Nymphomaniac: Volume I

Magnolia Pictures Unrated. 118 minutes. Three stars out of four. Lars von Trier is funny. Who knew? That’s certainly the most startling revelation to come from “Nymphomaniac: Volume I” — much more so than any of the much-ballyhooed sex itself, which is pervasive and graphic and presented so plainly as to be clinical. Sure, von […]

Five Most — Manic Pixie Dream Girls

An article in today’s New York Times Sunday Styles section got me thinking about the indie-film phenomenon of the Manic Pixie Dream Girl: a young woman who’s beautiful and quirky and perfect in the eyes of the lovestruck, mixed-up guy who falls for her. She’s been prominent in the past decade or so, but you […]