Daily Archives: September 18, 2019

Movie Review: The first decapitating cut is the deepest in Miike’s “First Love”

You’ve got a Chinese mob soldier named “One-Armed Wang” with a grudge. You can guess what about. There’s a drug-addicted heroine who hallucinates middle aged men dancing in their tidy whiteys. The toughest Chinese assassin is, well, transgender. The hero … Continue reading

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Movie Review: James Franco’s alternate history is in the long-shelved “Zeroville”

“Zeroville” is a surreal fantasia on Hollywood filmed in 2014, in limbo when its distributor went bankrupt in 2016. Based on a Steve Erikson novel, it has morphed, on the shelf, into a veritable James Franco time capsule, a movie … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “Fiddler! A Miracle of Miracles”

“Fiddler on the Roof” is not everybody’s favorite musical. You see enough community theater or scholastic productions of it performed by folks who figure Jewish caricatures are the way to go with their performances, or that they can (in one … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Public” lets libraries offer a Civics Lesson

“The Public” is premised on a simple fact of modern urban, and even suburban life. Public libraries have become, as writer-director-actor Emilio Estevez has acknowledged, “de facto homeless shelters.” Senior citizens and cheapskates who prefer to borrow books rather than … Continue reading

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