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Robots punching monsters

I’ve picked a big, technically advanced, epic-style movie, which is Pacific Rim (USA, 2013, Warner Brothers). It serves up robots punching monsters! I don’t really know what else needs to be said. There is a ...

Where score is central to movie plot

Blue is the first film in Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Three Colors trilogy. Blue explores the life of a widowed composer trapped by the legacy of her husband. The story unfolds as the main character attempts to ...

Stunning visuals and skilled storytelling

The Fall, directed by Tarsem, is an undiscovered gem. Set in a hospital in the 1920s, an injured stuntman forms a friendship with an immigrant girl. He begins to tell her an epic story. Yet, ...

Extreme and bizarre ideas realized

The food community expects me to site an erudite cuisine film like Babette’s Feast or Python’s Meaning of Life with its delicate and romantic wafer-thin mint scene. Ha! I’m more nuanced than that. Just chowed ...

Far more than pride goeth

Leading man Tyrone Power plays against type in Nightmare Alley (USA,1947, Twentieth Century Fox), the story of a drifter who becomes an ambitious carnival mind-reader. Success at convincing the “marks” of his psychic powers leads ...

Psycho-sexual religious psychedelia

It’s tough to pick just a couple movies. Firstly, I am going with The Devils (England, 1971, Warner Brothers). I like most all of Ken Russell’s films but this one from 1971 is my favorite. ...

Binge-watch selections from a theater person

I’m a busy theater person, so when an episodic series like Mozart in the Jungle can actually slow me down to binge-watch, it’s worth noting. It’s about an orchestra, conductors, musicians, board members, donors, and ...

Sweeter, funnier, and kinkier than Fifty Shades of Grey

For anyone in a tizzy over the innocuous and mentally challenged Fifty Shades, allow me to direct your attention to older films that are both sweeter, funnier, and most certainly kinkier than that fan-fiction mommy ...

King of tall tales

From the makers of The Red Shoes and A Matter of Life and Death comes The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (England, 1943, United Artists), an epic look at love spanning decades and on ...

Alien(s)

After the lovable droids and creatures of Star Wars, the Alien franchise decided to take sci-fi someplace a little darker. Ridley Scott’s Alien launched the franchise followed by James Cameron’s Aliens. These films are my ...

Worth every minute

I feel Blazing Saddles is a timeless, purely American comedy, the likes of which will never be repeated. Successfully, at least. I feel it does the best job of ripping open the guts of a ...

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