Jean-François (J.F.) Gariépy
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Murray N. Rothbard (a.k.a. Mr. First Nighter)
An Unmarried Woman. Dir. and written by Paul Mazursky. With Jill Clayburgh and Alan Bates. Speaking of tedium, ideology, and narcissism with a female focus, if Julia qualifies as one of the worst big movies of 1977, then surely Unmarried Woman takes the prize for 1978, at least so far.
Unmarried Woman comes with raves and hosannahs from the critics; which should put one on guard right away. Sure enough, this film is tedium and boredom unrelieved. A longish film anyway, it seems at least twice as long as it really is. The critics were presumably trying to push its feminist ideology, since the film deals with the movement towards independence of its heroine…

Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 11.3, May–June 1978
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The white protagonist is a fumbling pansy, but that’s his character as the geeky scientist trope. Definitely easy to ignore and not get too annoyed by. There were a couple scenes and lines in there about a woman being strong … Continue reading

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Arrival
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Murray N. Rothbard (a.k.a. Mr. First Nighter)
(”At Long Last Love” is briefly mentioned in this.)
Bogdanovich’s Nickelodeon, dir. by Peter Bogdanovich, with Ryan and Tatum O’Neal and Burt Reynolds. Movie critics tend to run in packs, and critical approval or hostility in cycles. His personal arrogance, combined with such disastrous films as “At Long Last Love” where his infatuation with Cybill Shepherd overrode his critical judgment, has gained Bogdanovich the enmity of the movie world. And so Nickelodeon is duly roasted by one and all.
And yet, Nickelodeon is a fine, funny picture…

Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 10.2, February 1977
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Baby Driver
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Badge 373
Murray N. Rothbard (a.k.a. Mr. First Nighter)
Badge 373. dir. by Howard W. Koch, with Robert Duvall; written by Pete Hamill. Badge 373 is a rough, exciting touch-cop picture, which could easily be named Son of French Connection. It is far inferior to its brilliantly directed, suspenseful ancestor, and is simply a minor sequel in the saga of touch narco cop Eddie Egan. The picture is chiefly remarkable for the attemps at censorship which have come down on its head, including picketing by the Puerto Rican Action Council because the villains happen to be part of a Puerto Rican political cum criminal gang. The Egan character is no more of an “ethnicist” than he was in French Connection, which called forth no protests from professional defenders of the clans. But for some reason Badge 373 has done it, as the world gets increasingly less tolerant about allowing any depiction whatever of sins committed by various ethnic groups. The whole hullaballoo is absurd and even dangerous; are we to arrive at a day when gangsters will have to have only WASP names in order to remain safe from the would-be censors? And if organized WASPS also start getting into the act, the criminals and villains…

Read the rest via The Complete Libertarian Forum (1969-1984) Vol. 5.10, October 1973
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Murray N. Rothbard (a.k.a. Mr. First Nighter)
The brouhaha over this movie is ridiculous. This is not one of the Major Statements ofOur Time. Basically a film noira tough, sleazy cop-and-murder picture, differing from the old films noir by having lots of soft-core porn. There is nothing redeemable about any of the characters, including the "hero" Michael Douglas, who is getting to resemble Papa Kirk more and more, except that his acting is wooden instead of hyper-emotive. Last-minute editing out of the Famous Nude Shot of sexpot-quasi murderess Sharon Stone saved the indispensable R rating for the movie, but destroyed whatever interest it might have had for porn fans. (Now that hard-core porn is easily available, what in the world is the point of the soft-core variety? Why do we have to endure it in general distribution movies?) 



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