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17Oct5:44 pmEST

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I cannot, in good faith, recommend that you watch Showtime's television series, "Dexter," which ran from 2006 through a downright awful final season into 2013. In fact, the final season was so bad that Showtime recently announced a revival of sorts, with a ten-episode limited return, to essentially try and wipe the bitter taste of one of the...

08Aug7:51 pmEST

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The post-Civil War period in American history, pretty much taking us through the end of the 19th century, tends to be one of the more overlooked portions in the story of our republic. However, over the last five years or so I have becoming increasingly interested in it, namely due to the all-time great television series, "Hell on Wheels." In...

25Jul5:37 pmEST

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Currently available on Netflix, "The Last Dance" documentary about NBA's Chicago Bulls dynasty in the 1990s is well worth a viewing. Even if you are not a sports/NBA/basketball fan, the story of Michael Jordan and his rise to legendary status not just in basketball but in all of professional sports (and, indeed, in all things business and of a...

20Jun7:02 pmEST

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Following in tradition for this website on Father's Day Weekend, the great father/son tale told in Road to Perdition (2002) is worth a viewing (or a repeat viewing). My own father died in 2002, not long before this film was released. He took great care of himself, especially as he reached middle age, but an aggressive form of brain cancer...

06Jun10:32 amEST

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I recently re-watched Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto (2006). Gibson is behind the camera on this one, as writer and director of an excellent, underrated historical action and adventure film with a no-name but phenomenal cast. The film is currently available for streaming on Amazon Prime. It is well worth your time for an exciting, intense, and...

24May7:15 pmEST

Memorial Day Weekend at Market Chess Cinemas

First and foremost, I have high expectations for HISTORY channel's three-night miniseries event, “Grant,” which will premiere over three consecutive nights beginning on Monday, May 25th at 9PM ET/PT--See the preview, below. The television event will chronicle the life of one of the most complex and underappreciated generals and presidents in...

09May6:18 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

Happy Mother's Day weekend. In light of the special day tomorrow, here is a relevant and worthwhile film.  As you might imagine, I am leaning towards the classic cinema of Hollywood yesteryear, with a heavy dose of film noir to keep things interesting.  Mildred Pierce (1945) fits the bill, with Joan Crawford winning the Oscar for Best...

11Apr8:19 pmEST

Market Chess Cinemas: Quarantine Edition

I raved on Twitter about "Mankind: The Story of All of Us," a 2012 miniseries with twelve episodes. So, I might as well make it official and give this production its due. Available on Amazon Prime, the miniseries originally appeared on History channel. Josh Brolin's narration captures the spellbinding nature of tracing human's history form the...

04Apr8:46 pmEST

Market Chess Cinemas: Quarantine Edition

With the overwhelming majority of us holed up in quarantine it can become mentally and emotionally draining, particularly as we navigate a volatile market attempting to price in a set of circumstances which we have not seen to this degree in at least one hundred years.  During these times, amid horrifying headlines of more deaths across the...

25Jan4:25 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

The best film I saw last year was Richard Jewell (2019), Clint Eastwood's gripping, true-life story, based on the 1997 Vanity Fair article "American Nightmare: The Ballad of Richard Jewell" by Marie Brenner.  Terrific, and I mean terrific, performances by Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Jon Hamm, and Olivia Wilde magnify just...

28Nov5:04 pmEST

Thanksgiving Night at Market Chess Cinemas

It has been a while since we have discussed recommended films and television series. Frankly, I am a tough critic when it comes to what I enjoy watching. Mind you, I am open to various genres and do not thumb my nose at comedy or any kind of fantasy. But it must be entertaining and not rely on tired formulas or regurgitated comic book...

08Sep12:39 pmEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

Currently available on Amazon Prime here , Operation Finale (2018) is a very fine film which is certainly worthy of a viewing, regardless of your knowledge of the real-life events the film portrays. The acting is strong across the board, with well-known actors like Ben Kingsley still in top form, while lesser-known actors like Oscar Isaac...

04Aug9:30 amEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

Currently out in theaters, Quentin Tarantino's two-hour and forty-five minute look at real-life stars from 1969 Hollywood in Once Upon a Time In Hollywood (2019) makes for an interesting viewing.  Tarantino films largely risk coming off as too campy and contrived, but are also oftentimes entertaining--Clearly, some more than others. And the...

20Jul5:53 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

Currently available on Netflix, Platoon (1986) may not be a particularly upbeat film.  However, there is no denying it is Oliver Stone's masterpiece, with the award winning filmmaker flexing his true auteurship as the writer and director here, while a top shelf cast of Charlie Sheen, the menacing Tom Berenger (pictured above), and William...

16Jun8:42 amEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

Following in tradition for this website on Father's Day Weekend, the great father/son tale told in Road to Perdition (2002) is worth a viewing (or a repeat viewing). My own father died in 2002, not long before this film was released. I often wonder if he would have liked it as much as I think he would have. I suppose I will always associate...

01Jun10:53 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

Currently available for full viewing on Amazon Prime, the overlooked but top shelf American crime/drama series that aired on CBS  from 1987 to 1990, Wiseguy , is well worth your time.  The show stars Ken Wahl as an undercover operative for the FBI under the supervision of senior agent, played by a young(er) Jonathan Banks.  Although the...

27May2:34 pmEST

Memorial Day at Market Chess Cinemas

On this Memorial Day, I am going to re-recommend an overlooked mini-series. Whereas Band of Brothers (2001) deservedly received much attention and praise for its ten-part portrayal on HBO of the real-life "Easy Company" paratroopers on the western front in World War II, The Pacific (2010) is decidedly underrated. The Pacific was HBO's...

19May11:44 amEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

Directed by the great John Ford (based on the 1954 novel by Alan Le May of the same name), set during the Texas–Indian wars, and starring John Wayne as a middle-aged Civil War veteran who spends years looking for his abducted niece (Natalie Wood), The Searchers (1956) is a classic John Wayne picture. This is a slice of Americana if there ever...

12May12:44 pmEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

Starring Nicolas Cage and Cher, Moonstruck (1987) is available on Amazon Prime and is well worth a viewing with mom on this Mother's Day. The film is well over thirty years old at this point, but still stands the test of time with its timely humor and emotional depth.  via Amazon Prime: In her Academy Award winning role, Cher, while waiting...

04May9:12 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

Depicting the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem, Mel Gibson's  The Passion of the Christ (2004) is currently available on Amazon Prime and is worth a viewing. Note that this applies to everyone, regardless of your religious beliefs and views on religion in general--You can tell that...

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