Movie Review: Operation Finale

by Steve Lancaster12/8/18
Hannah Arendt describes the Eichmann trial and what she labels, “the banality of evil” in her book, Eichmann in Jerusalem.  The phrase has slipped into common usage by people who have never read or even heard of The Origins of Totalitarianism (1951), or On Violence (1970). More » • (49 views)

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Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof

by Steve Lancaster11/18/18
The American Broadway musical is seldom taken as serious drama. However, even within the confines of the musical, serious themes can be explored. In spite of energetic songs and music the musical has real people in real situations. The music sets a quality for the actor’s dialogue and contributes to the story. More » • (36 views)

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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 » • (84 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 » • (147 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 » • (71 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 » • (118 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 » • (146 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 » • (92 views)

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Book and Movie Review: Exodus

by Steve Lancaster2/3/18
This is a book and movie that could not be done in 2018 or anytime in the last 30 years. Exodus by Leon Uris was published in 1958. When it was released it became the largest best seller since the publication of Gone with The Wind in 1939. More » • (264 views)

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Movie Review: Live by Night

by Jon N. Hall12/29/17
From book to film  •  Unaware that it had been made into a movie, I recently read a fairly recent novel and then discovered that its film adaptation was playing on Cinemax. The novel was Live by Night by Dennis Lehane and Lehane’s fellow Bostonian Ben Affleck produced More » • (85 views)

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Movie Review: Darkest Hour

by Steve Lancaster12/24/17
Wife and I avoided the lines for Last Jedi yesterday in favor of Gary Oldman and Winston Spenser Churchill. It was a good choice. The movie covers the time from the German invasion of France to the evacuation at Dunkirk. More » • (209 views)

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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 » • (204 views)

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