Excerpt: The Digital Fix has three copies of Passion up for grabs. See here for details. Brian De Palma’s insistence on annoying his critics has led to one of the most interesting careers in modern cinema and it continues in fine style in Passion . It’s based on the 2010 Alain Corneau film Love Crime but takes the basics of the plot – humiliated office worker takes revenge on her mean boss - and turns it into something very characteristic which is almost guaranteed to divide...
Excerpt: The seventies were a good time for Sadeian slices of cinema. The was the decade that produced Pier Paolo Pasolini’s Salò and regularly plundered the Marquis’ writings for ninety-or-so minutes of sexploitation. There were plenty of big screen Justines and Eugénies, oftentimes from France, occasionally from Sweden.
Excerpt: There are reasons you might want to see Passion Play . Mickey Rourke ( Sin City ) is still riding his glorious comeback, Megan Fox ( Jennifer's Body ) is one of the hottest young actresses in Hollywood, and everybody loves Bill Murray ( Caddyshack ). Do not get fooled by appearances; the directorial debut of screenwriter Mitch Glazer ( Scrooged ) is an unfortunate project for all concerned. Full of money and big ideas, Passion Play is laughable in execution.
Excerpt: Marie is a single mother with two small children, but she doesn’t have much trouble in taking care of them and herself. She spends most of her time with them and as such, her life is more interior than exterior on the whole. But she isn’t a total hermit or anything, she just devotes a great deal of her time to her family and her home in France. The countryside is beautiful and she loves her kids, so she doesn’t mind that much.
Excerpt: Chairman Mao, the mythic Mao Zedong. The reason Nixon earned access to China and the man who moved his Asian nation away from Russia and into the modern world. Of course, there were some issues along the way, many caused by his own ambitions and aims, but when you consider the inherent illiteracy and indifference of his fellow countrymen, his missteps remain relatively easy to understand.
Excerpt: When Steven Sondheim's musical Passion opened on Broadway in 1994, it won four Tony awards, including Best Musical. Based on the 1981 Italian film Passione d'Amore , which itself was based on a 19th-century novel, Passion was filmed for television broadcast in 1995 with the original Broadway cast. Intimate in scope yet operatic in its emotional intensity, Passion lends itself surprisingly well to the medium of television.
Excerpt: Abandoning a successful newspaper career, Kathy Ferguson marries police detective Bill Doyle almost on a whim, only to discover that her spirits are stifled by a suburban lifestyle that contradicts everything she's fought to attain. Kathy insists that Bill enhance his status on the force, but he prefers to "play fair" and let things—like promotions—take their own course. To save her marriage and sanity, Kathy finds that some desperate measures are called for.
Excerpt: Demi Moore, in what has been tabbed her "comeback" (I can't say I realized she had been on hiatus), has chosen a film whose premise fits nicely into at least three genre boxes. By back-of-box-blurb, one would believe that Passion of Mind is a drama, a spellbinding mystery, and (with a little imagination) a romantic sci-fi flick a la Somewhere in Time .
Conclusion: A tormented movie about torment; loopy, over-reaching and occasionally suspicious. Simultaneously, it is a daring artistic endeavour from a Hollywood star who was driven to put his credibility and lead-weighted beliefs into the court of public and media opinion. It’s as unavoidable as a jack-knifed juggernaut, but saints be praised that cinema can still mount a sally against our culturally moribund and faithless times.