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“I Heart You” Day

My wife and I aren’t romantic types. I’m not sure if I’m just bad at the planning and execution or if it’s not all that important to her.  Nevertheless, I do put forth a futile effort from time to time. Years ago, it all started a couple of weeks before that, she asked for a […]

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Musings

Black and White in a Technicolor World

I dream in black and white. I’ve always assumed this was because I grew up watching black and white TV. Occasionally my black and white dream contains one item in color—a more recent cinematic effect that my dreaming has likely emulated. A couple of times an entire dream scene is blasted with vibrant, blinding color. It comes […]

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Musings

Seeing Life Like a Child: Lessons From a Kid’s Matinée

I’m a bit of a movie buff and most any genre will do. I still remember when my wife and I went to our local theater to watch the children’s movie, The Smurfs 2. It was a matinée no less; we were by far the oldest people there. I enjoyed the sequel, perhaps even more […]

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Musings

Three Reasons Why Firefly Failed

It’s been said Gene Roddenberry pitched the original Star Trek TV show as “a western in outer space.” I can appreciate the simplicity of that statement, but think it’s a bit off the mark. However, that would’ve been perfect for the TV show Firefly. Firefly truly was a western in space. (Lest you think the […]

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Musings

Bourne is Back!

I’m a big fan of the Bourne movies. Not because of the over-the-top action or excessive violence, but because of the intriguing story line — and the slowly unveiling connection between Jason and Nicky. After the third movie, I wanted more and was understandably excited when a fourth one was announced. Alas, my enthusiasm was […]

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Musings

Knight and Day

I recently watched the movie Knight and Day, starring Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz. Given that it looked like an over-the-top action flick, I had low expectations for it. I was pleasantly surprised. I thoroughly enjoyed Knight and Day.  The subtle humor, often delivered with deadpan seriousness, delighted and amused me.  I found myself laughing […]

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Musings

“Bandslam” Rocks

Netflix suggested that I would like the movie Bandslam; they were right. Bandslam centers around a high school battle of the bands, offering credible musical performances in an interesting story line: misfit Will is recruited by popular Charlotte to “manage” her fledgling band.  This is what he is uniquely skilled to do, quickly assembling an […]

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Did Avatar Hit Too Close to Home?

Reportedly the largest grossing movie of all time in China is Avatar, ballooning up to $76 million in a couple of weeks. That meteoric trajectory is about to stop, however; the movie was essentially banned in China when showings of all 2-D versions were abruptly halted this week.  (The 3-D and I-Max versions will still […]

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Writing and more

My Netflix Reviewer Rank

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m a huge fan of Netflix, the online movie rental site.  In addition to making movie selections, I spend time rating movies so that Netflix can make recommendations of other flicks that I might enjoy; it generally works quite well. After watching one obscure selection online, Netflix asked me to write […]

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Movie Review: Race to Witch Mountain

Jack Bruno (Dwayne Johnson) is a Vegas cabbie who just wants to do his job and stay out of trouble, but when two teens flash a wad of cash and give a cryptic destination, he reluctantly obliges.  The teens are actually aliens, sent by their parents to retrieve an experiment to determine earth’s suitability for […]