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The “G”-Men (1935)

GMenThumbby Brad Nelson   12/29/13
This time Jimmy Cagney is on the right side of the law in this film about the early days of the FBI. The days are indeed early; the “G”-men don’t even carry guns. They’re just getting organized in the fight against crime where crossing state lines has been the criminal’s best friend. More » • (2059 views)

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TV Series Review: Cadfael

CadfaelThumbby Brad Nelson
In this decidedly high-brow series that is made for PBS geeks and Anglophiles, Derek Jacobi stars as a sort of Sherlock Holmes in 12th century Shrewsbury, England. More » • (3833 views)

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TV Series Review: Lie to Me

LieToMeThumbby Brad Nelson
I wouldn’t want you to totally mistake me for one of those hermits whose life is joyless because he has insulated himself from vapid pop culture. I like my amusement as much as the next guy. I just ask that it not be a wasteland. More » • (842 views)

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Celebrating a Movie the Critics Hated

SomewhereInTimeThumbby David Paulin
Message to high-brow movie critics and cultural elites: Stay away from the Grand Hotel on Michigan’s Mackinac Island this weekend. No cynicism allowed! More » • (3490 views)

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Movie Review: Gravity

GravityThumbby Faba Calculo
Some years ago, I had the personal misfortune to decide to walk into a film that people had been raving about with no real information concerning it of my own, under the theory that “I just wanted to be surprised.” Well, I was, because the movie was Synecdoche, New York, and if nothing else in the universe can convince you that existence is meaningless, that movie just might do the trick. More » • (1388 views)

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Movie Review: Me and You and Everyone We Know

MeYouThumbby Brad Nelson
This is a movie that is not quite as good as the dozen or so scenes in it that show an originality of thought I haven’t seen in a while. This movie is, I think, about making connections. And although this need is so great that it may drive us to do some kooky and even perverse things, the human-to-human connection remains ultimately good and wholesome. More » • (756 views)

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Movie Review: Tristan and Isolde (2006)

TristanThumbby Brad Nelson
This is one of my brother’s finds. I would never have picked it up myself. Looks too chick flick just going by the cover. And I just got done reaming James Franco for his lightweight performance in The Great Raid. I mean, the man is pretty. I’ll grant that. But I’ve never seen him act. Until now. More » • (1127 views)

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Retro Review: Easy Rider

EASYRIDER-SPTI-18.tifby Brad Nelson
So much has been said and written about this movie that it takes the pressure off. I don’t have to say anything clever. And I never have lived the Easy Rider lifestyle, so I’m just as likely to take a shotgun to this movie, if only inadvertently. And Peter Fonda ain’t exactly a rocket surgeon, even to this day. More » • (1521 views)

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Movie Review: Ace in the Hole

AceInTheHoleThumbby Brad Nelson
This movie is highly plot-driven, so I won’t say too much about it. It stars Kirk Douglas as a reporter who is covering the story of a man trapped deep inside a cave inside a mountain. This movie is a serious and wonderful critique of the profession of journalism. More » • (1064 views)

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Movie Review: King’s Solomon’s Mines (1937)

AnnaLeeThumbby Brad Nelson
I’m aware of at least three versions of this story. There’s one from 1950 and there’s the 1985 film with Richard Chamberlain which isn’t highly rated. I don’t think I’ve seen either one of those in full. More » • (1957 views)

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Movie Review: State of Play (2009)

StateOfPlayCroweThumbby Brad Nelson
Reminiscent of All the President’s Men, this movie follows a couple newspaper reporters hot on the trail in the aftermath of two professional-like murders. The convoluted trail leads to high-stakes Washington power politics where “stop the presses” is the byline. More » • (1811 views)

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Cable Series Review: House of Cards (American Version)

SpaceyCardsThumbby Brad Nelson
I watched the first two episodes (available for streaming on Netflix) of the American version of House of Cards. It stars Kevin Spacey as the counterpart of Ian Richardson’s “Francis Urquhart.” More » • (1303 views)

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