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 » • (110 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 » • (45 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 » • (163 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 » • (74 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 » • (154 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 » • (157 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 » • (381 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 » • (474 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 » • (187 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 » • (590 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 » • (8314 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 » • (445 views)

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