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MATTHEW McCONAUGHEY –  No Longer Just a Pretty Face

True Detective must be in the top five of the best TV serials ever made. On second thought, it might be the best. It is certainly our subject’s best work and close to the best work of his co-star Woody Harrelson. It is the kind of performance that changes a genre by influencing the tone of other performance and other scripts. It raises the standard.   Matthew McConaughey (MM) stretched himself in various roles getting…

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Hypernormalization — the film by Adam Curtis (BBC)

HyperNormalisation is Adam Curtis’ latest documentary film for the BBC released on Oct. 16, 2016. It is perhaps Curtis’s most compelling work to date. Presciently, it was released on Oct. 16, 2016, just prior to the stunning, surprise election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. Curtis compellingly argues that since the 1970s, governments, financiers and high-tech engineers have consistently constructed a fake world to replace an unsatisfactory real one. In Orwellian style, that fake world is…

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Adam Driver is Lucky

A few years ago when Jim Jarmusch called, Adam Driver, was ready to go even before he’d read the script. That was the measure of his regard for the cult Indie film director.  The film Paterson about a bus driver who writes poetry was universally loved. And the bus driver was as unlikely a sex symbol, as the ex-Marine himself. And yet, Driver is compelling in Paterson as the common man facing everyday challenges with…

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Can’t Beat Beatriz (At Dinner)

Salma Hayek is nice. That is the first thing you realize. Whatever success she has enjoyed, and it has been considerable. She is one of the most pleasant, upbeat, and good-natured individuals you will ever talk to.   But it was much more than niceness, beauty and talent that earned Hayek her place in the film world.  Her turn in Frida as the tragically injured, persistent artist is impossible to forget.   In fact, she…

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Hollywood and Vines: Francis Ford Coppola

FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA – HOLLYWOOD & VINES by Harold von Kursk One of the most legendary figures in film history, Francis Ford Coppola was always willing to risk everything for the sake of his movies. Apocalypse Now nearly destroyed him personally and professionally while One From the Heart brought him close to financial ruin. Fortunately, in 1975 he chose to invest his earnings from his first two Oscar-winning Godfather movies to buy 1500 acres in…

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Kirsten Dunst Talks Sophia Coppola

KIRSTEN DUNST – THE BEGUILED by Harold von Kursk CANNES –  Kirsten Dunst has worked with some of Hollywood’s top directors, but Sofia Coppola has always had a special connection to her.  First with The Virgin Suicides and then with Marie Antoinette, Dunst saw Coppola as both a friend and mentor.  Now, with THE BEGUILED, the two women may have collaborated on the finest film of their respective careers. For Dunst, however, it’s their 17-year-long…

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