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The Monuments Men

No piece of art is worth a man’s life. In war, civilization is a casualty.  In World War II, Hitler began by stealing Europe’s treasures and then tried to destroy them.  But Hitler was not the only culprit, the war … Continue reading

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Inside Llewyn Davis

Can I leave this cat with you? I know people like Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac).  For them, the world is an inhospitable place.  They put themselves out there with their art, whatever it might be, and are lucky if they … Continue reading

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Monsters University

How do I become a scarer? Monsters University (2013) spends a considerable amount of time calling back images, gags, and plot points of its originator Monsters, Inc. (2001) (review).  There’s a The Right Stuff (1983) bit, Randall the camouflager gets his motivation, and some of the … Continue reading

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Monsters, Inc.

Kitty! There’s a power shortage in Monstropolis.  Their source of energy is the screaming of children.  But these days, it’s hard to scare little children.  Specially trained monsters at Monsters, Inc.,  CEO Henry J. Waternoose (James Coburn), use their specially designed portal-door … Continue reading

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Flight

Brace for impact. Whip Whitaker (Denzel Washington) wakes up in a daze.  A beautiful, very naked, woman (Nadine Velazquez) paces the room while he tries to get himself together.  His wife calls looking for money to send their son to a … Continue reading

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Argo

You can train a rhesus monkey to  be a director. Ben Affleck has come out with a new movie called Argo (2012).  Before that he did The Town (2010) and Gone Baby Gone (2007) before that.  The comparison with George Clooney (a producer on Argo) is unavoidable.  Though Affleck isn’t nearly … Continue reading

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