Monthly Archives: November 2011

Casablanca

A must-see for too many reasons to count. Yes, it was a surprise hit, striking America’s war-weary heart in the middle of the Second World War. Yes, it won Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. And of course … Continue reading

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Road to Perdition

One my film class films. Actually, it’s the first one I show. It’s slower-moving than most films, which is one reason I show it. I want the students to focus on what they are SEEING. The film, which deservedly won … Continue reading

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The Muppets

A rare delight. Perfect for families, and witty and fun for adults—the kind of “movie they don’t make anymore.” I wasn’t a Muppet fan, though I had nothing against them. So I went in with no feelings for or against … Continue reading

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J. Edgar

Ultimately, it doesn’t work. Beautiful to look at, as are most of Eastwood’s films. And the acting is generally good. But there is a perspective conflict between the director and the screenwriter, and a conflict over which story is being … Continue reading

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