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Monthly Archives: August 2017
The three widely acknowledged masterworks by those virtuosos of British period pieces, director James Ivory, screenwriter Ruth Prawer Jhabvala and producer Ismail Merchant, are “A Room With a View,” “Howards End” and “The Remains of the Day.” The most acclaimed, Oscar-honored … Continue reading
Here’s what the data tells us, data that “Ingrid Goes West” taps into and uses to its evil advantage. We are the most plugged-in and connected we’ve ever been. And yet, “loneliness” is the cancer of our epoch, now and … Continue reading
One of the benefits of a broadening indie film horizon is the multiplicity of voices which ensure that stories outside of that NYC/LA corridor are told and made. Winston-Salem, N.C. native Angus MacLachlan wrote “Junebug,” which made Adam Adams, and … Continue reading
In movies, as in life, there comes a time when getting blind drunk, vomiting in the parking lot after closing time, swearing like you just learned the F-bomb and playing sports and brawling like you’ve nothing to lose isn’t cute … Continue reading
Movie Review: “Mike Boy” gives “Plan 9” and “Showgirls” competition in the “Worst Movie Ever” sweepstakes
So you think you’ve seen “the worst movie ever made.” You’ve plumbed the depths of “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” You’ve sampled the sins of “Showgirls.” You’ve marked time sitting through “The Room,” “Red State” and “Ishtar.” But you don’t … Continue reading
The lost art of slapstick — physical comedy — is so rarely practiced that when true masters of it show up on screen it’s like a surprise smack right on your funnybone. The first form of film comedy, the ancient … Continue reading
“Step” is an inspiring documentary about disadvantaged inner-city kids getting their shot at college, “breaking the cycle” of poverty and a better life through a charter school and the step team that gives them discipline, confidence and focus. It’s amazing … Continue reading
In this, the summer that broke Hollywood animation, we take our small blessings where we can find them. And The Weinstein Co. found its smallest of blessings in the French/Canadian ballet cartoon “Leap!” It’s a sweet, sentimental gotta-dance tale that … Continue reading
Dick Gregory was a very funny man — a comic who broke out just before Bill Cosby, and turned his attention toward social issues as the decades passed. A fairly thorough summary of his life and work is in this … Continue reading
A serial killer mystery set in the bawdy music hall world of 1880s London? With the suspects including assorted performers, a monster of Jewish folklore, a murder victim and old Karl Marx himself? And the Scotland Yard sleuth working the … Continue reading