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Scott Marks

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

Articles by Scott Marks

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 ...

July 10, 2020
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 ...

July 9, 2020
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 ...

July 3, 2020
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 ...

July 2, 2020
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 ...

June 26, 2020
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 ...

June 25, 2020
Girlfriends on film: Henry Orient, Thora & ScarJo, and Cattle Annie & Little Britches

Spinning ‘round the turn comes this week’s sure-bet trifecta, a trio of thoroughbred friendships of the unforgettable teenage girl variety. The World of Henry Orient (1964) While strolling through Central Park one day, Val (Tippy ...

June 19, 2020
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 ...

June 18, 2020
Claude Sautet: melodramatic throwback

It’s been almost four decades since Romy Schneider’s career was cut short by cardiac arrest at the unripe age of 43. Schneider made her acting debut when she was 15, and during her time spent ...

June 12, 2020
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