Author Stacia Kissick Jones

From the moment she heard that computer ask, "How about a nice game of chess?" Stacia has been devoted to movies. A film critic and writer for the better part of a decade, Stacia also plays classical guitar, reads murder mysteries and shamelessly abuses both caffeine and her Netflix queue.

Reviews Breathe (Respire)

When high schooler Charlie (Joséphine Japy) meets charismatic new student Sarah (Lou de Laâge), she’s immediately taken with her worldliness, exuberance and charm. The pair become inseparable, and Charlie’s best friend Victoire (Roxane Duran) is relegated to…

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Jaden (Kent Moran) is tired of being a full-time loser. A high school dropout now in his 20s, Jaden is on the verge of being fired and forever relying on friends and family to support him, because he clearly can’t do it himself. In need of both money and respect…

Reviews Bloodsucking Bastards

The life of a corporate cubicle drone is hell. In Bloodsucking Bastards, this Hell is a vague and timeless eternal torment, one with magnificent moustaches from the 1970s, adorable 1950s sweater sets with Peter Pan collars, technology from the 1990s, and wood paneling from what surely must be Satan’s own “Bourgeois Banality” line of office décor…

Reviews Anastasia 1956

After years of being one of the most popular and sought-after actresses in the world, Ingrid Bergman was in a difficult place when she was approached to star in Anatole Litvak’s film Anastasia (1956). A series of personal and professional setbacks had, for all intents and purposes, driven her to exile…

Reviews For Whom the Bell Tolls

Ernest Hemingway, it’s been told, hated the Hollywood game, once noting that the best way to negotiate with studios was to set up a meeting at the California border: “You throw them your book, they throw you the money, then you jump into your car and drive like hell back the way you came”…

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Catherine (Elisabeth Moss) spends a week decompressing at the lake house of her best friend Virginia (Katherine Waterston). Life is pretty hard for Catherine, who is reeling from being dumped by her boyfriend just weeks after her famous father committed suicide. ..

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The ragged, fly-by-night documentary Muddy Track (1987) follows Neil Young and Crazy Horse through their turbulent 1987 European tour. Young directed the film under his pseudonym Bernard Shakey, and shot much of it himself as well, using a videocamera he named “Otto” early in the tour. Though Muddy Track never received a proper release, the film has been available through fan trading …

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In the jungles of South America, families are being chased off their land by dangerous henchmen working for large companies. João (Chico Diaz), a farmer living with his beautiful daughter Vania (Alice Braga), has been fighting off these corporate vultures for some time, but fears he can’t fight them forever. Just as a group of three gunmen begin to …

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Ed Avery (James Mason) is a schoolteacher with secrets. For months, he’s been moonlighting as a taxi dispatcher to make ends meet, but he’s also been suffering from mysterious pains that he goes to great lengths to hide, especially from his wife Lou (Barbara Rush). Just as she’s starting to get suspicious, Ed collapses at home, and a trip to the hospital confirms he’s afflicted with a serious arterial disease. There is only one treatment: cortisone, which reduces …

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