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03Feb9:27 amEST

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After the first truly rocky week in the market in a good while, I am sure many will appreciate a classic, all-American comedy starring Rodney Dangerfield.  Back to School  (1986) also features many familiar faces, such as Burt Young, Ned Beatty, Sam Kinison, and Robert Downey, Jr.. The plot centers around an uneducated, self-made millionaire...

27Jan6:01 pmEST

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One of Ben Stiller’s better non-comedy performances can be seen portraying a real-life drug addict in  Permanent Midnight (1998), also starring the stunning Maria Bello and Owen Wilson. Critics and audiences alike did not seem too fond of this film, but I believe it is underrated and worth a viewing. via imdb.com Comedy writer Jerry Stahl,...

20Jan10:36 amEST

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A good film to watch on a cold, dark winter night is about an action/adventure/wintry “mountain man,"  Jeremiah Johnson (1972), starring Robert Redford as pretty much a one-man gang.  There is a now-famous internet GIF with Redford in this film, though I suspect many do not know the film from which it is taken. Well, the good news is that the...

13Jan8:26 pmEST

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With the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics approaching early next month, Chariots of Fire (1981) is one of the better movies referencing the Olympics. The theme song played in the clip below is iconic. This is definitely an inspiring film and worth checking out to get you into the mood.  From imdb.com Two British track athletes, one a...

06Jan1:33 pmEST

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When I published my New Year's Eve list of the top ten television series this century (plus some honorable mentions), a follower on Twitter wondered why Showtime's Dexter failed to make the list.  For those who missed the show, Dexter is a Miami-based crime/drama series which ran on the Showtime network from  October 1, 2006, to September...

31Dec3:20 pmEST

New Year's Eve at Market Chess Cinemas

I am often asked to recommend television series readily available on Netflix or Amazon Prime.  With this in mind, on New Year's Eve I thought it would be a good opportunity to publish a list of my top ten television series from this century, thus far.  A few criteria to make this list: 1) A minimum of two seasons to qualify 2) New episodes were...

24Dec2:08 pmEST

Christmas Eve at Market Chess Cinemas

Just a few years after the shopping mall had opened, my father took me to AMC theaters at Newport Centre in Jersey City, New Jersey, right around Christmas of 1990.  The occasion, that time, was to see the re-release of Goodfellas (1990) which had officially been released on September 19th, 1990. Back in those days, though, the holidays...

16Dec8:21 pmEST

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Although there have been some high profile books and films released in recent years about Abraham Lincoln, none of them beat my favorite film about the sixteenth president,  Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940), which is also perhaps favorite film about any president in general. It is an oldie but a goodie, starring Raymond Massey. The story flows...

09Dec11:24 amEST

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Dances with Wolves  (1990) is Kevin Costner's career masterpiece, the epitome of a great western epic. The film is complete with a legendary score and soundtrack, cinematography, and even an interesting back story:  Michael Blake , who had been washing dishes in a Chinese restaurant when an old friend, Kevin Costner , asked him to adapt...

03Dec12:12 pmEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

There is no denying that Vincent Gallo is a different breed of cat. But his talent is equally as undeniable.  Buffalo ’66 (1998) remains Gallo's finest work to date, in which he headlines the cast on top of writing and directing the low-budget independent film. A nearly unrecognizable Christina Ricci also turns in a memorable performance, as...

26Nov12:01 pmEST

Sunday Matinée at Market Chess Cinemas

Last week many news outlets noted the 54th anniversary commemorating JFK's assassination in Dallas, Texas back on November 22nd, 1963. With that in mind, one of my favorite films from the early/mid-1990s, and indeed one of my favorite Clint Eastwood films, is appropriate.  While The Fugitive was a terrific film that came out in 1993, my...

18Nov10:53 amEST

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Mel Gibson’s Apocalypto ( 2006) is an excellent historical action and adventure film. Regardless of your feeling on Gibson, who stays behind the camera as the writer and director here, the no-name cast is phenomenal, as are the detailed historical dramatizations.  In fact, I consider this film to be, easily, one of the most underrated...

04Nov11:52 amEST

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It may be a bit tough to track down these days (in terms of Amazon Prime and Netflix, for example) but it is well worth the effort to catch Denis Leary's television series, Rescue Me . The show falls into the mixed genre of  comedy-drama. It premiered on the FX Network in 2004 and concluded on September 7, 2011, a few days short of the tenth...

28Oct9:27 pmEST

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Say what you want about filmmaker Oliver Stone (he is unquestionably "out there"), but there is no denying he remains one of the most legendary auteurs over the last several decades of cinematic history.  We market players know him as the guy who directed (and co-wrote) the iconic Wall Street (1987). However, his body of work is composed of...

21Oct9:50 amEST

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The Discovery Channel miniseries,  Manhunt: Unabomber (2017), was far more gripping and compelling than I had expected.  Available on Netflix, and starring Paul Bettany, Sam Worthington, and Chris Noth, the series tracks the true story of the FBI profilers' hunt for the Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, over eight episodes.  All in all, this is a...

14Oct8:02 pmEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

As with most aspects of life, the art of timing matters and is often rather significant. And when it comes to cinema and television series, that philosophy holds true to a greater degree. Case in point: When an actor completes a role in a prominent film or series which is rather serious (a thriller/dramatic epic, etc.), it is often suggested...

07Oct9:36 pmEST

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Breathless (1960) is likely the first film which comes to mind for most when we think about French "New Wave" cinema. The film is w ritten and directed by Jean-Luc Godard. The story centers around slick, nomadic  criminal ( Jean-Paul Belmondo ), who models himself after the film persona of Humphrey Bogart, and his American girlfriend ( Jean...

30Sep2:35 pmEST

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Based on the 1925 story of the same name by Agatha Christie,  Witness for the Prosecution  (1957) is well worth a viewing. Directed by the legendary Billy Wilder, this film pulls off the formidable courtroom drama genre (with a splash of noir elements), a concept which seems easy in theory but which is often difficult to turn into a quality...

23Sep3:41 pmEST

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Ed Wood (1994) pulls off the feat of trying to make a very good movie about a real-life terrible film director. This would be one of many famous collaborations between Director Tim Burton and star Johnny Depp. Memorable performances by Depp, the late-Martin Landau, and Sarah Jessica Parker make this black and white comedy-drama worth...

17Sep12:57 amEST

Saturday Night at Market Chess Cinemas

If you are in the mood for a well-acted, dark comedy which practically defines what the word " risqué" means, then   Secretary (2002) is certainly worth a viewing.  James Spader, one of my favorite actors, stars as an overbearing lawyer towards his emotionally vulnerable secretary Maggie Gyllenhaal. The two soon cross over the line from...

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