Tag: Movies

The guys tackle Captain Marvel. Does Sonny think Wonder Woman is better? Vic takes a movie bathroom break. JVL witnesses a dishwashing atrocity. Sonny and Vic explain drinking games to JVL.

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Great Character Actors: Ward Bond

 

There’s no real point to this post other than to briefly discuss and celebrate the career of one of the great character actors of all time — Ward Bond (1903-1960). First, I have to admit I don’t know much more about Bond’s life than that presented in his Wikipedia biography.

Let’s see … I did know that he’d played football at the University of Southern California along with John Wayne and that he and Wayne began their acting careers when they and other USC footballers were hired by director John Ford to appear in “Salute,” a 1929 movie about football. I also knew about the drinking and the conservative politics (among other things he was an early and proud member of the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals). I didn’t know about the B.S. degree in engineering nor did I know that he suffered from epilepsy.

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Mini Movie Review: Little Forest a Bright Spot in a Dark Winter

 

I’m watching a beautiful movie on Prime called Little Forest, cheering fare for dark winter evenings. A young woman returns to her rural roots, a Korean farming village, for reasons she can’t fully explain except that she was “hungry” after all the pre-packaged city food. In the gentle plot, she searches for her mother, reconnects […]

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Glass (2019) and If Beale Street Could Talk

 

I’ll be seeing Glass and If Beale Street Could Talk tonight! Would love to hear some *SPOILERS* discussion on this post. Don’t worry, I won’t check until I get back from seeing them. More

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Matchbooks

 

I’ve a confession to make. I used to be a phillumenist. I have an excuse though – I was young. Plus, until about ten minutes ago, I didn’t know what a phillumenist was. As per the British Matchbox Label and Bookmatch Society (BML&BS), phillumenists collect items related to matches including but not limited to matchbooks […]

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Teen Titans Go! To the Movies

 

I will spare you my full review (with Film Culture and Did You Know) but if you’re interesting you can click this link: http://tomconinereviews.blogspot.com/2019/01/teen-titans-go-to-movies-direction-by.html Here’s a mini-summary: I watched the movie on a lark because a few friends of mine are compiling lists of Best Of for 2018. My job, being that I’m the resident geek (which is weird […]

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The Casablanca Effect and Its Obverse

 

I suppose I need to start by explaining what I mean by “the Casablanca Effect”. It’s not my idea or term. A decade or so ago, I read an article by an author whose name I can’t recall who described what he termed “the Casablanca Effect” referencing the classic 1942 movie. He described how both he and his brother (separately) had heard and read for years how great the movie Casablanca was, and when he and his brother (separately) eventually saw the movie, it more than lived up to expectations. When they became aware of each other’s experience they gave it the Casablanca Effect moniker, something which comes highly recommended (a movie, a book, a restaurant, a location, anything really) and lives up to expectations.

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Not the QOTD: They Shall Not Grow Old (reminder)

 

Several weeks ago, @ejhill let us know about a new, and visually stunning, film by Peter Jackson. They Shall Not Grow Old is Jackson’s World War I film, taking Imperial War Museum footage and oral histories recorded from veterans and combining them into a seamless state-of-the art movie documentary using colorization, frame-rate shifts with interpolation to […]

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Bumblebee

 

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An anti-Communist Shoah?

 

Every year around this time I start looking at lists of recent movies that have garnered acclaim overseas and at film festivals to see if there’s anything that I should be aware of that might not have gotten any attention or release in the U.S. Over on the movie rating website Letterboxd I came across […]

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Ant-Man and the Wasp

 

  Direction by Peyton Reed Screenplay by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Paul Rudd & Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari “Well, the ’60s were fun, but now I’m paying for it.” – Stan Lee   More

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Gone With The Wind at 79 (And at 14)

 

Because I believe that if you don’t know where you’ve been you’ll really have no idea where you’re going, I will on occasion take my children kicking and screaming into the 20th Century. Tonight the 14-year old got a trip to “…a land of Cavaliers and Cotton Fields called the Old South… Here was the […]

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Movies for All Time

 

I have been encouraged by the Mensa Cinema Caucus, of which I am a founding member, to share with the great unwashed my list of must-see movies.

These are, I think, the best of the best:

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