Category Archives: Movies

“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 François 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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Notes on “Cluny Brown”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: The 1946 “Cluny Brown” is probably the most offhand thing director Ernst Lubitsch did during the sound era. It’s so offhand that it’s almost Buñuelian. Certainly, it’s the most surreal of Lubitsch’s late works. Jennifer Jones … Continue reading

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Notes on “Cruising”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: It’s possible that writer-director William Friedkin allowed “Cruising” to go so far, to be so extreme, in part because he felt that his experience directing the 1970 “The Boys in the Band,” often acknowledged as the … Continue reading

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The Irishman and Joe Biden

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Friends have noted that in THE IRISHMAN, Scorsese’s biopic of mobster Frank Sheeran, Sheeran comes off as a sort of Forrest Gump-type figure. He killed Hoffa! He ran guns to the guys who killed JFK! Many doubt … Continue reading

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Notes on Carousel/Liliom

Fenster writes: Eddie Pensier, a child of the opera and a co-blogger here, got me going to the Met, and I am thankful for that.  But, still, I have never been much of a fan of Broadway musicals. Music class … Continue reading

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