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Movie Review: Shenandoah

ShenandoahThumbby Brad Nelson
Combine Jimmy Stewart with the old west (or Old South, in this case) and you just can’t go wrong. It’s tough to screw it up. But it shore looked that’s what they were doin’, pa, after watching about the first 15 minutes of this. More » • (1484 views)

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Movie Review: Waydowntown

WaydowntownThumbby Brad Nelson
Finally, a movie about hopelessness and despair that is a pleasure to watch. It had been a dry spell for a while there. Many recent gloom movies I had rented promised a good dose of witty and entertaining malaise but were far too pointless to be pointless. More » • (657 views)

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Movie Review: Sherlock Holmes (2009)

HolmesThumbby Brad Nelson
First off, it’s a crime that this movie lost out to Avatar in terms of art direction. Avatar is a “Barney” film compared to Sherlock Holmes whose best aspect is probably the immersion of the viewer into the Victorian era. More » • (1422 views)

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Movie Review: Såsom i en spegel (“Through a Glass Darkly,” a film by Swedish director Ethel Merman)

MaxThumbby Brad Nelson
It’s a mad mad mad mad schizophrenic world in this 1961 film about a woman dealing with the early stages of that illness. [No, not Ethel Merman, Ingmar Bergman.] More » • (762 views)

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Movie Review: Shichinin No Samurai (The Seven Samurai)

SevenSamuraiThumb2by Brad Nelson
Where to begin? Rarely does a movie impress me and delight me at the same time. More » • (1614 views)

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Thanks For Smoking

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Some years ago, while residing in Singapore, my wife and I lived in a renovated townhouse which had been built in colonial times. The homes had no private parking so I parked my car in a public parking lot about a 30 second walk from my front door. More » • (1024 views)

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Movie Review: Teen Beach Movie

TeenBeachMovieThumbby Geoph2
With the long holiday weekend approaching, it was obvious more than a fair amount of television would be viewed at our house. So I began to search the satellite guide for movies we could watch that would save me the embarrassment of trying to play the “X-Station” games with my boys. More » • (1005 views)

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Book Review: History Buff’s Guide to Gettysburg, History Buff’s Guide to the Civil War

HistoryBuffThumbby Timothy Lane
These two books are by Thomas R. Flagel (the first is co-written by Ken Allers, Jr.). These reviews appeared in slightly different forms in issues 213 and 217 of my science fiction fanzine, FOSFAX. More » • (1751 views)

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Movie Review: Twelve O’Clock High

Twelve O'Clock High Thumb2by Brad Nelson
There are movies that are fine to watch for entertainment purposes and then there are movies that are also exquisite examples of film-as-art. Twelve O’Clock High is one such movie. More » • (1625 views)

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Movie Review: Bye Bye Birdie

ByeByeBirdieThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a movie I wondered if it was even worth bothering to review. There is such a large cultural divide between those who think movie “style” is slow-motion blood spurting out of a body cavity to a hip soundtrack and those for whom cool is personified in Bogie and Bacall. More » • (2056 views)

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Further Thoughts on MLK’s “I Have a Dream” Speech

VoltaireThumbby Monsieur Voltaire
My article on MLK’s I have a dream speech has engendered some emotional responses. The issue is whether we should give great men a pass on their flaws and judge them solely on their intentions, or whether a critical look at their words and deeds is fair game. More » • (2306 views)

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Movie Review: The Wrestler

TheWrestlerThumbby Brad Nelson
I’ll be able to finish writing this review as soon as I find my right eyeball. It popped out the moment I saw Marisa Tomei buck-naked. I know it’s rolling around here someone. Hang on a second… More » • (788 views)

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