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Thoughts on Films & Politics on November 5th, 2018

Some thoughts of the day, on Monday, the day before the election. I am asked if I think there will be a Blue Wave. I respond that my biggest fear is that the Kavanaugh hearings will function like the Comey memo about Hillary’s e-mails. If the Kavanaugh hearings energize Trump’s base…..(finish that thought). *************************** On […]
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“The Green Book” Film Gives Hope for Racial Harmony

Genre: Drama Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Sebastian Maniscalco, Dimiter D. Marinov, P.J. Byrne. Director: Peter Farrelly Writers: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly. Length: 130 minutes “The Green Book” was a book that actually existed in the sixties South, one which would tell black citizens where they could (and could not) stay […]
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“Wildlife:” Actor/Writer/Director Paul Dano’s First Directorial Effort

Genre: Drama Director: Paul Dano Writers: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, based on Richard Ford’s book Cast: Carey Mulligan, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ed Oxenbould, Bill Camp Length: 144 minutes British actress Carey Mulligan (“An Education,” “Never Let Me Go,” “The Great Gatsby”) stars in Paul Dano’s directorial debut, “Wildlife,” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal. The “Hollywood Reporter” recently named […]
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“The Front Runner”

“The Front Runner,” starring Hugh Jackman and directed by Jason Reitner, was the favorite film I saw this past 54th Chicago International Film Festival. It reminded me of “The Candidate” directed by Michael Ritchie and starring Robert Redford, which I reviewed 46 years ago (1972). In fact, I still have a button that says, “All […]
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Steve Bannon is Profiled in “American Dharma” by Errol Morris

Errol Morris, one of the world’s foremost documentary filmmakers (“The Fog of War,” “The Unknown Known”), presents us with his latest film, “American Dharma,” a sobering peek into the mind of the man “Time” magazine dubbed the Master Manipulator, Steve Bannon. Dharma means “duty, fate and destiny,” according to this past and present Trump advisor.  […]
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“Boy Erased:” Joel Edgerton’s Writing/Directing/Acting Oscar-worthy Tour de Force

Lucas Hedges is having a banner year, with starring roles in two much-talked about films, “Ben Is Back” and “Boy Erased.” “Boy Erased” is the story of the son of a Baptist minister in Arkansas who is outed to his parents (Nicole Kidman and Russell Crowe) at age 19. As the voice-over tells us at […]
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“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” at the Chicago International Film Festival

“Can You Ever Forgive Me” is a nice change of pace for Melissa McCarthy, who reins it in nicely as Lee Israel, an author who was arrested for forging signatures of other more famous authors and selling them as authentic. Virtually a two-person ensemble, nice support is provided by Richard E. Grant as Jack Hock. […]
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“Beautiful Boy” Opens 54th Chicago International Film Festival

Opening Night of the 54th Chicago International Film Festival featured the Amazon film “Beautiful Boy,” directed by Belgian director Felix van Groeningen and starring Timothee Chalomet, Steve Carell, Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan and Andre Royo (“The Wire,” “Fringe,” “Empire”). The film is based on two books written by David Sheff (“Beautiful Boy: A Father’s Journey […]
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“Friedkin Uncut” in Chicago with William Friedkin on October 15, 2018

William Friedkin, the Director of such 70s masterpieces as “The French Connection” (1971), “The Exorcist” (1973), “Boys in the Band” (1976), “Sorcerer” (1977) and “Cruising” (1980) was awarded a Career Achievement Award on Monday, October 15th, at the 54th Chicago International Film Festival. Friedkin, who is now 83, was thought to be the youngest man […]
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Lewis Black and John Bowman Entertain Chicago on Saturday, October 6, 2018

Lewis Black (from the Lewis Black website) Comedians Lewis Black and John Bowman came to the Chicago Theater on October 6th and performed to a full house, lampooning current events, politics, and life in general. Black’s set reminded me of one I  attended by David Brenner years ago, in that he presents less of a […]
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Chapter 6: “Mad Dog” Mattis, the Warrior Monk Secretary of Defense

One week after the election, Trump offered 4-star Army General Jack Keane the position of Secretary of Defense. Keane turned him down (sick wife) but recommended Jim Mattis, also known as “Mad Dog” and “Chaos” and “the warrior monk. Trump was warned by Keane before offering the job to Mattis that “Mistakes on the domestic […]
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Austin Revolution Film Festival, Sept. 17-22, Continues

The third day of the Austin Revolution Film Festival saw participants journeying to a high school to speak to one of the founder’s  classes and then on to Austin’s Salt Lick for Barbecue. Since I’ve been to Salt Lick, I was not among the tourists, but I spent the past two evenings watching shorts and […]
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“FEAR:” Chapter 5 – The Kill Shot

In Chapter Five Trump wants to know, “Where the hell  is the money?” He harasses fund-raiser Chris Christie regarding his efforts to raise funds for the campaign. Bannon tells Jared Kushner that Donald Trump needs to pony up $50 million for the campaign, because a candidate is not constrained by limits as other donors are. […]
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Connie’s Cliff Notes, FEAR: Chapter 4

James Clapper (Image courtesy of www.deadline.com) The summer of 2015 saw the first sign of digital intrusions into our voting apparatus, first appearing in Illinois and later spreading to 21 states. Russian hacking and tampering put then-President Obama in a bad position. James Clapper, Director of National Intelligence, was concerned that Russia might be using […]
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“FEAR:” Chapter 3 – Refining Trump’s Tactics

Steve Bannon (Image courtesy of NationReview.com) In Chapter 3, newly-appointed campaign manager Steve Bannon travels to Trump Tower and—lo and behold—meets the ONE person in “the war room,” Andy Surabian. In his typical fashion, he asks, “Where the fuck is everybody?” and learns that this is a typical day in “the war room.” Bannon finds […]
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