Must-See Films


Thanks to modern internet technology (soon to be outdated), I have compiled the two previously posted MUST-SEE FILMS lists into one. The difference here is that, thanks to Listchallenges.com and its host, Eli Dragen, you can now click on the poster art for each film and it will self-calculate. For me, what’s interesting about thisContinue reading “Must-See Films”

GRAVITY: 2D vs 3D


When I first saw GRAVITY, I saw it in 2D. Or as it’s better known, NOT in 3D. I was told by friends who enjoyed the film and knew that I was not a big fan of the usual 3D experience, that GRAVITY need not be seen in 3D, that it would work just asContinue reading “GRAVITY: 2D vs 3D”

DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3: When A Writer’s Hand Is Forced


HUGE SPOILER ALERT! DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED SEASON 3 YET! I won’t go too in-depth about the third season of DOWNTON ABBEY as I actually found most of it to be very entertaining and satisfying. But this third season introduced a few moments that could be seen as the ever-feared missteps aContinue reading “DOWNTON ABBEY Season 3: When A Writer’s Hand Is Forced”

DARK KNIGHT RISES Viewers Mistake Conservative Cinema For Liberal Agenda


Spoiler Alert! The most amazing thing to me is that people saw THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and accused it of being Liberal Propaganda because the “villain’s” name was Bane. Did they watch the film?!!! THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is the single biggest, most overt piece of Republican propaganda to come out of Hollywood in decades.Continue reading “DARK KNIGHT RISES Viewers Mistake Conservative Cinema For Liberal Agenda”

Great American Films Still Get Made, They’re Just Hard To Find: Lonergan’s 3-Hr MARGARET


“Kenny, you made a masterpiece. Unfortunately it’s in the wrong decade and the wrong country.” These were actor Mark Ruffalo’s words to writer/director Kenneth Lonergan upon seeing the 3-hour cut of Lonergan’s film MARGARET. For those who don’t know, playwright Lonergan’s second film (his first was the incredibly well-received YOU CAN COUNT ON ME, alsoContinue reading “Great American Films Still Get Made, They’re Just Hard To Find: Lonergan’s 3-Hr MARGARET”

Blu-ray Kvetch Session


I originally wrote this article for THE EXAMINER on March 29, 2010. I’m slowly transferring some of those articles over to my blog.  Blu-ray is the best thing to hit the home theater world since, well… since DVD. Except it’s so much better than DVD. And while the picture and sound are mostly quite astoundingContinue reading “Blu-ray Kvetch Session”

Spielberg Makes Sure Fans Know He Is NOT George Lucas


Say what you want about Steven Speilberg, but he is fast becoming a firm and vocal voice against the re-writing of film history. So much so that he has not shied away from some very vocal jabs against old pal George Lucas who has recently come under fire once again for his incessant altering ofContinue reading “Spielberg Makes Sure Fans Know He Is NOT George Lucas”

Grateful Dead Movie Announced For Blu-Ray Release!


Shout Factory has just announced a November 1st release date for this amazing film on Blu-ray. Here’s what it will include: Disc 1 – Blu-ray The Grateful Dead Movie in its entirety transferred from the original 35mm film negative in High Definition and presented in: 1.78:1 widescreen aspect ratio 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio presentationContinue reading “Grateful Dead Movie Announced For Blu-Ray Release!”

Self-Proclaimed Barbarian: The Altering Of Our Cultural & Artistic Heritage


Let me begin by explaining here that I am not a rabid Star Wars fan. I did love the original film as a kid. I was, in fact, quite obsessed with it. But I was also 13 at the time. Now, at the ripe old age of 47, my desire to go back and seeContinue reading “Self-Proclaimed Barbarian: The Altering Of Our Cultural & Artistic Heritage”

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES or The Descent Of American Intelligence


Has anyone else noticed that around the time we elected Ronald Reagan president, American cinema began a steady decline? The same mentality that led us to George Bush, Sarah Palin, Michelle Bachmann and the Tea Party, has led us to deliver films like RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES to a public no longerContinue reading “RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES or The Descent Of American Intelligence”