Category Archives: Performers

Curation: Van Morrison

Paleo Retiree writes: Did you notice the other day that Van Morrison received a Knighthood? As someone who has spent countless hours being charmed and transported by his music — Sir Van has been to me what Bob Dylan has been … Continue reading

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Juxtaposin’: Housework

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:

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Notes on “Beasts of No Nation”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga’s “Beasts of No Nation” is the most viscerally affecting war movie in recent memory. Based on a novel by Uzodinma Iweala, which I haven’t read, it focuses on guerrilla warfare in an … Continue reading

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Music for a Blizzard

Blowhard, Esq. writes: As this delicate, SoCal-born-and-raised boy endures his first East Coast blizzard, I’ve been forced to retreat to my Happy Place. “Getz/Gilberto,” which lives up to its reputation — the album is sly, seductive, and transporting — can … Continue reading

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“Janis: Little Girl Blue”

Paleo Retiree writes: Even though my wife and I have watched a few other docs about Janis Joplin — many of the sources, interviewees and anecdotes here were awfully familiar to us — we still enjoyed this new one, directed by Amy … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Edwige Fenech

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: For my money, Edwige Fenech is to the ’70s what Bardot was to the ’60s: the preeminent sex queen of the European cinema. Admittedly, this is a crown she wears in my imagination only: the general … Continue reading

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Notes on “Viva Las Vegas”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Viva Las Vegas” pulls off a nifty trick: it uses the corporatization of Elvis to augment and comment on his appeal. Elvis plays Lucky Jackson, a racecar driver whose fortunes belie his name. Ann-Margret is the … Continue reading

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