Loosies
Kyle Smith
One of the most useless romantic comedies I’ve seen, “Loosies” is about a Manhattan pickpocket in love. My review is up.]]>
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Loqueesha
Christian Toto
loqueesha review

Jeremy Saville’s “Loqueesha,” a movie about a white man who finds success pretending to be a black woman on the radio, is a dreadful film.

It’s not because of the

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PJ Media Staff
(”Lord of the Flies (1963)” is briefly mentioned in this.)
Lifestyle var dataLayer = window.dataLayer = window.dataLayer || []; dataLayer.push({ 'videoName': 'The Dark Knight Rises - Official Trailer #3 [HD]', 'videoType': 'Curated' }); In real life, there is no Batman. Many evil men plague our world, as we saw today in Colorado. These villains try to make up for their lack of good purpose by becoming something bigger through an evil, twisted act at their point of maximum exposure. But there is no Batman to stop them.The third and final episode of Christopher Nolan's Batman trilogy landed today, and I had planned for two weeks to see it on opening day and write a review for this space. Lunatics should get no veto on the rights or activities of the innocent, nor should their acts be used to justify restrictions on anyone else. The Dark Knight Rises's opening day comes only once.This film springs from the same comic book world that powered the first two and the whole Batman universe before them, but lands in a real world of political subtext and drama. Most notable is the so-called struggle between the 99% and the 1% and the occupations of various city parks associated with it. For a time that movement animated the political left in this country, before eventually turning into an urban Lord of the Flies and then petering out to irrelevance.Mercenary Bane steps into the Batman world with this real world context behind him, announcing that he is liberating Gotham City from the 1%. Bruce Wayne is the .000000001 % which makes him the natural target. Catwoman is the amoral, opportunistic independent, only looking out for herself while warning Wayne that a storm is coming for him and Gotham's other wealthy citizens.But The Dark Knight Rises is not primarily a political film.It is a moral and historical film, drawing most of its true inspiration from the French Revolution. It stands on the side of civilization against the rabble and those who would bring down Freedom either through intent or neglect. Though, in a nod to the Occupy movement, Bane does literally occupy the stock market to launch one of his schemes. The tattered American flags drooping in Bane's Gotham attest to where he takes his "liberation." Postmodern Hollywood may no longer believe in patriotism or even objective right and wrong, but it does know how to use them all to tell a good story. class="pages"> https://pjmedia.com/lifestyle/2012/7/20/review-the-dark-knight-rises/ previous Page 1 of 3 next   ]]>
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The Federalist Staff
The theme of ‘Lord of the Flies’ is inseparable from an investigation of the expressions and pitfalls of masculinity.
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Lord Save Us
Crosswalk
Movies Release Date:  September 25, 2009 (select theatres)Rating:   Not RatedGenre:   DocumentaryRun Time:   1 hour 40 min.Director & Host:  Dan MerchantHow much would you pay to see Dr. Tony Campolo call The Daily Show's John Stewart "a prophet of God?" Ten bucks? Well, you'll soon have your chance as the new documentary film Lord, Save Us from Your Followers opens in select theatres nationwide beginning on September 25. (See www.lordsaveusthemovie.com for locations.) There are many, many more off-beat moments in store as host and director Dan Merchant travels coast-to-coast to find out:  Why is the gospel of love dividing America?Lord, Save Us plays like a quirky mix tape of cultural voices, each speaking into the debate on hot button social and religious issues affecting our culture. Where else will you see Senator Rick Santorum, George Clooney, Pat Robertson, Bono, Jerry Falwell, and a cross-dressing "nun" from The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence—all in less than two hours. Without theatre hopping. Part comedy, part cultural exposé, Lord, Save Us scampers through religious topics that divide us as a nation. Merchant assumes his persona as "Bumper Sticker Man" (dressed in a white jumpsuit covered in religiously themed bumper stickers) and hits the streets to talk with everyday Americans. No sensitive issue is safe. Topics range from politics, gay marriage and abortion to racism, pornography, and the origins of the universe. That's a big canvas, and Merchant paints on it with playful, colorful brushstrokes in a style reminiscent of Michael Moore.This movie is not all fun and games, however. According to Merchant, there is a loud, angry cultural war going on in America where conservatives and liberals are squaring off for control. From the beginning of his quest, Merchant looks for why this culture war is so contentious and for ways Christians can bridge the gap to bring hope, dialogue and understanding. The way he sees it, all sides are doing little more than shouting down each other in a contest of one-upmanship. "What happens when you fight fire with fire?" he asks. "You get a bigger fire."The film points out a major contributor to this cultural conflagration—the Church. Merchant compares the body of Christ to a Frankenstein-like monster. An institution started by Christ for good purposes, the Church is now going awry and frightening unbelievers. He plays a clip from Rick Warren on Meet the Press: "The Church is the body of Christ. For the past fifty years, the hands and feet have been amputated, and all we've been is a big mouth." Merchant fears that "the gospel of love is being turned into the gospel of being right."At this point in the film is where Lord, Save Us benefits from its casual, nonchalant tone. Somehow it refuses to ease up on its critique of the American Church while at the same time remaining fair, positive, and non-judgmental. It evaluates where we are and offers a new way forward based on Christ's example. As curious as the blend of people in this film is, by the end of Lord, Save Us, the viewer experiences and even stranger mix—a potent combination of conviction, empathy, and redemption. The laughter makes the lessons linger.The diversity of the film's topics is one of its strengths and one of its weaknesses. The middle third of the piece seems to lose focus, introducing new topics of discussion without moving the overarching themes forward. Sometimes, less is more. In this case, a few less minutes in this 1 hour 40 minute film could have contributed to the final impact and prevented the mind from wandering a bit. Combined with creative—but less than stellar—production values, the pacing does not result in a misfire but it does keep Lord, Save Us from hitting the bull's-eye. This is a film worth supporting in the theatres; just be prepared to think first and be entertained second. Lord, Save Us from Your Followers aims to spark conversation in the Church and on the streets about ways to win hearts rather than merely win arguments. As believers, we need to step back and listen to how we sound to the rest of the world. "‘Us verses Them' is easy to play," Merchant says. "It's fun, it gets the voters out, it raises money and drives ratings. Outrage is way more exciting than humility." Challenging and thought-provoking, Lord, Save Us is a witty whirlwind that speaks the truth in love and with humor. And (don't forget) features Dr. Tony Campolo calling The Daily Show's John Stewart "a prophet of God." Who wouldn't pay to see that?CAUTIONS: googletag.cmd.push(function() { googletag.display('gpt-ad-1'); }); Drugs/Alcohol:  A few passing references to being drunk. Language/Profanity:  A man on the street has a string of profanities bleeped out. Sexual Content/Nudity:  Interactions with and depictions of gay lifestyle are a theme throughout. Depictions of a few public displays of affection between same-sex couples are not explicit. Violence:  Protestors have angry exchange at a gay marriage rally. Hazing of a gay student by other students is described in some detail and dramatized in a mildly graphic series of images including a suicide. ]]>
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The Federalist Staff
Now is the time annual compilation lists come out. While most focus on the year’s best, these are the bottom-dwellers in entertainment this year.
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VJ Morton
The Miseducation of Cameron Post, The Catcher Was a Spy, Search and more
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VJ Morton
(”Lords of Chaos” is briefly mentioned in this.)

All the 2019 US-release films I've seen, from best to worst. Only films that have currently been released are here; films I've seen at fests will be added when released.

  1. They Shall Not Grow Old
  2. Dragged Across Concrete
  3. Apollo 11
  4. Ash Is Purest White
  5. Everybody Knows
  6. The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
  7. 3 Faces
  8. Lords of Chaos
  9. Tigerland
  10. Transit

...plus 4 more. View the full list on Letterboxd.

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VJ Morton
Lords of Chaos

★★★½ Watched 27 Jan, 2018

My Salt Lake City Weekly capsule from Day 10 of the 2018 Sundance festival

www.cityweekly.net/BuzzBlog/archives/2018/01/28/sundance-film-festival-2018-day-10-capsules

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Loro
VJ Morton

LORO (Paolo Sorrentino, Italy, 2019) 8

That’s a pretty high grade considering that I found the half-hour or so pretty much unbearable, reacting as Pauline Kael did to LA NOTTE and LA DOLCE VITA in one of her most-memorable essays. Sorrentino just wallows so much in portraying decadence of drug use and wealthy excess and hundreds (CQ) of scantily-clad hot chicks engaged in suggestive poses and moves at the camera (while the men are considerably less prepossessing) that it mostly reacted by wondering about the casting calls (or couch). Not only couldn’t I bring myself to tut-tut on cue, but such touches as finding political inspiration mid-f**k from a tramp stamp, had me mostly going “oh, come off it, Paolo.” But once Berlusconi himself appears on the scene in the flesh, rather than as “him-him,” and is embodied by Toni Servillo with a perpetual smile that is both completely phony and totally serious, the film started to work and eventually become a real portrait of an empty soul. But Servillo still makes him so charming, in a certain sense, that he has a rogue’s virtue. (As I never tire of saying, an unattractive villain is simply uninteresting.) I warmed to the film with the scene of the African soccer player whom he’s trying to sign for AC Milan. I was completely on board by the time of his wife saying she’s leaving him. And the scenes involving dentures made me say “this is terrific” (Sorrentino is juggling three different emotions by the end of the second). The parallels with The Donald were almost certainly unintentional or coincidental … Berlusconi was the model, not the copy … but not thereby lesser. Indeed, Berlusconi even says he’s a typical tycoon.

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Christian Toto
HiT shares the ugly truth behind 'Bombshell,' deconstructs Hollywood's woke woes and talks to Nicholas Brennan about how heavy metal rockers defied Cuban rule in 'Los Ultimos Frikis.'
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Lost Girls
Sonny Bunch
This week on Across the Movie Aisle, presented by cGMP Consulting, your hosts Sonny Bunch, Alyssa Rosenberg, and Peter Suderman discuss whether or not the WWE is an “essential” business, talk about the Netflix Original LOST GIRLS (17:06), and look back fondly at the bromance, but not the romance, of TOMBSTONE (31:04).
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Sonny Bunch

I described it as “dumb ZODIAC” on Across the Movie Aisle, which is probably a little unfair but only a little.

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VJ Morton

LOST GIRLS (Liz Garbus, USA, 2020) 7

My Sundance capsule for the Salt Lake City Weekly:

www.cityweekly.net/BuzzBlog/archives/2020/01/30/sundance-2020-reviews-day-7

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