Daily Archives: July 6, 2020

Movie Preview: Liam Neeson has to “sell the house in Tuscany” in “Made in Italy”

This looks sun-kissed, romantic, and fun. And yes, I’m talking about the Fiat Spider that figures into a few clips here. The movie? It’s as close as most Americans will get to Italy and Tuscany any time soon. Lovely.

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Movie Review: There’s a fortune to be had if you have the “First Cow” in Oregon

“First Cow” is a droll and scenic parable, a period piece about immigrants and American “enterprise” in the Old (Pacific North) West. A soft-spoken cast given to underplaying, a muddy, overcast setting in the beaver-trapping era on The Frontier and … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Filipino teen parents are “Ordinary People (Pamilya Ordinaryo)” on the streets of Manila

An extraordinary film with “Ordinary People (Ang Pamliya Ordinaryo)” as its title, this is the movie that announced Filipino filmmaker Eduardo Roy Jr. (“Lola Igna”) as a major talent. He takes us among the young, hustling homeless of Manila for … Continue reading

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Movie Review: A shallow deep dive into identity — “Parallax”

“Parallax” is a mysterious, no-budget sci-fi story of identity and its manipulation, a movie that lives on mood and tone. Writer-director Michael Bachochin crosses the line from “cryptic and obscure” to “obscurist”early on. And when the film finally reveals its … Continue reading

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RIP Ennio Morricone, master of the Spaghetti Western score

He won an Oscar for scoring Quentin Tarantino’s lesser send-up of the genre, “The Hateful Eight.” But the great Italian film composer Ennio Morricone made his mark on the cinema in the ’60s, scoring the Italian-made/Spanish-filmed Westerns of Sergio Leone … Continue reading

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