The Book Fief

The Wife
Scenes From A Marriage Mirage
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R | 100 min

In Björn Runge‘s The Wife,  Glenn Close‘s actual daughter (Annie Starke) plays a younger version of her character, and her screen son is played by Max Irons, who is the actual son of her Reversal of Fortune co-star Jeremy Irons.  Got that?  Well, none of that matters, but I just enjoyed all those acting connections, but not as much as I enjoyed the acting clinic going on here between Close’s long-spurned wife to her newly-Nobel Prize winning author husband Jonathan Pryce.  THE PRYCE IS WRONG!!!  AND YET EVERYTHING IS OH SO RIGHT!!!  There’s nothing showy about this movie based on the book by Meg Wolitzer, but let is show you the way – how acting is done – RIGHT!

Verdictgo:  Breast In Show

The Wife gets her due today in limited release

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

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Klan Do Attitude

BlacKkKlansman
Spike-d Punch
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R | 135 min

A black cop and Jewish cop go undercover as a single white minority-hating male to infiltrate a Colorado chapter of the Klu Klux Klan – and even trick former Grand Wizard and still current a$$hole David Duke into thinking they’re believers.  What a story!  And a true one, as told in entertaining fashion as BlacKkKlansman by the once relevant, then once kinda irrelevant, and now with this movie very relevant Spike Lee!

Ron Stallworth was a real black cop, who really duped the Klan, but a lot of what the movie presents is fiction to pulp up the storytelling.  The activist girlfriend and explosive racial throwdown towards the end?  Made up.  The Jewish guy who played the physical manifestation (who appeared to do most of the actual leg work) of the mouthpiece that Stallworth first presented to the Klan on the phone?  He may not even been Jewish in reality, but I see where Spike is going here with all the embellishment – doubling down on the ‘all power to all people’ to brush back against those seeking only bigotry thry white power – yesterday, today and forever.  But did he have to hammer the message so hard?

We spend about 2 hours enjoying the lighthearted and fun (that’s how it truly felt) tale of Stallworth (John David Washington, who doesn’t really give the character any depth beyond the giant prop afro) and his Jewish partner (Adam Driver, who is not Jewish) + Steve Buscemi’s brother Michael getting cozy with a bunch of actors who are allowed free reign to say a lot of nasty nasty NASTY things about blacks and Jews onscreen (Jasper Pääkkönen – whose performance stands above everyone else’s, and whose umlauts know no bounds + Paul Walter Hauser, who after this and I, Tonya, should just be cast in every movie).  They thwarted and embarrassed the Klan, and everyone in the police department (and the audience) had a good laugh about it in the end!

And then?  Spike Lee was probably upset that no one saw Bamboozled and didn’t get the message of how awful our country is on race, and so he had to tack on baiting footage at the end of white nationalists (with David Duke included) wrecking horrible havoc last year in Charlottesville.  Yes, it’s relevant to the movie that proceeded it, but its tone, its message and delivery all feel sloppy and completely unnecessary.  Come to think of it, the beginning of the film, with a clip of Gone With The Wind, followed by some racist nonsense spewed by Alec Baldwin (as a made up character with the very made up name of ‘Kennebrew Beauregard’) is out of place too.  These bookends may seek to bring focus to the bigger picture, both onscreen and off it, but it ends up muddling the movie, and the message

When the end credits started to roll, a gentlemen in the audience yelled – ‘fcuk America!’  And then when I went to the bathroom, a gentleman who obviously saw the same movie was mouthing to himself – ‘fcuking crackers!’, and I knew he wasn’t talking about Saltines

Yes, it’s OK to be upset and enraged, and we all should be, because the KKK suck and no one should spending so much of their time and energy hating other people, but I feel Spike did more harm than good by being so blatant and provocative.  The same message would have come across if the movie stuck to the fun and lighthearted delivery.  It will all only be worth it if the outrage is matched by something more important – getting people to vote to make actual change

Verdictgo: as entertainment – Jeepers Worth A Peepers | as a political statment – Sum Merit But No Stinkin Badges

Klansmane burns crosses and bridges theater near jews and white nationalists 

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

who wore it best?

Topher Grace as David Duke?

or

Garrick Hagon as Biggs Darklighter

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Our Bodies, Ourselfies

Eighth Grade
Adolescencesible
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R | 94 min

I needed to see this Eighth Grade.  I was prepared to go it alone, but my wife is like, you can’t be a 40 year old man sitting in a theater seeing this solo.  So we went together!

And so I got to relive being an awkward middle school kid all over again, thru a girl (an INCREDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDIBLE Elsie Fisher) who had a 238943782382383 times more of an awkward time during that time than I did!  And today’s kids have it worse!  They have phones and all the BS and loneliness that comes along with the pressures of social media and not being present in the moment!!  OMG – this movie nails it!!  EAT IT LADY BIRD!!  You don’t know nothing Lady BirdEighth Grade knows everything!! Cause Bo knows!! Bo Burnham knows!  Dude was a YouTube star, or so they tell me cause I am old and don’t know anything relevant that happened post-1999.  Whatever Bo did or does, he channeled it perfectly into a debut movie that has me thirsty for more.  BRING US NINTH GRADE!!! And more from this wondrous soundtrack music by Anna Meredith!

VerdictgoBreast In Show

Eighth makes the Grade currently at a theater near jews and white nationalists 

and until next thyme the balcony is clothed…

ps – loved the dorky kid (Jake Ryan) and how he put the McDonalds dipping sauces in ROY G BIV order (not pictured here)

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