Author: Arnold Wayne Jones

Back in Black

Few superhero movies have been as buzzed about as ‘Black Panther’ … and the socio-political climate may be the biggest factor ARNOLD WAYNE JONES | Executive Editor jones@dallasvoice.com When it comes to social activism in the arts, TV and pop music, especially hip-hop, are the leaders. TV hosts like Bill Maher, Stephen Colbert and Sam Bee, and musicians like Kendrick Lamar, can turn out their product with enviable speed, instantly capturing a mood and a moment and expressing it for the masses. But cinema — especially big-budget superhero tentpole films — is less nimble than television and music. Movies...

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REVIEW: Just in time for Valentine’s Day, a film of sexual obsession from Ozon

You could probably call Francois Ozon France’s most significant auteur laureate of female sexuality without getting much blowback. His films almost all center on women exploring aspects of their bodies, their yearnings, their obsessions. Two of his first international hits, Under the Sand and Swimming Pool, featured women whose feelings about sex, love and attraction fuel confusion and delusions with the tone of mystery. Now, just in time for Valentine’s Day, Ozon dives back into that well with his latest, Double Lover. Marine Vacth plays Chloe Martin, a  delicate and sad young museum docent whose physician suspects her pain may be...

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5 ways to start having sex you’ll actually enjoy

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s best you be ready for the inevitable interest in romance that comes with it. Earlier this week, we discussed perilous places to spice up your sexcapades. But what about just making your sex life better?  Here’s how to fulfill that promise to yourself — this week, and long beyond.  Avoid using sex to alleviate boredom and/or subsidize your emotional discontent. I’m willing to bet you use random hookups to fill a void in your life, like when you’re so bored you stare at the phone for hours waiting for someone to tell you you’re...

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Short attention-span theater: The Oscar live action and animated shorts

If you have two-and-a-half hours to kill, you could re-watch Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 once… or you could see ten entire films from start to finish. Yup, it’s the annual release of the Oscar-nominated short films (live action and animated), coming to the Magnolia Theater in Uptown. It’s a great way to leverage your Oscar pool chances by one-to-one comparisons. This year’s selection is promising, with all of the live actions clocking in around 20 minutes and four of the five animated shorts running 10 minutes or less. And for a welcome change, every animated film is...

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