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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

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Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. Of all the misfit circumstances wrought by the troubling year of 2020, one of the cruelest was the unexpected farewell of Chadwick Boseman.  […]

| January 1, 2021
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I’m Your Woman (2020)

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I’m Your Woman (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. I love good exploitation, but I must admit that I have a general distaste for homages the exploitation.  Some things just can’t be […]

| December 31, 2020
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I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

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I’m Thinking of Ending Things (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. WOW!  So here goes . . . Charlie Kaufman has never failed to be intriguing.  His films are like little puzzle boxes that […]

| December 30, 2020
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Dick Johnson is Dead (2020)

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Dick Johnson is Dead (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. Some people seem more prepared for the inevitabilities of life than others.  Take, for example, Dick Johnson, a Seattle-based former psychiatrist and Seventh […]

| December 29, 2020
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Totally Under Control (2020)

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Totally Under Control (2020)

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, I have not been able to go to movie theaters nor film festivals.  So now, with the help of award-season screeners, this month I am catching up. Is it too early to begin chronicling the COVID-19 pandemic?  Director Alex Gibney doesn’t seem to think so.  Within the fast-paced panoply of […]

| December 27, 2020
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The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020)

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The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020)

The story of the legendary D.B. Cooper has taken on a mythical status.  After nearly 50 years, it seems to be that great unattainable true crime narrative that is as illusive as it is fascinating.  It is a crime that seems impossible, but never-the-less was never solved.  Who was D.B. Cooper, and whatever became of […]

| December 26, 2020
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Soul (2020)

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Soul (2020)

A little over halfway through Disney Pixar’s Soul, I asked my wife, “Does this movie feel like it was made for kids?”  Without a thought, she said, “Not at all.”  I didn’t ask this question out of derision, only out of the curious fact that this is a movie about the existential meaning of one’s […]

| December 25, 2020
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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

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Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)

There is a moment halfway through Wonder Woman 1984 in which I felt a heartbreaking tug of melancholia that had nothing to do with the film itself.  Diana Prince and her now-undead lover Steve Trevor (don’t ask) are flying a plane over Washington D.C. in the midst of the Fourth of July fireworks celebration.  The […]

| December 25, 2020
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