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Stand Up for Pain in the Oblivion of Pines

I watch so many movies I often get swept up in the effort to write about all of them in an effective and coherent way. Monday to Wednesday and I’m already behind, by Friday I’ll be right back here scrambling. This time I’m micro-reviewing, a handful of celluloid with the films Oblivion, Pain & Gain, Stand Up Guys and The Place Beyond The Pines. Continue reading

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Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Oliver Stone’s films live and breathe in the aether of happenstance and catastrophe, hand-wrung spaghetti noodles on the wall of Americana in Technicolor pasticcio, washed in controversy and teeming causticity. Driven by Stone’s familiar and articulate camera, his branded editing techniques and his signature bravado that makes heroes of all his criminal souls, Born on the 4th is quite easily among his best films. Continue reading

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Rock of Ages (2012)

Rock of Ages is like a bad rock set to pantomime…small town girl living in her small town world meets big stage falling star, broken people in a broken bar, small town boy joins in the dreaming, together they’ve got a shot at being uptown together but first everywhere success turns falling stars around.. I’m writing about this film to excise it from memory, to cauterize the wound, to get it out of my head and maybe in the process prevent others from the harm I experienced. I’m writing this in blood and tears. Continue reading

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Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol (2011)

Ghost Protocol reminds us that action films don’t have to reinvent the wheel in order to entertain us at the movies. The best films meet us somewhere inside of new and familiar, between expectation and surprise. Action films rely on our willingness to let go of the railings of our lives, to seek adventure in the spectacle of the imagined and the possible. Mission Impossible is exciting and thoughtful, well acted and well written with clever scenarios and engaging characters, enlivened by expansive cinematography and special effects that put you in the world of the story. Continue reading

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Minority Report (2002) The Majority Rules

Minority Report extinguishes our distractions, all routines, and it’s an enjoyable ride. Continue reading

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