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MOVIE REVIEW | Fatal Attraction (1987)


“I guess you thought you’d get away with it. Well, you can’t.”

When a movie is called genre defining, it usually means it was the first one of that genre, or the first one in a while, to make a shit tonne of money.  In the 90s, when Sharon Stone was getting bigger and bigger pay cheques for dodgier and dodgier erotic thrillers, I hope she was giving a portion of those cheques to Michael Douglas, Glenn Close, Adrian Lyne and James Dearden.  Because there would be no Basic Instinct or Slither if that quartet hadn’t acted in, directed, or written the highest grossing movie of 1987, and defined the erotic thriller genre, with Fatal Attraction.

Happy family man and successful high falutin’ lawyer Dan Gallagher (Douglas) is at a swanky work party when he meets, and innocently flirts with Alex Forrest (Close). The next day, he discovers she’s actually a colleague, helping on his current biggest case.  They joke about their flirtation of the previous night and move on.  Only, they don’t.  A rainstorm and lack of cabs sees them taking refuge over a few drinks in a bar.  With his family away, inspecting a country dream country house for them to move to, Dan succumbs to temptation and spends the night with Alex. (more…)

MOVIE REVIEW | The World According to Garp (1982)

“You know, everybody dies. My parents died. Your father died. Everybody dies. I’m going to die too. So will you. The thing is, to have a life before we die. It can be a real adventure, having a life”.

Robin Williams was known as a funny guy, which is weirder than you might think. Because despite him coming up as a comedian and getting famous as a sitcom star through Mork and Mindy, his filmography from the last 30 odd years seems to be more about the serious roles. I knew that he eventually made his way to those serious roles. What I didn’t know, was how early his turn to the drama side started. It started in the early 80s, with just his second big screen appearance. It started with The World According to Garp.

After pretty much raping an invalid veteran while he’s a patient in her hospital, just because she felt like having a kid, nurse Jenny Fields (Glenn Close) gives birth to a son she names Garp. Growing up in the hospital where his mother works, young Garp is bombarded with his mother’s feminist ideals, as well as her strange aversion to what she regards as lust. Once he reaches high school (from then on played by Robin Williams), Garp splits his time between wrestling, writing, and pursuing the wrestling coach’s daughter, Helen (Mary Beth Hurt). (more…)