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American Gangster

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I find it difficult to evaluate the movie American Gangster without some kind of compare and contrast to 2001’s Blow, which I also felt compelled to say a few words about. Both are period films about drug smugglers, considered by some to be innovators during their time. Both are based on real-life stories. Both sport […]


Rocky Balboa

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I’ve written before about my pathological inability to turn away from any channel playing Rocky movies on TV. I’m not sure if it’s the connection to Philadelphia, a city geographically close enough to call home, or some complex set of neural pathways that somehow carved its way though my brain chemistry at an impressionable age. […]


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Cowboy Matinee Mixups

A gaggle of movie mixups, written down and straightened out right here for my own posterity. This started out as a Friday conversation gone horribly awry between a co-worker and myself. Midnight Cowboy is the movie starring Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman. It’s the one with the famous scene of Hoffman’s character slapping a car […]


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Brokeback Mountain

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With only a few kind words to say about The Hulk and feeling a little under whelmed from the hype that originally surrounded Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, I was more than a little weary of walking into another Ang Lee movie. But if I saw any potential in either of those two films, which I’m […]


War of the Worlds

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It’s not that big of an irony that the greatest works in Science Fiction tend to examine best the human condition. Actually, it’s more like a rarely recognized truism for a genre that falls short of its full potential more often than not, but that hasn’t stopped Steven Spielberg from profiting in kind, and turning […]


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