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The subject of this documentary is the colorful, former mayor of New York City, Ed Koch.
Film Review  March 1, 2013, by Kimberley Jones
"...Koch, a documentary portrait of the 105th mayor of New York City, isn’t going to change anybody’s mind about Ed Koch. Those that revere him as the man who brought the city back from the brink of bankruptcy and as the architect of a public housing boom will enjoy the film’s archival dip back into each year of his reign from 1978 to 1989..."

The AggreGAYtor: January 15
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DAILY Qmmunity  January 15, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...Ed Koch is flabbergasted, Miley Cyrus is titillated, and Whoopi Goldberg is celebrated. To fully appreciate the flavor and quality, please enjoy today's AggreGAYtor within 10 days...."

University of Texas alum Rash, director of my personal nomination for most disturbing film of all time, 1981's Under the Rainbow, checks in with this stunningly unoriginal piece of NBA...

Film Review  June 7, 1996, by Marc Savlov
"...What may have once been hilarious is now simply irritating -- her loudmouth schtick is as threadbare as Dennis Rodman's hairline will be 30 years from now. Even cameos from such NYC luminaries as Ed Koch, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump, Sirajul & Mujibar, and appearances from NBA legends Walt Frazier, Rodman, the Spurs, Kings, and Pacers can't save this foul dog..."

How'd He Do?
AFS Doc Nights: 'Koch'
Screens Story  February 8, 2013, by Anne S. Lewis
"...Ed Koch died last week, just as the film Koch was opening in New York City. Who could forget the Big Apple's feisty, polarizing, but way popular three-term mayor, who took the city reins when it was on its fiscal knees – recall the famous New York Daily News headline: "Ford to City: Drop Dead" – and somehow eased it back onto its feet? Still plucky, unfiltered, and mostly unchastened until he passed at 88, Koch, a New Yorker's New Yorker, plucked straight from central casting, vowed back in 1978 to be the city's first four-term mayor, and he famously walked the streets asking passing constituents, "How'm I doin'?" For three terms, he tangled with many of the city's complex, often unsolvable, and hopelessly divisive problems..."

The AggreGAYtor: February 1
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DAILY Qmmunity  February 1, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• Former New York Mayor Ed Koch has died at 88. Long-rumored to be closeted, Koch was one of the central figures of the early AIDS epidemic...."

The AggreGAYtor: August 21
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DAILY Qmmunity  August 21, 2012, by Brandon Watson
"...• Former NYC mayor Ed Koch defends arrest of Pussy Riot, gets first headline in a decade...."

The Wedding Weekend
This earnest, well-acted ensemble film is a seriocomic meditation on what it means to be an American male approaching the dreaded four-oh.
Film Review  May 30, 2008, by Marc Savlov
"...As the title suggests, nuptials are drawing nearer – my God! – to Greg (Feuerstein), one of a group of seven once-inseparable men who, as the gratingly expository opening sequence shows, once belonged to a men's choral group. Maybe this is de rigueur in the Hamptons or Hyannisport or wherever this weekend is set, but I was under the impression that barbershop septets had more or less vanished from the zeitgeist around the time of FDR's second term and almost certainly prior to Ed Koch's mayoral reign..."

We Own the Night
Joaquin Phoenix is dynamic, Mark Wahlberg subdued, and Robert Duvall trusty in this otherwise redundant story about brothers on opposite sides of the law.
Film Review  October 12, 2007, by Marjorie Baumgarten
"...It's a plot we've seen dozens of times before, but the combined screen presence of the dynamic Phoenix, subdued Wahlberg, and trusty Duvall lends the film a solidity it otherwise might not have had. Former Mayor Ed Koch also shows up playing himself 20 years earlier, but some of the film's other period details fall short of their marks due to quibbling inaccuracies and improbabilities..."

Keeping Up With the Steins
This story about one-upmanship while staging a bar mitzvah in L.A., should, by all rights, be very funny, but, sadly, it is not.
Film Review  June 9, 2006, by Marc Savlov
"...Scott Marshall's film, a Los Angelean battle of misplaced bar mitzvah one-upmanship, should, by all rights, be very funny and certainly kick out some genuine guffaws. It doesn't, sadly, but by this day and age, everyone from the Taliban to the RAHOWA skinheads to Deepak Chopra and the Dalai Lama, the pope, and Hizzoner Ed Koch knows that even the best, smoothest, Xanax-free bar (or, for the girls, bas-) mitzvah is rife with comic possibility, and I speak from experience here (white-knuckled, bowel-shredding, dread being the hallmark of my own rite of passage back in 1980)..."

Turner Is Worthy
Columns  September 25, 1998
"...Which of the following judges would be willing to hear the case of Defamation of Character of the Prez. by "Judge" Starr's "meanness mob"? Judge Judy? Judge Wapner? Judge Joe Brown? Judge Ed Koch (previous mayor of New York City)?..."

Columns  October 2, 1998
"...Which of the following judges would be willing to hear the case of Defamation of Character of the Prez. by "Judge" Starr's "meanness mob"? Judge Judy? Judge Wapner? Judge Joe Brown? Judge Ed Koch (previous mayor of New York City)?..."

The AggreGAYtor: March 11
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DAILY Qmmunity  March 11, 2013, by Brandon Watson
"...• New York Council Speaker Christine Quinn has entered the mayoral race. Opponent Bill de Blasio called the announcement "more of the same" because Rudy Giuliani, >b>Micheal Bloomberg, David Dinkins, and Ed Koch were all out lesbians...."

Can You Dig It?!
Mondo Tees Warriors merch, perfect for stocking stuffing
DAILY Screens  December 16, 2009, by Marc Savlov
"...If nothing else, watching The Warriors today makes you wish Rudy Giuliani had never slimed his way into the Mayor's office and the charismatic but disastrously old-school Ed Koch still ruled the roost, gangs, burning Bronx buildings, and all. Replacing the Deuce with a Disneyfied dream-world fit only for foreign tourists and City-sanctioned hawkers of pre-approved family fun fare? Oh, the ignominy!..."

Austin Film Festival: 'Downtown Calling'
Shan Nicholson's doc makes the case for the lasting influence of New York's late-Seventies/early-Eighties downtown art scene.
DAILY Screens  October 24, 2009, by Cindy Widner
"...Nicholson's film makes the most of blown-out archival footage - beautiful and energizing the way only blown-out archival footage can be - which attests to the city's incredible blight and danger (almost impossible to reconcile mentally with present-day lower Manhattan), as well as to the enduring coolness of its subjects. First-hand accounts and freestyle theorizing from its hyper-brainy (also largely still good-looking and charismatic) participants - Holman, Fab 5 Freddy, Talking Heads drummer Chris Franz, music critic Nelson George, Blondie guitarist Chris Stein, No-Wave visionary James Chance, Mos Def, Ed Koch, and many more - provide a vivid verbal counterpart, so the ride is pleasurable, even thrilling...."

Austin Music: 'Things Are Better Than They Have Ever Been!'
Postmarks  July 21, 2008
"...As for venues … I seem to recall a list of several thousand bands performing here in the spring, so there's a stage here and there. Did Run-DMC ever ask Ed Koch to step in and help the rappers when times got hard? Did the Misfits? Nah … they made their own records, then sold them out of the trunks of their cars, played anywhere and everywhere they could..."

Saving 'Friday Night Lights'
You knew NBC renewed it, but did you know someone was gonna see God?
Screens Story  October 5, 2007, by Mike Dolan
"...In other scenes, the character was going to be counseled and baptized by the Rev. Kenneth Phillips, the founder of PromiseLand, whom Dale insisted was a dead ringer for the former New York City Mayor Ed Koch, "if he were juicing."..."

New York
Screens Story  December 10, 1999, by Marcel Meyer
"...Overwhelmingly educational, yet highly entertaining, this 10-hour love song to the city that never sleeps plows into the core of the Big Apple to discover its seedy origins as a money-hungry Dutch colony and its arduous rise to a melting pot of world trade. Produced by Ric Burns (brother of Ken), this well-crafted series consists mostly as a barrage of insightful and nostalgic interviews from such noted New Yorkers as Martin Scorsese, Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former mayor Ed Koch, Gotham author Mike Wallace, and the always-hysterical Fran Lebowitz..."

On and On
Screens Column  February 27, 1998, by Margaret Moser
"...I may snooze through the opening but once the judge has delivered her first comment, I'm wide awake. Hey, she's no Judge Wapner but she's a damn sight better than Ed Koch, who has turned the once-thrilling People's Court into Wussies on Parade..."

Who Is Citizens for a Sound Economy?
News Story  February 21, 1997
"..."Money has poured into CSE coffers from chemical, oil, pharmaceutical, telecommunications, and tobacco companies that often have a huge stake in the battles CSE has fought," says National Journal. The group's biggest contributor is the David Koch Charitable Foundation, which is associated with Koch Industries, a privately-held, Kansas-based oil and gas conglomerate with annual revenues of $20 billion..."

SXSW Announces Film Lineup
Edgar Wright's Baby Driver, Ben Wheatley's Free Fire, and more
DAILY SXSW  January 31, 2017, by Richard Whittaker
"...Young writers drive up the mountain to compete for the position and are challenged intellectually, emotionally, and erotically. Cast: Lena Olin, Rosanna Arquette, Jordan Gavaris, Alexander Koch, Nathan Keyes, Chris Voss (World Premiere)..."

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