Sam Weisberg

 

Sam Weisberg is a regular film contributor at Voice Media Group and its film partner, the Village Voice. VMG publications include LA Weekly, Denver Westword, Phoenix New Times, Miami New Times, Broward-Palm Beach New Times, Houston Press and Dallas Observer.

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  • "If I get angry enough, I'll live," Frank Serpico, the NYPD undercover cop and outspoken opponent of police corruption, said to himself as he lay dying after a botched 1971 drug deal bust-up. Made legendary by Al Pacino's portrayal in Sidney...

  • "Does our pop culture influence our violent behavior?" director Greg Reitman asks in voiceover, dismayed by the vindictiveness he now sees in the comic books he loved as a child. "Does any of this really matter?" he muses during a peace march....

  • In David Leveaux's engrossing historical fiction adaptation, The Exception, Christopher Plummer imbues the role of Kaiser Wilhelm II -- known to be notoriously humorless -- with a twinkly-eyed prankishness. It's a truly mercurial...

  • Ten bareback horses -- some of them drugged or disfigured -- charge around a perilously narrow track for 90 seconds, flogged by their ornately costumed riders. (The jockeys are also allowed to whip their opponents' horses, and if a rival jockey's...

  • Kathryn Bigelow's 1991 surfing-and-bank-robbing actioner Point Break remains a deliriously improbable good time. (Valley boy Keanu Reeves as a serious FBI agent? Buddhist surfers doubling as violent thieves?) It has a slew of champions,...

  • "Angels covered me up," says Nathan Handwerker when asked how he fled, unharmed, from Poland to the U.S. in the 1910s. The usually stoic Nathan says this two more times -- with increased emotion -- during this particular audio interview,...

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