Jeffrey Wells

Refreshing Biden Page

By Jeffrey Wells / November 11, 2019 / 0 Comments

There's no sensible reason to dislike or dismiss Joe Biden with any intensity. If he somehow snags the Democratic Presidential nomination (which probably won't happen -- it's basically a Warren-vs.-Buttigieg race now), I'll vote for him without question. But I

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Worst Constipated Sex Comedy of Early ’60s?

By Jeffrey Wells / November 10, 2019 / 0 Comments

All mainstream Hollywood sex comedies of the early to mid '60s are pretty close to unwatchable now. A year or two ago I was close to condemning Lover Come Back as the most painfully unfunny of them all, but they're

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Great Magical Leaps

By Jeffrey Wells / November 7, 2019 / 0 Comments

Action heroes making great, gravity-defying leaps across alleyways and narrow streets has become a bullshit cliche. It worked the best in The Bourne Ultimatum ('07), when Matt Damon leapt through the window of a Tangier apartment building, across a narrow

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Love Stinks

By Jeffrey Wells / November 5, 2019 / 1 Comment

Angsty Loner to Mr. Lonelyhearts: I'm 16, a high-school junior, and miserable. Partly (mostly?) due to the fact that my hormones are raging while my experience with hetero physical intimacy has been, shall we say, limited.

Which doesn't mean I

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Watershed Moment

By Jeffrey Wells / October 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

What do Alan Parker's Angel Heart and Richard Donner's Lethal Weapon have in common, apart from having been released on the same day -- 3.6.87? They both advanced what was then a radical new idea in movies -- i.e., "the

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“I Love You…Don’t Leave”

By Jeffrey Wells / October 27, 2019 / 0 Comments

There's a scene in Dolemite Is My Name in which Rudy Ray Moore (Eddie Murphy) and a friend have a hard time watching Billy Wilder's The Front Page ('74). The white audience is laughing, but it's not funny to Rudy.

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Canned by Sid Geffen

By Jeffrey Wells / October 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

Sometime in early '79 I worked as a manager or co-manager of the Carnegie Hall Cinema. It was such a fascinating and blessed place to work in that I didn't mind being paid next to nothing. It was easily my

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Unsettling “Joker” Aura

By Jeffrey Wells / September 16, 2019 / 1 Comment

I wasn't going to mention this, but The Hollywood Reporter's Stephen Galloway did this morning so the cat is out the bag.

Galloway drew an analogy between Todd Phillips and Joaquin Phoenix's forthcoming Joker (Warner Bros., 10.4) and Stanley Kubrick's

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Legend of Plastic Bag Man

By Jeffrey Wells / September 16, 2019 / 0 Comments

From a producer friend: "Sam Mendes did not direct the plastic bag sequence in American Beauty. After the film had been nominated for Best Picture, we got a call from an Australian agent asking if we'd like to meet the

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Delicately De-Granulate or Forget It

By Jeffrey Wells / August 25, 2019 / 0 Comments

The Wizard of Oz can only look so good on digital media (1080p or 4K Bluray or streaming) because you can't transform or otherwise reconstitute the core 35mm elements. The last time I sat down and watched a Bluray version

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