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  • The Joke Thief

    The Joke Thief

    The first Frank D'Angelo film of the post-Barry Sherman era is approximately one-third stand-up acts (including Ed the Sock!!!); one-third a Socratic dialogue between Frank and an Uber driver (Sugith Varughese, giving easily the best performance in the movie) that was obviously filmed in one long take; and one-third flashbacks showing us unremarkable moments from the life of Simon McCabe (Frank), a would-be comedian who never got his break.

    Hilariously low on tension and stakes, and almost bravely shoddy. It's…

  • Widow Blue!

    Widow Blue!

    While not without boring stretches, this black-comic, bisexual porn/splatter film is pretty transgressive, and (*Johnny Carson voice*) weird, wild stuff.

    Co-starring a young John Holmes. Makes presumably unauthorized use of Henry Mancini's TOUCH OF EVIL theme.

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  • Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    Won't You Be My Neighbor?

    ★★★½

    "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" was the first piece of popular culture that I ever loved, so yes, this documentary was a very emotional experience for me. Rogers was a good man and I love him.

    The reason this movie was made (and is resonating) right now is Trump. Some of the interviewees admit that if he were alive today, Fred Rogers might feel overwhelmed by the challenges of this particular historical moment. Rogers' (and this movie's) prescription for the world's ills…

  • The Heartbreak Kid

    The Heartbreak Kid

    ★★★★★

    “There's no insincerity in those potatoes. There's no deceit in the cauliflower. This is a totally honest meal.”