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reviewed It's a Wonderful Life (1947 movie). December 27, 2013
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It's a Wonderful Life
I looked up the writers of the classic Frank Capra flick It's a Wonderful Life. Capra's name was among them, and when I did some further-depth research about his own life, I was a little surprised to …
reviewed Broken Flowers. December 04, 2013
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Broken Flowers
A man receives an anonymous letter informing him he is the father of a 19-year old son, so he sets off on a journey to visit his old girlfriends to see which one wrote the letter.      …
posted a Quick Tip about Blue Jasmine. October 31, 2013
'Blue Jasmine' starring Cate Blanchett
A bit too depressing for my taste but I agree with reviewer 2_TwoJewsOnFilm that Cate Blanchett gives an Oscar-worthy performance here. You simply cannot take your eyes off her in this film.
reviewed 12 Years A Slave (2013 film). October 16, 2013
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'12 Years A Slave' directed by Steve McQueen
   By Joan Alperin Schwartz '12 Years A Slave' directed by the extremely talented, Steve McQueen, ('Shame') is simply put...Brilliant.             …
reviewed Mud (2013 film). October 13, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
Two fourteen-year old boys befriend a stranger (Matthew McConaughey) who has been living on their secret island in the Mississippi River.  His name is "Mud," he's wanted for murder, …
reviewed Poetry (Korean film). October 07, 2013
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Poetry (korean film)
Lee Chang-dong’s films are often lyrical and thematic in their nature. His films are often immersed in the realities of life wrapped around in a very single theme. His movies often become critically …
reviewed Caterpillar (Japanese film). October 02, 2013
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Caterpillar (Japanese film)
There have been many films that depict the casualties and the horrors of war. But movies that deal with its aftermath are often few. Films such as “Black Rain” have portrayed the aftermath …
reviewed RUSH (2013 film). September 30, 2013
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RUSH (2013 film)
Almost 12 years ago, I saw Renny Harlin’s popcorn film “Driven”, a film about Formula One racing. While I thought it wasn’t terrible, the screenplay by Sylvester Stallone was a …
reviewed RUSH (2013 film). September 18, 2013
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RUSH (2013 film)
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posted a Quick Tip about Mud (2013 film). September 17, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
This was a great movie full of great scenery and cinematography that gives this Arkansas based film a feeling of being real. The characters here seem like real people and it is because of that that you …
reviewed Mud (2013 film). September 17, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
            MUD      Coming of age stories have always been a favorite of mine if they are done right. "Stand By Me" comes right …
reviewed Mud (2013 film). September 04, 2013
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Mud (2013 film)
While there are movies whose strength comes from the originality and the way it brings power to its narrative, there are some whose beauty lies in its simplicity and the way the story is told. Such a …
posted a Quick Tip about Perry Mason. August 31, 2013
Perry Mason
The granddaddy of TV courtroom dramas. Always loved this show which ran from 1957-1966.  CBS video began releasing these a few years ago. Thus far I own the first seven seasons and I have every intention …
reviewed The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 film). August 12, 2013
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The Place Beyond the Pines (2013 film)
One time I was asked why there were times that I would like a movie with such a simple story and yet I would enjoy it more than a movie that tries to be a little more surprising. I guess it is because …
reviewed Castle (TV show). July 25, 2013
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Castle opener
I could launch into a wild explanation of Castle, and tell you all the many, many things that are wonderful about it. Let's face it, though; anyone being honest will tell you they're only watching Castle …
reviewed Blue Jasmine. July 25, 2013
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'Blue Jasmine' starring Cate Blanchett
By Joan Alperin Schwartz There are many reasons to see 'Blue Jasmine' written and directed by Woody Allen, but the main one is...the stunning, complex, Oscar worthy performance by, Miss Cate …
reviewed The Tower (Korean film). July 08, 2013
The Tower (Korean film)
   In some corners, I can’t offer enough praise for the films coming out of South Korea.  It used to be – back when I just started exploring their flicks – they had the …
reviewed The Tower (Korean film). July 05, 2013
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The Tower (Korean film)
I wasn’t too impressed with the monster flick “Sector 7”, but I guess I was curious how director Kim Ji-Hoon would fare in a disaster movie. “The Tower” is a film that has …
reviewed 'Hyde Park On The Hudson'. June 08, 2013
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'Hyde Park On The Hudson'
It's 1939, and while FDR is preparing to host the King and Queen of England at his New York home, he makes time for a new mistress.      Bill Murray does a good job underplaying …
reviewed 'We Need To Talk About Kevin'. June 03, 2013
We Need to Talk About Kevin
So this is another book to film adaptation. Considering I haven't read the book I cannot compare them (although I do plan on reading it eventually). The film was alright. I think Ezra Miller and Tilda …
posted a Quick Tip about Argo. May 31, 2013
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Argo
One of the films that I had missed in theaters was director Ben Affleck's "Argo", which by now have won the best picture award in the 2013 Oscars.      I realize that …
reviewed Flower and Snake 2. May 15, 2013
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Flower and Snake 2
When I saw the first Flower and Snake film, I became impressed with the lengths Aya Sugimoto, a popular pop star/model would go to make that film. Despite its multiple scenes of sexual intercourse and …
posted a Quick Tip about Flight (2012 film). May 05, 2013
'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington
Another movie I watched on the plane. Guess I wasn't drunk when I watched it and the plane needed no rescue... still nothing too memorable about it.
reviewed Flight (2012 film). May 04, 2013
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'Flight' Starring Denzel Washington
Whip (Denzel Washington) is a pilot who is shown that he is both a heavy drinker and a cocaine user. He heads to work and right after take-off the plane is hit with an incredible amount of turbulance. …
reviewed Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film). April 30, 2013
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Beijing Bicycle (Chinese film)
I saw bits and parts of this film last night on TV and decided to check it out again on dvd. It is quite surprising that a movie about a boy losing his bicycle can be compelling. It is a harrowing account …
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