Daily Archives: November 7, 2020

Bingeworthy? “Small Axe” — The music, the house parties of West Indian London where “Lovers Rock”

The five films of Steve McQueen’s “Small Axe” play like a series of sketches of what we can take to be his experiences growing up in the ’70s and early ’80s among the Caribbean islanders transplanted to the Big Island … Continue reading

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Bingeworthy? Amazon/BBC’s “Small Axe” — vivid, topical movie-making, “Red, White and Blue”

Oscar winner Steve McQueen’s terrific “Small Axe” series of five film-length inter-connected stories of life in London’s West Indian community opens on a high point with “Red, White and Blue.” It’s a generic “new to the force” cop story about … Continue reading

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Movie Review: Hotties paint the town, and avoid ComicCon “1 Night in San Diego”

Let the record reflect that Alexandra Daddario does one helluva drunk act. The “Baywatch” (the movie) babe isn’t the headliner of “1 Night in San Diego,” but she is one of the funnier highlights of this hit-or-miss “Romy and Michelle” … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “The Chronicles of Melanie” document Soviet crimes against humanity

One night, the Latvian newspaper editor and his wife are enjoying Puccini’s “Madama Butterfly,” where Melanie Vanaga can lose herself in its most famous aria, “Un bel dì vedremo.” The next day, Soviet security police pound on the door of … Continue reading

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