Film Review: MONSTER

Rich was immediately hooked by this intense portrait of Aileen Wuornos (one of America’s first well-known female serial killers). Jan took longer but was fully committed by the inevitably heart-rending final betrayal. Theron transforms herself, becoming both physically & emotionally unrecognizable in an astonishingly raw performance. Not for the squeamish. More on MONSTER.


New York City schools compete in a ballroom dancing contest. Starts well, with nice racial/economic/sociologic overviews of each principal competitor, but there are too many “cast members” for the time allotted & soon kids/parents/teachers/neighborhoods blur together into an ultimately unsatisfying “aren’t kids cute” story of poorly-individuated winners & losers. More on MAD HOT BALLROOM.