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Your Mother Should Know, Jennifer Lawrence

  VENICE – Does her mother know where she is? Her latest film begs the question, showing that Mother does not always know best. Here’s the thing: It would be hard to find a more refreshing Hollywood personality than Jennifer Lawrence.  She has trouble being anything other than who she appears to be – a spirited, talented, and charismatic young woman with a taste for mischief. That’s an astounding feat for someone working in a film…

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Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? Richard Gere in Rome

    ROME –Richard Gere discovered long ago that he was happier making smaller, more personal films than working within the confines of the Hollywood studio system.  Though the paychecks are far smaller, he’s done some of his finest work over the last five years in films such as Arbitrage, The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and last year’s The Benefactor.  What drives him at this stage in his career?   “I like doing this,…

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Blade Runner 2049: The Great Escapism

Doctor Labyrinth, like most people who read a great deal and who have too much time on their hands, had become convinced that our civilization was going the way of Rome. He saw, I think, the same cracks forming that had sundered the ancient world, the world of Greece and Rome; and it was his conviction that presently our world, our society, would pass away as theirs did, and a period of darkness would follow. “The…

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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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My Lai: Report on a Massacre from Vietnam

It’s been nearly half a century since the Lt. William Calley led his troops into the hamlet of My Lai and wiped out the inhabitants. Few memories from Vietnam are as nightmarish for both sides. Guerilla Traveler Will Richardsson reports from the site of the massacre.    

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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 Very Lucky Indeed

A few years ago when Jim Jarmusch called, Adam Driver was ready to act 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 with a Stick)

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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The Name is Blonde, Atomic Blonde

Has the world discovered its next big action hero? It may come as a surprise to audiences and film industry observers alike that Charlize Theron is laying claim to the title of Hollywood’s biggest, baddest, kick-ass star. The statuesque (5’10”) South African actress was looking particularly energised and enthusiastic – not to mention sublimely beautiful – when she attended the recent SXSW Festival in Austin where she dazzled fans on and off the screen. Her…

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