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  • Daddy



    This short film by young Christian Coppola (probably no relation), tells the story of an 80-year old dying man (Ron Rifkin), and the male hustler with a good heart that he picks up in Times Square and dresses as a woman for one last romantic, but chaste, fling. Dylan Sprouse is both beautiful and empathetic in this role. For me, a man of just about the same age as Rifkin's character, the film hit pretty close to home. Every nuance of dialog and action seemed convincing and real to me. Nice job all around.

  • We Are Who We Are

    We Are Who We Are


    Director Luca Guadagnino's sexually fluid mini-series takes the viewer to a U.S. army base in Italy in 2016. It centers on the lesbian camp commander (Chloë Sivigny), her wife (Alice Braga) and her rebellious 14-year old son Fraser (a superbly convincing, gawky performance by Jack Dylan Glazer.) But central to the plot are a number of interesting actors new to me, especially sloe-eyed Jordan Kristine Seamón as a young girl with gender issues who befriends Glazer's teenage misfit, and settles…

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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



    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.