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 » • (444 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 » • (1582 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 » • (2486 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 » • (805 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 » • (764 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 » • (1219 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 » • (655 views)

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The ‘Greatest Film of All Time’ Explained

vertigo2by Jon N. Hall12/20/16
(WARNING: here lie embedded videos.)  •  The first movie that I ever really studied is now regarded by some film critics as the “greatest film of all time.” I discovered it in the mid-1980s after reading a review by James Loutzenhiser, a Kansas City psychiatrist who moonlighted as a movie critic. More » • (819 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 » • (1177 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 » • (1099 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 » • (1158 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 » • (834 views)

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