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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The Gumball Rally

Three reasons: 1. The cars. With all due respect to The Dead Milkmen, now that’s a bitchin’ Camaro. And a bitchin’ Shelby Cobra, and a bitchin’ Ferrari Daytona, and a bitchin’. . . 2. The cultural impact. Per the Wiki entry, “There are annual Gumball Rallies in Michigan, Florida, and California,” and “in 2010, a […]

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High

I missed seeing Fast Times at Ridgemont High in the theater. I was fifteen at the time, and although I have seen bits and pieces over the years, until tonight I had never seen the film in its entirety.  As part of TCM/Fathom Events classic film series, I finally got to see it on the […]

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