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24Jun11:16 amEST

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I must admit that I was not expecting much as I was walking into the theater to see director David Fincher's investigative thriller, Zodiac (2007). Then again, at the time, in 2007, I was dating a young lady with a keen interest in true crime novels, and the other choices of films to see were fairly unappealing.  Despite my initial...

17Jun4:09 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. I often wonder if he would have liked it as much as I think he would have. I suppose I will always associate...

11Jun10:40 amEST

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It is probably a contrarian point of view, but I have always thought there was something off about Quentin Tarantino’s films. Granted, he has made some entertaining ones. But they are not quite on the level of genius or even excellent films that many would have you believe. As an alternative to some of Tarantino’s campy films, consider Out of...

03Jun1:27 pmEST

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The Place Beyond the Pines   (2012)  is a risk-taking crime drama  which dares to disappoint the audience in terms of defying conventional Hollywood plot elements and character development. Without giving too much away, director and co-writer Derek Cianfrance should be applauded for his efforts and ambition in this film, even if he errs on...

28May12:26 pmEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

On this Memorial Day Weekend, we honor those who died in war while serving in the U.S. military. The holiday traces back to the Civil War, in 1864, when it was called Decoration Day. It did not become an official federal holiday until 1971.  With this in mind, it is appropriate to recommend two intertwined miniseries, both of which were...

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...

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