John Cardenas

"opera nut"
Helpful votes received on reviews: 71% (5 of 7)
Location: Ontario, CA United States
In My Own Words:
Mangia, beve, e sia contento. --il mio credo nella vita


Top Reviewer Ranking: 528,659 - Total Helpful Votes: 5 of 7
Far from Heaven (Bilingual) [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Julianne Moore
This movie is a subtle camp exercise of a nostalgic 50s (wasn't this nostalgia thing over and done with two decades ago?) of "perfect" (but not too bright) housewives and their "perfect" families that go "perfectly" awry. We come to see, arduously, their "perfect" lives as being based on nothing more than lies; thus, they inhabit "perfect" cages in which all vulgarity, originality, and spontaneity are banished. And yet this knowledge ennobles them, elevates them above their restrictive, petty bourgeois surroundings, etc. The highly controlled, stylized Julianne Moore seems to be channeling Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. This movie has its poignant moments, but, with its stylized sets… Read more
Head On [Import] <b>DVD</b> ~ Alex Dimitriades
Head On [Import] DVD ~ Alex Dimitriades
It's wonderful to be able to recommend a gay-themed movie that doesn't pour on a lot of pc platitudes about the nobility and martyrdom of misunderstood gays. Or that doesn't try to envelop us in propagandistic sickly sweet sentimentality that attempts to show how the gay world is one big happy, touchy-feely family of "normal" types. Reality, as this film shows, proves the opposite to be true.
The star of this independent film, and really the only reason for seeing it, is Alex Dimitriades. He plays a darkly handsome, heavily sensual male gigolo waiting for his sugar daddy. He's so believably screwed up, however, that he never gives anyone a chance to get near him. You can… Read more
Penguin Classics Consolation Of Philosophy by Ancius Boethius
What none of the other reviewers have bothered to point out about this slender tome, a minor masterpiece by any account, is its dependence on an entirely Christian frame of reference. If you've ever wondered about the existence of God, of justice, of providence--in short, if you identify yourself in any way as agnostic--this book offers only partial consolation at best. Boethius is best in the first half of the book in which, big revelation, he identifies the quest for personal happiness as the primary occupation of all men. He then skillfully refutes all of the conventional ways men have gone about trying to achieve that happiness: acquisition of wealth, power, status, fame or physical… Read more