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The Kouhi brothers resume their 1991 series of “That’s the Thing” with a review of Oliver Stone’s highly controversial JFK. They discuss the film’s cultural & historical background, its Academy Award-winning editing, as well as its problematic components. Plus, for their recommendations, Nick takes a look at Lesotho’s first Oscar submission for Best International Film while Alex reviews one of Finnish director Aki Kaurismaki’s well-beloved classics.

“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans, and a nice chianti.” The piercing, predatory expression in Sir Anthony Hopkins’ eyes, coupled with the following ad-libbed suckling of his teeth, is one of many instances burned into filmgoers’ minds of Dr. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter.

The Kouhi Brothers share a brief reflection on this year’s Cannes Film Festival before continuing their 1991 retrospective with a special look at Kathryn Bigelow’s action cult classic Point Break. Plus, Nick celebrates the 40th anniversary of a Brian De Palma masterpiece while Alex reviews Green Knight director David Lowery’s directorial debut.

POISON, Susan Norman, Larry Maxwell, 1991. (c) Zeitgeist Films/ Courtesy: Everett Collection.

In celebration of its latest blu-ray release, the Kouhi Bros review Todd Haynes’ electrifying, controversial debut, Poison. They also take a look at a Lizzie Borden classic and a Berlin-winning Serbian drama.

Power is most typically associated with authority, decision making, and ultimate control. However, that is not how feminist author and critic Elizabeth Janeway defines it in her 1980 book Powers of the Weak. In it, she explains that power only exists if a relationship is established between a ruler and the governed.  “What the powerful need is the consent of the governed to their actions as proper, acceptable, free of blame, and this consent can be granted only by the governed, the other member of the power relationship.” So, one of the best ways to remove a ruler’s power is to dissent. And some of the best modern-day evidence of that definition of power is the movie Shrek.

Other reviews you may want to check out!

  • Smells like Twin Critics – JFK
  • Smells like Twin Critics – The Silence of the Lambs
  • Smells Like Twin Critics – Point Break
  • Smells Like Twin Critics – Poison
  • Shrek: The Power of Self-Love Under Authoritarianism
  • That’s the Thing (Smells Like Twin Critics) – La Double Vie de Veronique