Tag: drama

Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

| September 21, 2015

The film Love & Mercy portrays two very distinct eras in Brian Wilson’s life: One showing the incredible composer and songwriter creating legendary music in early 1960s California, and the other depicting a mentally ill man two decades later combatting hallucinations and paranoia. Paul Dano plays the younger Brian Wilson at the apex of The […]

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Mad Dog Time

Mad Dog Time

| September 18, 2015

It’s odd to me that I’ve never even heard of this movie.  In 1996, I was 12, already a big fan of Jeff Goldblum (Jurassic Park) and Richard Dreyfus (Jaws), and I’d like to think a quirky little gangster movie like this would be right up my alley.  Unfortunately, I didn’t know this movie existed […]

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Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

Harper Lee: From Mockingbird to Watchman

| September 18, 2015

To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite work of fiction.  Maybe that’s because it’s one of the first classics I chose to read rather than being forced to in school.  Maybe it’s because I was in a stage version of the play when I started college (I played the villain Bob Ewell, and it’s a […]

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The Returned: Season 1

The Returned: Season 1

| September 13, 2015

I wasn’t looking forward to watching The Returned once I realized it was a TV series and not a movie.  Turns out I was confusing this series with another that aired last year called Resurrection on ABC.  It also turns out that I’m not alone, and the failure of Resurrection made it impossible for The […]

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The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline

| September 13, 2015

Now available of DVD and BluRay, The Age of Adaline is a film that feels like it should mean more. Telling the story of a woman named Adaline (Blake Lively) who one day mysteriously stops aging, the film is the type of high concept epic that is rarely made, (unless you’re David Fincher and you […]

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Francesco

Francesco

| September 9, 2015

I wasn’t familiar with the story of Saint Francis of Assisi going into this movie.  I was intrigued by the cast of Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech) and was surprised that I’d never even heard of this movie. The story of Saint Francis is an interesting one on paper.  […]

American Heist

American Heist

| September 6, 2015

The problem with heist movies is that they’re so insanely difficult to do well.  It’s the structure.  It’s nearly impossible to structure a heist movie that feels believable while balancing the need for things to go wrong and create conflict, and the ultimate success of the caper not feeling too convenient despite those misteps.  One […]

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Hell on Wheels: Season 4

Hell on Wheels: Season 4

| August 18, 2015

This has to be one of the best series that no one is talking about.  Following the exploits of the 1860′s railroad corporation in America, Hell on Wheels is a fantastic period drama with some great performances and interesting storylines.  I keep meaning to just go back to the beginning of the series and watch […]

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Welcome to New York

Welcome to New York

| August 11, 2015

Usually when a movie is based on a true story, you have to take that with a grain of salt.  Countless times, the people these films are based on come out and tell us all the inaccuracies.  The Blind Side and Captain Phillips stand out as a couple of recent examples of movies that took […]

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The Salvation

The Salvation

| August 4, 2015

I volunteered to review this for one reason: Mads Mikkelsen.  I’ve recently become a huge fan of the actor for his portrayal of Hannibal Lector on the recently cancelled NBC Drama Hannibal.  It’s a smart and dark adaptation of the original stories done in a fresh and disturbing way, and Mikkelsen is amazing in the […]

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