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The Fifth Estate

What? You think we just throw what we get on the website? At first, I was willing to let this movie go on without my help. It was clearly a thrilling movie people would respond to. Then, seeing some of … Continue reading

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12 Years a Slave

Your story is amazing and in no good way. Someone wrote that calling 12 Years a Slave (2013) a early Best Picture nominee wasn’t doing it any favors.  I now understand what that person meant.  Having heard all the buzz about … Continue reading

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Star Trek Into Darkness

A good fight?  I think that’s your problem right there. They’re back!  That’s right, the team that most people probably think of as J.J. Abrams (but actually includes writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman (plus Damon Lindelof), cinematographer Daniel Mindel, and various producers) has followed up their alternative universe Star Trek (2009) … Continue reading

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Second Thoughts on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

On the first viewing, I saw The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012) in “2D”–which of course isn’t two dimensional as we can perceive depth in the images–but on the second viewing, I saw it in HFR 3D Real-D Xd.  HFR is high frame rate whereby the … Continue reading

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

All good stories have embellishments. The more I think about it, the angrier I get.  A part of that must certainly be that it’s after 4:00 in the morning.  The rest of it is the reason I’m up at 4:00am and … Continue reading

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Parade’s End

Ms. Wannop means, “pulling the strings of the shower-bath.” There is a blind spot in the American historical brain–and let’s be generous to ascribe only one–that is the First World War.  The loss of life on such a large scale … Continue reading

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British Drama: A Guide (Part II: The Mystery Tier 1)

Tier One – Buy Low, Sell NEVER! Inspector Morse (1987-2000) Morse, everyone just calls me Morse. DCI Morse (John Thaw) is the prickly, classical-music loving, educated, snobby, crossword-solving detective who investigates the incredibly over-abundant murders of Oxford.  Helping him in this … Continue reading

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