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 » • (439 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 » • (1384 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 » • (313 views)

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Movie Review: The Martian (2015)

by Brad Nelson3/19/17
Imagine my surprise to find a modern-day science fiction film with only four stupid things in it, and one of them was not (click here). More » • (306 views)

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Movie Review: Arrival (2016)

by Brad Nelson3/11/17
Let me first off say that this movie passes the Tarzwell Rule which is “Good enough to sit down and watch for light entertainment and a bowl of popcorn.” Pat, we’re indebted to you for this insight. But does this cosmic-surfboard-comes-to-earth movie stand up to its high reputation? More » • (461 views)

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Movie Review: La La Land

by Tim Jones1/20/17
La La Land Makes a Conservative Movie Called “La La Land”  •  There is a certain irony that the movie La La Land at its core is a movie based on conservative values such as the preservation and timelessness of tradition, obligation and self-sacrifice. More » • (298 views)

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The ‘Greatest Film of All Time’ Explained

vertigo2by Jon N. Hall12/20/16
The first movie that I ever really “studied” was Alfred Hitchcock’s seminal 1958 masterpiece Vertigo. It was the mid-1980s and I had just read a review of the film by James Loutzenhiser, a Kansas City psychiatrist who moonlighted as a movie critic. More » • (338 views)

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Hacksaw Ridge

hacksawridgeby Glenn Fairman   11/4/16
Post-modernity would seem to be an era wherein heroes and the heroic are anachronisms, unless the cause is related to the emancipation of the passions or the demolition of ancient moral restraints. More » • (504 views)

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Movie Review: Zulu

zuluby Steve Lancaster10/22/16
I have to admit that this is one of my favorite movies. The only thing better would be the opportunity to talk with Chard, or Bromhead. The Battle of Rorke’s Drift takes place in Natal province, Zululand, of South Africa in January of 1879. More » • (483 views)

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Movie Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

magnificentseven2016by Steve Lancaster9/30/16
This is the third installment of what has become a classic Japanese story, Seven Samurai (1954). The first was directed by Kurosawa and staring the very talented Toshiro Mifune changed the nature and scope of Japanese cinema. More » • (596 views)

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Movie Review: Fight Club

Fight_Club_2by Tim Jones6/25/16
The Unbearable Banality of Modern Living  •  Fight Club is a scathing critique of the consumerism, materialism and shallowness that is today’s America. That is the overriding theme but there are additional layers to this outstanding movie More » • (466 views)

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Movie Review: The Big Short

TheBigShortby Brad Nelson5/23/16
This is a movie that attempts to tell the story of the housing boom-and-bust in an entertaining and informative way. Remarkably, it mostly succeeds. More » • (603 views)

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Movie Review: Spotlight (2015)

Spotlightby Brad Nelson5/21/16
It’s a toss-up who I will offend most in this review, Catholics or the Pink Mafia. This movie must be reviewed in two parts. One part is the cinematic aspect. The other is the political aspect. Neither is stellar nor particularly deep. More » • (385 views)

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Movie Review: Heaven’s Gate

HeavensGateby Steve Lancaster5/6/16
It has been 25 years since Michael Cimino released Heaven’s Gate. Most of the controversy has died down. It was an expensive movie to make and killed the studio, United Artists. The cost of production exceeded 40 million dollars and domestic revenue was less than 4 million. More » • (480 views)

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Movie Review: Ex Machina

ExMachinaby Tim Jones3/21/16
What Could Go Wrong? The unintended consequences of artificial intelligence • Ex Machina, released in 2015, may be the best movie about artificial intelligence to come along in years.  It gives an outstanding portrayal of a possible A.I. revolution in all of its ethical and philosophical dimensions More » • (642 views)

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