Category Archives: film

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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Foundation On Screen

It’s been a curious things the past few days. I had a thought to reread Asimov’s Foundation books–at least the “trilogy” (actually nine separately published short tales assembled into books around 1950). But I’ve been feeling ornery around rereading stuff. … Continue reading

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The Adjustment Bureau

When most of the people had left the staff Christmas party last night, our host cracked out last year’s well-regarded The Adjustment Bureau. I thought it started off pretty well. One fantasy/science fiction premise from Philip K. Dick is nicely … Continue reading

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The Lake House

My wife has her third round with the flu. With tonight’s descent of bitter winter on central Iowa, we enjoyed a movie we picked up a few weeks ago and hadn’t gotten around to seeing: The Lake House. The young … Continue reading

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Vision: From the Life of Hildegard von Bingen

This film was at the library yesterday, so the family enjoyed viewing tonight. My wife mentioned that she was always afraid of her. Stern. Powerful. All-knowing. This film seemed to soften that view. This is good, as her birthday is … Continue reading

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Putting the Romance Into Christmas

Perhaps it is a matter of being a middle-aged guy, and have something dawn on me for the first time. Or maybe it’s the relentless barrage of 21st century Christmas movies on cable. But I’m having a hard time thinking … Continue reading

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In The Moon

Nice story from Reuters on Russian plans to colonize lunar lava caves. They would likely provide significant shielding from the sleet of solar radiation that pummels these airless (or nearly airless) bodies. All explorers need do is seal them up … Continue reading

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Mel and the Maccabees

Mel Gibson is a rich, headstrong filmmaker. If he wants to make a movie about a Jewish hero, I don’t think there’s anybody who can stop him, right? Even if they protest loudly and in all the right media outlets. … Continue reading

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Like this reviewer, I had my doubts about this film when I first heard about it. The big box office didn’t help it, either. The young miss got Avatar from Santa in ’09. And that movie, while decent, lacked the … Continue reading

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My wife had an opportunity to visit a friend back in Kansas City, and assist in the care of some pets. She’s been gone the whole week. It sure will be good to have her home again Monday. Meanwhile the … Continue reading

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Hindi Cinema

When I started bringing home Bollywood dvd’s from the public library several weeks ago, the young miss mostly turned her nose up at watching movies with subtitles. We watched Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge last night. “That was the best Indian … Continue reading

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To Not So Boldly Go …

Okay. I broke down and took the family to see Star Trek last week. I was prepared to love it and hate it, and I wasn’t disappointed. First the good. It was nice to see Paramount finally put real effort … Continue reading

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Bella Gaia

This will be way cool when it hits theaters and planetaria. Check out the Bella Gaia site. The sample above features input from various satellites and space probes employing timelapse effects and image enhancements to point out amazing things like … Continue reading

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With the young miss away at camp this week, my wife and I have been viewing some films together that aren’t exactly kiddie fare. She likes mysteries, so we saw the frenetic-paced and gory Angels and Demons Tuesday night. I … Continue reading

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Movie Life

The women of the house opted for an opening-day viewing of the new Harry Potter movie. We had out-of-town friends in the night before, and went to see Up. Two movies in two nights is a bit of a luxury. … Continue reading

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