The Young Girls of Rochefort

If melodrama were that one kid in high school desperate for someone even more universally loathed than himself to walk through the door, the answer to his prayers would be the musical. Everybody hates musicals, right? I mean, they (mostly) don’t even make them anymore. If you can get past that reflex though, there’s a […]

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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty

According to the Wiki entry, The Secret Life of Walter Mitty “was a moderate box office success.” I’m shocked. I would have bet dollars to donuts it bombed. I mean, who was the intended audience for this? Not Thurber fans. Other than the title, the name of the lead character, and his penchant for daydreaming, […]

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Blade Runner

BLUF: The plot devices are about as substantial as Gaff’s origami, but it’s an admirable, worthwhile effort, and if you just go with it,  you’ll have a good time, especially if you’re a fan of the original. Blade Runner 2046 answers the question, “I wonder what happened to Deckard and Rachel after they ran?” It’s […]

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A Ghost Story

What it’s about (from IMDB): “In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.” BLUF: Quiet and contemplative, A Ghost Story is the kind of movie that wouldn’t exist if it weren’t for […]

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The Way We Were

Call it a guilty pleasure, but sometimes I just want to drink a glass of wine (or two, or three) and watch something schmaltzy. A few nights ago it was 1973’s The Way We Were, directed by Sydney Pollack and starring Robert Redford and Barabara Streisand. The film, which ranks #6 on AFI’s list of 100 […]

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Whatever Happened to Baby Trog?

Note: This entry was written for the 2017 Movie Scientist Blogathon. Trog, made in 1970 on a budget of roughly $25 and using a leftover ape costume from 2001, tells the story of a Troglodyte discovered living in a minimally obscured cave in the contemporary English countryside by three spelunkers. Understandably upset by this home […]

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Okay, so, even if I was a serious critic who wrote objective reviews instead of a hobbyist hack, there’s no way I could write an objective review about this one. I guilted my kids into watching it tonight, and it was pretty epic. What guy my age (50) doesn’t want to introduce this to his […]

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