Movie Review: Rush

Rushby Brad Nelson   4/9/14
Formula 1 racing has always been a bit of a bloodsport. It is common to say, derogatorily, that people go to NASCAR races for the crashes. And that may be true, in part. The crashes and wrecks are an exiting part of the sport…and mostly a quite harmless part of the sport. More » • (3718 views)

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Movie Review: Radio

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu   4/6/14
Radio is a 2003 film about how the loving kindness of one individual can create a wonderful new world for another. Cuba Gooding Jr. plays the title character, Radio, a mentally handicapped young black man who wanders the streets of a late 1960’s or early 1970’s South Carolina town with an old grocery cart containing his various belongings. More » • (4060 views)

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Movie Review: Lebanon (2009)

Lebanonby Brad Nelson   4/3/14
What do guys talk about when they are together with other guys? They talk about women, sports, and guns. Whatever the age, it will be one of those three things. And it just so happened that the conversation the other day was about guns — tanks, specifically. More » • (3090 views)

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Finally, a Man Worth Killing

KingArthurby Jon N. Hall    3/26/14
NOTE: The following movie review, my first attempt at one, appeared on Sep. 4, 2006 at a long-defunct vanity website called DissectingPopCulture. I trot it out again because the movie is currently running on cable on both Encore (March 29) and Starz (April 1), so fire up your DVRs. More » • (9237 views)

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Movie Review: Gravity (2013)

Gravityby Brad Nelson   3/25/14
“I had that sinking feeling.” “I couldn’t weight for it to end.” I was thinking up all kinds of gravity puns while waiting for this highly over-rated turkey to end. No need to read this review. It will just be one long “WTF?” More » • (2654 views)

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Movie Review: Gentleman’s Agreement

PeckAgreementby Brad Nelson   3/17/14
This is an “issue” picture from 1947. Gregory Peck plays a reporter who pretends to be Jewish in order to investigate anti-Semitism. Along the way, he deals with an ailing mother and a couple chicks who dig him. More » • (1766 views)

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Movie Review: Nebraska

Nebraskaby Brad Nelson   3/14/14
Bruce Dern plays an old-fart grandpa whose hard drinking and chronically nagging wife have left him a bit in a self-imposed fog. But things are looking up. He may have just won a million dollars. More » • (1096 views)

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Movie Review: Captain Phillips

CaptPhillipsby Brad Nelson   3/14/14
The first logical question you may have regarding a movie such as this which includes the U.S. military as a major player, Is it anti-American? No. This is more of a documentary style of film. There’s not a lot of rah-rah going on one way or the other. More » • (1457 views)

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Escape Plan (2013)

EscapePlanby Brad Nelson   3/13/14
This is a decent testosterone-flick for the first three-fifths of it. There is an actual plot that builds, makes sense, and holds dramatic interest. There are real characters (more or less…this is Schwarzenegger and Stallone we’re talking about). More » • (2405 views)

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Progressives Can Be Funny

DemolitionWomanby Steve Lancaster    3/7/14
There are two movies that Hollywood wishes they had not made and that they would not make today. Both are satires on the progressive mindset. The first, released in 1980, is Serial, starring Martin Mull, Tuesday Weld, Tom Smothers, and Christopher Lee. It is directed by Bill Persky who at the time was perhaps best known for the television series That Girl. More » • (2055 views)

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Movie Review: Dallas Buyers Club

DallasBuyersClubby Brad Nelson   3/4/14
I don’t usually watch the Oscars. And rarely do I watch first-run movies (the culture having become so inane). But I heard that Matthew McConaughey won the best actor Oscar, so I thought I’d take a look at this movie. I liked McConaughey in Sahara, to name one of his films. More » • (1874 views)

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Movie Review: Ender’s Game

Enderby Brad Nelson   2/21/14
I read this novel by Orson Scott Card about ten years ago or so. And I considered it then about one or two notches above mediocre. It was certainly readable, but it was not what I considered upper-tier sci-fi. More » • (3124 views)

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