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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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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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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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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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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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“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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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 […]

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My Favorite Sci-fi Movies

Here are my list of favorite Sci-fi movies, which is perhaps my most appreciated genre.  Originally, the list was too long.  So I pulled out most of the space movies and flicks about time to be on separate lists.  (I’ve already posted my “space” list and the “time” list will be forthcoming.)  As you can […]