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"...reputation as a provocateur and arthouse darling. Last year's Taboo (Gohatto) explores similar territory -- the fatal allure of..."

Feb. 23, 2001 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

Taboo Topics, True Subjects
Reflections on Race in the NBA
"...tension in the culture at large. Race, the league's taboo topic, is the league's true subject. Take the 1999..."

Nov. 19, 1999 Books Feature by David Shields

Visitor Q
"...bender, has made a career of not only tackling taboo subjects (taboo in the West, anyway) such as necrophilia,..."

May 24, 2002 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot
Joaquin Phoenix creates a charming warts-and-all portrait of cartoonist John Callahan
"...saw his disability as a license to broach every taboo subject imaginable, so every laugh came with a gasp...."

July 20, 2018 Movie Review by Richard Whittaker

The Ottoman Lieutenant
Corny romance set during the Armenian Genocide
"...truck, all while making eyes at each other. This taboo love between a Muslim man and a Christian woman..."

March 10, 2017 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hunting Ground
Doc exposes rape culture on the university campus
"...2012 film The Invisible War, which righteously tackled the taboo subject of the don’t-ask-don’t-tell rape culture within the U.S...."

April 3, 2015 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sex and the City 2
Two years after the end of the last film, Carrie Bradshaw now frets that the "sparkle" has gone out of her marriage. It's gone from this movie, too.
"...the entire subject of “sex and the city” is taboo. Yet the conflicts that arise regarding sexual politics are..."

May 28, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Human Centipede (First Sequence)
Coprophiliacs looking for a movie that really rings their chimes will be positively tintinnabulating from this arthouse horror number.
"...Director Six seems to positively revel in his film’s taboo-breaking subject matter in which a mad scientist surgically attaches..."

May 7, 2010 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

William H. Macy stars in this film penned by David Mamet about one man's long night's journey of the soul.
"...gutter-mouthed bigots and con men, whose language reeks of taboo racial slurs, misogynistic thinking, and misanthropic desires. The role..."

Sept. 29, 2006 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Don't confuse this Sundance charmer with My Big Fat Mexican Debut, for its farcical scenes of high hair and waltzes form a genial, light-comic prism for watching race, age, class, and sexuality collide in one of America's most economically and ethnically complex cities.
"...right, but the story's themes are universal: backstabbing friends, taboo first loves, and the dance of separation between teenagers..."

Aug. 25, 2006 Movie Review by Marrit Ingman

East Palace, West Palace
"...desiring the love of his tormentor. Beyond this film's taboo subject matter of homosexuality, it is also illegal to..."

Jan. 22, 1999 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Live Flesh
Possibly due to the story's origin as a Ruth Rendell novel, this is the most coherent, viewer-friendly narratives Almodóvar's ever filmed. It also focuses on male relationships and features a young Javier Bardem.
"...ago, was playing rape scenes for laughs. The camp-obsessed, taboo-flouting punk of Law of Desire, Matador, and Kika may..."

Feb. 27, 1998 Movie Review by Russell Smith

"...indeed, a tasteful and sympathetic exploration of the sexual taboo. Sexually, nothing terribly explicit is shown. In fact, more..."

May 30, 1997 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dr. Lamb
" hesitant to recommend Dr. Lamb? For starters, its taboo combination of graphic sex and violence is sure to..."

Aug. 25, 1995 Movie Review by Joey O'Bryan

Warrior Marks
"...Warrior Marks, to accompany it. Head-on, Walker tackles the taboo against criticizing and meddling in other cultures' ancient traditions..."

Oct. 14, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Spanking the Monkey
"...For a movie with such a lurid title and taboo subject matter, Spanking the Monkey is a remarkably comfortable..."

Sept. 16, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...own fantasies are hardly an improvement over any else's. “Taboo Parlor” by German director Monika Treut (My Father is..."

Sept. 9, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Max, Mon Amour
"...droll that it isn't intended to spark laughter? A taboo coupling of human and ape bled of its highly-charged..."

Sept. 5, 1994 Movie Review by Robert Faires

Raining Stones
"...of principled filmmaking that focused on working-class realism and taboo topics. Raining Stones is sharp and funny (at least,..."

June 10, 1994 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

"...performances which make it hum and zing, and no taboo topic is left untouched: abortion, married men, Cosmo Girls,..."

Oct. 2, 1992 Movie Review by Pamela Bruce

"...inmate. All three episodes focus in some way on taboo-breakers who trangress the social norms. The way the individual..."

Aug. 30, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Taxi Blues
"...we never see and hear. It also deals with taboo themes like Russian anti-Semitism, artistic self-censorship, class envy and..."

June 7, 1991 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

The Hightower Report
What moved marriage equality from taboo to justice?
"...awakening enlightenment that has transformed marriage equality from yesterday's taboo to today's affirmation of simple justice...."

July 17, 2015 News Column by Jim Hightower

Obscene Beauty
New series Sunday Bloody Cinema makes the weekend transgressive
"...Sunday Bloody Cinema will be accentuating the creativity behind taboo films. For curator Lindsey Alloway, "This is not a..."

Sept. 5, 2014 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Keepers of Your Silence II
Letters at 3 AM
"...independence by breaking an ancient silence ñ an ancient taboo. At the time, Europe was a continent of state-enforced..."

Aug. 7, 1998 Column by Michael Ventura

Putting the Art into Fart: Peter Strickland Heats Up Flux Gourmet
The filmmaker traces how industrial music informed his new work
"...those bands we were mentioning were very focused on taboo and shock value [and] it seemed connected to this..."

June 24, 2022 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Filmmaker Robinson Devor sadly sabotages his own attempt to bring the practice of bestiality into the light.
"...all men) as human beings with uncommon – indeed taboo – desires. Although they managed to gain audio recordings..."

May 25, 2007 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Dirty Words
Roger Gathman delves into local bookstores' shelves of smut to investigate the collective Gestalt of erotica.
"...expect, a professional attitude which often defuses just those taboos upon which the industry, paradoxically, depends. I tried to..."

Aug. 11, 2000 Books Feature by Roger Gathman

Queens, Kings, and More Events to Help You Celebrate This Weekend
Movies, theatre, classes, dancing, and more reasons to get out
"...15.   – Cy White The Stepfather Screening/The Sweetest Taboo Booksigning..."

June 14, 2024 Arts Feature by James Scott

The E Word
Sharon Sparlin's new play about evolution is dynamic, but who is its true audience?
"...of words that we're not supposed to say. They're taboo, but I can write the word "fuck" in this..."

May 15, 2009 Arts Review by Avimaan Syam

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