Monthly Archives: March 2020

Notes on “1917”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: There’s plenty to appreciate in director Sam Mendes’ “1917,” but it doesn’t amount to much as a movie. The one-shot scheme is good for showing soldiers making their way through trenches and over battlefields. Tracking shots … Continue reading

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Thoughts of a Semi-Self-Quarantiner: If You Don’t Like the Weather Wait a Few Minutes

Fenster writes: Earlier thoughts from semi-self-quarantiner: 1, 2, 3, 4. 5. Twain’s comment about the weather in New England is appropriate in the context of the virus.  If you don’t like the situation, give it a day and see what changes.

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Ships Ashore Before Morn

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: On the third of November, a few days after this visit to the Why Not?, the wind, which had been blowing from the south-west, began about four in the afternoon to rise in sudden strong gusts. … Continue reading

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Thoughts of a Semi-Self-Quarantiner: But if You Go Carrying Pictures of Chairman Mao

Fenster writes: Earlier thoughts from semi-self-quarantine: 1, 2, 3, 4. It is hard for citizens to know what is going on with the virus.  You can argue citizens need not know that much, and mostly need to follow the sound … Continue reading

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Notes on The Unz Review

Fenster writes: I recently had several blog posts on the Ch*nese Virus published as an article in The Unz Review.  That raised some eyebrows among my progressive friends, and even some less-progressive ones.  So here is a note explaining my … Continue reading

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Notes on “Contempt”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Contempt” probably doesn’t work. But is it intended to? Director Jean-Luc Godard is rare among filmmakers of the sound era in his ability to treat movies perfunctorily. He’s a doodler, a sketch artist; ideas flit across … Continue reading

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Notes on “Ford v Ferrari”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Ford v Ferrari” is nearly 200 minutes long, ludicrous for a car-racing flick, and its narrative incorporates a fair amount of padding. The scenes centering on the family of driver Ken Miles are particularly unnecessary. Watching … Continue reading

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