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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