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Touching film full of life lessons, with more than its share of unforced humor, "The Blind Side" was easily one of the best films of 2009.
Touching film full of life lessons, with more than its share of unforced humor, "The Blind Side" was easily one of the best films of 2009.
 
A review of Music, Movie, Life or Politics, You be the judge. Back in 1963 when I was a hopeless romantic, I saw a movie that told me all I needed to know about life.

Charade

 
A review of Music, Movie, Life or Politics, You be the judge. Back in 1963 when I was a hopeless romantic, I saw a movie that told me all I needed to know about life.
 
Both boys are the "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas." Their individual stories that led them to that conclusion represent the intertwined paths of these two fated peoples: the Germans and the Jews.
Both boys are the "The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas." Their individual stories that led them to that conclusion represent the intertwined paths of these two fated peoples: the Germans and the Jews.
 
With the 'faith of a mustard seed', one may lose all vestiges of xenophobia.
With the 'faith of a mustard seed', one may lose all vestiges of xenophobia.
 
Divergent, in the similar formula of Hunger Games, proposes a future world forever changed by a cataclysmic event, against the simmering backdrop of teen angst, and maturing relationships of the opposite sex.
Divergent, in the similar formula of Hunger Games, proposes a future world forever changed by a cataclysmic event, against the simmering backdrop of teen angst, and maturing relationships of the opposite sex.
 
"Boyhood" is Richard Linklater baby: his nuanced theme, his created tale, his directed story of family, acquaintances and friends that grow into a life from one child's boyhood.

Boyhood

 
"Boyhood" is Richard Linklater baby: his nuanced theme, his created tale, his directed story of family, acquaintances and friends that grow into a life from one child's boyhood.
 
The unsanctified blood and gore, and the unmitigated violence to inflict such, in copious proportions with extreme prejudice, upon one's enemy was the unrelenting theme of this most effective film.

Fury

 
The unsanctified blood and gore, and the unmitigated violence to inflict such, in copious proportions with extreme prejudice, upon one's enemy was the unrelenting theme of this most effective film.
 
The film, "Gravity", makes two broad statements: Outer Space affords one magnificent visual beauty, and there is no place more dangerous in sustaining one's life force.

Gravity

 
The film, "Gravity", makes two broad statements: Outer Space affords one magnificent visual beauty, and there is no place more dangerous in sustaining one's life force.
 
I know where I was when Osama was killed by Seal Team 6. It was Sunday night in North Carolina, and I was no closer to that cathartic event than was Barack Obama.
I know where I was when Osama was killed by Seal Team 6. It was Sunday night in North Carolina, and I was no closer to that cathartic event than was Barack Obama.
 
Marcus Luttrell wrote this titular story of his one life experience that would forever define who he was, who he is, and who he will remain.
Marcus Luttrell wrote this titular story of his one life experience that would forever define who he was, who he is, and who he will remain.
 
Mary Surratt may have been a loving mother, but it would eventually kill her. Regardless, President Lincoln was murdered and retribution must be exacted, irrespective of the accused's culpability.
Mary Surratt may have been a loving mother, but it would eventually kill her. Regardless, President Lincoln was murdered and retribution must be exacted, irrespective of the accused's culpability.
 
Jean Shepherd's humorist view a of one family's Christmas skewed toward the bizarre in a very cold northern Indiana - very industrial, very middleclass, and of course, very funny.
Jean Shepherd's humorist view a of one family's Christmas skewed toward the bizarre in a very cold northern Indiana - very industrial, very middleclass, and of course, very funny.
 
Polish immigrant Leonard Chess wanted a better life, and he built it on the talented backs of some pretty good musicians, like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howl'n Wolfe, Willie Dixon and Chuck Berry.
Polish immigrant Leonard Chess wanted a better life, and he built it on the talented backs of some pretty good musicians, like Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howl'n Wolfe, Willie Dixon and Chuck Berry.
 
The redemptive process, from seeing clearly the good and the bad of terrible times, defines and hones the best of humanity, and thus has preserved our species for millennia, and may sustain us for many more.
The redemptive process, from seeing clearly the good and the bad of terrible times, defines and hones the best of humanity, and thus has preserved our species for millennia, and may sustain us for many more.
 
Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present.
Wes Anderson's films are an eclectic hodgepodge of reserved goodness; some sweeter than others, but all resilient as tested by time, and a perfect evening in the present.
 
A Fairy Tale for the Five Burroughs of New York ... And for the rest of us a tall tale, with a rewarding story of complete unconditional love.
A Fairy Tale for the Five Burroughs of New York ... And for the rest of us a tall tale, with a rewarding story of complete unconditional love.
 
The Folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York City, was a transformative time in American music. It does not particularly mean that all of the music was good, or especially unique, it just was a new wave of sound which should be understood from a historical context.
The Folk scene in Greenwich Village, New York City, was a transformative time in American music. It does not particularly mean that all of the music was good, or especially unique, it just was a new wave of sound which should be understood from a historical context.
 
While RED 2 may be your common, garden variety sequel, it is mostly just the blackest of comedies built upon the intractable foundation of a perfect farce, where interpersonal relationships really do matter.

RED 2

 
While RED 2 may be your common, garden variety sequel, it is mostly just the blackest of comedies built upon the intractable foundation of a perfect farce, where interpersonal relationships really do matter.
 
Future Earth after an alien invasion, and eventually Tom Cruise's character is left to pick up a good many of the broken pieces. Sounds solid enough for a decent film.
Future Earth after an alien invasion, and eventually Tom Cruise's character is left to pick up a good many of the broken pieces. Sounds solid enough for a decent film.
 
"The one with the tiger. That's the better story," said the writer, who had invaded Pi Patel's space and stolen his time to recount his beautiful life story to the rest of us.
"The one with the tiger. That's the better story," said the writer, who had invaded Pi Patel's space and stolen his time to recount his beautiful life story to the rest of us.
 
They say love can make you a little crazy. And the movie begins by showing how 2 people are living proof of that.
They say love can make you a little crazy. And the movie begins by showing how 2 people are living proof of that.
 
Long before there was a "Nowhere Man," from The Beatles classic album of songs "Rubber Soul," there was a "Nowhere Boy."
Long before there was a "Nowhere Man," from The Beatles classic album of songs "Rubber Soul," there was a "Nowhere Boy."
 
But then again, growing up, I loved every episode of the Three Stooges. Yes, the Howard brothers, plus Larry Fine helped make growing up in the 1950's/60's a fairly good time.
But then again, growing up, I loved every episode of the Three Stooges. Yes, the Howard brothers, plus Larry Fine helped make growing up in the 1950's/60's a fairly good time.
 
"Slumdog Millionaire," is a more complex story, yet like "Rocky," it is an Hindi yarn of a young Indian boy struggling to survive, while endeavoring to salvage what grace he can scavenge, like so many crumbs from the meager table of the proletariat.
"Slumdog Millionaire," is a more complex story, yet like "Rocky," it is an Hindi yarn of a young Indian boy struggling to survive, while endeavoring to salvage what grace he can scavenge, like so many crumbs from the meager table of the proletariat.
 
The film "Revolutionary Road" dealt with some of the same issues as "Rachel Getting Married," but there were two huge differences.
The film "Revolutionary Road" dealt with some of the same issues as "Rachel Getting Married," but there were two huge differences.
 
In understanding the symbolic qualities deep within the historical context of this film, one can make the argument that Director Stephen Daldry's adaptation of David Hare's screenplay of the widely read Bernhard Schlink book, is an important film.
In understanding the symbolic qualities deep within the historical context of this film, one can make the argument that Director Stephen Daldry's adaptation of David Hare's screenplay of the widely read Bernhard Schlink book, is an important film.
 
Miss Dodger, the drama teacher supervising the elementary school players doing "Alice in Wonderland," described her Alice, Phoebe Lichton, as "a very special child."
Miss Dodger, the drama teacher supervising the elementary school players doing "Alice in Wonderland," described her Alice, Phoebe Lichton, as "a very special child."
 
Or possibly, you may question your sanity as to why you just spent 115 minutes of your precious time to wade through some fairly disturbing images, just to catch up on what passes for a preadolescent monster posing as an innocent, precociously wise and complex character study of a "girl gone wild."
Or possibly, you may question your sanity as to why you just spent 115 minutes of your precious time to wade through some fairly disturbing images, just to catch up on what passes for a preadolescent monster posing as an innocent, precociously wise and complex character study of a "girl gone wild."
 
The Batman series in celluloid has had more than its share of ups and downs, with four of the films; "Batman," "Bateman Returns," "Batman Begins," and "The Dark Knight" reasonably fine entertainment, and worthy of some notoriety amongst aficionados of the "caped crusader."
The Batman series in celluloid has had more than its share of ups and downs, with four of the films; "Batman," "Bateman Returns," "Batman Begins," and "The Dark Knight" reasonably fine entertainment, and worthy of some notoriety amongst aficionados of the "caped crusader."
 
Director Darren Aronofsky's near remake of "The Champ" is an important film in the measure that it examines the life of the lost and the forgotten, after enjoying a small piece of the "American dream."
Director Darren Aronofsky's near remake of "The Champ" is an important film in the measure that it examines the life of the lost and the forgotten, after enjoying a small piece of the "American dream."
 
During "Yes Man," I recalled five occasions, or was it six, that registered fully on the "laughometer." A point of reference in what constitutes making the upper range of this device is: laughing to the point of tears gushing from my eyes and then my nose will register a two on that meter.

Yes Man

 
During "Yes Man," I recalled five occasions, or was it six, that registered fully on the "laughometer." A point of reference in what constitutes making the upper range of this device is: laughing to the point of tears gushing from my eyes and then my nose will register a two on that meter.
 
"Burn After Reading," the latest edition in Ethan and Joel Coen's offbeat and often distinctive films: some comedies, some dramas, some from another world of intellect, was exactly what I expected - overwhelmingly eclectic.
"Burn After Reading," the latest edition in Ethan and Joel Coen's offbeat and often distinctive films: some comedies, some dramas, some from another world of intellect, was exactly what I expected - overwhelmingly eclectic.
 
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" was surprisingly funny. Laughing out loud at neurotic Europeans and American Tourists is rather more humorous than considering the humor wrapped in the neurosis of Manhattan natives, which has been the staple of previous Woody Allen Movies.
"Vicky Cristina Barcelona" was surprisingly funny. Laughing out loud at neurotic Europeans and American Tourists is rather more humorous than considering the humor wrapped in the neurosis of Manhattan natives, which has been the staple of previous Woody Allen Movies.
 
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" gives us a slow, drawn look at his last days as a paranoid sociopath and the aftermath that rewarded his place in history as a folk hero.
"The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford" gives us a slow, drawn look at his last days as a paranoid sociopath and the aftermath that rewarded his place in history as a folk hero.
 
It is just that he was so drastically different - odd in most people's estimation - that one, I believe, would need to have lived just a piece of his unique existence to understand his genius.
It is just that he was so drastically different - odd in most people's estimation - that one, I believe, would need to have lived just a piece of his unique existence to understand his genius.
 
Middle-aged widower Walter Vale finds richness to his life by discovering that he matters, that others matter. Walter is a miserable man who admits, "I pretend at life. I pretend to work, but, in fact I haven't done any real work for some time."
Middle-aged widower Walter Vale finds richness to his life by discovering that he matters, that others matter. Walter is a miserable man who admits, "I pretend at life. I pretend to work, but, in fact I haven't done any real work for some time."
 
Thank-you Ed Harris for bringing to the "silver screen," and my 40" Liquid Crystal Display, a subtle and beautifully filmed story of the old southwest that keeps the "Western" motif alive for future generations.
Thank-you Ed Harris for bringing to the "silver screen," and my 40" Liquid Crystal Display, a subtle and beautifully filmed story of the old southwest that keeps the "Western" motif alive for future generations.
 
Admittedly, I knew nothing of the much loved series of graphic novels, "Watchmen." Whenever a film is done from a fictional depiction of humanity, or a science fictional depiction of a supposed humanity, many humans complain that the book was much better.
Admittedly, I knew nothing of the much loved series of graphic novels, "Watchmen." Whenever a film is done from a fictional depiction of humanity, or a science fictional depiction of a supposed humanity, many humans complain that the book was much better.
 
The film "Knowing" uses the science fiction genre to introduce either theme that are plausible, in these days as our civilization struggles to rediscover its collective soul.

Knowing

 
The film "Knowing" uses the science fiction genre to introduce either theme that are plausible, in these days as our civilization struggles to rediscover its collective soul.
 
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
A dramatic retelling of the post-Watergate television interviews between British talk-show host David Frost and former president Richard Nixon.
 
Director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" into the fantastic film "Hugo" was a brilliant stroke of passion for the edgy director of quite a few gritty, pathologically viotent films, such as: "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas."

Hugo

 
Director Martin Scorsese's adaptation of Brian Selznick's "The Invention of Hugo Cabret" into the fantastic film "Hugo" was a brilliant stroke of passion for the edgy director of quite a few gritty, pathologically viotent films, such as: "Mean Streets," "Taxi Driver," "Raging Bull" and "Goodfellas."
 
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