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2013 Golden Globes — Predictions and Preferences

Once upon a time, the Golden Globe Awards, accolades given out by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, were fun to watch on television because cameramen had a good time focusing … Continue reading

January 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Her — a movie by Spike Jonze

“Her” may be among the most despicable pictures I have seen in a lifetime of going to the movies.       Its director, Spike Jonze, might think he wrote a satire … Continue reading

January 11, 2014 · 1 Comment

Movie Roundup, Part 1 — 12 Years a Slave, American Hustle, Dallas Buyers Club, HG: Catching Fire

 Golden Globe nominations and post-year awards have been announced for 2013 movies. This article will be the first in a series of three Movie Roundups to help readers catch up … Continue reading

January 4, 2014 · Leave a comment

The Book Thief — a movie by Brian Percival

 As much as one can’t help perpetuating the practice, books and movies, even of works bearing the same title and telling the same story, should not be compared.       Books … Continue reading

December 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

Kill Your Darlings — a movie by John Krokidas

 On his first day at college at Columbia in 1944, Allen Ginsberg looks at a subway map showing the way from the university’s lower Harlem setting to Greenwich Village, a … Continue reading

November 20, 2013 · Leave a comment

All is Lost — a movie by J.C. Chandor

 Robert Redford looks poised to accomplish something only three performers before him — Laurence Olivier, Michael Caine, and James Whitmore — have done, receive an Oscar nomination for Best Actor … Continue reading

November 19, 2013 · Leave a comment

Captain Phillips — a movie by Paul Greengrass

Suspense and simmering menace pervade “Captain Phillips,” a movie about a cargo ship that is boarded by Somali pirates who take the title character hostage in the hope of scoring … Continue reading

October 16, 2013 · Leave a comment

Rush — a movie by Ron Howard

   In “Rush,” director Ron Howard avoids many of the pitfalls that limit recent movies. He finds the color and excitement in his subject, car racing. He resists frame after … Continue reading

October 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

Gravity — a movie by Alfonso Cuaron

 Posing a situation or telling a story is never enough.       Even in writing a scientific tract, a history, or a documentary, when presentation of fact is paramount, some style, … Continue reading

October 6, 2013 · Leave a comment

Don Jon — a movie by Joseph Gordon Levitt

  Buff and groomed to the North Jersey max in snug-fitting wifebeaters and T-shirts, Jon is a player who has his life in order and his priorities straight. He’ll rattle … Continue reading

October 4, 2013 · Leave a comment
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