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  • 2001: A Space Odyssey
  • The 400 Blows
  • East of Eden
  • Across the Universe

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  • The Gray Man

    ★★

  • Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

    ★★★★

  • Elvis

    ★★★½

  • L.A.: A Queer History

    ★★★★

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  • The Gray Man

    The Gray Man

    ★★

    A spy vs. spy film of such mindless, excessive violence that I literally was forced to laugh at its inanity at times. Yet, its star power almost makes it work, even if the miscast Ryan Gosling is just too inherently nice to channel Tom Cruise. Netflix threw its hard earned money away on a big screen spectacle film...but the special f/x laden carnage will attract eyes, which is what they wanted.

  • Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

    Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel

    ★★★★

    Rothaniel is an HBO live stand-up comedy special from Jerrod Carmichael (who actually performed sitting with a mike before a darkened comedy club audience.) Maybe everybody but me knows his story; but he recently used this special to come out publicly as a 35-year old gay black man, despite concerns of alienating his family and other issues. His hour-long performance, a halting monologue with occasional responses to audience comments, is both truthful and moving...and even occasionally funny somehow. It's one of the most spellbinding hours I've spent recently.

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  • El Topo

    El Topo

    ★★★★★

    The New York Times contacted me today for background about my review of El Topo that was published in the L.A. Free Press on April 23, 1971. They provided me with a scan of the article, and I'm reposting it here. Maybe 43 years later its verbiage is a little embarrassing; but I stand by what I wrote back then. How often do we get an opportunity to view what we thought about films through the prism of the far…

  • Joy

    Joy

    ★½

    David O. Russell's popularity and reputation for enlightened whimsy eludes me. I can't blame the actors in what has become his "stock company" for my dislike of this film. Rather it must be Russell's mechanistic, by-the-numbers script filled with neurotic characters acting nonsensically. I know I'm out of step with audiences here; so forget that I ever tried to review this film.