Rich Monetti

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American Graffiti and the California Strip – What a Coming of Age Vision
5 months ago
When I first saw American Graffiti back in high school, it stood a very short generation removed from me in 1981 and seemed entirely plausible to its 1962 coming of age setting. But watching it last n...
Ato Essandoh of BBC America’s Copper Takes Pride in Role of Real Life African American Civil War Doctor
5 months ago
Ato Essandoh is (or was?) one of these character actors who’s face you definitely know but come without name recognition. Movie roles in blockbuster films like Blood Diamond and Hitch have been freque...
Post Apartheid in South Africa Film Received Much Accolade but Critics Probably Read the Book
5 months ago
Roger Ebert deemed Disgrace a rare movie whose characters are uncompromisingly themselves, flawed, stubborn, vulnerable, and after reading a number of reviews that provide corroborating insight on pos...
The Real Gladiator of the Roman Empire
5 months ago
I got a look recently at Gangster Squad with Josh Brolin and Sean Penn. Inspired by the true events of Los Angeles gangster Mickey Cohen and the police force that took him down, the Hollywood version ...
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang is Hollywood Noir and Irreverence At Its Best
5 months ago
I’ve now seen Kiss Kiss Bang Bang three times. A lightly noir dark comedy, I still cannot trace all the threads back and forth to tie the plot together without help from Wikipedia. So even if this Sha...
Italian American Author’s Book on Mickey Mantle Book Brings a Personal Connection to Adoring Fans
5 months ago
The most recent book of note on Mickey Mantle was The Last Boy by Jane Leavy, and it doesn’t pull punches about getting into the more salacious aspects of the slugger’s life. However, a real intimacy ...