Category Archives: Film and book reviews

The ever-prescient William Gibson predicts Fox News!

William Gibson, known for having fictionally invented the Internet and a lot else that later came to pass, nailed Fox News in Idoru in 1995, one year before FN’s founding. The “audience”: Which is best visualized as a vicious, lazy, … Continue reading

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black swan

Leda and I saw Black Swan on Valentine’s Day. Not the most romantic choice, I know, but we hadn’t seen a film together in a theater in ages, and that’s what was on both our “to see” lists. I squirmed … Continue reading

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Tough Guys Don’t Dance

After reading Mark Singer’s puff piece in the May 21st Talk of the Town, I was intrigued to see the movie Tough Guys Don’t Dance, directed by and screenplay by and based on the novel by Norman Mailer. Critics panned … Continue reading

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Sopranos/Big Love

I loved the end of the Sopranos. It was perfect symmetry. Personally, I think he bought it listening to Journey with an onion ring in his mouth. Do I feel the need to see it spelled out like all the … Continue reading

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The Aristocrats

Not a huge fan of this film. The joke is not that great, and some of the renditions, George Carlin’s for example, are just so gross and over the line that the idea of flirting with the line is left … Continue reading

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Miller’s Crossing

I finally got around to watching this early Coen brothers film. I loved it. Very funny. I would use Johnny Caspar’s (Jon Polito) discourse on ethics in the first scene as a humorous introduction to ethics in an anthro class … Continue reading

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¿Quién Diablos es Juliette?

(Eng: Who the Hell is Juliette?) This is a charming little mock-mocumentary (!) by Mexican music video director Carlos Marcovich. The best summary I’ve found is here. The film makes Cuba look very appealing, Italian sex tourists very much not … Continue reading

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Mondovino

Ok, most people liked this documentary on the global wine business, and I expected to but didn’t. I guess this is the new style of documentary filmmaking: hand-held, whimsical cinematography; impressionistic and understated but insinuating interpretation. Not everyone can pull … Continue reading

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The Four Feathers

Here’s a movie so unmemorable that it wasn’t until forty minutes into it tonight that I realized that I’d seen it before, and it’s only from 2002. With the first plot twist, I was thinking that maybe I’d read the … Continue reading

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Underwater clapper loader

H2G2 also has some of the best screen credits I’ve noticed in a while. My two favorites were Underwater Clapper Loader and Head of Hair and Fur, no pun intended, I assume. There was also the usual dose of unbelievably … Continue reading

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