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Film Review: ‘The M Word’

Film Review: ‘The M Word’
Menopause may well be a universal condition, but the brand of narcissistic self-examination on display in Henry Jaglom’s “The M Word” is distinctly Southern Californian. One might even say it’s Jaglomian, given the iconoclastic writer-director’s prior forays into such delicate distaff issues as body image (“Eating”), pregnancy (“Babyfever”) and compulsive shopping (“Going Shopping”). For his 19th self-financed and –distributed feature, Jaglom toys little with his formula of actorly improvisations and a plot that allows for maximum use of his sprawling Santa Monica home (plus maximum exposure for ingenue du jour Tanna Frederick). The lively but wildly erratic result will surely please Jaglom’s winnowing fan base, while baffling most others and doing little to deter Jaglom himself, who already has movie number 20 in the can.

Jaglom, who started out as an ancillary member of Bob Rafelson’s Bbs Productions group (where he directed his one and only studio-backed feature,
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King of the 'Lot'

Henry Jaglom makes movies about women for women. Certain kinds of women. Women who suffer from "Eating" issues and have "Babyfever" and enjoy "Going Shopping." Women who gather by the pool and drink cocktails and talk talk talk, baring their most intimate thoughts and feelings to each other and to us while his camera, listening in, pans their faces, zooming in and out.

In the latest addition to his 18-title oeuvre, the writer-director-usually editor (though not this time)-independent distributor profiles a familiar femme: the Midwestern ingénue who arrives in Los Angeles, according to Hollywood mythology, on a Greyhound bus and hangs out at sidewalk cafes hoping to get discovered, like, legend (inaccurately) has it, Lana Turner at the Schwab's soda counter.

That's the rough sketch of 2006's "Hollywood Dreams," entwined with a tragic love story. "Queen of the Lot," Jaglom says, is "a further exploration of themes" and "an
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Nil by mouth

I mentioned that I can no longer eat or drink. A reader wrote: "That sounds so sad. Do you miss it?" Not so much really. Not anymore. Understand that I was never told that after surgery I might lose the ability to eat, drink and speak. Eating and drinking were not mentioned, and it was said that after surgery I might actually be able to go back to work on television.

Success in such surgery is not unheard of. It didn't happen that way. The second surgery was also intended to restore my speaking ability. It seemed to hold together for awhile, but then, in surgeon-speak, also "fell apart."

A third surgery was attempted, using a different approach. It seemed to work, and in a mirror I saw myself looking familiar again. But after a little more than a week, that surgery failed, too. Blood vessels intended to attach the transplanted tissue lost function,
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Review: Henry Jaglom's New Play Rocks

Review: Henry Jaglom's New Play Rocks
Henry Jaglom, the iconic writer/director whose films include: Eating, Someone To Love, New Years Day, Hollywood Dreams, and most recently Irene in Time, was kind enough to sit down with me and talk about his life, his art and his new play Just 45 Minutes From Broadway. Joining us was his muse, and very talented actress, Tanna Frederick who stars in Irene in Time, Hollywood Dreams and currently in Henry's new play. I can't think of anyone who makes films like Henry does. He is an artist in the true sense of the word. His lead characters are often women, and I'm not talking Lara Croft (Tomb Raider), but real women who share their deepest thoughts and feelings. Henry told me he gets his understanding of women from his mother. She allowed him to explore...
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