Category Archives: film

Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi

It takes a few years for Hindi language films to get to the public library in Iowa. I’m not yet one of the 50 million Netflixers–still watching movies the old fashioned way: putting discs into optical scanning bays on a … Continue reading

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Borrowers

A few months ago my wife picked up a $5 2-movie disk. One film is my favorite adaptation of Mary Norton’s The Borrowers. I used to fuss about movies that strayed far afield of the books, but the 1997 film is … Continue reading

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The Illusionist

This is one of my favorite movies of the century: The Illusionist. I think I would have loved it as a kid. It has just enough of a hint of magic realism to intrigue. Is the illusionist magical? I admit feeling chills in the … Continue reading

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Hobbit 2

The family and I viewed “Hobbit 2″ at the discount theater the other night. I was curious about the decision to expand filming from one to two to three movies. I enjoyed the first Hobbit film well enough. As a … Continue reading

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Look-Alike

Interesting news from the popular culture front: the actor that plays Satan is cast into the outer darkness. (For Hollywood, that’s having one’s scenes deleted from the film.) The ten-hour miniseries is getting trimmed down to a two-hour swallow. I … Continue reading

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Reflecting on Ages

As the years have passed, it’s taken me a bit to get used to seeing people born after I was: being my employer and pastor getting elected my president appointed to the College of Cardinals There are others, but these … Continue reading

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No Mercy in August: Osage County

Yesterday my wife and I did what we rarely do: see a movie in a theater. I was hoping for The Hobbit, but it was already gone from the first-run multiplex and not yet in the discount movie house. So … Continue reading

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Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham

More Bollywood on home tv tonight. We picked up Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham from the library today. I didn’t know it was a 3.5 hour film. But it was good. Was it as long as it needed to be? I suppose … Continue reading

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Star Trek: Derivations

The family, some friends, and I saw Star Trek: Into Darkness yesterday. I was a skeptic before I saw the reboot, and I was a skeptic heading into this film. Readers can go elsewhere for full-up reviews. It’s not my … Continue reading

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Film Review: Oz the Great and Powerful

I will tell you upfront: I have a skeptic’s eye when it comes to science fiction and fantasy being adapted for the big screen. I’m usually prepared not to like what I see as excesses of flash over substance, and … Continue reading

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One Into Two Into Three

I had heard filmmaker Peter Jackson was turning The Hobbit into a two-part film epic. Since when was it upshifted into a trilogy? Was it the lure of more money, more profits for corporations? It’s not as if JRR Tolkien … Continue reading

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Vatican on History

My wife was feeling unwell most of yesterday, so while I was online in the living room she was catching the History channel’s Secret Access: The Vatican. I was wondering if we would see one of the players in the … Continue reading

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Rock Musician At The Keyboard

Indie rock musician finds himself in a church gig in Australia. I was thinking about that scene in The Commitments when a little Procol Harum breaks out at practice. The folks at St Kevin’s, Bangalow have that covered: Shortly after … Continue reading

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Detective Television: Driven, Sweet, and Dreamy

My wife loves mysteries on tv and in print. I find I’m drawn into the tv stuff kicking and screaming. But I’m occasionally impressed. My wife has been following Sherlock on PBS, and I have to admit I’ve enjoyed what … Continue reading

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Midnight in Paris

Woody Allen pops up into my attention every so often. I loved a few of his movies in the 80’s. His exploration of addiction and faith in Hannah and Her Sisters is a favorite. The movie bank of cable channels has … Continue reading

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