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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

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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

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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

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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

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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...

09Sep7:44 pmEST

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The 14th Annual Academy Awards show (back when they were held in higher esteem than they are now) took place on February 26th, 1942, honoring the best achievements in filmmaking from 1941.  With the passage of time, that particular Oscars show has become as controversial as any, t hough, because a certain film won the Best Picture Academy Award...

03Sep11:48 pmEST

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Let's be honest: Cop shows and all things related to the police and homicide investigations are beyond ubiquitous these days. It has gotten to the point where most of these shows blend together and are, practically by definition now due to the sheer quantity of shows, of average quality and easily forgettable after a viewing.  But in the case...

26Aug6:26 pmEST

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As we know, there is a common tendency among filmmakers, even in some of the very best war films in cinematic history, to try to bite off more than they can chew and cover virtually all aspects of a given war story. But in doing so, it often yields a feeling of the film becoming either an all-you-can-eat-buffet of war stories or rather a...

19Aug10:18 pmEST

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If want to talk about a prophetic film then consider about one which stars a mathematical genius who believes he can boil the stock market down to a basic code found in ancient holy scriptures. The HFT's and robots on Wall Street, no doubt, would be proud of this one.  I was lucky enough to catch Pi (1998) on the big screen back when it was...

12Aug3:22 pmEST

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Back in March, I gave a glowing review for the inaugural season of the Italian crime-drama series, Gomorrah .  The show premiered in 2014 and is based on the book of the same name by Roberto Saviano. It is set in the suburbs of Naples, Italy, focusing on organized crime and the impact of drugs on all people in the rough and tumble city...

06Aug12:06 pmEST

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I was talking with someone recently about underrated films with high profile actors. One of the first films to pop up was  Get Low (2010), which stars Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, and Gerald McRaney  in a dark comedy with plenty of drama. Indeed, the film almost plays like a fable.  Typically, films of this genre have a tendency...

29Jul11:37 amEST

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End of Watch (2012) stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña as two LAPD officers  who work in south central  Los Angeles as partners . Not only is the film entertaining, moving at a steady pace, but it is also refreshing in that it deviates from the path many films take. Specifically, while plenty of films focus on police corruption--including...

23Jul9:21 amEST

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Wyatt Earp (1994) and Tombstone (1993) were films released six months apart, each prominently featuring Old American West icon Wyatt Earp. Although Tombstone was largely seen as the superior film, and Wyatt Earp  argued as a flop by many, I take the contrarian point of view here. I believe  Wyatt Earp to be an excellent film with a...

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