Drama

House of Gucci (2021)

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House of Gucci (2021)

As House of Gucci was coming to a close, with all of the on-screen information of what happened to the real-life members of the Gucci family, I felt a sense of sadness.  It wasn’t a sadness born from what had happened to them, but rather from the fact that while all of them met a […]

| December 5, 2021
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Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago (1985)

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Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago (1985)

I do not arrive at Sylvester Stallone’s re-edit of Rocky IV putting my feet on unfamiliar turf.  The Rocky pictures have been part of my life since I was 7-years-old.  Like Star Wars and James Bond, I know these movies backwards and forwards and so I have always been comfortable with my assessment that this […]

| November 30, 2021
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Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago – All of the Changes

Rocky IV: Rocky vs. Drago – All of the Changes

So here’s what has changed in Stallone’s re-edit of Rocky IV: * The opening has been changed.  Gone are those silly “Rocket Gloves” and the scenes of Rocky Jr. with that video camera.  Much more prominent is the addition of scenes from Rocky III, including most of that film’s climactic fight and nearly the entire […]

| November 30, 2021
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Mass (2021)

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Mass (2021)

There is a vibrating tension under almost every minute of Fran Kranz’s Mass which exists entirely based on its subject matter.  I walked into the movie cold and I hope that you might do the same, but realizing that writing a review without spoilers in a movie like this might prove impossible.  Watch the movie […]

| November 16, 2021
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Passing (2021)

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Passing (2021)

If we think now of the new visibility sprung from outward protests like Black Lives Matter and #oscarssowhite, it may be important to note that it is really nothing new.  Back in the 1920s, there was a rising visibility that came from the Harlem Renaissance in all manner of artistic expression, most notably “New Negro” […]

| November 14, 2021
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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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