Daily Archives: October 13, 2020

Movie Review: MMA vs Wrestler, “Cagefighter: Worlds Collide”

Gina Gershon, as the empress of MMA fight promoters, and Elijah Baker as a desperate personal manager to a fighter needing a comeback are the two performers who merit the label “actors” in “Cagefighter: Worlds Collide,” a stupidly-plotted collection of … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Martin Eden,” a Jack London novel, an Italian film

It’s not utter madness to reset American novelist Jack London’s overtly political novel “Martin Eden” in the Red Epoch Italy of the 1960s. The title character (Luca Marinelli of TV’s “Trust”) rants about “individualism” and “socialism” and “capitalism” as a … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Big Oil vs. an Almond farmer — “The Devil Has a Name”

What a bizarre, loopy and over-the-top environmental justice drama “The Devil has a Name” is. It’s pitched like a fable, with vampy, larger-than-life villainy, outragous, out-in-the-open crimes and intimidation, a plucky “little man” hero and a crusading lawyer who has … Continue reading

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Classic Film Review: Welles goes Turk for “Journey Into Fear”

For film buffs, the short and acidic 1943 thriller “Journey Into Fear” is more fun for the argument it sets up than the 68 minutes presented on the screen. Orson Welles helped script it, took a beefy supporting role — … Continue reading

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Series Preview: Romans meet the pale “Barbarians” of Germania

Ach du lieber! Oct. 23 on Netflix.

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