Author: Arnold Wayne Jones

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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WHAT WE’RE WATCHING: ‘Too Funny to Fail’

In 1996, Dana Carvey, the breakout star of mid-’80s SNL’s deep bench, was the top sketch comedian in a generation, so the idea that he would launch a primetime network series seemed like a no-brainer. He and producer Robert Smigel assembled a creative team of then-nobodies, among them Stephen Colbert, Steve Carell, Louis C.K., Charlie Kaufman, Bob Odenkirk, Robert Carlock and a host of now-legends, who wrote and performed the surefire mid-season hit, The Dana Carvey Show. It ran for seven miserable episodes. Now, more 20 years later, the team reconvenes to do a post-mortem on one of the...

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