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The David Mamet movie you’ve never heard of

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If you rent the 2008 David Mamet film “Redbelt” you might be left wondering why this fascinating  film from one of America’s finest writers and directors remains a virtually unknown quantity. The quirky, hard-to-define story made it a hellish marketing challenge in theaters seven years ago and the video quickly fell through the cracks, too. The movie is a mix of […] [Read More]
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‘Is Paris Burning?’: finding a lost film

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Browsing on Amazon Instant the other night I came across “Is Paris Burning?” the 1966 Paramount epic based on the non-fiction bestseller of the same title by Larry Collins and Dominique Lapierre. The movie was originally launched as a reserved-seat “roadshow” attraction in the manner of “Doctor Zhivago” and “Lawrence of Arabia” and “Cleopatra,” but […] [Read More]
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‘Friends to Lovers?’: running low on ‘reality’

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Did the casting staff for the new Bravo series “Friends to Lovers?” — debuting next Sunday night — realize the premise was hopeless early on and just go through the motions as they assembled an unusually dismal group of reality TV show-offs? As much as we all like to criticize the cheap-to-produce genre — that […] [Read More]
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‘Alex in Wonderland’ shows Hollywood in 1970s breakdown mode

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As a movie, the 1970 Paul Mazursky comedy “Alex in Wonderland” is only so-so, but for students of Hollywood it’s a vivid time capsule of a transition period in film history. The very eccentric and personal film is a reflection of an atmosphere of confusion and panic in the major studios after off-beat, inexpensive studio […] [Read More]
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‘Girls’: more highs than lows in third season

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“Girls” has been compared with another HBO hit — “Sex and the City” — but the series didn’t have the same consistent high quality during its first two seasons. This varying tone is understandable due to the major difference between the two comedies about young woman facing the challenges of living in New York City […] [Read More]
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‘Downton Abbey’ cruises into season five

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Like it or not, “Downton Abbey” is the most popular series in the history of PBS, drawing many more viewers than “Brideshead Revisited” or “The Jewel in the Crown” or “I Claudius.” It’s the creation of writer Julian Fellowes, who borrowed part of its template from “Upstairs Downstairs,” the beloved 1970s era “Masterpiece Theater” hit […] [Read More]
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Good for Hollywood, bad for us

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The year-end statistics coming out of the Hollywood movie studios this week were bad news for adults who aren’t interested in going out to see 3D/IMAX comic book extravaganzas or dramatized young adult novels. Ticket sales were down substantially in this country — the lowest level in two decades — while box office figures in […] [Read More]
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Happy New Year!

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