JACK ATTACK! AT THE SOMERVILLE

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Five Easy Pieces set the template for a new kind of leading man, an updated anti-hero seething with self-loathing and discontent. For the first half of that confused, angry decade Nicholson deftly articulated a generational malaise, stewing in the juices of swaggeringly macho characters coming to realize the extent of their own impotence.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/17/2019

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ACCIDENTAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: THE KILLING OF A CHINESE BOOKIE

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”The film makes faint gestures at the popular conventions of a gangster movie while constantly being sidetracked by the bizarre behavioral details and heightened mundanity that were this particular filmmaker’s stock and trade. It’s a movie about a testy, outsider artist and his gang of misfit collaborators, the John Cassavetes biopic once removed.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 04/03/2019

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ABOUT THAT BEST PICTURE…

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Green Book would have looked clueless and dated in 1986. How many more films about the heroic kindness and bravery of white folks during the Civil Rights Era do we need before fragile viewers will finally feel reassured that ‘they would have been one of the good ones back then’ so Hollywood can move on and try to tell a different story for a change?” – Boston.com, 02/25/2019

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OSCAR TAKEAWAYS 2019

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“In the absence of scripted banter and special presentations, the Oscars’ most memorable moments this year were more off the cuff, as when Samuel L. Jackson took a break from presenting to update his pal Spike Lee on the score of Sunday night’s Knicks game. That big, boisterous hug between those two is probably gonna be the new lock screen on my phone.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/24/2019

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THE RAT STAYS IN THE PICTURE

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“That this obviously kidding Kickstarter reached its goal so quickly says something uncomfortable about the increasing entitlement of fan culture and an ugly need to claim ownership over art, even if that means vandalizing it. Sending money to support some random bro on the internet’s idea how to improve a Scorsese picture strikes me as the apex of inanity.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/21/2019

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OSCAR PREVIEW 2019

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“The easiest way to win an Oscar is by playing a famous dead person. Since there’s no scoreboard when it comes to judging art, a lot of folks fall back on ‘accuracy’ as a metric. I have a hunch this is why movies based on true stories always end with archival footage of their real-life subjects. It’s like putting the answers in the back of textbooks.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 02/20/2019

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THE SOPRANOS TURNS 20

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“For me, the ending’s meaning has always been more elusive, making visceral the sensation of having this story and these people we’ve grown to love over many years violently ripped away forever without a moment’s warning, abruptly plunging us into silence and nothingness. It’s a death scene alright, but we’re the ones who got whacked.” – WBUR’s The ARTery, 01/09/2019

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