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The Tobacconist: Stogie story

Other than an innate ability to turn heads with each passing performance, what do Montgomery Clift, Alan Arkin, Alec Guinness, Bud Cort, and Viggo Mortensen share in common? At a given moment in each man’s ...

by Scott Marks
The Truth: no better suited than Catherine Deneuve

For decades, Fabienne Dangeville has been the face of French culture (and haute couture). Considered by many to be one of history’s most celebrated beauties (and Europe’s greatest actress), the icy blonde was set to ...

by Scott Marks
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things: Sultana of song

In one seemingly simple sentence, musician Laura Mvula concisely sums up the everlasting appeal of Ella Fitzgerald: “She made it seem like anything is possible.” (It’s likely that at one point or another, generally in ...

by Scott Marks
Da 5 Bloods: a Spike Lee war joint

When Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo first began shopping their sprawling story of a Vietnam treasure hunt around the studios, it was conceived with four white veterans in mind. IMDB reports that Lloyd Levin, producer ...

by Scott Marks
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Gunner Palace

That's the name the occupying army has bestowed on the "weekend party palace" of Saddam's son, Uday, complete with swimming pool, fishing pond, putting green, and bomb damage. Documentarian Michael Tucker, narrating the action in the ominous amplified murmur of ...

by Duncan Shepherd
The Palm Beach Story

Of Preston Sturges's first seven movies from 1940 to '44, the seven on which his reputation mainly rests, this is the one that could perhaps be least deprivingly bypassed by the spectator, most broadeningly swapped for the later and neglected ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Will Ferrell vehicle, on the NASCAR circuit, goes too far, too fast, too often, but the excesses are usually easygoing (the bratty brothers' response to the news of their parents' divorce: "Yeah! Two Christmases!"), and the nonstop product plugging is ...

by Duncan Shepherd
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Albert Brooks’ mockinfomercial introduction

This week, it’s Albert Brooks’ first and (hopefully not) last, plus a bit of Sinatra propaganda. Albert Brooks Famous School for Comedians (1972) Omnibus television at its finest, The Great American Dream Machine was a ...

by Scott Marks
Football: a career low for Lucille Ball

Do you miss the prospects of a football-free 2020? Not me, especially with this trio of celluloid scores to spike in celebration. Easy Living (1949) Jacques Tourneur had never seen a football game when RKO ...

by Scott Marks
John Wayne and a latex octopus

Finding this week’s selections was as easy as giving the old external harddrive a spin. There, nestled alphabetically in the “W”s, were a trio of “Wakes,” all new to me. There’s one to dream, one ...

by Scott Marks
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Video: San Diego Joyride '95

Before making it my home, San Diego was an annual vacation destination for 15 years. “1995” was written across the spine of the TDK-HS video cassette, but the exact date of this joyride is unsure. ...

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by Scott Marks Landmark's Ken Cinema to close its doors March 22
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The Tobacconist: Stogie story

Other than an innate ability to turn heads with each passing performance, what do Montgomery Clift, Alan Arkin, Alec Guinness, Bud Cort, and Viggo Mortensen share in common? At a given moment in each man’s ...

by Scott Marks
The Truth: no better suited than Catherine Deneuve

For decades, Fabienne Dangeville has been the face of French culture (and haute couture). Considered by many to be one of history’s most celebrated beauties (and Europe’s greatest actress), the icy blonde was set to ...

by Scott Marks
Ella Fitzgerald: Just One of Those Things: Sultana of song

In one seemingly simple sentence, musician Laura Mvula concisely sums up the everlasting appeal of Ella Fitzgerald: “She made it seem like anything is possible.” (It’s likely that at one point or another, generally in ...

by Scott Marks
Da 5 Bloods: a Spike Lee war joint

When Danny Bilson and Paul DeMeo first began shopping their sprawling story of a Vietnam treasure hunt around the studios, it was conceived with four white veterans in mind. IMDB reports that Lloyd Levin, producer ...

by Scott Marks
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Bowling for Columbine

Michael Moore's engaging and enraging documentary on gun culture in America, and by extension violence, homicide, and the climate of fear in America. Dishevelled as ever in his baggy clothes and collection of ballcaps (one of them emblazoned with "Writer"), ...

by Duncan Shepherd
The Lake House

Irrationally romantic remake of a South Korean film with the Italian name of Il Mare, set in a Lifetime Channel fantasyland where every romantic hero is an architect (the artistic businessman), every romantic heroine is a doctor (the nurturing career ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

Will Ferrell vehicle, on the NASCAR circuit, goes too far, too fast, too often, but the excesses are usually easygoing (the bratty brothers' response to the news of their parents' divorce: "Yeah! Two Christmases!"), and the nonstop product plugging is ...

by Duncan Shepherd
Belle de Jour

One can easily get lost in the tricky business of signposting the episodes as "real" or "fantasy" in Buñuel's account of a frigid bourgeois housewife's moonlighting at a swank Parisian brothel. (Sunlighting, actually: she's not Belle de Nuit.) The subtitlist ...

by Duncan Shepherd
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Albert Brooks’ mockinfomercial introduction

This week, it’s Albert Brooks’ first and (hopefully not) last, plus a bit of Sinatra propaganda. Albert Brooks Famous School for Comedians (1972) Omnibus television at its finest, The Great American Dream Machine was a ...

by Scott Marks
Football: a career low for Lucille Ball

Do you miss the prospects of a football-free 2020? Not me, especially with this trio of celluloid scores to spike in celebration. Easy Living (1949) Jacques Tourneur had never seen a football game when RKO ...

by Scott Marks
John Wayne and a latex octopus

Finding this week’s selections was as easy as giving the old external harddrive a spin. There, nestled alphabetically in the “W”s, were a trio of “Wakes,” all new to me. There’s one to dream, one ...

by Scott Marks
More movies at home
Video: San Diego Joyride '95

Before making it my home, San Diego was an annual vacation destination for 15 years. “1995” was written across the spine of the TDK-HS video cassette, but the exact date of this joyride is unsure. ...

by Scott Marks
by Scott Marks Landmark's Ken Cinema to close its doors March 22
Has it really been 6 years since I stepped in ...
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by Scott Marks Forky: a life on film
He may be this year's emerging superstar, but Forky arrived ...
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 Jay Allen Sanford Daily DVD & Download: Capsule reviews before you buy or binge
I've got over 1000 DVDs I can watch during this ...
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