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Jun 5, 2024

‘Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga’ Travels a Familiar Highway

Re: George Miller’s Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga: Once more, we find ourselves plunged into Guy Debord’s The Society of the Spectacle. Debord (1931-1994), a favorite French intellectual of the espresso-and-resistance crowd, published the above book in 1967, popularizing its assertion that the public perception of “being” had devolved into...
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Film Review: ‘Carol Doda Topless at the Condor’
Mar 19, 2024

Film Review: ‘Carol Doda Topless at the Condor’

Just when it seems that San Francisco’s dope, sex and rock ’n’ roll scene in the 1960s has been covered from every conceivable angle, along comes Marlo McKenzie and Jonathan Parker’s entertaining documentary, Carol Doda Topless at...
Film Review: ‘Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros’
Mar 19, 2024

Film Review: ‘Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros’

In Frederick Wiseman’s 44th documentary, Menus-Plaisirs – Les Troisgros, no omniscient narrator appears on screen or via voiceover to introduce the characters. The four-hour film (!) begins with a medium shot of the Roanne train station, the...
Film Review: ‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’
Mar 12, 2024

Film Review: ‘The American Society of Magical Negroes’

Consider The American Society of Magical Negroes a live-wire conversation-starter of a movie title that automatically opens up a pertinent social issue discussion. Writer-director Koby Libii’s satirical fantasy deliberately chose a hot-button phrase. As explained in the film’s...
Film Review: 'Cabrini' as Lady Liberty
Mar 5, 2024

Film Review: ‘Cabrini’ as Lady Liberty

Aside from specialty items by religious film producers, it’s unusual for general audiences to find major releases that concern themselves with spiritual matters and figures from organized religion. That’s one of the reasons why director Alejandro Monteverde’s...
Oscars 2024: What Will Win for Best Picture?
Mar 5, 2024

Oscars 2024: What Will Win for Best Picture?

Here’s something I don’t even consider the tiniest of hot takes: I don’t care about the Oscars. Okay, I guess I sort of do. I enjoy guessing who’s going to win and getting all butt hurt about...
Film Review: 'Drive-Away Dolls' Goes Nowhere
Feb 27, 2024

Film Review: ‘Drive-Away Dolls’ Goes Nowhere

A few questions pop up about Ethan Coen’s Drive-Away Dolls. The film has writing problems. As cobbled together by veteran producer-director-writer Coen (Fargo, The Big Lebowski, True Grit, etc.) and his wife and frequent collaborator Tricia Cooke, it’s...
Tran Anh Hung’s French Epicurean Romance
Feb 13, 2024

Tran Anh Hung’s French Epicurean Romance

Sunshine filters through the garden windows in Dodin Bouffant’s kitchen, suffusing the space with golden light and golden shadows. Most of the dramatic action in Anh Hung Tran’s The Taste of Things emanates from that luminous kitchen,...
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