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Scott Marks

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

Articles by Scott Marks

The Big Store: Marx Bros. of choice

It’s a tradition in excellence that dates back to when I was 9-years-old and first introduced to the Marx Bros. The local ABC-TV affiliate in Chicago would devote their Saturday night late-to-pre-dawn slot to Paramount ...

January 22, 2021
Stallone: Frank, That Is: natural born entertainer

The press release hyped him as “one of the most versatile talents in Hollywood.” The late Danny Aiello dubbed him a “five tool guy” capable of singing, acting, performing, writing, and fighting “like a sonofabitch.” ...

January 21, 2021
Promising Young Woman: Carey Mulligan stews

Somewhere, Joan Rivers is rolling in her grave. While on her way to becoming a household name in 1973, the comedian conceived the story of (and along with Agnes Gallin, co-scripted the teleplay for) a ...

January 14, 2021
Ant venom

Since outdoor activities seem to pose little threat, why not throw a picnic? I’ll bring the ants. Them! (1954) The opening scene packs a horrifying wallop not generally associated with monster movies from the ‘50s. ...

January 8, 2021
Audrey: our fair lady

To paraphrase critic Molly Haskell, Audrey Hepburn awakened love in all who watched her. Why it took this long for someone to make a feature-length documentary about one of the world’s most adored and influential ...

January 7, 2021
Wonder Woman 1984: A long, bad dream(stone)

I like it better when the special-effects wizards have to leave their chairs in order to make a movie. Seated before a bank of computer screens and presented with a budget of $200 million for ...

December 31, 2020
Spend New Year’s Day with Tupac Shakur

Out with the new and in with the old with this trio of diverse films that all take place on or around New Year’s Day. La Bonne Annee (1973) The clip from director Claude Lelouch’s ...

December 30, 2020
Bing’s “Bob” a meager serving in White Christmas

If you are worried and you can’t sleep, watch White Christmas instead of counting sheep. Works faster than a right hook with a bottle of Ambien clutched in its fist. — Scott Marks White Christmas ...

December 24, 2020
The Christmas Chronicles: The skinny on Santa

The story behind The Christmas Chronicles is so simple, so glaringly obvious and filled with delight, that it’s a wonder no one thought of it until this day: a pair of siblings surreptitiously hop aboard ...

December 24, 2020
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