Monthly Archives: January 2012

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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My Gloomy-Be-Gone Trifection

I ended up having a little Abyss day Tuesday. I don’t know what happened, I just sorta cratered. I was off, so I decided to DVD myself happy again. But where to start? “Shaun of the Dead.” It’s a brilliant, … Continue reading

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The Hunger Games, by Suzanne Collins (Book, 2008)

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins My rating: 5 of 5 stars It’s a dystopian world, and North America is now called Panem, divided into twelve districts. District 12 is down at the bottom, an impoverished, coal-mining misery pit. Survival … Continue reading

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JFK (1991)

When I worked at U-92, our mid-day jock and my good friend, Al Cruise, was a huge Kennedy Assassination buff. He had hours, probably days worth of documentaries, shelves of books, and a zillion opinions. He and I didn’t agree … Continue reading

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The Shining (1980)

“The Shining” could be the quintessential Stanley Kubrick film. The shot selection is exacting and brilliant, the performances brilliant, and the performers themselves traumatised. My last summer at FSU, I took German and three film courses. One of those was … Continue reading

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