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15Apr10:56 amEST

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Although divorce is now commonplace and widely accepted (even expected) in modern society, back in the day in Sicily it was flat-out illegal. And a film which automatically comes to mind regarding that topic is t he uproarious comedy, Divorce Italian Style  (1961), starring the great Marcello Mastroianni in his prime. The film centers around...

07Apr9:13 amEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

An Officer and a Gentleman  (1982) is one of those coming-of-age all-American films from the 1980s which ought not become swept away in the sands of time. It is currently available on Amazon Prime and well worth a viewing.  via YouTube: Once in a great while a movie comes along that truly grips and uplifts its audiences. Such a movie is An...

31Mar8:41 amEST

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After recommending the first season of the Amazon Prime Original Series, "Sneaky Pete," last year, I am going to follow-up after watching season two and re-recommend the show. There is plenty of overlap in this show with the FX standout, "Justified," from years back, with Graham Yost behind the scenes as an executive producer and Desmond...

24Mar6:00 amEST

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Mean Streets (1973) is often seen as the the film which gave birth to some of the later classics in which Robert De Niro and director Martin Scorsese collaborated. I recommend it on a standalone basis as well, though the context for future films is warranted too. via YouTube: Harvey Keitel plays Charlie, working his way up the ranks of a...

17Mar9:05 amEST

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On this Saint Patrick's Day, I am going to recommend one of my favorite Irish films from the last two decades. Each time I have watched it, I have come away thoroughly impressed with  The Guard (2011), a comedy-thriller set in a small Irish town. The cast features several of my favorite actors, including  Brendan Gleeson, Don Cheadle, and the...

10Mar11:09 pmEST

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Riphagen (2016), currently available on Amazon Prime, was produced as a three-part miniseries,   but was also deemed worthy of a theatrical release. The show is based on a fascinating real-life story during World War II in the Netherlands.  via imdb.com The story about Riphagen, a cunning Dutch traitor during WW2 who helped Nazi round up...

03Mar7:30 amEST

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Happiness (1998) is a disturbingly dark yet high quality, under-appreciated film. It also features the late-Philip Seymour Hoffman in one of his more archetypal performances. Written and directed by Todd Solondz, the indie auteur of  Welcome to the Dollhouse  (1995), the film also stars Jon Lovitz, Lara Flynn Boyle, Jane Adams, and the...

24Feb4:53 pmEST

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The Romanian television series, Umbre , is currently available on Amazon Prime in America. Umbre aired via HBO Europe, and is probably the closest thing you will ever see to a legitimate hidden gem. There have been two seasons so far, but I expect more to come as the show serves as a great ambassador for eastern European filmmaking.  Much...

17Feb8:23 amEST

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The great Louis Malle’s My Dinner with Andre (1981) is as much the antithesis of an action movie (at least a physical one) as you will ever see. And yet, it is an entertaining film in its own right, a tribute to the dialogue, acting, and, of course, Malle’s direction. via imdb : Wallace Shawn and Andre Gregory, apparently playing...

10Feb11:05 amEST

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Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017) received critical acclaim upon its release, and has since been nominated for and won several awards.  Unfortunately, I do not share the view that this is an exceptional film, nor a particularly good one.   Instead, I believe that too many critics and viewers simply gave the benefit of the...

03Feb9:27 amEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

After the first truly rocky week in the market in a good while, I am sure many will appreciate a classic, all-American comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield.  Back to School  (1986) also features many familiar faces, such as Burt Young, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr.. The plot centers around an uneducated, self-made millionaire...

27Jan6:01 pmEST

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One of Ben Stiller’s better non-comedy performances can be seen portraying a real-life drug addict in  Permanent Midnight (1998), also starring the stunning Maria Bello and Owen Wilson. Critics and audiences alike did not seem too fond of this film, but I believe it is underrated and worth a viewing. via imdb.com Comedy writer Jerry Stahl,...

20Jan10:36 amEST

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A good film to watch on a cold, dark winter night is about an action/adventure/wintry “mountain man,"  Jeremiah Johnson (1972), starring Robert Redford as pretty much a one-man gang.  There is a now-famous internet GIF with Redford in this film, though I suspect many do not know the film from which it is taken. Well, the good news is that the...

13Jan8:26 pmEST

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With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics approaching early next month, Chariots of Fire (1981) is one of the better movies referencing the Olympics. The theme song played in the clip below is iconic. This is definitely an inspiring film and worth checking out to get you into the mood.  From imdb.com Two British track athletes, one a...

06Jan1:33 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

When I published my New Year's Eve list of the top ten television series this century (plus some honorable mentions), a follower on Twitter wondered why Showtime's Dexter failed to make the list.  For those who missed the show, Dexter is a Miami-based crime/drama series which ran on the Showtime network from  October 1, 2006, to September...

31Dec3:20 pmEST

New Year's Eve at Market Chess Cinemas

I am often asked to recommend television series readily available on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  With this in mind, on New Year's Eve I thought it would be a good opportunity to publish a list of my top ten television series from this century, thus far.  A few criteria to make this list: 1) A minimum of two seasons to qualify 2) New episodes were...

24Dec2:08 pmEST

Christmas Eve at Market Chess Cinemas

Just a few years after the shopping mall had opened, my father took me to AMC theaters at Newport Centre in Jersey City, New Jersey, right around Christmas of 1990.  The occasion, that time, was to see the re-release of Goodfellas (1990) which had officially been released on September 19th, 1990. Back in those days, though, the holidays...

16Dec8:21 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

Although there have been some high profile books and films released in recent years about Abraham Lincoln, none of them beat my favorite film about the sixteenth president,  Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), which is also perhaps favorite film about any president in general. It is an oldie but a goodie, starring Raymond Massey. The story flows...

09Dec11:24 amEST

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Dances with Wolves  (1990) is Kevin Costner's career masterpiece, the epitome of a great western epic. The film is complete with a legendary score and soundtrack, cinematography, and even an interesting back story:  Michael Blake , who had been washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant when an old friend, Kevin Costner , asked him to adapt...

03Dec12:12 pmEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

There is no denying that Vincent Gallo is a different breed of cat. But his talent is equally as undeniable.  Buffalo ’66 (1998) remains Gallo's finest work to date, in which he headlines the cast on top of writing and directing the low-budget independent film. A nearly unrecognizable Christina Ricci also turns in a memorable performance, as...

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