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20May11:59 amEST

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I was fortunate enough to be living (studying and working) in Florence, Italy, during the spring of 2001 when Hannibal (2001) was released. I saw the film in a theatre there with plenty of expats. But being in Florence, where the film is set for much of the story, certainly added some flavor to the experience. Looking back, that time period...

13May9:43 amEST

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Manchester by the Sea ( 2016) contains a simple enough storyline without too much flash. But that's just it--This film is bold enough, albeit in the form of quiet confidence, to rely on quality acting and it weaves together a story served up with various flashbacks.  First and foremost, the film was distributed by   Amazon Studios and is...

06May11:37 amEST

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In light of the run-off in the French presidential election this weekend dominating the headlines, if you are looking to step back from the politics of the moment and watch a great film, this French-language production is exciting and gripping, but more importantly well done.  A Prophet (2009), or “Un prophète” (original title), is a terrific...

29Apr8:06 pmEST

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Tonight is a bit a curveball, but it is well worth the effort. The first season of the long-running television series,  NYPD Blue, ranks among the best drama I have ever seen. After the first stellar season, an unfortunate contract dispute saw star David Caruso (now of CSI: Miami fame) leaving. At that point, there was a noticeable drop-off...

22Apr5:01 pmEST

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Long-time readers will recall (no pun intended) that I have previously alluded to the film  Memento   (2000) in my substantive blog posts about the market as a way to magnify the manner in which stocks would seem to move day-to-day with seemingly no memory.  In light of that, let us examine the film itself tonight, which is certainly...

15Apr11:49 pmEST

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Ben-Hur (1959), starring Charlton Heston, was recently remade in 2016. While the remake is serviceable, nothing can quite capture the drama of the exhilarating and famous chariot race sequence captured in the original film.  This is also a great Easter film to watch with the family this weekend.  via imdb.com: When a Jewish prince is betrayed...

08Apr9:21 pmEST

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Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993) is certainly one of those films which seems to have stood the test of time, as poignant now as it was in the early-1990s, chronicling all of the unintended issues encountered when a father learns that his prepubescent son is a chess prodigy. Having played tournament chess myself and been a nationally-ranked...

01Apr4:52 pmEST

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If Pulp Fiction (1994) marked John Travolta’s resurgence as a major Hollywood actor after falling into oblivion in the wake of Saturday Night Fever (1977), then his performance in Get Shorty (1995) the following year left no doubt that his swagger had returned. This is easily one of the most memorable, fun, ensemble casts in recent...

25Mar3:17 pmEST

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Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) was on Turner Classic Movies earlier today. Watching the film again reminded me that it will probably be lost in the shuffle as one of Marlon Brando's more overlooked performances.  But that is a shame, since it is not only a quality work in its own right but also details a fascinating real-life historical series...

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...

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