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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The American Western

TheSearchersby Steve Lancaster   2/3/14
Much has been said about the western recently. Brad has written movingly about the characters in Lonesome Dove, Open Range and Broken Trail. These are great movies in their own right and there is little I could add to the commentary. More » • (1011 views)

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Surviving Groundhog Day

ghogpicby Glenn Fairman   2/2/14
There are manifold mysteries that permeate the very air we breathe, so why should I be skeptical about a rodent who can forecast the rate of climate change? And if a humble mammal can soften the psychic blows from this frigid Polar Vortex, then perhaps it can also pick a Super Bowl winner More » • (932 views)

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Movie Review: Lone Survivor

LoneSurvivorby Brad Nelson   1/13/14
Remember those days when you could just blast your way through the Germans and take names later? Well, those days are obviously over. More » • (1420 views)

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Disconnect (2012)

DisconnectThumbby Brad Nelson   1/13/14
What could possibly go wrong with spreading your personal information, and pleading for intimacy, on a medium (the internet) that caters to some of the worst aspects of human nature? Disconnect is the story of three such bad experiences. More » • (1743 views)

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Calamity Jane (1953)

CalamityThumbby Brad Nelson   1/10/14
It’s a boastful, buckskin-clad, man-like Calamity Jane stomping ’round the Wild West in the old town of Deadwood. But this Jane is not to be confused with (severe language alert) Joanie Stubbs of HBO’s Deadwood series. More » • (4211 views)

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Movie Review: Open Range (2003)

OpenRangeThumbby Brad Nelson   1/7/14
Despite the big skies and big shoot-outs, this movie comes at you in more of a whisper. This is considered part of Robert Duvall’s western trilogy, including Lonesome Dove and Broken Trail, both of which are outstanding series. More » • (2574 views)

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Movie Review: Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)

DirtyFacesThumbby Brad Nelson   1/4/14
I thought James Cagney’s best film up until now was White Heat. And it may still be. But his most iconic gangster performance is probably as the small-time hood in Angels with Dirty Faces. More » • (2284 views)

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Movie Review: Letters from Iwo Jima

Kunk Fu Zoby Kung Fu Zu   1/3/14
This is a WWII flick with a difference. It shows the preparation for and landing of U.S. forces on Iwo Jima from the Japanese perspective. It is a long film running 140 minutes with Japanese dialogue and English subtitles. More » • (2424 views)

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Movie Review: Elysium (2013)

ElysiumThumbby Brad Nelson   1/3/14
Unless a truly egregious bit of cultural pollution comes along (such as James Cameron’s Avatar), I’ve gotten out of the habit of reviewing bad movies. Life is just too short. If one had to comment on all the noise in this degraded Leftist culture, there wouldn’t be much time to do anything else. More » • (1846 views)

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All Things Hedy

HedyThumbby Brad Nelson   1/2/14
I’ve been trying to find a good Hedy Lamarr movie. She’s a favorite of mine — a mild infatuation — if only because she is one of the most beautiful women ever to grace the silver screen. More » • (1964 views)

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Movie Review: Tombstone (1993)

Tombstoneby Brad Nelson   1/1/14
Hicks and Hudson (Bill Paxton and Michael Biehn) from 1986’s Aliens reunite in this retelling of the O.K. Corral story. My favorite film of this event is 1957’s Gunfight at the O.K. Corral with Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas. But the Russell/Kilmer effort is a close second. More » • (3860 views)

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