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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Film Review: “Joker” — Here Come the Killer Clowns by Gerald Peary

Screenwriter-director Todd Phillips knows well what he is doing in the calculated way he escalates the bloodshed in Joker. The post Film Review: “Joker” — Here Come the Killer Clowns a…

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Film Review: A Rundown from the San Sebastian International Film Festival by Gerald Peary

How is this festival kept off the map from my US colleagues? The post Film Review: A Rundown from the San Sebastian International Film Festival appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Film Review: “Love, Antosha” — A Poignant Tribute to Actor Anton Yechlin by Gerald Peary

This tender documentary makes an airtight case that cinema has lost a very special person. The post Film Review: “Love, Antosha” — A Poignant Tribute to Actor Anton Yechlin appeared fi…

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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Book Review: “The Earth Dies Screaming” — Insistent Originality by Gerald Peary

I happily read The Earth Dies Screaming through, all 433 pages of acute, often brilliant writing. And also often funny as hell. The post Book Review: “The Earth Dies Screaming” — Insis…

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Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Film Review: “Echo in the Canyon” — LA’s Land of the Giants by Gerald Peary

Echo in the Canyon is a sublimely moving documentary celebration of a nonpareil moment when, a half century ago, the Southern California scene boasted giants of music. The post Film Review: …

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Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Film Review: Report from the 2019 Provincetown Film Festival by Gerald Peary

By Gerald Peary When was the last time that the promo short advertising a film festival turns out to be a mini-masterpiece? That’s what happened at the 21st Provincetown Film Festival, Jun…

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Film Review: “The Souvenir” — Fear of Melodrama by Gerald Peary

Joanna Hogg refuses by aesthetic principle to put a lot of inflection into her scenes, steering them away from melodrama and even heated drama. As a result, some episodes are half-baked, ske…

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Sunday, May 5, 2019

Theater Review: Another View of “Indecent” — Flat and Obvious by Gerald Peary

In the case of a scene set in the Lodz Ghetto, the lineup of characters on the way to the concentration camps veered, for me, close to Holocaust porn. The post Theater Review: Another View o…

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Friday, April 5, 2019

Film Review: “The Beach Bum” — Purposefully Boneheaded by Gerald Peary

If you’re the kind of person who coveted every word and wild-man gesture of inebriated Hunter S. Thompson, The Beach Bum could be your movie. The post Film Review: “The Beach Bum” —…

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Friday, March 29, 2019

Arts Remembrance: RIP Agnès Varda — The Most Important Woman Filmmaker Ever? by Gerald Peary

"The world is in very bad shape, but cinema in a way is a peaceful life." -- Agnès Varda The post Arts Remembrance: RIP Agnès Varda — The Most Important Woman Filmmaker Ever? appeared …

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

FIlm Review: Signs of Hope for American Indies At SXSW by Gerald Peary

I saw a handful of fiction films which were well directed, capably acted, and offered meaningful stories. The post FIlm Review: Signs of Hope for American Indies At SXSW appeared first on Th…

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Thursday, March 21, 2019

Film Reviews: Three Fine Documentaries at SXSW — “Salvage,” “Breakthrough,” and “Mr. Jimmy” by Gerald Peary

The first three films I watched at SXSW this year were picked by me with the editors in mind. Not coincidentally, the editors also had pedigreed Massachusetts roots. The post Film Reviews: T…

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Film Review: “Greta” — A Tedious, Ugly Stalker Film by Gerald Peary

Greta is a slight, uninspired by-the-numbers genre film -- we’ve seen this paranoia-inducing tale too often. The post Film Review: “Greta” — A Tedious, Ugly Stalker Film appeared fir…

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Friday, February 15, 2019

Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — Wrestling With Death by Gerald Peary

It is safe to predict that the winner in this category will one of the entries that squares off against mortality. The post Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — Wres…

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Arts Commentary: My Blackface Confession by Gerald Peary

Did I try to fit in at my segregated school, betraying my father and his values to be a popular white boy? The post Arts Commentary: My Blackface Confession appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — A Bunch of Downers by Gerald Peary

Shame on you, Academy, for such feeble, uninspired, downer picks. The post Film Review: 2019 Oscar-nominated Live Action Shorts — A Bunch of Downers appeared first on The Arts Fuse.

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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Film Review: “Burning” — A Powerful Philosophical Suspense Yarn by Gerald Peary

Not since Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow-Up and L’Aventura has there been such a mesmerizing tale of the more you look, the less you find out.

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Monday, September 17, 2018

Film Review: “Rodents of Unusual Size” — Scary! Creepy! by Gerald Peary

How will PC New Englanders react to seeing nutria gunned down by hunters, and some bashed on their heads to make sure they are dead?

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Saturday, September 1, 2018

Film Review: “The Bookshop” — A Closed Book by Gerald Peary

Reading is treated as a commodity, namedropping literary titles as a way for middlebrow film audiences to feel proud of themselves for being in the know.

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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Film Review: Rita Hayworth Centennial Celebration Winds Down by Gerald Peary

The Lady from Shanghai is a black comedy of manners, a “film noir” near-masterpiece.

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Film Review: “The Triplets of Belleville” – A 21st Century Animation Classic by Gerald Peary

Sylvain Chomet's sublime 2004 feature is a shimmering, knowing homage to the beginnings of sound animation.

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Film Review: “Pal Joey” — A Memorable Rita Hayworth by Gerald Peary

In 1957's Pal Joey, Rita Hayworth makes an indelible impression as a screen siren, as sexy as in her '40s heyday.

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Film Review: “Momma Mia! Here We Go Again” — Momma Mia!! 2!! by Gerald Peary

I made a pledge last week to compromise my movie going, and in a silly, humiliating way.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Film Review: An Insouciant Double Bill — Rita Hayworth meets Fred Astaire by Gerald Peary

Womanizing Astaire grasps that Rita is the loveliest catch of all, and a keeper, in this musical treat.

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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Film Review: “Filmworker” — (Over) Labor of Love by Gerald Peary

Tony Zierra’s film is a worthy and interesting one, but I admit to becoming worn down by the endless litany of unglamorous ways that protagonist Leon Vitali worked his butt off for the gen…

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Film Review: “Let the Sunshine In” — Darkness Reigns by Gerald Peary

Let the Sunshine In is French filmmaker Claire Denis's one-note ode to the power of love even when, in this case, love stinks like dead fish.

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Film Review: “Claire’s Camera” — An Engaging Escapade from a Major Director by Gerald Peary

Claire’s Camera is enjoyable and charming, but it’s definitely minor Hong, made on a lark at Cannes.

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Film Review: “Ramen Heads” — Delicious Obsession by Gerald Peary

Food porn? You know it when you see it.

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Friday, March 23, 2018

Film Review: “Red Sparrow” — A Retro Cold War thriller by Gerald Peary

Red Sparrow isn’t great in any way, but, at two hours and twenty minutes, we do get our money’s worth of old-school genre entertainment.

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Thursday, February 15, 2018

Film Review: “The Insult” — Contrived Courtroom Drama by Gerald Peary

The film becomes a made-for-TV trial melodrama, with actors delivering oratorical speeches and the plot spinning several times with contrived, made-to-shock revelations.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Remembrance: Dorothy Malone — Hollywood Siren by Gerald Peary

Could Dorothy Malone be the only person in the world to have dated both Sinatra and Liberace?

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