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Recorder: The Marion Stokes Project: taping the TV News 24/7 for 30 years

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  Matt Wolf’s take on the oddball story of Marion Stokes has you wavering between the feeling that she was either a chronic compulsive obsessive hoarder, or that maybe her actions were the result of her ability to see the enormous value of recording the present for the future. African/American Stokes who had been born … Continue reading



Scandalous: The Untold Story of the National Enquirer : an excellent telling of a dispiriting tale

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  Mark Landsman’s excellent documentary makes for depressing viewing . As he details the rise and fall of the scandal rag The National Enquirer he reminds us how the obnoxious self-serving Trump was one of the main instigators of the whole ‘fake news’ syndrome decades before he squirmed his way into The White House. The … Continue reading



Motherless Brooklyn : Edward Norton”s film noir

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  Edward Norton’s movie which he wrote, directed and starred in and was obviously a work of passion,  is an impressive film noir.  Very loosely adapted from the novel of the same name by Jonathan Lethem it’s a sprawling tale set in New York in the  1950’s which evokes more than a passing memory of … Continue reading



Synonyms : swapping your nationality is never easy

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  It is always so exhilarating to watch a powerful tour-de-force performance from a unknown actor that you know will become known as his breakthrough performance as stardom beckons. Such is the case of Israeli Tom Mercier who plays Yoav a conflicted young man who has just run away from Israel to Paris determined to … Continue reading



The Day Shall Come : a black comedy farce about some would-be terrorists

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  For Queerguru,  British  satirist Chris Morris’s  feature film debut FOUR LIONS was one of the very best movies at Sundance in 2010. This black comedy about an inept group of British Pakistani terrorists pushed any hint of good taste out of the window and stunned the Park City crowd onto silence. It was not … Continue reading



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