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25th Hour

Before you leave, you should know. There are always a few people who are well-regarded by critics or a group of fans and you can’t understand why.  Woody Allen will always be a mystery to certain audiences.  There are people like Tarantino or Zack Snyder where … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Peeta, how are we going to kill all these people? There has been a lot of Young Adult (YA) literature adapted to film the last few years.  Since the success of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (2001), born of the personal … Continue reading

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State and Main

Never admit you can type. David Mamet is a writer you have to be familiar with if you want to talk about movies.  You can hate him, and there’s really only two options, but you’re going to want to know … Continue reading

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Moneyball

It’s hard not to be romantic about baseball. You’ve got to admire what they did to make Moneyball (2011).  While personnel shifted, there was always a core of individuals with a history of making dark, thoughtful films.  Director Bennett Miller’s previous … Continue reading

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The 2013 Academy Awards: Will and Should

And the winner is… This morning, Seth MacFarlane and Emma Stone announced the nominees for the 2013 Academy Awards.  Voting: “Regular awards are presented for outstanding individual or collective film achievements in up to 25 categories. Members from each of the branches vote … Continue reading

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Second Thoughts on The Master

I had a couple of questions I wanted answered on the second viewing of The Master (2012).  I’m not sure I got them.  But there were a couple things I saw more clearly beginning-to-end and some changes in opinion. Note well … Continue reading

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The Master

As a scientist and a connoisseur, what is in this remarkable potion? I’ve noted the sensation before now, but it’s back and deeper than ever.  My brain has seized.  I try to wrap my head around it, think of something … Continue reading

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