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There was a year-and-a-half stretch when Belushi was clean and sober, and it showed in his work.

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Belated Belushi bio

John Belushi could milk more laughter with a slight shift of the eyebrow than most comedians can with a pratfall. He transformed slobbery into an art form, and sewed danger into the heart of each ...

by Scott Marks
Vanguard: Old man Jackie Chan

It became a staple of the early, funny Jackie Chan pictures: the cutaway to a Chief of Police looking on in disbelief — generally through a windshield or office glass partition — as our hero ...

by Scott Marks
Chick Fight: Maulin’ Malin Akerman

Unlike David Fincher’s satirically-muscular predecessor, director Paul Leyden and screenwriter Joseph Downey discourage use of the term “fight club,” choosing instead to liken their underground all-female boxing arena to a safehouse, a refuge where women ...

by Scott Marks
Three good offerings from the 14th annual German Currents Film Festival

The 14th annual German Currents Film Festival will this year be held virtually in your living room from November 9-15. Below are reviews of three pretty terrific offerings, all seen through the eyes of women, ...

by Scott Marks
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The Blues Brothers

Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi, as a couple of Chicago white boys tuned to a rhythm-and-blues wavelength, expand the musical act they unveiled on television's Saturday Night Live into a full-blown slapstick chase movie, travelling through a meaningful cultural landscape ...

by Duncan Shepherd
It Happened One Night

A pampered heiress jumps her father's yacht on the eve of her wedding, and sets off on a very educational tour of grassroots America, learning empirically about the art of hitchhiking, haystack-sleeping, donut-dunking and so forth, with a wiseguy newspaperman ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Run

I’m all about films that posit adults so envious of a child’s youth, beauty, and perspicacity that their blistering jealousy turns to seething hate. (See: Children of the Damned, The Brood, Princess Aurora’s folks in Sleeping Beauty, etc.) Diane Sherman ...

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Cold Turkey for Thanksgiving

How about a hilarious helping of Cold Turkey for Thanksgiving? Cold Turkey (1971) Looking to combat bad publicity with good, Big Tobacco offers $25 million to the one American town that can collectively kick the ...

by Scott Marks
Comical and clinical

This week’s picks are meant to get us through this transitional period. Bartleby (1970) With all the movies in my mental Rolodex, surely there’s one tale of a lead character who refuses to budge even ...

by Scott Marks
Gay men with flavorful stories

What do this week’s film have in common? A diverse trio of gay men with flavorful stories to tell. Capote (2005) There was something about the back page New York Times article detailing four grisly ...

by Scott Marks
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Reading Cinemas and AMC Theaters to open tonight

This has been the longest dry spell of my moviegoing life. Even the most blizzardy Chicago winter could not keep me away for more than a few weeks let alone the almost six months it’s ...

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by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Buck Rogers VS Nolan's Batman
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by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Capsule reviews before you buy or binge
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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 ...
by Scott Marks Video: San Diego Joyride '95
Before making it my home, San Diego was an annual ...
by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Space 1999 - the complete series & then some
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Belushi

There was a year-and-a-half stretch when Belushi was clean and sober, and it showed in his work.

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Movie Reviews

Belated Belushi bio

John Belushi could milk more laughter with a slight shift of the eyebrow than most comedians can with a pratfall. He transformed slobbery into an art form, and sewed danger into the heart of each ...

by Scott Marks
Vanguard: Old man Jackie Chan

It became a staple of the early, funny Jackie Chan pictures: the cutaway to a Chief of Police looking on in disbelief — generally through a windshield or office glass partition — as our hero ...

by Scott Marks
Chick Fight: Maulin’ Malin Akerman

Unlike David Fincher’s satirically-muscular predecessor, director Paul Leyden and screenwriter Joseph Downey discourage use of the term “fight club,” choosing instead to liken their underground all-female boxing arena to a safehouse, a refuge where women ...

by Scott Marks
Three good offerings from the 14th annual German Currents Film Festival

The 14th annual German Currents Film Festival will this year be held virtually in your living room from November 9-15. Below are reviews of three pretty terrific offerings, all seen through the eyes of women, ...

by Scott Marks
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1941

The sighting of a stray Japanese submarine off the California coast ignites a slapstick panic which might more revealingly have been titled The Japs Are Coming, The Japs Are Coming. Steven Spielberg must have figured that if Stanley Kramer could ...

by Duncan Shepherd
One Night at McCool's

A vamp and three chumps. Liv Tyler, even with the help of photographic gimmicks, isn't up to the central role. Michael Douglas's coonskin-cap toupee is the best joke, but that's not saying much. With Matt Dillon, John Goodman, and Paul ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Run

I’m all about films that posit adults so envious of a child’s youth, beauty, and perspicacity that their blistering jealousy turns to seething hate. (See: Children of the Damned, The Brood, Princess Aurora’s folks in Sleeping Beauty, etc.) Diane Sherman ...

by Scott Marks
Alphaville

Prologue: "Reality is too complex, so you make it fiction to make it comprehensible." What this fiction is about, according to its tentative original title, is "Tarzan vs. IBM." Godard takes his hero from the public domain, the pulp domain ...

by Duncan Shepherd
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Cold Turkey for Thanksgiving

How about a hilarious helping of Cold Turkey for Thanksgiving? Cold Turkey (1971) Looking to combat bad publicity with good, Big Tobacco offers $25 million to the one American town that can collectively kick the ...

by Scott Marks
Comical and clinical

This week’s picks are meant to get us through this transitional period. Bartleby (1970) With all the movies in my mental Rolodex, surely there’s one tale of a lead character who refuses to budge even ...

by Scott Marks
Gay men with flavorful stories

What do this week’s film have in common? A diverse trio of gay men with flavorful stories to tell. Capote (2005) There was something about the back page New York Times article detailing four grisly ...

by Scott Marks
More movies at home
Reading Cinemas and AMC Theaters to open tonight

This has been the longest dry spell of my moviegoing life. Even the most blizzardy Chicago winter could not keep me away for more than a few weeks let alone the almost six months it’s ...

by Scott Marks
by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Buck Rogers VS Nolan's Batman
I finally slogged thru most of the Buck Rogers complete ...
Sponsored
by Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Capsule reviews before you buy or binge
I've got over 1000 DVDs I can watch during this ...
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 ...
by Scott Marks Video: San Diego Joyride '95
Before making it my home, San Diego was an annual ...
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 ...
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