Category Archive: Drama

The Orient Express – Wrestling with Faith and Justice

The new 2017 adaptation of Christie’s Murder on the Orient Express looks amazing, there’s no doubt of that, but it leaves me wondering if the movie really captures the spirit of the novel. … Continue reading

Dunkirk (2017) tries to quiet war

Dunkirk (2017) is a well-written film, with threads of plot and action weaving through three separate structures, quietly merging into a nicely woven full story.  I could not believe how quiet this movie… Continue reading

Where Eagles Dare (to explain things)

Where Eagles Dare (1968) is a decent movie, if you’re patient.  It is very well-made and I love the environments, the story, and all the actors do a great job.  However, this is… Continue reading

The Master (2012) on a Depressing Day

The Master (2012) is a movie starring Joaquin Phoenix and Phillip Seymour Hoffman, playing two very different men.  This movie is spectacular, but you need some patience.  The director Paul Thomas Anderson plays… Continue reading

It’s Time for a flashback, Sully (2016)

2009 spoiler:  Everything turns out alright and everybody’s okay on Flight 1549, even though Tom Hanks crashes a plane into a river.  But that’s no surprise, because Sully (2016) depicts a real story… Continue reading

Blood Father (2016) Review

A father helping a daughter in trouble is a cliché, but Blood Father (2016) does it right.   I think Mel Gibson knew everybody was going to watch how well he performed in this movie,… Continue reading

Summing Fears #sumofallfears

Is a nuclear bomb more scary than Ben Affleck’s acting?  It could be, because The Sum of All Fears is one movie where Affleck isn’t all bad.  Unfortunately, the bomb nukes some people to… Continue reading

Top Ten Memorial Day Movies

There aren’t any war movies this Memorial Day, unless you like superheroes fighting each other, but there are movie staples of the Memorial Day Genre (my patent pending), which are essential viewing on… Continue reading

The Man Who Walked Like a Zombie and Broke Stuff

Jake Gyllenhaal’s latest movie has him playing a man who recently lost his wife, so he walks through life like an uncaring zombie.  Demolition (2015) is not about the zombie apocalypse, despite Gyllenhaal’s best efforts… Continue reading

What happened to Kevin Costner?

I don’t which is worse, 3 Days to Kill (2014) or Kevin Costner’s latest crappy movie, Criminal (2016).  His career developing the opposite of Liam Neeson, who starred in a low-budget action movies late in… Continue reading

Some analysts attacked me while I watched Vertigo

Tonight I watched Vertigo (1958), and some of my friends couldn’t stop rattling on about how great this movie is.  It does have a lot to like, but somehow it’s not my favorite.… Continue reading

I watched a Hitchcock movie and a choral piece broke out

Hitchcock went the whole nine yards when he made The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), recruiting Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, and Bernard Bermann, the composer and conductor.  The movie stars Jimmy Stewart… Continue reading

Are you sure you’re innocent? Don’t let Hitchcock decide.

The Wrong Man (1956) is one of Hitchcock’s most underrated classics, showing that innocence and guilt are merely tricks of the mind.  The tension in this movie is palpable.  There’s no denying that.… Continue reading

I watched Superman I,II,III and wondered if they were better than BvS

In honor of Batman v Superman, I didn’t watch it.  Instead I watched Christopher Reeve in Superman I, II and III and started to reconsider what I thought of those movies.  Actually, I’ve… Continue reading

Arabesque Rips off Dr. No

Arabesque (1966), starring Gregory Peck and Sophia Loren, practically copies from Dr. No (1962), and throws in the exact same ending too.  Unfortunately, they do a poor job of copying, thinking that the only… Continue reading

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