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A few reviews
Night Train To Lisbon - 2013 - 7/10

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Jeremy Irons plays Swiss professor who, after an encounter, stumbles across a slim philosophical / confessional book by Portuguese writer. He becomes bewitched by the “goldsmith of words,” and catches the train to Lisbon to meet the writer.
Once there, he interviews family and friends, and teases the backstory of broken dreams, lost love, betrayal, torture, all set during the Portuguese revolution of the mid 70s.
Dual narratives dovetail of Irons’ deepening quest, with the excavation of memory.
Most of the film was shot in Lisbon, with its narrow, cobblestone lanes and breathtaking views of the night washed city below and the distant Sao Jorge Castelo.
Highly rewarding film for the patient.
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Reality - 2012 - 5/10

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Italian “comedy” about a fish seller / hustler who gets prodded to audition for the Big Brother reality show.
He gradually obsesses over tiny details and loses touch with reality.
Opening sets were breathtaking. The wedding site, then the Naples neighborhood.
Characters were a different matter, however. I wanted to hurl bricks at most of them.
Probably by intent. Everyone was transfixed by the lure of fame and celebrity.
Everyone around me laughed out loud, whereas I viewed the main character being trapped in a chamber of Hell.
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The Sapphires - 2012 - 6/10

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Feel good rubbish, "inspired" by actual events.
I enjoyed this while I watched it, but afterward started thinking about it.
The oldest girl looked old - the actress was in her 40s. Who was that white Irish guy who found and managed the group? Phil Spector?
Since when did the war department carry entertainers into Vietnam combat zones?
Oh, I forgot, "inspired by."
Which means any fantasy will suffice.
Nice music, but otherwise this is complete fairytale.
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Al Murray: The Only Way Is Epic - 2012 - 5/10

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Al Murray as pub landlord, live in Brighton.
Bit over an hour of hit n miss standup.
There simply were not enough good jokes.
The funny ones, he pounded like a dead horse.
Many times he seemed to be grinding gears.
Opening schtick of querying/baiting front row grew tedious.
Probably better if you are British.


I'll never understand the English weakness for sing-alongs.
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I'm From Hollywood - 1989 - 7/10

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Terrific documentary / satire / sport-a-rama.
Andy Kaufman takes on womenfolk and baits the Memphis crackers
in the Inter-Gender Wrestling matches.
From this, the feud with Jerry Lawler started.
Wrestling was no less fake in the 70s as it is today,
but steroid inflated gorks were not the fixtures.
Interviews with Marilu Henner, Robin Williams, Tony Danza.
Also clips of Kaufman urging Southern women to shave their legs,
and locals to discover soap and toilet tissue.
Brilliant.
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Dancing Outlaw - 1991 - 7/10

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The documentary that made Jesco White famous.
Thirty minutes showcasing mountain step dancing, Elvis worship,
murder, fried eggs, Freebird, burning up your damn car, guilt.
Filmed in Boone County, West Virginia, forgotten crannie of the American Dream.
This is about as authentic as they come. I've been in this neck of Appalachia hundreds of times.
Fame and exploitation, soon followed, along with groupies and tattoos.
The sequels are fun, but this is the genuine article.
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Paul McCartney Really Is Dead - 2009 - 7/10

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Where or where to begin with this masterpiece?
In 1999, George Harrison was attacked at his Friar Park estate by a deranged fan. Except it wasn't a crazy person, this was a hit ordered by MI 5. The same group who offed John Lennon in 1980. Alarmed, George taped two microcassettes of a dark secret.
Paul McCartney, as we know him today, is a fake. The real Paul died in 1966 in a car crash after picking up a lovely young fan named "Rita."

This insane "documentary" was one of the funniest things I've watched in years.
After Paul died, a MI 5 operative (Maxwell) installed a substitute to prevent millions of teenage fans from committing suicide. During interviews with random fans, I scoffed at the screen, "Those are American accents." My better half was more specific, "Brooklyn."
That was one of countless errors and preposterous claims. George on the cassette does not sound like the real George. The Liverpool accent drifts in and out. Sometimes he pronounces his handler Maxwell, other times Mockswell.
If you are past your 40s you likely remember all this crap when it was current. I Was - 28 IF - O.P.D. and other clues. This film was a treasure trove of conspiracy whispers, including a whopper revealed at the end that I will not disclose here.
Paul McCartney Really Is Dead was gloriously, spectacularly awful! A must for fans of bad cinema.
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Vultural Wrote:I'm From Hollywood - 1989 - 7/10

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Terrific documentary / satire / sport-a-rama.
Andy Kaufman takes on womenfolk and baits the Memphis crackers
in the Inter-Gender Wrestling matches.
From this, the feud with Jerry Lawler started.
Wrestling was no less fake in the 70s as it is today,
but steroid inflated gorks were not the fixtures.
Interviews with Marilu Henner, Robin Williams, Tony Danza.
Also clips of Kaufman urging Southern women to shave their legs,
and locals to discover soap and toilet tissue.
Brilliant.

Do I need glasses or is that Deborah Harry of Blondie?!
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Gatos Wrote:Do I need glasses or is that Deborah Harry of Blondie?!

Very fine eye.

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Manhunt Of Mystery Island - 1945 - 6/10

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Republic serial.
The villain kidnaps two scientists to build him a device to control unlimited planetary energy through radium.
Lance, the lunkheaded hero, could take a punch; he got a pounding every episode.
Luckily Linda Stirling was in the cast to bail him out, or shoot a handful of baddies d-e-a-d.
Fights were better than most because the chief henchman was Kenne Duncan, who was a specialist in leaping, flying though the air fisticuffs.
The head baddie goes by Captain Mephisto, and he has a magic, electrical chair (fan behind that sprays sparks).
With the chair he can transform his features into anyone he chooses. Does he pick President, movie star, general?
Nooo! He opts for the pirate look: tattoo, cutlass, big hat, face scars.
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