Monthly Archives: November 2019

Notes on “The Exterminating Angels”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 2006 “The Exterminating Angels,” the middle part of what I take to be writer-director Jean-Claude Brisseau’s trilogy on the subject of the modern young woman, is too severe to be effective as trash and too … Continue reading

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The Veil of Onondaga

Fenster writes: 1. Why is it that people who say they are speaking truth to power are often the ones with the power? Why is it that people who claim they are being bullied are actually the bullies? Why is … Continue reading

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Notes on “Tuff Turf”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 1985 “Tuff Turf” is an intriguing cult item and a key entry in the James Spader canon. Spader’s Morgan moves to L.A. from Connecticut. His Angeleno friends speak of Connecticut the way a fur trader … Continue reading

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Straightforwardness in a Belittered World

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: In view of the description given, may one be gay upon the Encantadas? Yes: that is, find one the gaiety, and he will be gay. And, indeed, sackcloth and ashes as they are, the isles are … Continue reading

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The Ambersons Were Magnificent in Their Day and Place

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Major Amberson had “made a fortune” in 1873, when other people were losing fortunes, and the magnificence of the Ambersons began then. Magnificence, like the size of a fortune, is always comparative, as even Magnificent Lorenzo … Continue reading

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Notes on “Summer Interlude”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: A ballerina (Maj-Britt Nilsson), disappointed in love and aging out of dance, impulsively visits an island on which, as a teen, she spent a summer vacation. As she wanders, so does her mind; she remembers her … Continue reading

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Notes on “Enchanted April”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes:The effectiveness of the 1991 “Enchanted April” is an upshot of its subtlety, its lightness of touch. Director Mike Newell resists making statements or following through on obvious setups. Even the screenplay’s twists seem less like engineered … Continue reading

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