Daily Archives: July 20, 2021

Movie Preview: Making Music, and hit records, in Montserrat “Under the Volcano”

The Police, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Earth, Wind and Fire, The Stones, Dire Straits and Jimmy Buffett singing “I don’t know where I’m a gonna go when the Volcano blow” are among those who made music in Beatles Svengali George … Continue reading

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Movie Preview: Choose the circumstances of your birth over “Nine Days”

Zazie Beetz, Benedict Wong, Tony Hale, Arianna Ortiz and Bill Skarsgaard are among the stars of this provocative, atmospheric fantasy. This one opens July 30.

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Classic Film Review: “Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines” (1965)

The other night I was channel surfing and stumbled across a Chinese-made World War II film from 2018. “Air Strike” was a Sino-Japanese War thriller about daring Chinese aviators battling the aerial hordes of Japanese bombers that laid waste to … Continue reading

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Netflixable? Thai College Kids go “Deep” in search of no sleep

There’s probably an “overcoming every obstacle” story behind the five credited directors and six credited writers who made “Deep” in their native Thailand during the COVID pandemic. And whatever it was — maintaining “protocols,” filming during lockdown, filmmakers getting sick … Continue reading

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Documentary Review — “On the Trail of UFOs: Dark Sky” has West Virginians seeing…things

In his wry, goofy and prescient radio series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” — later turned into books, a TV series and a feature film — author Douglas Adams wrote of “Teasers.” “‘Teasers’ are usually rich kids with nothing … Continue reading

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Of Cage and “Pig” and the “Northern Exposure” connection — Adam Arkin

Submitted for your approval, one loner, a hermit of the Pacific Northwest who spends his days and nights with an unnamed “Pig,” with whom he hunts truffles for sale to the swanky eateries of Portlandia. He and the pig are … Continue reading

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