Movie Review: Gravity

GravityThumbby Faba Calculo
Some years ago, I had the personal misfortune to decide to walk into a film that people had been raving about with no real information concerning it of my own, under the theory that “I just wanted to be surprised.” Well, I was, because the movie was Synecdoche, New York, and if nothing else in the universe can convince you that existence is meaningless, that movie just might do the trick. More » • (1487 views)

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Movie Review: Me and You and Everyone We Know

MeYouThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a movie that is not quite as good as the dozen or so scenes in it that show an originality of thought I haven’t seen in a while. This movie is, I think, about making connections. And although this need is so great that it may drive us to do some kooky and even perverse things, the human-to-human connection remains ultimately good and wholesome. More » • (852 views)

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Movie Review: Shi mian mai fu [House of the Flying Daggers]

HouseOfFlyingDaggersThumbby Brad Nelson
2005 Oscars: Nominated for “Best Achievement in Cinematography.” Apparently it didn’t win which shows you how utterly worthless the opinion of the Academy is. And I mean utterly worthless. More » • (1954 views)

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Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

IntoDarknessThumbby Kung Fu Zu
I was recently on a lengthy flight with time to kill. After running through the songs on my MP3, and still unable to sleep, I decided to check what movies were on demand and decided to view the latest installment of the Star Trek franchise. More » • (1919 views)

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Movie Review: Tristan and Isolde (2006)

TristanThumbby Brad Nelson
This is one of my brother’s finds. I would never have picked it up myself. Looks too chick flick just going by the cover. And I just got done reaming James Franco for his lightweight performance in The Great Raid. I mean, the man is pretty. I’ll grant that. But I’ve never seen him act. Until now. More » • (1262 views)

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Movie Review: Hot Fuzz

HotFuzzThumbby Brad Nelson
There’s no way to describe “Hot Fuzz.” It’s beyond my powers. And neither can I really recommend it. And I say that because it’s bound to be too quirky for most people’s tastes. But all the same, I think you’d be disappointed if you didn’t see it. More » • (966 views)

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Retro Review: Easy Rider

EASYRIDER-SPTI-18.tifby Brad Nelson
So much has been said and written about this movie that it takes the pressure off. I don’t have to say anything clever. And I never have lived the Easy Rider lifestyle, so I’m just as likely to take a shotgun to this movie, if only inadvertently. And Peter Fonda ain’t exactly a rocket surgeon, even to this day. More » • (1678 views)

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Movie Review: Ace in the Hole

AceInTheHoleThumbby Brad Nelson
This movie is highly plot-driven, so I won’t say too much about it. It stars Kirk Douglas as a reporter who is covering the story of a man trapped deep inside a cave inside a mountain. This movie is a serious and wonderful critique of the profession of journalism. More » • (1218 views)

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Movie Review: The World’s Fastest Indian

WorldsFastestIndianThumbby Brad Nelson
I wonder how many people skipped over this film because of the strange title? It is an odd mix: a movie about motorcycles and Anthony Hopkins as the star. And yet it works. More » • (917 views)

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Movie Review: Fahrenheit 451

FahrenheitThumbby Brad Nelson
I really do love books. I wouldn’t burn one even by Al Franken. I’d put it front and center in my library (if someone donated it to me) to remind people not only of the diversity of opinions out there, but how many of them are truly stupid. More » • (2191 views)

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Movie Review: Newsfront (1978)

NewsfrontThumbby Brad Nelson
For those who like “small” movies (and you know who you are…you like offerings such as Waking Ned Diving and Local Hero), Newsfront is small even on that scale. This is not a three-alarm story, but it is an honest one. More » • (1548 views)

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Movie Review: Strangers on a Train (1951)

StrangersTrainThumbby Brad Nelson
Not one of Hitchcock’s best efforts but certainly very watchable. Strangers on a Train is about a young tennis star (played by Farley Granger) and a mentally corkscrewed momma’s boy (Robert Walker) meeting on a train and striking up an ill-fated conversation. More » • (2970 views)

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