Monthly Archives: January 2020

A Sense of Fitness

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One other object in the capitol must be mentioned, though it occurs in so obscure a part of the building, that one or two members to whom I mentioned it, were not aware of its existence. … Continue reading

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Notes on “Hail the Conquering Hero”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: A young man rejected by the Marines for chronic hay fever becomes a celebrity in his hometown when he’s taken for a hero of Guadalcanal. The fraud is perpetrated not by the hay fever sufferer, named … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Fred Schepisi’s unsettled and peculiarly wrenching “The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith,” though it’s finally available on disc, isn’t discussed much among movie buffs. It’s too bleak and too at odds with contemporary values for broad acceptance. … Continue reading

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“1917”

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Sam Mendes’s World War I epic is every bit the theme park thrill ride as any Marvel movie. Dean-Charles Chapman and George MacKay play two British army soldiers who must cross hostile territory and deliver orders from … Continue reading

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Notes on “The Red Violin”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Like writer-director Fran├žois Girard’s other well-known picture, “Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould,” “The Red Violin” is a series of short subjects. Here, though, Girard attempts to link these subjects into a mystical narrative based … Continue reading

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Notes on “Iceman”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Iceman,” released in 1984, has a fairly cornball screenplay, but it’s elevated by its director and star. That star is John Lone. Playing a Neanderthal who is unfrozen after 40,000 years on ice, Lone is passionate … Continue reading

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