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November 3, 2007

Book Review: Boffo: How I Learned to Love the Blockbuster and Fear the Bomb

Variety editor-in-chief Peter Bart’s latest book takes aim at blockbusters — but not just any big hits. The eclectic selection of movies, television shows and stage plays that he has focused on often have only one thing in common: an epic struggle…

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November 4, 2007

Dropping Like Flies

…and not because of the writers’ strike, which won’t take effect until tomorrow. No, I’m speaking more of the shows listed below, many of which have made me a bit weary. Perhaps it’s having to think about them more, but…

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November 11, 2007

Un-ION! Un-ION!

I had planned a long column detailing the whats and wherefores of the strike, but it came off duller than usual, with no new information or insight. Instead, I offer the following links: Variety’s Strike Coverage United Hollywood…

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November 18, 2007

Striking Gold

This week, I played a little game, which I will continue to play in the coming weeks. It goes like this: watch a television show, try to consider when it was filmed (how near to the strike it was), and…

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November 29, 2007

The Eroticist

Do you like your sex comedies both stilted and over the top? If so, legendary horror directory Lucio Fulci has the movie for you! The Eroticist stars hammy Lando Buzzanca as presidential candidate (and sitting senator) Puppis with a bizarre sexual compulsion — namely, a desire to grab the ass of any and every nearby female. When a priest captures such an act on film a threatens to expose him (I think — plot isn’t one of this film’s strong points), Puppis goes on a “religious retreat” to a monastery, so he can overcome this unusual predilection.

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Black Emanuelle’s Box Volume 2

On November 13th, Severin released volume two of the Black Emanuelle box set. It includes Black Emanuelle 2, Black Emanuelle/White Emanuelle and Black Emanuelle and the White Slave Trade. One of the more intriguing and worthwhile curiosities of the collection is Black Emanuelle 2, the only film of the series that does not star the gorgeous Laura Gemser. Even more curiously, star Sharon Lesley (also known as Shulamith Lasri) never appeared in another film. I found myself more intrigued by Lesley’s story than by anything offered in the films themselves. Unfortunately, none of the collection’s supplemental features gave any explanation of where she came from or where she went.

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