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Netflix? Seeking “A Breath of Fresh Air” in the rural “redneck” South of Italy
Today’s trip “Around the World with Netflix” is a nostalgic and cute Italian comedy the tells us “You can go home again.” Or as the Neopolitans put it, “The happy bird makes its next in its own valley.” “A Breath … Continue reading
Movie Preview: Are you ready to get nostalgic for “Blackberry?”
My favorite memory of the landmark Canadian Internet browsing browsing phone was at a mid-90s screening at the Toronto Film Festival. I’m sitting near the back, and those damned green screens completely decorated the auditorium, distracting one from the latest … Continue reading
BOX OFFICE: Give “John Wick” ALL your money — or else — Franchise Best $70-75 million opening
The fourth and perhaps final “John Wick 4” shoot-em-up had a banner Thursday — almost $9 million in “previews” — which folded into a $30 million+ Friday, and should push it above the $70 million mark, blowing up the box … Continue reading
Netflixable? An architect and a street urchin, united in tragedy on Panama’s “Plaza Catedral”
The boy looks like any one of the hundreds of hustling teens on Panama City’s streets. His scam is using traffic cones to sell parking spots with implied “Be a shame if something happened to your nice car” “protection” in … Continue reading
Movie Preview: Sophie Marceau, Charlotte Rampling & Hanna Schygulla star in François Ozon’s “Everything Went Fine”
No, this trailer gives away…nothing. But that cast, with André Dussollier, in a drama about the Biggest End of Life Decision from François Ozon, who gave us “8 Women” and “Swimming Pool?” That’s worth marking April 14 on your calendar.
Movie Review: Adoptee struggles with mixed feelings upon her “Return to Seoul”
What a fascinating, layered character “Return to Seoul” is built around. Frederique is ever-so French — aloof, patronizing and occasionally downright rude. She is young, bourgeois and pretty, an only child. That adds headstrong, impulsive and sexually assertive to the … Continue reading
Movie Review: A Bitter Trans Romance from Pakistan, “Joyland”
The wonder of “Joyland,” Pakistan’s contender for this year’s Best International Feature Oscar, is that such a marvel exists. A more bitter than sweet transgender love triangle romance filmed and set in the Muslim world? Who knew such films existed? … Continue reading
Netflixable? A Taiwanese WhoDunIt? set in “The Post-Truth World”
A star high school pitcher who just signed to an American major league team’s farm system is convicted of killing his rich girlfriend, who wanted to come with him from Taiwan to the U.S. Years later, he busts out of … Continue reading
Movie Review: Not-so-Super “Heroes” insist that “Smoking Causes Coughing”
The acquired taste that is French satirist and genre-spoofer Quentin Dupieux unleashes the unlikeliest superhero “avengers” of them all in “Smoking Causes Coughing,” a film that sends up comic book movies and society’s efforts to regulate or socially normalize “safety.” … Continue reading
Movie Review: “Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves”
I don’t know about you, but “jaunty” can cover a lot of sins and do a lot of heavy lifting when it comes to movies based on flimsy, or should we say “less traditional” narratives — games, for instance. “Dungeons … Continue reading