Film Review: The Connection (La French)

The French Side of The French Connection

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When you hear about the French film The Connection or La French you might think, that sounds familiar. Sure, it’s the French version of the 1971 film The French Connection only this film focuses on the French effort in Marseille. And while The Connection might be missing a critically acclaimed car chase scene it is […]


Film Review: San Andreas

Quake film doesn't shake up the formula, but it's got plenty of action

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San Andreas, the new earthquake movie directed by Brad Peyton and starring Dwayne Johnson, opens with a bang, or rather a crash. The world’s most deserving car accident victim (trust me on this one) is forced off a steep mountain road by a rock slide and finds herself tumbling over and over – strapped inside […]

Emma Stone in ALOHA.

Film Review: ALOHA

Cameron Crowe's Hawaiian Rom-Com Is No Vacation

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You say goodbye, I say hello…. Such was the case going into Cameron Crowe’s latest romantic comedy Aloha, a promising package of Bradley Cooper falling in love with Emma Stone in Hawaii. While Crowe himself, a wide-eyed music enthusiest who can’t resist needle-dropping the best classic rock in every one of his movies, would no […]

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The Space Alien’s Guide to the Movies, 1984-2014 (Part 1 of 4)

30 Years of Pop Culture Must-Sees (1985-1990)

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Imagine that you are among the first wave of the invading alien horde, still scouting out the best way to destroy humanity so that you can have our rich resources (billions of empty water bottles and old phones being especially attractive to your species).  Right now, though, you’re passing as human – or trying.  All […]


Reel Theology: The Theology of Faith and War in “Good Kill”

In terms of faith traditions that teach "thou shalt not kill", how do we determine a "good kill"

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Clint Eastwood’s film about Chris Kyle, American Sniper, dealt with the difficulties a soldier faces of being placed in a situation where every situation is life and death, and then being unable to fully reintegrate oneself from that intense battleground, into a whole different one….civilian life. American Sniper showed the effect that Post-traumatic Stress Disorder […]

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Film Admissions: ORSON WELLES

Catching Up On The Maverick Auteur, 100 Years Strong

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In 1975, the American Film Institute saw fit to honor Orson Welles with a lifetime achievement award. Welles, in his speech, took the opportunity to validate “the mavericks” of filmmaking, of which he was perhaps lead among, while at the same time saluting the machine they must work around. After all, what else could he […]


Film Review: Poltergeist

Is it wise to operate heavy machinery after watching this?

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Poltergeist was a fantastic horror film in 1982 that paired Steven Speilberg, who produced and co-wrote the screenplay, with director Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre).  What they created was a tense, story driven film about a typical suburban family who find out that their picturesque suburban house has some skeletons in its closet….or buried in […]

Britt Robertson in TOMORROWLAND.


The Future Is As Clear As Mud In Disney's Latest Theme Park Adaptation

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ERIK YATES: In Brad Bird’s latest adventure film for Disney, we are introduced to a teenage girl named Casey (Britt Robertson – Dan in Real Life, The Longest Ride) who is a dreamer, and an optimist. She also is a criminal on the side, trying to keep a NASA launch pad from being torn-down in a world […]

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Film Review: Good Kill

Examination of drone warfare ethical dilemmas is a misfire

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Good Kill has a promising log line: a former hotshot pilot is troubled by the moral boundaries he must cross as he engages in antiseptic, but deadly, drone warfare. There’s a movie. It’s topical, and it brings under a microscope the brutal war strategies promoted by a president who is also a Nobel Peace Prize […]

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Film Review: Felix and Meira

Repression, Rebellion and Romance among the Hasidim

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How do you solve a problem like Meira? A young Hasidic Jewish mother living in Montreal, she is quietly belligerent in her unhappiness. She is sullen in social gatherings, listens to music her husband has forbidden, and when other strategies fail, pretends to be dead in order to end arguments. Felix and Meira depicts the […]