That free rag with all the jack-off ads and snatches of content throughout. That
one. Bill Margold — an XXX producer/director/star and journalist — embodies
the waning moments of humor and double-entendre of a male world in which love
means coming in a girl’s mouth and not her eyes. His weekly “Cinema Seen” column
of film commentary reflects his personality: bearish-yet-bullish and irrepressibly
friendly. He’s worked at the venerable X . . . Press (the “Ellis
Island of journalism,” as he puts it) since August 1972. He brings his life into
focus with the writing, most recently with his summation of themes of death and
fairness in Sin City, the parable of loneliness in his Batman
review, and the situation of depression in the reviews of The
Upside of Anger, Ride the High Country, Wild Bunch
and High Noon
— with their meditations on friendship, loyalty and honor — and are as influential
on his writing as vintage hard X. Without a trace of irony, Margold calls Babe
the “greatest friendship film of the 1990s.” He bravely staked out his niche in
this unheralded corner of entertainment journalism that isn’t so much an independent
press as an ignored one, for in that indifference lies freedom. X . . .
Press available at newsstands throughout Los Angeles.

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