Category Archives: Films

Europa Report (2013)

At my last radio station, somebody in management came up with the brilliant idea of installing “studio cams,” two different live cameras that broadcast on our website all of the action going on in the studio, just so our listeners … Continue reading

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Reds (1981)

There’s something about the historical epic that allows movie fans to forgive them being incredibly long. “Gandhi” was three hours, eleven minutes long. “Lawrence of Arabia” clocked in at a bladder-busting three-and-a-half hours. “Gone With the Wind” is four years … Continue reading

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And Everything is Going Fine (2010)

I don’t think anyone who saw Spalding Gray ever forgets the first time. For me, it was watching “Swimming to Cambodia” on HBO, of all places. It was my last year of college. It was late. The apartment was quiet … Continue reading

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JFK: Fifty Years Later

November 22nd, 2013–a little less than three weeks from today–will mark the fiftieth anniversary of President John F. Kennedy’s assassination in Dallas. We all know the story. He and Jackie made the short flight from Fort Worth to Dallas via … Continue reading

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Life 2.0 (2010)

“Life 2.o” is a documentary look at people whose lives have been taken over by Second Life. Second Life is a free website that offers you the ability to create your own avatars, build posh homes, engage in friendships and … Continue reading

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(A MUST for fans of Kubrick’s “The Shining”) “Room 237” (2012)

I just reviewed Stephen King’s new sequel to “The Shining,” “Doctor Sleep.” It’s an excellent novel—five stars out of five. So this seemed like the perfect occasion to write a few words about “Room 237,” a documentary about various conspiracy … Continue reading

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The World Without US (2008);

“The World Without US” is a documentary asking a simple question: what if we pulled our military out of other countries, and used it only to defend ourselves? The filmmakers talk to a number of people, and they gather a … Continue reading

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There Will Be Blood (2007)

Good Lord, what a movie. Honestly, I can’t think of the last time I watched a two-and-a-half hour movie and didn’t check the clock once. “There Will Be Blood” stars Daniel Day Lewis as miner turned oil prospector Daniel Day … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby (2013 film)

I think F. Scott Fitzgerald would have shit a Duesenberg had he seen Baz Luhrman’s film, “The Great Gatsby;” I think Zelda would have loved it. Luhrman has definitely put his particular spin on the classic book. There are bright … Continue reading

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Eight Miles High (Das Wilde Leben) (2007)

(note: I chose to watch “Eight Miles High,” because it dawned on me that I’d watched movies with the number Eight in their title two consecutive nights. Could I make it a third? You betcha. The good thing is that … Continue reading

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