Monthly Archives: July 2020

Movie Review: Blood feuds, moonshine and fire mix in “Burning Kentucky”

Filmmakers who take a shot at Southern Gothic these days have to take care to avoid the traps of tropes. Stories set in remote Southern towns, whose residents can seem frozen in time and wrapped in caricature, can come off … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: The sparks we set off “After We Collided”

Voltage pictures has this Oct. 2 romance with Josephine Langford and a fellow called Hero Fiennes Tiffin Redgrave Burton Olivier. Some of those, anyway.

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Movie Review: Wasting the Cream of the Character Actor crop in “The Big Ugly”

  “Good men do bad things,” the speech begins, promisingly enough. “And bad men do good things.” And then, the punchline — “If I can’t stop a beast like him, what’s my purpose?” The bloke delivering those lines is “geezer” … Continue reading

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Bingeworthy? Kermit & Crew stage a comeback in “Muppets Now”

The Muppets return from that abortive “adult” mockumentary TV series Disney/ABC attempted a few years back with “Muppets Now,” a device-friendly Disney Plus series that won’t make anybody forget their 1970s heyday. Which is kind of the idea. The original … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Above the Clouds” in Scotland, searching for “My Real Dad”

Here we have the hit of the Beloit Film Festival, a twee little nothing of a British road comedy contrived to tickle, now and again, and nothing more. “Above the Clouds” finally earns wide release via the many content-starved free … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Immigrants try to get out, Greeks try to cope with them in “Amerika Square (Plateia Amerikis)”

It helps to think of“xenophobia” being explained by Michael Constantine, the amusing Greco-proud poppa of “My Big Fat Greek Wedding.” “From the Greek,” he’d say, “‘xeno,’ which means ‘stranger,’ and ‘phobos,’ which means fear.” Fear of foreigners. Kind of an … Continue reading

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Netflixable? “Offering to the Storm” finishes the Spanish Kill Baby Girls cult trilogy

Let’s return now to the Baztan Valley, Navarre, the cloud-and-fog shrouded north of Spain, where detective Amaia Salazar must wrap up her toughest, most gruesome and most personal murder case. “Offering to the Storm” finishes of the “Baztan Trilogy” based … Continue reading

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Great Horny Toads, Bugs Bunny turns 80 today!

Decades ago, I tracked down animator and director Chuck Jones to talk about his greatest creations on the occasion of Bugs Bunny’s “birthday,” the date of his first appearance on the big screen. “Bugs Bunny is how we see ourselves,” … Continue reading

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Keanu gets emotional about what “Bill & Ted” means to him

From a Zoom conference at Comic Con.

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Movie Review: “Gerry,” the “Forgotten Van Sant” take on “Waiting for Godot”

“Gerry” is one of those indie films whose reputation spread much further than its distribution. And that reputation explains how few people have seen it. It’s an interesting experiment in minimalism, but a willfully obscure, indulgent wank of a movie. … Continue reading

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