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“Noah” – half review (C), half debate

This is not one of my standard film reviews that follows my usual structure of 1. Story, 2. Performance, 3. Opinion, 4. Justification, 5. Certification.  Instead, this is more of a monologue regarding the clash between the story told in this film and any religious account of Noah’s Ark. To be fair to writer/director Darren…

Primer – film review (C++)

(The C++ is a joke for the computer crowd) It’s probably unfair to review Primer, an independent sci-fi time travel film, in the same way as other films.  For one, its budget was $7,000.  Yeah, only three zeroes.  One person, Shane Carruth, is listed as writer, director, actor, editor, and music composer.  He had to…

Nebraska – film review (B-)

I can’t hear the word “Nebraska” without thinking of the Bruce Springsteen album of the same name.  While it was not a commercial success, it was critically acclaimed for its stark, stripped-down look at the underside of life.  It featured a black-and-white cover and included songs about murder, desperation, and hope.  Nebraska the film, written…

The 2014 Academy Awards – Predictions

Yup.  Just like last year, letting you know right now who, what, why, and how (?) will win the most of the not-everything-exactly-but-most of the importantest categories in this year’s race to hold the gold.  The gold, naked, thin-lipped man who seems to have a pretty good grip one of those swords that pierced the…

People Who Love Movies

We all have our “thing.”  For my brother, it’s football.  For one of my friends, it’s all about her son.  For my kid, it’s dance.  Me?  Movies.  This is about my love of movies and how it came, went, came back again, and where it now resides. The first movie I can ever remember seeing…

A “Frozen” solid film

Most Disney films are fabulous.  However, most Disney films have one key moment that you must accept without question, and if you do not, then the movie collapses like an igloo in Aruba.  Frozen, adapted from “The Snow Queen” by Hans Christian Anderson (“The Little Mermaid”), is fabulous, but it also has that collapsible moment. …

“Prisoners” – film review (B)

When the credits began to roll at the end of Prisoners, a teenage girl behind me said, “I’m writing a letter to someone because there are too many unanswered questions.”  My first reaction was, “Shut up.”  By the time I got to my car, I thought, “Maybe she’s right.” Prisoners is a fairly solid suspense film, provided you…

Martha Marcy May Marlene – film review

Last name, maybe – Manson? What starts out like a peaceful, Quaker farmhouse somewhere out in nowhere turns out to be a quiet, isolated cult of about 20 men and women.  The men eat dinner first, then the women – but significantly less food is available.  Sex is part of the initiation, sometimes in a…

Six Things I Never Want to See on Film Again. Ever.

I have ranted about remakes, spouted about superheroes, and screamed about sequels, but I have also admitted that they do have value.  There are, however, a handful of things that I can no longer tolerate.  Some film moments have become so overused that any further attempt to recreate them had better be a joke designed…