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 » • (2411 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 » • (2081 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 » • (1878 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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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 » • (1015 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 » • (933 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 » • (1422 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 » • (1744 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 » • (4220 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 » • (2591 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 » • (2301 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 » • (2429 views)

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