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Jul.30.2013
Marvel Comics wrested the top spot from DC in the mid 1960’s with much better artwork and a stable of super-heroes with very human attributes, unlike the two dimensional good-guys and good-guys with a single flaw of their rivals. Two of these new silver age of comics super-heroes, in particular,...
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Jul.25.2013
The second best thing about the summer (a distant 2nd, at that, to swimming) is the proliferation of comic-book-to-movie films, many of them, like RIPD, destined for critical ridicule and financial failure.   Taken as an excuse to check one’s brain at the popcorn stand for an hour and a half,...
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Jul.21.2013
Same cats did the screenplay, same budget, but a new director helmed the second installment of this mayhem-for-smiles routine—which is in itself an indictment of our times.   Take a moment to contemplate that in the 1930’s and 40’s movies were black and white, just like the morals and the...
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Jul.13.2013
There is an excellent reason why some films are released directly to DVD—skipping the inevitable ignominy of flopping like a salmon on the bottom of a rowboat at the multiplex. If a well made film, like FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, for example, could spawn two such tedious money grabs (also directed by...
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Jul.08.2013
To be fair, one can watch almost any ten minutes of MOONRISE KINGDOM randomly and be mildly amused. However an hour an a half of it plays like watching a front loading dryer—apart from being overtly boring, one soon realizes one is watching the same items tumbling around over and over. In this case...
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Jun.14.2013
MAN OF STEEL  a film review  by Jeanne Powell    Superman?  Yeah, that guy again, but with an exciting new take on his otherworldly origins.  Director Zack Snyder, known for his action film “300” about the battle between Persia and Sparta at Thermopylae, has recreated...
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Jun.02.2013
When one thinks of space-time or nonlinear narrative films, the best-of-the-best, George Roy Hill’s  SLAUGHTERHOUSE-FIVE (1972) and Mike Nichols’ CATCH 22 (1970) come to mind. It helps, of course, that the former was based on Kurt Vonnegut’s 1969 classic novel, and was as faithful as a novel-...
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May.22.2013
2005’s A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE is one of those rare films in which the whole is equal by the sum of its dazzling parts. The cast, featuring Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, Ed Harris, John Hurt and Ashton Holmes, is exemplary. The direction, editing, filming, timing is flawless. The story, adapted by...
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May.13.2013
THE GREAT GATSBY  a film review   by Jeanne Powell   F. Scott Fitzgerald’s life inspired the love affair he wrote about in his 1925 novel, THE GREAT GATSBY.  Fitzgerald left Princeton without graduating, enlisted in the army in 1917, and fell madly in love with a wild...
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Apr.16.2013
THE COMPANY YOU KEEP   a film review   by Jeanne Powell    Robert Redford is back with a film we have been awaiting since the last Weather Underground activist came in from the cold at the end of the Carter administration.  I do not mean to imply they all came...