Monday, March 30, 2015
Monday, March 23, 2015
Les Miserables. We bring on Twitter anon Tacitus to talk Rogue One and the upcoming Star Wars franchise. Also: Les Mis: the book, Victor Hugo, revolutions, melodrama, law and grace, and why the Patriarch was never in a boy band.
Tuesday, March 17, 2015
In honor of that Roman British guy who was kidnapped by Irish pirates, let's celebrate some Irish culture! So without further ado, here are our favorite Irish movies, in honor of St. Patrick's Day:
Saturday, March 7, 2015
The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler, Conspiracy (2001), and Sophie Scholl: The Final Days. Anti-semitism, Nazis, and the ethics of standing up for an idea. Also: Is Netanyahu the Jack Aubrey of politics?
Thursday, March 5, 2015
Top 15 Movies/Top 5 TV Shows
Last year's list
Yes, I know I'm late. Since it was over 2014 that I became a real film geek, I managed to see tons of terrific movies - but only a few stuck out as solid, all-time favorites. I mention them first.
Gravity had obvious problems. A bombastic soundtrack, little character development, and a penchant for dramatic, gratuitous destruction. But due to some terrific visuals, Gravity managed to sweep me away. I congratulate the main character: space. And boy, George Clooney really is a man of constant sorrow.
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance feels like somebody's fan fiction come true - drop Jimmy Stewart and John Wayne down in a Western town, and watch them be themselves. But it's far more than just a rote Western. John Ford sets the story on the brink of civilization, as impending statehood threatens the both the violence of outlaws and the wild, free ways of independent cowboys. What is the difference between the two? That's the question this movie asks. My review.
|Dorothy Tutin and Dirk Bogarde in A Tale of Two Cities (1958)|
To begin with some minor characters...