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The Electrician Parker Posey. Mary Boone Courtney Love. Big Pink Tatum O'Neal. Cynthia Kruger. Wright plays him as a frightened boy concealing his true nature.

Enamored of martyrdom, he buys into the mythology of Rimbaud, Charlie Parker, Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison, annihilates himself with drugs and eventually joins their deathly pantheon. His own private Waikiki? The movie, about painter-artist Jean-Michel Basquiat may be small in scope, factually rearranged and even coy about his life. You could blink, for instance, and miss the fact that Basquiat played with extraordinary grace by Jeffrey Wright was a reclusive heroin addict while his paintings were the toast of Manhattan.

But the film, written and directed by fellow artist Julian Schnabel, is so tender in its affections, these omissions and poetic licenses seem like the embellishments of a good friend. The penniless artist, who senses an easy road to success, starts painting full time. Basquiat really does have talent, it turns out. His efforts are soon recognized in galleries, the media and at Manhattan parties. Unfortunately, his neophyte sensibility cannot keep up with his newfound fame. As Basquiat, [Wright] is a pure pleasure to watch, a dreadlocked manchild who veers between social shyness and impulsive artistic confidence.

He presents his work to her proudly and wins her heart. Whatever one thinks of the sticky work, you know Basquiat has the soul of an artist. Forlani makes a sweet, devoted lover. It seems appropriate that Schnabel is behind the project. Both painters made their names in the art-is-what-you-get-away-with climate of s Manhattan….

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And to his credit, Schnabel has risen to the task, causing us to fall in love with his subject. But Schnabel makes us believe Basquiat was great enough to celebrate. Before Night Falls. Reinaldo Arenas Olivier Martinez. Pepe Malas Johnny Depp. Julian Schnabel's film "Before Night Falls" belongs to what might be called the life-is-but-a-dream school of biographical cinema in the way it hovers ethereally over its subject and conjures up fragments of his consciousness in brilliant, disconnected flashes.

Adapted from a memoir by the exiled Cuban poet and novelist Reinaldo Arenas, this haunting film portrays that homosexual dissident writer as a desperate unfulfilled searcher for a lost heaven on earth that he experiences only briefly as a very young man. No sooner has he tasted the ecstasies of this pagan paradise than it is snatched away by the punishing, gray-faced Communist revolution.

Relentlessly persecuted for being gay and for having his manuscripts smuggled out of the country and published abroad, Arenas eventually migrated to the United States along with thousands of other Cubans during the Mariel boatlift. But if exile brought him freedom, it provided little satisfaction. After living unhappily in Miami for a time the film omits this period Arenas settled in New York, where he committed suicide in He was suffering from AIDS.

In his suicide letter he bitterly blamed Fidel Castro for all his troubles, including his death.

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For all the pain and disappointment it encapsulates, "Before Night Falls" is far from a glum film. Like a deathbed dream it leapfrogs through Arenas's life, reconstructing crucial moments as a succession of bright, feverish illuminations. Instead it dips into his imagination, plumbing the sources of his art in scenes that evoke his closeness with nature and his obsession with sex. Marissa does move on though and years later invites Lauren and her husband, Jensen to her engagement party.

She can't believe it when Lauren proceeds to flirt with her fiance right under her nose. What is wrong with her? Maybe it is the wine or perhaps " her perfume is poisoning her brain. This one has a plot with many layers and perhaps a bit of revenge woven in. Marissa puts on her detective hat and she starts noticing some things that don't seem right. Nerves flare when she begins to question her fiance about his questionable behavior.

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A story of obsession and jealously with a surprising conclusion that left me saying but If you like to be guessing until the end, this one is sure to entertain. Excellent summer read! Jul 15, Chelsea Humphrey rated it really liked it Shelves: from-publisher , netgalley. I've read all three of Banner's novels to date, but I have to say that After Nightfall is easily my favorite.

Her books have that snappy feel of an oversized novella, meaning they are shorter reads that you can blow through in a single sitting, but she gives you all the details you want without weighing down the suspense with too many unnecessary thoughts. Her stories are suspenseful, compulsive, and insert the kind of drama that us Real Housewives fans crave in these types of novels. The blurb gives you I've read all three of Banner's novels to date, but I have to say that After Nightfall is easily my favorite.

The blurb gives you a really clear picture of the set up, so I'll stay away from plot descriptions, but doesn't it do a fantastic job of reeling you in? I think one of the reasons this is my favorite novel by the author is that After Nightfall really focuses on making this a creepy, atmospheric read. There is still the gritty crime aspect, minus the procedural, along with witty dialogue and grandiose reveals, but this atmospheric aspect really was the cherry on top of a fun read.

If you're looking for a fast paced, gripping read to take on your beach vacation this year, look no further. If you're new to AJ Banner's novels, this one is perfect to begin with and hook you for her other books as well. Many thanks to the author for providing a copy for review.

View all 4 comments. Aug 05, Melisa rated it really liked it.

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A super fast paced and entertaining whodunnit! I seriously read this one in less than 24 hours. The page count is relatively short, the pace is fast, and you will want to know what happened ASAP. What happened? Was it an accident or a murder? Who knows something? These are all questions you will as yourself over and over as you read this A super fast paced and entertaining whodunnit!

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These are all questions you will as yourself over and over as you read this book. The main character, Marissa, suspects every single character of foul play at some point in the story and you will too. No one is to be trusted! Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for my advance copy. This book is available tomorrow! View all 20 comments. Apr 14, Shannon rated it really liked it. I flew through this in just a day! Marissa and Lauren use to be besties.

They grew up together and went to college together.

After a betrayal that tore them apart they stopped talking to each other. Years went by until they spoke again. Slowly but surely Marissa is trying to forgive and let Lauren in a little. Did Lauren jump?

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