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Dinosaur 13

Dinosaur 13

| January 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

As of 1992, only 12 Tyrannosaurus Rex skeletons had been discovered and each of those were estimated to be less than 40% complete.  Then, Susan Hendrickson and Peter Larson discovered a Tyrannosaurus specimen that was A) about 80% complete, and B) enormous.  They named the fossil Sue and lived happily ever after.  No, wait, I’m […]

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Get On Up

Get On Up

| January 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

I wasn’t overly aware of James Brown and his influence on music going into this biopic.  Of course I recognized a lot of the songs and have really have been a fan of Brown’s music for all of my life, but I never put it together that they were all the same person.  I feel […]

Tusk: Kevin Smith’s Metamorphosis

Tusk: Kevin Smith’s Metamorphosis

| December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

Tusk is the first movie of its kind. Starting as a discussion piece on Kevin Smith’s podcast Smodcast, the writer/director/podcaster spun a hypothetical yarn after reading an internet ad that captured his imagination. This ad was from a person seeking a roommate, but on the condition that this roommate don a makeshift walrus costume once […]

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Kelly and Cal

Kelly and Cal

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

There aren’t many genres of film that I just flatly dislike.  It’s rare for me to like a western or a musical, but I can think of examples of each that I absolutely love.  I’m hard pressed to think of a movie about infidelity that I enjoy on any level.  Even something like Lost in […]

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Ragnarok

Ragnarok

| December 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

“Ragnarok” is an unique film out of Norway. While I enjoyed the initial viewing, I found I liked it even more with the second go- round. While this may be standard for a typical action/ adventure film, “Ragnarok” is different as I’d classify it as an adventure with a suspenseful air. Average suspense films may […]

The Guest

The Guest

| December 26, 2014 | 0 Comments

When Dan Stevens left Downton Abbey, how many people were heartbroken? I vividly remember the night that Matthew Crawley’s last episode aired and how my Facebook and Twitter feeds exploded with grief and despair. Oh lord, how everyone cried. It was a sad day indeed for fans of Downton Abbey. Knowing that The Guest would […]

A Walk Among the Tombstones

A Walk Among the Tombstones

| December 16, 2014 | 0 Comments

Since Taken was released in 2006, Liam Neeson has been accused of playing the same role over again.  As an action star, his movies are thought to blend together into an indiscernible series of images narrated by a well-graveled voice.  There is some truth to these claims: Taken 2 was a little dull, Unknown was […]

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Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m not the biggest fan of Christmas.  I like shopping for presents and exchanging them with my loved ones, but I dislike a lot of Christmas movies, I hate Christmas music, and I tend to be offended by right wing pundits trying to politicize the secular aspects of the holiday.  I do like traditions.  This […]

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The Skeleton Twins

The Skeleton Twins

| December 15, 2014 | 0 Comments

At first, The Skeleton Twins feels like any other independent comedy featuring angsty existential characters.  Forty-something twins Maggie and Mily (SNL alums Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader) Have seen better days.  In fact, the only thing that stops Maggie from committing suicide at the beginning of the film is receiving a phone call from the […]

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Cantinflas

Cantinflas

| December 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

I’m going to deviate slightly from my norm, and give you my conclusion first. Do I recommend Cantinflas (2014)? Reluctantly, and largely because its subject is an iconic comedian in the Spanish-speaking world. Imagine Charlie Chaplin’s Little Tramp and physical comedy combined with Grouch Marx’s sly attitude and quick wit — the Cantinflas story needs to […]