Monthly Archives: July 2015

Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation – Film Review

To date, there are five Mission: Impossible films.  Not counting the current release, with the exception of the Brian De Palma original, the remaining three tend to hover at the back of the memory without form; you know they’re there but without looking them up, it’s hard to recall exactly what they were all about. […]

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The Stanford Prison Experiment – Film Review

You might have heard of it.  In August of 1971, psychology professor Philip Zimbardo conducted an experiment.  Funded by the U.S. Office of Naval Research, the experiment was to determine what was behind the causes of conflict between military guards and prisoners.  Students were assigned roles.  It was supposed to last two weeks.  It lasted […]

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Vacation – Film Review

Thirty-three years have passed since Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) first took the family on the road to Walley World, whether they wanted to go or not.  Between then and now a lot has happened to change the landscape of comedy.  From 1983 to 2015, things that were once a little shocking are now commonplace; language […]

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Southpaw – Film Review

“You’re gonna be punch-drunk in two years if you keep this up,” warns Maureen Hope (Rachel McAdams), wife to boxer and current reigning Junior Middleweight Boxing champ, Billy ‘The Great’ Hope (Jake Gyllenhaal).  And she’s right. In the new, riveting drama from director Antoine Fuqua, Southpaw, Billy appears to have just about everything.  He’s a […]

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Irrational Man – Film Review

The opening is familiar.  White letters on a black screen.  It’s the way director Woody Allen does it.  Same with the music.  Allen rarely has an original score.  Usually it’s something in the vein of an early Benny Goodman or a nostalgic though jaunty jazz number, complete with the underlining worn noise of crackling bacon […]

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A Murder in the Park – Film Review

It’s a fascinating subject, and here are the facts.  A man called Anthony Porter from Chicago sat on death row. He was found guilty for the 1982 murders of two teenagers committed on the bleachers by a swimming pool in Washington Park.  Seventeen years later, in 1999 with just hours to go before the execution, […]

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