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Rick Kisonak 
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Rick Kisonak 

Rick Kisonak is a film reviewer for Seven Days.


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Re: “Movie Review: Animation Doesn't Get Better (or Stranger) Than 'The Red Turtle'

It played for a week at the Savoy, disappeared and is returning this Friday. Run, don't walk. OK, driving's probably the way to go.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 03/08/2017 at 2:22 PM

Re: “Movie Review: 'The Great Wall' Doesn't Stand Up to Scrutiny

Um, would you be kind enough to point out where in the opening of my review I state that Chinese cultural norms are bad and shouldn't be in movies? I keep looking and all I see is an opening in which I share my concerns around "how the Chinese are buying up Hollywood...how that country's richest man, Wang Jianlin (who has close ties to the Communist Party), now owns Legendary Entertainment (among other studios) and how concerned I was that Communist Party restrictions would ultimately result in 'movies ... increasingly tailored to Chinese tastes and to appeal to the party's self-image'?" So, I'm confused. Are you in favor of the Chinese owning more and more of Hollywood or of censorship by the Communist Party of movies American studios wish to distribute there? Or both?

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 03/01/2017 at 2:59 PM

Re: “Peter and the Farm

Hi Rebecca. You're right about Styron's book. It's heartbreakingly beautiful. And no argument here: Creativity and charisma coexist with depression everyday everywhere. I don't believe I accused Peter of "falseness" in his presentation of himself. I simply included a link to and reported on an interview with the film's director in which he characterizes him as "a performer." I also noted that Peter's circumstances had taken a turn for the positive since shooting wrapped according to the filmmaker. Given how troubled he appeared at various points in the movie, that seemed cause for celebration to me. What artist wouldn't find great joy in being the subject of a work showcased at MOMA?

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 11/23/2016 at 12:53 PM

Re: “Peter and the Farm

Hi Rebecca. I appreciate your feedback. I assure you no flipness was intended and would be curious to know which remark or remarks struck you as disrespectful. Thanks-RK

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 11/20/2016 at 1:35 PM

Re: “Gimme Danger

Hi Greg. Gimme Danger was playing at the Savoy at the time my review was written. It doesn't seem to be streaming anywhere despite being an Amazon/Magnolia production. No DVD release date has been announced. I've got a call into my contact at Magnolia asking whether she has any idea when it will be available and I'll let you know if she does. I'd lend you the awards screener the studio sent me but it's against the law. Honest. I could do time!

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 11/15/2016 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Keeping Up With the Joneses

But of course, though I'm unclear as to how that relates to this film or my review. Could you elaborate? Thanks.

Posted by Rick Kisonak on 11/02/2016 at 1:21 PM

Re: “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week — The Touring Years

And he's one of my favorites too. But, as you say, the Beatle bar is high. He was a great drummer. George was a great guitarist. But he also wrote Something and invented the benefit rock concert. Who does that leave-are we seriously going to suggest either was the equal of John or Paul? No insult intended but do the math: Of the four, Ringo was the least fab.

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Posted by Rick Kisonak on 10/03/2016 at 1:15 PM

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