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The Jungle Book (2016)

One of the best films of 2016 is Jon Favreau’s remake of Disney’s Jungle Book cartoon. The CGI is astonishing; not since Babe and Avatar will you be able to suspend disbelief, totally embracing the computer-generated jungle. I feared that … Continue reading

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The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything ****. What a wonderful movie! Don’t get put off by the physics, which is handled at a very high level (you may want to Google “relativity vs. quantum physics”, “black holes”, or “Hawking Radiation”, before you … Continue reading

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Boyhood

“Boyhood” **** Around the age 50 or we look back and realize life did not quite turn out the way we expected. At 8, it was just a big playground filled with friends, bullies, teachers, parents, siblings, pets, and endless … Continue reading

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Model Shop and Don Draper’s Dilemma

Early in Episode 3, Season 7 of Mad Men, Don Draper sits in a nearly deserted Manhattan cinema smoking and watching Model Shop (perhaps it’s the Loew’s Orpheum, 86th Street, near 3rd Avenue,  where it played when it opened in … Continue reading

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The Great Gatsby (2013)

  Hello Old Sport, I saw Baz Luhrmann new version of The Great Gatsby last night (finally). It was both exhilarating and disappointing, apparently due to Luhrmann’s desire to infuse the film with his sense of “hyper-realism”, (overly saturated colors, frenetically … Continue reading

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Do the “American Hustle”

Nifty film captures the feel of America in the mid to late ’70’s. A fictional story set in the midst of a notorious government investigation known as Abscam, the movie raises the same questions we are asking about our government … Continue reading

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Saving Mr. Banks: A worthwhile investment.

While a bit overly long, the dramatization of how Walt Disney secured the rights to P.L. Traver’s Mary Poppins in order to fulfill a 20-year promise to his daughter that he would bring the characters to the big screen, succeeds … Continue reading

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“Man of Steel” is not Superman

Two weeks ago I fittingly streamed “Man of Steel” to Mr. HDTV.  Watching it was three hours of my life that I’ll never get back.  Note to Mr. Director, Zack Snyder. First of all, enough of this shaky, hand-held camera … Continue reading

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Smoke Gets in Your Eyes

Last night I watched the classic 1935 film musical Roberta, which is set in Paris.  The romantic leads are played by Irene Dunn and Randolph Scott.  The secondary romantic  couple is played by Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers.  Ginger Rogers … Continue reading

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Musings on the enigmatic ending to “Taxi Driver”

Hey Mike, Are you talking to ME? Oh yeah I guess you were. I’m here in the Peanaught Gallery and glad that you caught Taxi Driver on the tele last night.  It is a great movie. Not the definitive Scorsese … Continue reading

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