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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 Sin of Harold Diddlebock”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: One of Preston Sturges’ least known works, “The Sin of Harold Diddlebock” is a wry and tenderhearted tribute to American failure — a sort of inverse Horatio Alger story. Sturges uses the movie to comment on … Continue reading

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“The Mountain Cat”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: Released in 1921, Ernst Lubitsch’s “The Mountain Cat” (sometimes called “The Wildcat”) has little of the urbaneness of the director’s later work. It’s one of his Bavarian films, made (at least in part) on sojourns from … Continue reading

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“Seinfeld” Notes

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A few thoughts and observations after watching all nine seasons of SEINFELD, which were recently released on Hulu Plus. 1. A lot of episodes focus on clothes and fashion: the puffy shirt, the red dot on the cashmere … Continue reading

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“OSS 117: Lost In Rio”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: This second in the “OSS 117” series of spy spoofs is so glancing in its approach that its surreality sneaks up on you. Certain bits — a riverbank interlude involving the spit-roasting of a rubber crocodile, a hippie beach … Continue reading

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Andrew Dice Clay in 1987

Paleo Retiree writes: (Do NOT play this video if you’re at work. It’s about as NSFW and un-PC as can possibly be.) Andrew Dice Clay in his prime makes the very daring Bill Burr, my current favorite comedian, look sheepish and apologetic. … Continue reading

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Notes on “Skin Game”

Fabrizio del Wrongo writes: “Skin Game” has the modest charm of a joshing tall tale or a comic folk ballad. Given its premise, which involves a bi-racial duo of con men who repeatedly allow the black partner to be sold into slavery … Continue reading

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