Monthly Archives: June 2015

Jurassic World – Film Review

There’s a funny line in the 1993 original Jurassic Park.  It’s where park founder and CEO John Hammond (Sir Richard Attenborough) and Dr. Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) are bickering over early problems with the dino exhibits.  During some snafus, Hammond points out that even Disneyland had its opening day issues, to which Malcolm responds with, “Yes, […]

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Testament of Youth – Film Review

When British writer Vera Brittain first wrote her war years account, Testament of Youth, she intended it to be a fictional novel based on real events, but that didn’t work.  Neither did publishing her diary with the names changed.  It was at that point when she wrote Testament of Youth as something personal; a memoir […]

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Aloft – Film Review

Somewhere around the ten minute mark during Aloft, the new drama from Peruvian film director and writer Claudia Llosa, three questions will spring to mind; 1) Exactly where are we?  2) Who is this woman with the two boys? And, 3) What on earth are they talking about? Aloft begins with a series of beautifully […]

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Love & Mercy – Film Review

Any self-respecting follower of music knows there are a certain albums you have to have in your collection.  Sinatra’s Songs for Swingin’ Lovers is one, Zappa’s Hot Rats is another.  The songbook recordings of Ella Fitzgerald are a must.  Just about anything from The Beatles would qualify, particularly Rubber Soul, Sgt. Peppers or Abbey Road.  […]

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Spy – Film Review

Credit where it’s due.  Despite a string of disappointments – let’s face it, Tammy was awful and Identity Thief was worse – Melissa McCarthy is going nowhere.  And with good reason.  Her turn in the comedy/drama St. Vincent showed how good and sympathetic she can be when not falling back on being the objectionably foul-mouthed, slovenly […]

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Insidious: Chapter 3 – Film Review

Good news.  Insidious: Chapter 3 is considerably better than the messy number 2.  Plus, as this is a prequel, Chapter 3 can easily be seen as a stand-alone; you don’t need to know anything about the other two in order to follow what’s going on here.  It may be the third in a series but […]

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