Category Archives: film

The Kid Who Would Be King

A very good family film. It blends a once and future king and his allies, plus Merlin, a battle against Morgana with a modern day setting starting with a British school among students and moving across the countryside to Cornwall … Continue reading

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The Perfect Stranger

My wife found this film on a streaming platform the other night. I was listening to it from the bedroom for a few minutes. Then I came out to watch the last three-quarters. The cynic in me thought, “Apologetics: The … Continue reading

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Re-Viewing National Treasure

I think my history-loving wife was hit with nostalgia this morning. My breakfast fixing was accompanied by Trevor Rabin’s uplifting and patriot-inspiring score and I immediately knew what was on the tube. This flick was a favorite as the young … Continue reading

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Another Robot Movie

Resting at home from a medical procedure today. Once assured I was feeling fine, if fatigued, and after a mid-afternoon nap, my wife departed. Time for a science fiction movie (that she would probably dislike.) Archive¬†looked like the most interesting … Continue reading

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War And Worlds Apart 1953-2021

My wife and I viewed the 1953 film War of the Worlds. I found it very interesting on a few fronts. At first, I thought the female lead, Sylvia Van Buren, to be superfluous. Kind of a typical 50’s film … Continue reading

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Instant Family

I’m generally not a fan of farce, the indulgence of some filmmakers to throw every possible bad thing at characters and laugh at how much sticks. Sometimes, though, true life breaks out in farce. Often enough I think the experience … Continue reading

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The Music Of Strangers

The 2016 documentary is on a few streaming platforms. It explores the collaborative project begun more than two decades ago by musical superstar Yo Yo Ma. The focus is on his life and the mostly more tragic and troubled lives … Continue reading

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Antarctica: A Year on Ice

Who was it who sang, “Fifty-seven channels and nothing’s on”? This tune is outdated in the era of streaming tv. We have literally tens of thousands of channels today. How to find something interesting and worthwhile? I recently stumbled onto … Continue reading

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The Vast of Night

A “science fiction mystery” is how this film is described on wikipedia. Fair enough. It’s a good piece of filmmaking all around: acting, character development, music, pace, direction. It takes place in rural New Mexico about sixty years ago and … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 10

This image is from the best extended piece of film-making ever–the opening sequence of this movie. The hour-plus that follows is quite excellent, too. Easily my favorite animated flick–The Incredibles is second, but a little too derivative to be a … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 9

I like saint movies. This is the most recent of a few that have affected me. Gandhi. Romero. These might have been better films from an objective standpoint. I am neither a radical pacifist or a courageous bishop. In another … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 8

On facebook, I keep to the challenge: post a pic and say nothing about the movie. Here I can’t resist a bit of blab. A sports movie has to be in my top-ten. I considered Hoosiers, Miracle, and a good … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 7

Heading this movie challenge into this century, the first of four I’ve seen. In my mind, I can’t think of a thing wrong with it. Understated but distinctive musical score. Good actors in the significant roles. A very twisty plot … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 6

A film fanatic friend talked me into seeing this production. If I had to choose a Shakespeare film for my top-ten movie challenge, it would be this one. What to say about a movie that I could follow in Japanese … Continue reading

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Movie Challenge Day 5

  I might struggle to keep up with this series. I posted on fb this morning, but I haven’t added commentary there–at least until my friends ask me about a Russian and an American sitting on a Scottish dock at … Continue reading

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