Movie Review: The Wind and the Lion

by Steve Lancaster11/19/17
This is one of the most romantic movies of the 20th century. There is no sex, nudity, or obscene language, although there is a fair amount of violence. The movie released in 1975 is one of the last filmed in Spain before the death of Franco and therefore had the active involvement of the Spanish government in providing extras More » • (88 views)

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Movie Review: The Circle

by Brad Nelson11/16/17
This is a documentary of Apple employees in their big new spaceship headquarters. Or a bird’s eye view of Facebook culture. Or a look at Google’s creepy campus culture. Or it is an unwritten short story by George Orwell. The worst case scenario is that you see nothing out of the ordinary. More » • (263 views)

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A Few Thoughts on Casablanca

by Brad Nelson10/22/17
This is not a full and complete review of Casablanca, although it should serve as a launching point for further discussion. I posted this on Facebook in 2010. It’s nothing special. I’m still not the writer I need to be to tackle this review. But here are those few thoughts (slightly edited) from the Wayback Machine: More » • (302 views)

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Melancholia: Rethinking a Movie

by Jon N. Hall9/30/17
Thinking that I would soon have to trade in my DVR and thus lose all my recorded movies I decided to watch one that I had recorded more than three years ago but hadn’t seen: Melancholia (2011) by the Danish writer-director Lars von Trier. As I survey von Trier’s oeuvre, More » • (144 views)

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Movie Review: The Founder

by Steve Lancaster8/31/17
I have avoided watching this movie for several years, but as it is available on Netflix I thought it might be worth some time. The movie claims to be the story of how Ray Kroc, an obscure salesman from the Midwest, became the biggest name in the restaurant business. More » • (525 views)

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Movie Reviews: Max Manus / Occupied

by Steve Lancaster8/5/17
Max Manus: Man of War  •  Two reviews, both are Norwegian, subtitled, and available on Netflix. Don’t let the subtitles keep you from these two. Max Manus is a real historical hero of the Norwegian resistance during WW II. Max volunteers to assist the Finns to repulse the Soviet invasion in November of 1939. More » • (8125 views)

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Movie Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

by Brad Nelson6/19/17
Based upon a book by Ransom Riggs, and directed by Tim Burton, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children is yet another X-Men-ish story about how everyone is different and those differences are special…except when they turn us into monsters…in this case, monsters from the mind of Tim Burton. More » • (388 views)

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Movie Review: Rogue One

by Brad Nelson5/28/17
Rogue One tells the story of the downfall of the Death Star that materially occurs later in Star Wars: A New Hope. The plans for the Death Star are stolen from the Imperial archive and transmitted to rebel forces. These plans, as you know, end up in the memory banks of R2D2. And off we go. More » • (590 views)

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Movie Review: Sicario

by Steve Lancaster5/19/17
In Mexico Sicario means hitman  •  This 2015 production could be one of the most worrisome movies of recent times. There is no date for the movie except that Juarez is in the middle of a cartel war. More » • (377 views)

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TV Series Review: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy

by Steve Lancaster4/16/17
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played with Fire, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets’ Nest by Stieg Larsson  •  You may be familiar with the 2011 movie starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. The movie was adequate but not engrossing. More » • (1192 views)

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Book & Movie Review: Dr. Zhivago

by Steve Lancaster4/5/17
One of the great novels of the twentieth century. Boris Pasternak was censored by the Soviet State and became a non-person for many years. His novel of the revolution and the subsequent horrific Stalin years was made into movies and even a Russian TV mini-series. More » • (2262 views)

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Movie Review: Interstellar

by Steve Lancaster3/26/17
Suppose that G-d, or if you prefer nature/universe, has decided that mankind had spent more time on this planet than necessary and it was time for us to depart. Would we get a 15 day pay or quit notice nailed, where, to the doors of the Vatican? More » • (722 views)

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