Monthly Archives: January 2012

Moulin Rouge (2001)

Moulin Rouge is… What I mean is, Moulin Rouge tells the story of…no. That’s not it, either. On one hand, Moulin Rouge is what happened when a bunch of eccentric people drink entirely too much prescription cough syrup, break into … Continue reading

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Léon (aka, "The Professional") 1994

The three things you need to know about Léon. First, Jean Reno, as the eponymous hitman and protagonist, is a complete badass. Two, Natalie Portman makes her screen debut in this film as the orphaned tween, Mathilda, and she acts … Continue reading

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Watch Me Die, by Lee Goldberg (2005)

Watch Me Die by Lee Goldberg My rating: 4 of 5 stars This was a fun book for mystery fans like me. The protagonist, Harvey Mapes, has a tedious job, working as a security guard in a super exclusive subdivision. … Continue reading

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An American Werewolf in London (1981)

John Landis’ film “An American Werewolf in London” will always take me back to college. No, I wasn’t in college when it came out, but my friends Chris and Tim had a VCR and a copy of “Werewolf.” They also … Continue reading

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Chinaberry Sidewalks, by Rodney Crowell (2012)

Chinaberry Sidewalks by Rodney Crowell My rating: 4 of 5 stars Rodney Crowell has had an amazing career as a singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist. He was a member of Emmylou Harris’ band, and was married to Rosanne Cash. His … Continue reading

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The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green (2011)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green My rating: 5 of 5 stars I made the mistake of starting this book after work. I read all night. “The Fault of Our Stars” is one of the most moving novels … Continue reading

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Atomic Lobster (Serge Storms Mystery, #10), by Tim Dorsey (2008)

Atomic Lobster by Tim Dorsey My rating: 3 of 5 stars Once again, Serge Storms and his permabuzzed friend Coleman end up on a madcap spree. Most of “Atomic Lobster” takes place in and around the Tampa Bay area. They … Continue reading

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The Road to Perdition (2002)

I was pleasantly surprised by this film. Sam Mendes directed, and I guess I was expecting another hyperkinetic movie like his “American Beauty,” which I liked. “Road to Perdition” was slow, quiet, intelligent, and thoughtful. Michael Sullivan (Tom Hanks) is … Continue reading

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Monty Got a Raw Deal: "Judgment in Nuremberg (1961)" – Montgomery Clift via YouTube

Montgomery Clift never won an Oscar. He was an amazing talent, an early “method” actor, plus his looks made him superstar leading man material. He bucked the system, though. After a near-fatal automobile accident aged his face, and painkiller & … Continue reading

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Avatar (2009)

I first saw “Avatar” maybe two years ago. I remember a lot of time passed, and that I felt like painting myself blue and living in a space jungle. Then I remembered: I HATE nature. Let me amend that: I … Continue reading

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