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18Mar5:41 pmEST

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Not only is  Bowfinger (1999) a vastly underrated comedy, the film was also prophetic in terms of the coming reality television boom and the whole genre of reality TV and general fake reality depicted on the big screen, too, after the turn of the century.  Then again, we should expect as much from Steve Martin,  who wrote the script and stars...

11Mar1:49 pmEST

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Italy's most popular television series, Gomorrah , premiered in 2014 as a gripping crime drama series based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano. Season two is already in the books, but is not yet released on Netflix. More seasons are in the works. Still, the first season is stellar, available both on SundanceTV and Netflix,...

04Mar1:34 pmEST

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Not only did we recently celebrate the thirty-seventh anniversary of the famous "Miracle on Ice," when Team USA hockey defeated the Russians at the height of the Cold War in arguably the greatest upset in sports of all-time, but the NHL playoffs will be here before you know it this spring.  As a result, the great comedy  Slap Shot (1977) is...

25Feb3:22 pmEST

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They don’t make them much better than Clint Eastwood’s boxing masterpiece, Million Dollar Baby (2004)--This one is a top ten all-time film for me.  The underdog boxer (here, a female played by Hilary Swank) being pushed by a tough trainer is nothing new in cinema, as we have seen that storyline over and over again throughout the years....

18Feb2:43 pmEST

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Few films have been as quoted--and especially referenced--as Deliverance (1972). Ironically, many "millennials" likely are not even aware this film exists, as it was released some thirty-five years ago at this point and has seen its ubiquity taper off over the last decade or so. But that is unfortunate, since we live in a nation now with...

11Feb11:33 amEST

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The Last King of Scotland (2006) is a fantastic and intense depiction of real-life and brutal Ugandan dictator, Idi Amin’s regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s. Without question, Forest Whitaker is one of my favorite all-time actors, and this film serves as his seminal work with memorable presence he creates for the...

04Feb10:09 amEST

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Everyone knows the great English film director Alfred Hitchcock for his Psycho (1960) masterpiece. He has plenty of other fabulous pieces of work in his collection as well. My personal favorite is the thrilling and provocative Rope (1948), in which two men murder one of their supposedly intellectually inferior classmates, and then...

28Jan3:14 pmEST

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When we think of epic crime/gangster drama films, Once Upon a Time in America (1984) often seems to fall through the cracks. But that is a mistake in my view, as this film is gripping, poignant, and as impressive as any gangster film in the genre. The film headlines Robert De Niro, James Woods, and Joe Pesci. Directed by the great Sergio...

21Jan7:42 pmEST

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From my vantage point, plenty of people could use a break from nonstop politics and political arguments. Some comic relief, therefore, may be in order.  As a result, I suggest viewing the now-twenty-five year old,  Wayne's World (1992), which should not be dismissed out of hand. We never want to become snobs when it comes to films and...

14Jan10:29 amEST

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With the long, holiday weekend upon us, a double-feature makes sense tonight. Two years ago, I recommended the Netflix original series, "Narcos," after its first season. Upon viewing the second season, I am going to keep recommending the series as an exciting and gripping show.  Specifically, the performance by Wagner Moura as Pablo Escobar...

08Jan10:33 amEST

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I caught the Denzel Washington vehicle, Fences (2016), in a theatre recently. Without question, the film is sure to make a splash during the coming awards season.  Washington directs this character study set in 1950s Pittsburgh amid changing race relations in America. Written by the late-August Wilson, Fences is based on his Pulitzer Prize...

01Jan2:45 pmEST

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With the new year upon us, I am looking forward to the sequel to  Trainspotting (1996), some twenty-plus years later after the original was released. The film stars Ewan McGregor, Ewen Bremner, Jonny Lee Miller. Since its release, Director Danny Boyle has enjoyed a wealth of fame. And it looks like the band is still intact for the sequel,...

24Dec6:27 pmEST

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One of my favorite Bill Murray films is  Scrooged (1988), which also happens to be perfect for a Christmas viewing. Murray is at his best when he has a bit of a harsh edge to his characters in comedy or comedy/drama genre films. And this film gives him a perfect venue to display his talents against the backdrop of a tough-love Christmas...

17Dec6:27 pmEST

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I go to the movie theatre far less than I used to, mostly due to overall lower quality of most feature films released. We know that plenty of the top talent in Tinseltown has migrated to streaming television series, for example. But as I have noted before, Hollywood is a much more watered-down version of what is once was. On a more optimistic...

10Dec7:49 pmEST

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Featuring a strong performance by a young Gary Busey,  The Buddy Holly Story (1978) does a good job portraying the iconic rock legend from his meteoric rise to fame followed by his marriage and tragic death. Buddy Holly was a tremendous talent, and this film, along with La Bamba (1987), are certainly worth a viewing to look at the legendary...

03Dec9:11 pmEST

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Confidence (2003) did not win any big awards, and certainly was not the "type" of film do so. But it sure is a good time, featuring an accomplished cast of Edward Burns, Dustin Hoffman, Paul Giamatti, Andy Garcia, Rachel Weisz, and Brian Van Holt. As the title implies, the film centers around the art of the “confidence (or con) game.” All of...

27Nov1:27 amEST

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The Last Seduction (1994) is a film I still think more people should see. You truly do not want to miss the sexy, tough, and mischievous Linda Fiorentino in her classic performance as a monstrous femme fatale, along with the perfectly-cast Peter Berg and Bill Pullman. via imdb.com: A devious sexpot steals her husband’s drug money and hides...

19Nov2:55 pmEST

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The Big Chill (1983) may seem dated on its surface, but the film strikes a chord as we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season.  A loaded cast (Tom Berenger, Glenn Close, Jeff Goldblum, Kevin Kline, William Hurt)  combined with the great Lawrence Kasdan directing and co-writing this ensemble storyline makes this one a worthwhile...

12Nov5:22 pmEST

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The Downtown Austin Patch had a great piece last week. Below are just a few snippets ( full article here ): What is the difference between Memorial Day and Veterans Day? People often confuse the two remembrances, both reserved to honor military personnel but with some nuances between the two. The Department of Veterans Affairs clarifies the...

04Nov3:22 pmEST

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Plenty of you are aware of the popular animated television series entitled, "King of the Hill," which ran on Fox from 1997-2010 and capitalized on the enormous success of "The Simpsons." However, there is also an excellent film titled  King of the Hill (1993), which I am going to recommend tonight.  Directed by the great Steven Soderbergh,...

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