Monthly Archives: June 2019

Netflixable? Orson Welles’ “The Other Side of the Wind”

You cannot call yourself a movie buff without being a fan of the cinema’s greatest artist and original “enfant terrible” Orson Welles. It’s just not allowed. So rather than lose my card-carrying-cinephile card, I finally got around to the last … Continue reading

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Directors Guild Will No Longer Consider Streaming and VOD films for its too prize

It’s theatrical release or bust for the DGA. Spielberg may not have gotten his way with The Academy, but the DGA has a huge hand in what gets nominated and what has a real shot at best picture. This is … Continue reading

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Next screening? “Spider-Man: Far from Home”

Our July big screen vacation, Courtesy of your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man. A winner, or another sequel too many from a summer of too many to count?

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Netflixable? Rom-com reminds us to be mindful of that “First Impression”

“First Impression” is an “online dating” rom-com from back when those were totally a thing. It was on BET back in 2015, and is “new” to Netflix and trending now, so I took a look. It’s a soggy, sparkle-free/laugh-impaired comedy … Continue reading

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Amazon owns the world, but Amazon Studios is “the witness protection program” of film distribution

  Marketing incompetence catches up with Amazon Studios. That isn’t why they got into business with Woody Allen decades past his peak. Movies like Mike Leigh’s “Peterloo” were worthwhile, but unsellable. The whole Oscar campaign thing they thought they’d mastered … Continue reading

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A 2011 graphic novel, “Yesterday,” about a guy who takes credit for writing every Beatles song?

Oh snap. Sounds a LOT like the Richard Curtis screenplay to the 2019 Danny Boyle movie. The author has published it online, for free, to let viewers of both make up their own minds, I guess? From Variety. “Graphic Novel … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Boyle’s latest doesn’t make one long for “Yesterday”

If you’re of a certain age, the first few notes of a particular Beatles song can bring you to tears, summoning up a memory of a love affair, a time in your life, that poignant “last appearance” on “The Ed … Continue reading

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China blocks release of WWII film that celebrates the “wrong” Chinese heroes

The movie is called “The 800,” and is about a legendary battle in which Chinese Nationalists, NOT Mao’s communists, stopped the Japanese. No matter what the date is elsewhere on planet Earth, in Beijing it’s always 1984. https://t.co/DD1h38a7O3 https://t.co/74FZwj2SjT https://twitter.com/THRGlobal/status/1143755806610878464?s=17

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Saudi Arabia gets its first “art house” cinema

“Paris is Burning” has been re-released. Seems like a natural place to book it. https://t.co/Bx1dP1DJXC https://t.co/LpuU8XnyQ6 https://twitter.com/THR/status/1143828680155832320?s=17

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Preview, Cumberbatch, Holland, Shannon and Hoult fight “The Current War”

Yes, this popped up in festivals a couple of years back. It’s a can’t miss project with an all star cast that had to be recut and picked up by a distributor I’ve never heard of for October release. Still … Continue reading

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