Category Archives: Performers

Notes on “Every-Night Dreams”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There’s an almost cubist visual sensibility at work in this 1933 silent from director Mikio Naruse. Scenes are fractured into barrages of angles, the camera sometimes moving in on its subjects in kamikaze fashion. Many of the … Continue reading

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Showtune Saturday: “Dentist”

Eddie Pensier writes: Certainly the best song sung by Steve Martin playing a sadistic biker-dentist in a musical horror movie about a cannibalistic plant based on a stage musical derived from a Roger Corman film, ever. From Frank Oz’s Little Shop … Continue reading

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Naked Lady of the Week: Lexi Belle

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Porn star Lexi Belle, AVN nominee for best three-way sex scene (G/G/B) and winner of the award for best three-way sex scene (B/B/G), knows about the good life: Along with her vegetarianism, she involves herself in animal volunteering, expressing a … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: A link to the streaming version of Chick Corea and Gary Burton, I’m Your Pal.

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Showtune Saturday: “The Making of ‘West Side Story'”

Eddie Pensier writes: Bit of different to our normal Showtune Saturdays, rather than one number, this is a 90-minute documentary on the making of the 1984 recording of West Side Story. Astonishingly, it was the first time that Leonard Bernstein … Continue reading

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Wimmin Singin Wednesday

Fenster writes: I am enamoured of Rosemary Clooney’s interpretation of Cole Porter’s Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye.  How strange the change from major to minor. . . . As McCartney sang in another context entirely, she’s a woman, and she … Continue reading

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Notes on “Turn Back the Clock”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: I had an okay time with this rather flimsy and almost Capraesque Lee Tracy film about an Average Joe who gets to relive the recent past. Because he knows what’ll happen, he makes himself into a financial … Continue reading

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Nothin’ Beats a Noir Dame: Hazel Brooks in “Sleep, My Love”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Considered a failure by director Douglas Sirk, SLEEP, MY LOVE is a decent enough noir for fans of the genre. The film concerns a brittle New York blueblood, played by Claudette Colbert, who is being gaslighted by her … Continue reading

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Sunday Jazz Selection

Fenster writes: Paul Bley, Ida Lupino.

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Showtune Saturday: “Whatever Lola Wants”

Eddie Pensier writes: Your hot leggy redhead of the day. Gwen Verdon in “Damn Yankees”. Pretty damn sexy for 1958, or anytime, to be honest. Bob Fosse choreographed, of course.

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