Category Archives: Movies

Her

My wife was reluctant to see Her because she thought it might simply be a quirky story that had garnered favor with the Hollywood in-crowd. I convinced her to go only after Spike Jonze won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. … Continue reading

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Gravity

It’s hard for a major Hollywood film with big stars and flashy trailers not to over-telegraph the story and under-perform the hype. Gravity does not fit that mold. In fact, it does not fit any mold. It is breathtakingly original … Continue reading

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The Way, Way Back

Time’s so tight these days (putting my boys through college and working on Respect Network) that I only have time to blog about the really special movies. The Way, Way Back is one of them. My wife and I saw it last … Continue reading

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Silver Linings Playbook

When you have a cast bringing together Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Robert De Niro, and Jacki Weaver, you can’t help but start out skeptical that they can reach the full potential of what all that enormous talent is capable of … Continue reading

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Love, Crazy, Stupid, Love.

I hate it when life gets so busy there’s not time for blog posts. They start to stack up mentally in a queue like unread books. Since the holidays are still too far away to look to them for spare … Continue reading

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A Love Letter to J.K. Rowling

For me, it all ended — magnificently — in the cozy confines of the Empire Theatre on Block Island, RI. Having raised our two boys reading Harry Potter books out loud, and seeing several of the movies on various July … Continue reading

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Super Super 8

J.J. Abrams brings the same Red Bull energy and Maserati plot to Super 8 as he did to 2009’s Star Trek (the movie that compelled me to start adding film notes to my blog). But it feels much more intense … Continue reading

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When Josh Spector posted a link to this commercial…

…it was before the triple disaster hit Japan. Now visit his blog and watch this commercial and see how powerful it is now. Thanks Josh. And thanks to Ernesto Diaz for tweeting about it.

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Walter Murch on Why 3D Won't Last

Roger Ebert’s journal has an outstanding letter from film editor Walter Murch that makes a rock-hard case as to why 3D is a film fad that will fade (let alone catch on on TVs). As much as I loved Avatar, … Continue reading

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127 Hours

Don’t be put off by the appalling truth of the story! Danny Boyle is a genius, James Franco is terrific, and Aaron Ralston is more of a true hero than you could ever imagine. You will be so glad you … Continue reading

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The Social Network

The book was frankly a “tech soap opera” as one industry friend put it, so when I saw that the Tomatometer for The Social Network was 97%, my jaw was on the floor. After I saw the movie the first … Continue reading

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Inception

About half-way through this movie, I found myself wondering how Christopher Nolan every got it made. No Hollywood exec would ever believe a movie with a plot this complex and layered could find a wide audience. Wrong. It is to … Continue reading

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Avatar – Ahhhhhhhh

This may be the only blog post I ever write with no link in it. But, reading today that Avatar has finally knocked off Titanic as the #1 grossing movie of all time, one hardly needs to provide a link … Continue reading

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Star Trek: See It

One advantage of having a 13-year old son is that you have an excuse to go see a summer blockbuster movie on the very first night it comes out. I never did that as a kid, which is one reason … Continue reading

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