Movie Review: Jurassic World

by Steve Lancaster9/19/18
This is the fifth in the dinosaur rebirth series, and by far the worst. The first movie, Jurassic Park (1993), had a plausible story line and wonderful CG dinosaurs. Even the second movie, Lost World (1997) in the series had some redeeming plot twists and again the CG Dinosaurs were the real stars. More » • (54 views)

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TV Series Review: Bosch

by Steve Lancaster8/26/18
The LA Cop  •  People are intrigued by cops and spies. Every year there are hundreds of books, movies and articles written about them. In the case of police dramas New York and Los Angeles lead the pack. The long running Law and Order series and its spin-offs and the continuing popularity of Blue Bloods are good examples. More » • (192 views)

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TV Series Review: Game of Thrones

by Steve Lancaster7/2/18
Season One  •  The Game of Thrones series has been a great success for HBO in the last ten years. I won’t attempt to analyze the series episode by episode but cover it with the broader themes of season by season. So, this will take several updates to complete, or until we are all bored of it, whichever comes first. More » • (93 views)

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TV Series Review: Grantchester

by Brad Nelson6/14/18
A vicar regularly helps a police inspector with his cases while drinking too much and being chronically undecided about the girl he loves…or maybe likes…or maybe they’re just friends. What could go wrong? More » • (121 views)

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TV Series Review: Fauda

by Steve Lancaster6/6/18
When it comes to Israel, everything is complicated. Politics are complicated, religion is complicated, democracy is complicated, the conflict is complicated. Even the complications are complicated. These are the things that make us shout, and cry, that fill us with hope or plunge us into utter despair. More » • (219 views)

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Movie Review: The Man Who Knew Infinity

by Brad Nelson6/3/18
I can hear you thinking, “Brad, why are you reviewing another movie that you can’t heartily recommend?” The answer is that you might be fascinated by the subject (mathematics) and/or are a fan of Jeremy Irons who finally (in my humble opinion) has done his first solid work in some time. More » • (142 views)

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Movie Review: Tulip Fever

by Brad Nelson5/30/18
What movie review starts out with “Don’t bother watching this”? This one does. But do bother reading about it, especially if you like a mixture of Three’s Company and The Bard. More » • (65 views)

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Book Review: Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine

by Tim Jones5/24/18
What happens when a country tries to social engineer its way to paradise:”You have to break a few eggs in order to make an omelette”  •   Anyone that has interest in historical atrocities committed in the name of Marxist utopianism More » • (97 views)

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Movie Review: True Confessions

by Steve Lancaster5/8/18
The LA Cop  •  There are many movies and television series about police in LA. Some are iconic like Dragnet and others more of the life of the beat cop, like Police Story. Others do not feature LA police but just as easily could have been made there, Hill Street Blues is one of those. More » • (108 views)

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Movie Review: Murder on the Orient Express (2017)

by Brad Nelson4/7/18
This is a Kenneth Branagh project in which he directs and plays the main character, Belgian private detective Hercule Poirot. This is a movie about the man and his mustache. More » • (133 views)

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Movie Review: The Shape of Water

by Brad Nelson4/5/18
This is a fanciful film, the skeleton of which could be described as a mix of Creature from the Black Lagoon and Beauty and the Beast. This film is from Guillermo del Toro, noted for (to my mind) the awful Pan’s Labyrinth. More » • (72 views)

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Book Review: Leak: Why Mark Felt Became Deep Throat

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By Max Holland  •  Lest people believe that FBI high-ups leaking like a sieve for their own personal agenda is something new, I would like to recommend readers peruse the pages of Max Holland’s Leak: How Mark Felt Became Deep Throat. More » • (150 views)

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