Category Archives: Movies

Movie Review: “Doobious Sources”

In this day and age, with the gap between genuine news and misinformation thinning daily, the idea of a movie that satirizes this phenomenon is a welcome one, whether for comic diversion or pointed warning about its potential implications. A quick look … Continue reading

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Comedies (Sort Of) for a Melancholy Week

“Cosmos” (2015, Kino) Law student Witold (Jonathan Genet) decides to stop fretting about his first novel to join his dunce of a pal (Johan Libreau) at a remote, fog-shrouded Portuguese village. There, the pair become embroiled in what seems like … Continue reading

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“Hidden Figures” – The Inspiring Story of Three Brilliant Women Who Helped Launch the First Man into Space

I loved “Hidden Figures” so much that I saw it twice, and I’d probably see it again. It is one of the most inspiring, touching films I’ve seen in a long time. It’s also a film that reminds us about … Continue reading

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Best of 2016 – A Short List

As usual, I spent most of the year listening to, reading and watching older stuff that I probably should’ve absorbed years ago, but here are a few new things I really enjoyed this year: Albums: Bootblacks – Veins (review) Patience … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Visions of Futures Past for a New Year

“Dreamscape” (1984, Shout Factory) Crowd-pleasing science fiction adventure with Dennis Quaid as a hustler whose psychic abilities cause him to run afoul of unsavory racetrack types; he flees to his old mentor, Max von Sydow, who has developed a technology … Continue reading

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Where the Cool Kids Will Be On New Years Eve 2016

FOURTH ANNUAL GRAND PARK + THE MUSIC CENTER’S N.Y.E.L.A. The city of Los Angeles’ goal to make this Grand Park event the Times Square of the west coast seemed awfully grandiose four years ago, but with spectacular 3D light projections … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: ‘Tis the Season – Last Minute Gift Ideas for Eclectic Insomniacs (Oh S— I Forgot Edition)

“BrainDead Season 1” (Paramount) pleased a lot of critics but very few Nielsen families, so unfortunately, this Season 1 set comprises the complete series run. Too bad, since this series from Robert and Michelle King (“The Good Wife”), about a … Continue reading

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Movies Till Dawn: Tis the Season – Spirits of Past, Present and Future Edition

“Curse of the Man Who Sees UFOs” (2016, Virgil Films) What to make of this curious documentary by first-time director Justin Gaar? At first blush, the subject matter seems ready made to dismiss: Christo Roppolo, former industrial rocker and one-time … Continue reading

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“Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” Takes Us On A Trip Back To Before

Once upon a time far far away in another galaxy, Star Wars was born. Well, it wasn’t really another galaxy where it was born, but that’s where the action takes place. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is part one of … Continue reading

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“La La Land,” A Brilliant, Musical, Magical Journey Through Love

When I saw “Whiplash,” I knew I was seeing the birth of a brilliant director and now with Damien Chazelle’s latest film, “La La Land,” he more than proves I was right. This film is not only a beautiful homage to the … Continue reading

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