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Jerome Hellman and Michael Childers - Jerome Hellman and Michael Childers Philadelphia, USA - at the Philadelphia International Gay and Lesbian Film Festival Sunday Brunch Sunday 13th July 2008

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A Fine Madness Review


Bad
If you consider yourself a fan of Sean Connery, you might want to give A Fine Madness a pass. Connery is so hateful and downright mean in this film, it might sully your image of him permanently.

The "fine madness" of the title refers to Samson Shillitoe (Connery), a poet who's having trouble completing his next work. He's also a bit of a deadbeat: He can't keep a day job to save his life, he's months late on alimony payments and being chased by debt collectors, who he regularly beats up, invariably destroying the room he's in along the way. Oh, he cheats on his wife (Joanne Woodward), too. But she loves him so much she's willing to spend all her savings on, get this, psychoanalysis, so he can finish his poem.

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The Mosquito Coast Review


Excellent
One of Harrison Ford's most underrated features, The Mosquito Coast features Ford as a near-psychotic guy destined to leave America behind to settle his family in Nicaragua to start fresh. Part Robinson Crusoe, part Indiana Jones, the tale spun here is one hell of a ride, filled with ups and downs, friendly natives and criminals, and a very odd preacher who throws a wrench into the proceedings. A definite after-midnight must-see.

Midnight Cowboy Review


Extraordinary
Joe Buck (Jon Voight), in what may be the boldest and most naive move in movie history, heads from west Texas to New York City via bus, to strike it rich as a male prostitute. He encounters a diminutive con man named Ratso (Dustin Hoffman), who takes him under his wing as his "manager." Sadly, it soon becomes apparent that neither of these characters can take care of themselves, much less one another. Depressing and nearly hopeless, this classic and infamous film (originally X-rated in 1969, it still won Best Picture), Midnight Cowboy has analogues in countless films from later years, all the way through American Beauty. Highly recommended.
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