiti, before it exploded into an international sensation. Directed by Kahlil Joseph, the film is an intimate and extremely visual experience that relies heavily on the band’s music. This documentary is basically a little over an hour’s worth of concert footage interspersed and juxtaposed with footage from the band’s recording sessions and lots of local Haitian moments. The 11-minute opening sequence is an extended music...

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