Category Archive: Drama

Chappie (2015) is a big joke and that’s life. Huh? #movies

As someone once said, there are hits and there are misses, then there are misses.  Big misses.  I think this movie can best be described as a jumbled junk movie or maybe a… Continue reading

The music of Glory (1989)

The music of the motion picture Glory (1989) is a masterpiece, and is one of James Horner’s best scores.  I think this score is more closely tied to the movie than some others… Continue reading

Top 10 Feel Good Movies

I’ve made a list of “feel good” movies that are inspirational, moving, and meaningful, because sometimes you want to smile at the movies.  And not everything needs to be light in order to… Continue reading

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold – What does it really mean?

The Spy Who Came in From the Cold (1965) is a black and white film based on the best spy novel I’ve ever read, a book once given to me as required reading in… Continue reading

Best of the 80s – The mother of Aliens

Aliens (1986) is a product of an era when action movies had to get faster and faster, more thrilling and action-packed to be successful.  I think maybe this started with Conan, Scarface or… Continue reading

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

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

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