Category Archives: Performers

“The Babadook”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In “The Babadook,” Australian writer-director Jennifer Kent marries the haunted house film to the psychological thriller. It’s a potent union, one that allows her to explore inward-looking themes related to grief and motherhood while delivering the … Continue reading

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DON CARLO, Metropolitan Opera (Review)

Eddie Pensier* writes: I’ve always had big problems with Verdi’s Don Carlo. It always struck me less as a cohesive music-theatre piece and more of a collection of scenes and arias, rather like a concert program. It never really juggles … Continue reading

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“The Last Artist in New York City”

Paleo Retiree writes: Despite all the bitching and carping we here at UR like to indulge in, we aren’t just a bunch of negativity-mongers. (Critics, patooie.) Many of us make our own creative contributions too. Try this, and this, and … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Great War”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 1959 “The Great War” is appropriately titled: it may be one of the great war films. Certainly it’s a thoroughly Italian one: a war film in which no one is sure who’s in charge or … Continue reading

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Giallo Movie Posters: Edwige Fenech

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I’m fond of referring to Edwige Fenech as the Nefertiti of the Trash Cinema. Are you all familiar with Edwige? During the ’70s she was one of the premier actresses in European genre movies. Chic and unshamable, … Continue reading

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Hardy Earworms Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes:

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Reading Backstage

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A couple of burlesque beauties, date and location unknown. Click on the image to enlarge.

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