The Blanton Museum of Art
"...Whether hunkered down in Sarajevo or the sci-fi futuristic landscape of Code 46, Winterbottom’s chief concern – and talent – is the illumination of human nature, with all the messes and occasional marvels it makes. And so it goes with Tristram Shandy: A Cock & Bull Story, a project that, on paper, sounds more than a little off-putting (something the tagline cheekily nods to: “Because everyone loves an accurate period piece”)..."
"...Dear Luv Doc, Every time I go to da club and try to pick up da skeezers, my wife jumps right in and says "No way, Jose!" This makes me extremely angry, because I have told her time and time again that, just because I'm Mexican, doesn't mean she gets to call me derogatory names. In addition, this form of cockblocking proves to be most effective as da skeezers tend to not want as much drama as their reputation carries..."
"...Thais use their original version of the sauce many ways. Sriraja sauce is used with fresh seafood, almost like we might use cocktail sauce; icy fresh oysters, spicy-sweet Sriraja sauce, and bitter neem tree fronds or tamarind leaf is a favorite combo..."
"...It's been way too long. Coochie Coo is back. (Say it to all the babies.) Join Kitty and the rest of the Ultra-Ultra's for cocktail, cock-talk, and maybe a Kate or two at the puffiest bar in town. Tonight, dammit! Thursday, March 29, 8pm, the Peacock Lounge, 515 Pedernales...."
"...This year, two stories about cockfighting landed in our batch of ten finalists; one of them, Mary Terrier's melancholic, Nicaragua-set "To Need, the Women Say," took the top prize. Turn the page and you can read it yourself...."
"...Issa is the central daub of paint in a pointillist portrait of predators and prey: Take 10 steps back, cock your head to the left, and maaaaaaybe all the discrete strokes make sense in wide focus. As the chain-smoking, poker-faced Günther lays it out, “It takes a minnow to catch a barracuda, and a barracuda to catch a shark.” Be they spies, bureaucrats, or Islamic extremists, everybody has a place in the pecking order, but the filmmakers intentionally obscure precisely who’s nibbling at whose heels...."
"...The overlong Sugar follows one major league hopeful's path from a baseball academy in the Dominican Republic to stateside spring training and single-A ball in rural Iowa. Miguel Santos (Soto), nicknamed Sugar, is the cock of the walk in his native San Pedro de Macorís, but once he graduates to the minors, he hits the same stumbling block as so many other kids labeled gifted and talented – that is, when the pool widens, one's specialness tends to diffuse..."
"...It could be argued that Cage's wig is as much of a handicap as any sane scenarist should allow – it's like something out of Vonnegut's "Harrison Bergeron" – but the actor moves through the directors' hyperfluoresced Bangkok looking for all the world like a bassett hound at a bunny orgy. He's funless, scowly, grim, and steroidally impervious to the fleshy and salacious good cheer that surrounds him, all cock and no bang...."
"...Is it comedy? Or grand guignol? Does it matter? Not really: Dead cute things are always funny. Then there are the also-rans, like Bill Plympton’s "Crazy Cock," from his film Hair High (which played South by Southwest 2004), a far cry from the animator’s great "Plymptoons" days..."
"...Piss-poor and shaken to the core, Suzette sets out for Santa Fe to hook up with her old friend, Vinnie (Sarandon), the other half of the legendary Banger sisters. Twenty years ago, together they were rock-cock conquerors who pleasured the likes of Jim, Keith, and Pete, and (in one of the funnier set-pieces) have the pictures to prove it..."
"...Of course, there's a slick, evil count with beady eyes out to get him, Count Adhemar (Sewell), and a fair maiden (Sossamon) who, typically, plays hard to get. A rousing (if clichéd) Seventies cock rock soundtrack underscores the action (“Low Rider” accompanies Will's training; “We Will Rock You” is the anthemic backdrop to a match), and dammit, it works..."
"...Mia can't choose which one she likes best, so all three date her and, in turn, become “whipped.” You'd think that the sight of these scammers-gone-soft hopelessly falling in love might also soften their unbelievably sexist views, but no such luck. They still display an embarrassing level of machismo and insist upon beginning and ending every sentence with a reference to their cock..."
"...AIDS not only forced Monette to deal with his sexuality but filled him with an obsessive urge to divine some kind of meaning from the enveloping horror and chaos around him. As one subject says, in times of sadness and loss, artists like Monette do us the invaluable service of turning raw sorrow into eloquent, healing “lamentation.” In a way, this film works like a nonfiction version of Norman René's Longtime Companion (1990), another movie that manages the trick of universalizing the responses of gay men to tragedy in their midst while at the same time unleashing a defiant manifesto of queer identity that straights are compelled to take or leave on its own terms: Tender suburban domesticity and hard-muscled boys on the side; apron strings and cock rings..."
"...(The tug-of-war over a snowmobile in the course of the movie comically typifies this esprit de corps.) The symbiotic relationships in Nobody's Fool are expertly realized in the rapport between Newman and the other actors, notably Tandy, Willis, Griffith, and Vince, all of whom give wonderfully nuanced performances. (It's fitting that Walsh, as the estranged son whom Sully abandoned when he was only a year old, doesn't connect with Newman as the others do.) With the simple cock of an eyebrow or the reflexive squint of an eye, Newman can express a range of reactions and emotions ‹ he is truly the consummate screen actor..."
"...In that way, the innate sexual natures of both sexes are satisfied and, theoretically, everyone goes away happy. Well, without going into it at great length, let's just say that there are multitudes who regard this line of thinking as -- in brief -- a bunch of cock 'n' bull..."
"...For anyone who has lost a loved one to a terminal illness, the sobering link of sorrow and grief readily transcends into the subject of Lynd's “R.S.V.P.”, where, with minimal dialogue, the death of a man from AIDS forms an emotional, psychic bond between surviving friends, family, and lover through an almost synchronous radio broadcast of Jessye Norman's recording of “Le Spectre de la Rose” from Berlioz's Nuits d'Ete playing all across Canada. The extremity of be-all-you-can-be militancy is in your face with Riggs's (Tongues Untied) film “Anthem,” whose positive message of gay African-American pride becomes lost in a messy collage that saturates the viewer with cock rings and Vaseline awashed in hip-hop rhetorical, revolutionary, flag-waving poetics..."
"...After more than four years of success with her Ms. P's Electric Cock fried chicken trailers, Austin's Perry Ray is ready to make the leap to a brick-and-mortar outlet..."
"...Bra-strap snapping, metaphorical or not, constitutes sexual harassment and creates a hostile work environment – more hostile in fact, than being force-fed breakfast tacos or coerced and intimidated into playing the most un-American of truly American sports: Volleyball. Seriously, it’s like a crowded game of badminton with a huge, unfeathered cock..."
"...Then two actors stepped inside the circle and, through their movements, indicated they were confined within it, and that's when the déjà vu kicked in. As I'm watching Ryan Hamilton and Zac Carr verbally spar within this drawn ring on a bare stage in Theatre en Bloc's production of Cock, I'm recalling J..."