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November 30, 2022

BARDO: FALSE CHRONICLE OF A HANDFUL OF TRUTHS

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Screen Shot 2022-11-30 at 4.16.42 PMCondescending, emotionally flat, and narcissistic beyond all unreasonable common sense, Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Fellini rip-off is a flop.

Utter impotence.

Such gross self-indulgence comes at a price.

If I never see another Alejandro González Iñárritu film, that’s fine by me.

Done.

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Wikipedia calls it a "epic black comedy drama," I call it cinematic noise.

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Rich, spoiled Mexican journalist cum filmmaker now living in L.A. has an existential crisis — they used to call it a nervous breakdown — while visiting his people in Mexico.

Yawn.

Alejandro González Iñárritu is a disappointment.

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Iñárritu doesn't have half of the talent he imagines he has.

Sad. Really sad.

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If only the price of this film had been donated to proper charities in Mexico, the money would have been responsibly spent.

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If you want to see a master filmmaker working in Mexico during the time that he lived there, I strongly recommend you check out any and everything by Luis Buñuel.

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Then, if you want to see Fellini's masterful "epic" social satire that Alejandro González Iñárritu copiously copied to make his pale imitation, then get thee to "8 1/2" as soon as humanly possible.

Rated R. 159 mins.

ZERO STARS

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October 18, 2022

PERSONALITY CRISIS: ONE NIGHT ONLY — NYFF 2022

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Screen Shot 2022-10-15 at 5.19.58 PMDavid Johansen's swan song (70th birthday) performance of tunes from his rich musical history serves as the centerpiece for this loving documentary.

Co-directed by Martin Scorsese and David Tedeschi, the film seamlessly draws from Johansen's two performances at the storied uptown Café Carlyle in January of 2020, before Covid pulled the plug on the World.

Johansen's tight-knit four piece "Boys in the Band Band" plays every note for keeps.

Taste baby, you've got taste.

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Johansen's flawless phrasing is worth the price of admission alone.

This bad cat is a singer's singer.

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Especially entertaining is Johansen's Gene Krupa-inspired drummer stealing scenes like a cat daddy on the prowl. Wild hair flying with plenty of school boy mugging. 

Between songs, Johansen tells hilarious tales out of school, about such pivotable life experiences as befriending director Milos Foreman at the Chelsea Hotel while angling for a role in Foreman's then upcoming film musical "Hair."

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Blondie's Debbie Harry soaks up the limelight from her place in the audience.

The overall effect is enthralling, if bittersweet.

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Classic and rare footage of The New York Dolls veer into clips of Johansen's solo career, that gave way to his lounge lizard alter ego Buster Poindexter — think "Hot Hot Hot," or better yet, "Frenchette."

"I been to France, so let's just dance."

You'd be hard pressed to find a musician with more personal integrity than David Johansen. 

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You can't help but feel some sorrow at the prospect of losing the last New York Doll standing.

"Personality Crisis: One Night Only" is indeed, as Johansen put it at the New York Film Festival post screening Q&A, "a beautiful object."

Ovations are in order. 

Not Rated. 127 mins.

5 Stars

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May 25, 2022

CRIMES OF THE FUTURE — CANNES 2022

COLE SMITHEY

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ColeSmithey.comCronenberg, you’re no Cronenberg.

What a fool.

What an embarrassment. 

Juvenile, gratuitous, and dumb-as-a-stump, David Cronenberg’s latest film must be his last.

This dystopic steampunk, sci-fi, body horror snooze fest is an unforgivable sin.

What a fucking mess.

Here is a textbook example of how not to do satire.

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There’s some literal bologna about a performance art duo (Viggo Mortensen & Léa Seydoux) busy growing extra organs inside Viggo’s messed up insides. The pair perform public (underground) surgeries to extract said organs.

Oh so gross, but no blood.

Whoopie shit.

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Whiffs of “Videodrome” collide with traces of “Alien,” and smells of “Brazil,” so the whole thing stinks.

Save your money and your time.

Screen Shot 2022-05-23 at 7.54.22 PMThe biggest dingus at Cannes.

Give up on David Cronenberg, and tell him I sent you.

Give me Jarmusch all day over this shite.

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I expect better from Cannes — much better.

Rated R. 107 mins. 

ZERO STARS

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