Drama

Cry Macho (2021)

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Cry Macho (2021)

Cowboys always lament that they are a dying breed, that the rapid progress of mankind is pushing them out of existence.  The same might be said of movie stars.  In the progression of technology, the speed at which movies are made, and demand for “on-demand” there’s little time for actors to grow, to become so […]

| September 17, 2021
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John and the Hole (2020)

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John and the Hole (2020)

[This review is part of my ongoing coverage of the films screened at Birmingham Alabama’s 23rd Annual Sidewalk Film Festival] John and the Hole is a movie with a lot of questions that need to be answered.  Yet, I’m afraid that when the story is finally concluded, the answers don’t present themselves.  Here is a […]

| August 29, 2021
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The Day After (1983)

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The Day After (1983)

[This is a repost of a review of ‘The Day After’ that I did in 2013 on the film’s 30th anniversary, reposted here on the occasion of the new documentary ‘Television Event’] Perhaps the biggest takeaway from ABC’s multi-million-dollar armageddon scare-drama The Day After is to question its purpose.  What are we really seeing here and […]

| August 27, 2021
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Blog: Discovering ‘Citizen Kane’: a film-lover reluctantly indulges The Greatest Movie Ever Made

Blog: Discovering ‘Citizen Kane’: a film-lover reluctantly indulges The Greatest Movie Ever Made

Here’s a shameful confession: I am new to Citizen Kane.  Here I am in my late 40s, I’ve spent a lifetime bathing in the cinema, and yet I have circumvented Orson Welles most famous artistic expression out of fear that I wasn’t going to understand what made it so great.  Oh, I’ve seen it several times.  […]

| June 5, 2019
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The Wife (2019)

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The Wife (2019)

For more than 30 years Joan been behind her husband at every turn.  She fusses about minor details, about when it is time to eat, when it is time for his medication, where his glasses are and what the doctor said about stretching his legs.  Yet, she doesn’t go about these things in the manner […]

| February 17, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #82: The Set-Up (1949)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #82: The Set-Up (1949)

This week, Doug and Jerry wrap up their month-long journey into the world of boxing movies with a one-way ticket to Palookaville, or rather Paradise City, in Robert Wise’s 1949 masterpiece The Set-Up. They’ll carry you for two rounds, then in the third, you go down. That’s the set-up. Just don’t think you’re only one […]

| January 27, 2019
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The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #81: The Rocky Sequels (1979-2006)

The Pod Bay Doors Podcast, Episode #81: The Rocky Sequels (1979-2006)

This week Jerry and Doug travel down an uneven road as they work their way through the very odd and very uneven world of the Rocky sequels from the excellent Rocky II to the silliness of Rocky III and the unbearable sludge of Rocky IV and V and finally emerging at the redemption of Rocky […]

| January 21, 2019
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Glass (2019)

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Glass (2019)

Glass is, what in comic book terms, would be called a crossover.  Therein, two characters from different story-lines are flung together into a crisscrossing story to see how their powers and personalities clash.  Very often this happens with a hero and a villain and sometimes with a villain and a villain.  In Glass it’s both – two characters […]

| January 17, 2019
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