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Europa Report

Aug 7, 2013 by

You should really just go see this movie right now.  I’m always complaining about how no one can make good sci-fi movies anymore, and then someone comes along and does something amazing like this.  I’m sure there are technical inaccuracies about this film, but I still think you’d be hard-pressed to find a more realistic space travel film.  I don’t want to give too...

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Upstream Color
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Upstream Color

Aug 7, 2013 by

First and foremost, you should go listen to Shane Carruth on KCRW’s The Treatment podcast, because that discussion is way better than anything you’re going to read here. With that out of the way, I’ll start by saying that I loved this film.  I do tend to love moody films, even when they sacrifice things like narrative and character accessibility,  so that’s no big surprise.  ...

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The “Before” Trilogy
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There is something about these movies that gets me right in the feels, every time. My theory has always been that it is because I saw Before Sunrise at just the right time in my life. I was about the same age as Jesse and Celine and related oh so much and pined for that romantic, spontaneous love affair that felt so real and...

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In Harm’s Way
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In Harm’s Way

Jun 11, 2013 by

I’ve been on a classic war movie kick of late…they’re just one of my guilty pleasures.  Even when they’re flag waving, chest thumping odes to a nationalistic fantasy, they still strike a chord installed in my childhood.  Hell is for Heroes, Year of the Dragon, Across the Pacific, Force 10 from Navarone, The Good Sheppard, The Desert Rats, Twelve O’Clock High.  I think I...

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Hunger
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Hunger

Jun 11, 2013 by

I can’t say for sure why I’ve waited so long to see Hunger, or any movie by Steve McQueen for that matter.  I suspect that I was afraid (rightfully) that it was the kind of emotionally evocative movie that pushes you right up to all those uncomfortable places relentlessly.  Hunger was that, for sure, but I should say that it wasn’t an exercise in...

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David’s Top-Ten War Films
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In no particular order: The Thin Red Line –  Slow, pondering, beautiful. Stealing this one from Spencer, cause he’s a sucker. Kelly’s Heroes – Classic war adventure, one of Clint Eastwood’s best from the old days. And another steal from Spence’s list. Actually, we’re probably stealing these from our fathers, who both loved old World War II movies. Waltz With Bashir – Stylish and a...

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Star Trek – Into Darkness
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With the release of “Star Trek – Into Darkness”, I think it’s very safe to say that J.J. Abrams has very successfully rebooted the franchise.  I have been a fan since I was a kid with the original Star Trek series, and I was very ready to let the Star Trek universe die.  I mean, let’s be honest…if we’re being VERY honest, five of...

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The Shining and Room 237
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With the recent release of the very fun documentary “Room 237”, I decided to go back and check out Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” again.  It had been at least a decade since I saw it, and I wanted to see how it holds up as I age. The Shining still holds up as a masterpiece in my mind, and is still one of my...

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Ronin
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Ronin

Mar 22, 2013 by

Why do I love this movie so much?  I mean, I own a very few films, and this is one, if only because I watch it on a regular basis.  So what about this particular film makes it so great in my mind? Well, I think at the base of it, Ronin is a really great thriller, and it doesn’t try to be anything...

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Spencer’s Top-Ten War Films
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War!  Huh.  What’s it good for? Great movies, that’s what.   The Thin Red Line Full Metal Jacket Apocalypse Now Kelley’s Heroes Three Kings Stalag 17 The Guns of Navarone Das Boot The Burmese Harp/Fires on the Plain Empire of the Sun    ...

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Spencer’s Top-10 Sci-Fi Movies
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I think we all love top-ten lists, but there’s an inherent stress in making them.  What do I leave out?  Did I make the right choice?  We swap one movie out for another, negotiate with ourselves over and over again until we can’t take it anymore, and then we call it done. In the end, I think these lists just help us take impossibly...

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Zero Dark Thirty
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Zero Dark Thirty

Mar 20, 2013 by

Google Zero Dark Thirty and then look at the images.  Go ahead…I’ll wait… What do you see? SEALs stacked along a dirty compound wall,  suppressed weapons at the ready, panoramic night vision goggles, digital camouflage…the future soldier here, now. Jessica Chastain’s striking profile reflected in the glass of the framed American flag, her tired blue eyes staring down at the ground.  Or petulantly standing, arms...

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