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Scott Marks

Scott Marks
Scott Marks contributes to the Reader's movie section.

Articles by Scott Marks

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 ...

September 23, 2021
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 ...

September 17, 2021
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 ...

September 16, 2021
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 ...

September 10, 2021
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 ...

September 9, 2021
The better Casino Royale

No, not that Casino Royale. The other, better one! Casino Royale (1967) We open with a postscript that can be found in the supplementary section of the DVD: it was Peter Sellers who suggested Orson ...

September 3, 2021
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 ...

September 2, 2021
Airport ’77 : the spirit is willing, but the script is weak

What’s bigger, more exciting, and two years older than Airport 1975? Airport ‘77! Airport ’77 (1977) In Airport, the Arthur Hailey original, disaster struck in the form of mad bomber Van Heflin, while the 747 ...

August 27, 2021
Sweet Girl: Jason Momoa’s howlingly enjoyable nonsense with a twist

It’s been a fertile period of late for adventure films that pair tough burly movie stars opposite young unknowns — Dave Bautista and Chloe Coleman in My Spy, Liam Neeson and Jacob Perez in The ...

August 26, 2021
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