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Arts and Entertainment

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

    NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN. This year’s Oscar for Best Picture is an absorbing tale of greed and revenge with strong performances from Xavier Bardem, Josh Brolin, and Tommy Lee Jones. The film is about Jones’ character and illustrates that there is a time in some persons’ lives when they should move on.

  • '10,000 B.C.' - Don't think of it as a history lesson

    First, you have to realize that this film by Roland Emmerich is as close to history as one of his earlier films, “Independence Day.” “10,000 B.C.” has some exciting scenes, some interesting speculations about how prehistoric humankind advanced society, but it is never going to get the blessing of creationists. Multiple languages are spoken to simulate interaction of tribes, with subtitles for the non-English speakers.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'No Country for Old Men' - ...A second look

    Since I wrote my original review in early February, the Academy Awards have recognized “No Country for Old Men” as Best Picture of 2007. Also Ethan and Joel Coen have received additional Oscars for Best Adapted Screenplay and co-Best Director Oscars. Let’s not leave out the villain of the piece by recognizing Xavier Bardem, who continued to win awards, this one Best Supporting Actor, for his role as the gun for hire, Anton Chigurh, in this film.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • 'Vantage Point' - Assassination from several angles

    Occasional coincidence is acceptable in films. “Vantage Point” is an exciting depiction of the assassination of an American President in a Spanish city. Unfortunately, the whole film is not greater than its overused plot devices.

  • 'Jumper'...cheaper than buying gasoline

    This is really a mess of a movie. Is there a good guy? We meet people who kill others, but do we know why? What about backgrounds? I love films which make us think, and leave unanswered questions. But what if we don’t know what questions are being asked? Somebody forgot to write “Jumpers.” Instead, we are supposed to be impressed by the special effects. Rule Number One for making a movie: Let the effects support the story, not the other way around.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • Best films of 2007, box office rankings

    There are 12 films which I will list as being excellent enough to be remembered from the multitude of films which played locally in 2007. Be aware that some of those honored with Oscars for 2006 did not reach local screens until last calendar year. The films were a mixed lot. There were two sci-fi films: “The Children of Men” and “I Am Legend.” Five fit into the broad category of history insofar as there was some historical peg to hang them on.

  • Movie Memos

    Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.