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Roy Cohn/Jack Smith Review


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Roy Cohn/Jack Smith executive producer Jonathan Demme is no stranger to the monologue on film. Spalding Gray's Swimming to Cambodia (which he directed) is one of the best of the genre.

You'd think Demme would know what he's doing. At best, Roy Cohn/Jack Smith is a cinematic oddity, rambling and barely coherent -- a common problem with films in which there are few diversions aside from moving lips (see The Designated Mourner for a prime example of this).

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What's Underground About Marshmallows? Review


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I didn't like it at 40 minutes, and I didn't like it at an hour, either.

What's Underground About Marshmallows is the last half of the performance previously documented in Roy Cohn/Jack Smith -- the Jack Smith part -- only thankfully it has been restored to its start-to-finish narrative format, without any jump cuts that take you out of the monologue and into nonsenseland.

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