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Is Pierce Brosnan in his prime at 61?

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Ignoring the rather lousy reviews — and the dismal 36 percent rating on Rotten Tomatoes — I made “The November Man” my rainy day movie during a beach vacation last week. The combination of an espionage drama derived from a Bill Granger novel (“There Are No Spies”) and Pierce Brosnan in the lead left me […] [Read More]
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‘Dirty Movies’: a porn world love story

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For most of his career, New Yorker Joe Sarno worked in obscurity, producing and directing sexploitation films during the 1960s — under his own name — and then hardcore porn films from the late 1970s through the 1990s (under a variety of pseudonyms). Sarno had an early and influential fan in the Village Voice film […] [Read More]
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‘Smoke’: flirting with sexual danger at a New York party

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The already intimate basement space at the Flea Theater has been reconfigured to be even more up-close-and-personal for the new Kim Davies play “Smoke.” By clustering the seating around the small set — the kitchen of an apartment in Harlem — the audience is given a voyeuristic view of the action that is both exciting […] [Read More]
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A still-daring film from the summer of Woodstock

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  Haskell Wexler’s “Medium Cool” didn’t get nearly as much attention as some of the other daring major studio films of the summer of 1969 — it was up against “Midnight Cowboy” and “Easy Rider” among other zeitgeist-defining films that were playing in theaters then — but no other American film did a better job of […] [Read More]
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‘Party Animals’: 1970s Hollywood decadence

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If you’re looking for an especially juicy Hollywood biography you should check out then-Variety senior editor Robert Hofler’s 2009 book about the film and stage producer Allan Carr — “Party Animals” — which is available from  DaCapo Press. Carr has been largely forgotten in the 15 years since he died, but Hofler reminds us of […] [Read More]
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Bad Movies We Love: the goofy & melancholy ‘Blood Beach’

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There are bad movies we watch more than once because they are so over-the-top awful (“Valley of the Dolls”) or that capture a slice of society rarely seen on screen (the early 1980s Broadway of “The Fan”), and then there are true oddities like “Blood Beach.” A cable staple 30 years ago, the 1980 B-movie […] [Read More]
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The Peter O’Toole movie that launched Woody Allen

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When Peter O’Toole died last year, all of the obits of course referenced “Lawrence of Arabia,” the 1962 classic that introduced the Irish actor to movie audiences and made him an instant international star. O’Toole would go on to make other epic historical dramas, such as the marvelous “Becket” in 1964 and “The Lion in […] [Read More]
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‘Mobile’: British TV thriller a perfect mini binge-watch

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Acorn Media is one of the best sources of British TV programming, both on DVD and on the streaming TV system the company launched last year. I couldn’t find the 2007 ITV miniseries “Mobile” on the streaming site, but it is worth searching out on the Acorn DVD (I got it via Netflix). The four-episode […] [Read More]
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