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 » • (411 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 » • (282 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 » • (448 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 » • (249 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 » • (900 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 » • (2074 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 » • (581 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 » • (532 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 » • (738 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 » • (437 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 » • (469 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 » • (800 views)

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