Jeffrey Wells

Hurts To Hurt Someone

By Jeffrey Wells / December 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

This is probably a minority opinion, but speaking as a guy who's been dropped cold or given the casual brush-off by many fetching women during my hound-dog heyday (mid '70s through late '90s, not counting my four-year marriage from '87

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“Many Saints” In The Fall

By Jeffrey Wells / December 19, 2019 / 0 Comments

Everyone is hot to see The Many Saints of Newark (Warner Bros., 9.25.20), otherwise known as the Sopranos prequel. It won't open for another nine months, but it's been research-screened a couple of times. It's no run-of-the-mill crime drama, and

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Best Picture Narratives

By Jeffrey Wells / December 15, 2019 / 0 Comments

In the matter of Best Picture choosing, most people don't vote for craft, texture, precision, expertise. These things are important to critics but not Academy and guild members as a rule; ditto Joe Popcorn for the most part.

The cliche

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Re-Selecting 1959 Oscar Winners

By Jeffrey Wells / December 12, 2019 / 0 Comments

It's time to rectify the 1959 Oscars once and for all. Posthumously, of course, but better late than never. The winners of record will still retain their places in history, of course, but 60 years have passed and new perspectives

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White Guys in Bad Trouble

By Jeffrey Wells / December 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

I've asked before if this or that classic film of the '60s, '70s or '80s could be remade today. Most of the time the answer is "no, it probably couldn't be." Because the stories are too dated or present-day culture

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What Is Happiness?

By Jeffrey Wells / December 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

What makes us feel happy or at least comfortable or semi-content about things? Apart from discovering satori or enlightenment, I mean. (I happened to find this realm at age 19 by way of LSD and the Bhagavad Gita, but most

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The Quieter, The Better

By Jeffrey Wells / December 3, 2019 / 1 Comment

There are three kinds of Robert Duvall performances. Most of us, I think, are most enthralled when he plays characters who say relatively little -- sometimes just a few lines, sometimes nothing at all but always on the succinct side.

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20th Century Degradation

By Jeffrey Wells / November 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

I don't know how many tens of thousands are into occasionally aging their iPhone snaps and videos with vintage effects, but I got the bug earlier this year. There's something delicious about making high-def 1080 video look like crappy video

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2020 Spitballs

By Jeffrey Wells / November 25, 2019 / 1 Comment

2020 will be upon us in less than five weeks. A new decade, no more it possible that after 20 years of the 21st Century people might finally begin to identify the forthcoming years as twenty-something rather than two-thousand-whatever?

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To Wake Up With A Film

By Jeffrey Wells / November 17, 2019 / 0 Comments

I'll wager that 99% of those who consider themselves serious moviegoers have never seen a film before noon, much less in the early morning. There's no need so why go there? I'm presuming that at least 85% to 90% of

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