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Five from the Fourth Annual Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival

UPDATE: I was mistakenly sent sent a list of screeners that included Skylark and Point Symmetry. Neither film is included in the Joyce Forum. Sorry for any confusion. With the San Diego Jewish Film Festival ...

by Scott Marks
Tsai Ming-liang bathes Days in pink moments

The bad news is that Days is intentionally unsubtitled. The good news is that there’s barely a word spoken by our two leads. Loneliness is their universal language. More bad news: this is the only ...

by Scott Marks
Flag Day: proud papa Penn

Sean Penn’s latest arrived at multiplexes armed with an edict from its star/director aimed at the unjabbed among us: unless you’re vaccinated, stay away from Flag Day. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment. Why should ...

by Scott Marks
Respect: Aretha Franklin’s remarkable vocal reach

C.L. Franklin (Forest Whitaker) regularly awakened his daughter Aretha (Skye Dakota Turner) to wow the partygoers gathered in the spacious living room below with the young girl’s remarkable vocal reach. These so-called “church parties” were ...

by Scott Marks
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Limelight

Chaplin's sentimental salute to himself, in the role of an aging vaudevillian still bursting with creativity, charity, sagacity, and dignity. Astoundingly self-glamorizing, voluminously talky, almost totally unhumorous. Its chosen vein is pathos, and it is undoubtedly pathetic in one sense ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Aquaman

Last year’s King Arthur movie may have flopped, but director James Wan — whose horror beginnings (Saw, Insidious, The Conjuring) show up in ways both annoying (frequent use of explosion-as-jump-scare) and delightful (there’s a reason H.P. Lovecraft’s novel The Dunwich ...

by Matthew Lickona
The Muse

Albert Brooks's sixth directing effort is his first outright disappointment. It doesn't start out that way. The protagonist -- Brooks himself, of course, this time in the part of a mainstream screenwriter -- is close enough to Brooks in reality, ...

by Duncan Shepherd
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Tony Bennett’s first and last dramatic performance

What can be said of an ensemble drama in which Milton Berle gives the best performance? Or a searing indictment of the Oscars that couldn’t have been made without producer Joseph E. Levine first obtaining ...

by Scott Marks
The Carpetbaggers part two: Elizabeth Ashley makes her screen debut

My analysis of The Carpetbaggers was pitched as either a cover story or a column entry to be presented in two parts. Guess who lost the coin toss. Here’s part two. The Carpetbaggers (1964) Somewhere ...

by Scott Marks
The Carpetbaggers: Howard Hughes saga takes flight and conquers Hollywood!

Chicago was one of the last major markets to be wired for cable. (Everybody got their cut!) My first Jerrold Box offered 4 channels, one of which was TBS. Bill Tush hosted a Sunday morning ...

by Scott Marks
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The Hemlock Society presents Soylent Green

The Hemlock Society's monthly “Right to Die Film Series'' isn't going to let a pandemic keep it down. The group’s next meeting will be held virtually on December 20 with SOD (Suicide on Demand) as ...

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by Scott Marks Video: San Diego Joyride '95
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Five from the Fourth Annual Joyce Forum Jewish Short Film Festival

UPDATE: I was mistakenly sent sent a list of screeners that included Skylark and Point Symmetry. Neither film is included in the Joyce Forum. Sorry for any confusion. With the San Diego Jewish Film Festival ...

by Scott Marks
Tsai Ming-liang bathes Days in pink moments

The bad news is that Days is intentionally unsubtitled. The good news is that there’s barely a word spoken by our two leads. Loneliness is their universal language. More bad news: this is the only ...

by Scott Marks
Flag Day: proud papa Penn

Sean Penn’s latest arrived at multiplexes armed with an edict from its star/director aimed at the unjabbed among us: unless you’re vaccinated, stay away from Flag Day. Talk about cruel and unusual punishment. Why should ...

by Scott Marks
Respect: Aretha Franklin’s remarkable vocal reach

C.L. Franklin (Forest Whitaker) regularly awakened his daughter Aretha (Skye Dakota Turner) to wow the partygoers gathered in the spacious living room below with the young girl’s remarkable vocal reach. These so-called “church parties” were ...

by Scott Marks
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Movie Archives

Limelight

Chaplin's sentimental salute to himself, in the role of an aging vaudevillian still bursting with creativity, charity, sagacity, and dignity. Astoundingly self-glamorizing, voluminously talky, almost totally unhumorous. Its chosen vein is pathos, and it is undoubtedly pathetic in one sense ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Saw

Short for Jigsaw, nickname of a serial killer who "technically" has killed no one, but rather has contrived elaborate traps to compel his victims to do the killing. Cheap, crude, ugly, hokey chiller which you're likely to be sorry you ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Lost in America

Something seems to be missing here, as compared with the earlier Albert Brooks movies, Real Life and Modern Romance. Not laughs, surely; at least not in significant numbers. And the basic idea -- of a young Establishment couple who, with ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Cars 2

For all the kinetic vroom, the imagination is static. 3-D can do little for a story this flat, as the cute Pixar cars get involved in a Grand Prix race and Bond-like thrills. When the animators rely so much on ...

by David Elliott
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Tony Bennett’s first and last dramatic performance

What can be said of an ensemble drama in which Milton Berle gives the best performance? Or a searing indictment of the Oscars that couldn’t have been made without producer Joseph E. Levine first obtaining ...

by Scott Marks
The Carpetbaggers part two: Elizabeth Ashley makes her screen debut

My analysis of The Carpetbaggers was pitched as either a cover story or a column entry to be presented in two parts. Guess who lost the coin toss. Here’s part two. The Carpetbaggers (1964) Somewhere ...

by Scott Marks
The Carpetbaggers: Howard Hughes saga takes flight and conquers Hollywood!

Chicago was one of the last major markets to be wired for cable. (Everybody got their cut!) My first Jerrold Box offered 4 channels, one of which was TBS. Bill Tush hosted a Sunday morning ...

by Scott Marks
More movies at home
The Hemlock Society presents Soylent Green

The Hemlock Society's monthly “Right to Die Film Series'' isn't going to let a pandemic keep it down. The group’s next meeting will be held virtually on December 20 with SOD (Suicide on Demand) as ...

by Scott Marks
by Scott Marks Video: San Diego Joyride '95
Before making it my home, San Diego was an annual ...
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by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Space 1999 - the complete series & then some
I finally got through the 17-disc Space 1999 set, a ...
by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Buck Rogers VS Nolan's Batman
I finally slogged thru most of the Buck Rogers complete ...
by Scott Marks Reading Cinemas and AMC Theaters to open tonight
This has been the longest dry spell of my moviegoing ...
by Jay Allen Sanford Now, more than ever - let's all go to the drive-ins!
They're the last soldiers standing in what used to be ...
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