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Final Scene of Godfather II

The final five minutes from The Godfather II. Not only loaded with action and conflict but the scene establishes the relationships between the four Corleone brothers and where they sit within the current pecking order. We see family emotions sway between: Tension to Promise; Rage to Joy; Fear to Hope. It is pure operatic genius. All of this packed into one amazing scene... 1) It's… View More

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On the Complexities of Oliver Stone

I agree that Oliver Stone is a genius. But his oeuvre is filled with odd contradictions that oscillate between socially significant to wastefully self-indulgent. For me, Wall Street, The Doors, Any Given Sunday, Talk Radio are his best. Like most folks, I have not see all 20… View More

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FILM REVIEW: PHANTOM THREAD (2017)

FILM REVIEW: "PHANTOM THREAD" (2017) 4 out of 5 STARS DIRECTOR: Paul Thomas Anderson CAST: Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis, Lesley Manville, R - Drama RUNTIME: 2h 10m Powerful drama about a not too investigated subject: The creative art and business of high fashion dressmaking, and the love life of a straight, male fashion designer in an era 60 years before gay fashion stereotypes were pushed on… View More

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ANNA KARENINA (2012) Film Review

Anna Karenina (2012) R | 2h 9min | Drama, Romance Director: Joe Wright (Darkest Hour, Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) WRITTEN by: Tom Stoppard (screenplay), Leo Tolstoy (novel) CAST: Matthew Macfadyen, Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Kelly… View More

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CHAPPAQUIDDICK (2018) Film Review

CHAPPAQUIDDICK (2017) 3 out of 5 Stars PG-13 | 1h 46min | Drama, History, Thriller DIR: John Curran CAST: Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms, Bruce Dern, Jim Gaffigan Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne. Good drama. Ted Kennedy's character is likable and conflicted by family dynamics. It seems he never… View More

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WE OWN THE NIGHT (2007) Film Review

WE OWN THE NIGHT (2007) R | 1h 57min | Crime, Drama, Thriller DIR: James Gray CAST: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Wahlberg, Eva Mendes, Robert Duvall, Tony Musante A New York City nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father (both high ranking police officers) from Russian Mafia hitmen. Decent drama with some good performances all around. For fans of BLUE BLOODS on CBS TV, this film appears to have… View More

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FORBIDDEN AREA (1956) Film Review

"FORBIDDEN AREA" (1956) PLAYHOUSE 90 DIRECTOR: John Frankenheimer CAST: Charleton Heston, Tab Hunter, Vincent Price Watched this last night. Darned good live TV drama. It was the very first of the "Playhouse 90" series and deals with a Russian spy in our military who puts the U.S. at huge risk during a Cold War… View More

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PATERNO (2018) Film Review

PATERNO (2018) TV-MA | 1h 45min | Biography, Sport | TV Movie 7 April 2018 Director: Barry Levinson Writers: Debora Cahn, John C. Richards Stars: Al Pacino, Kathy Baker, Riley Keough SYNOPSIS: Exactly one day after becoming the winningest coach in college football history, Penn State's Joe Paterno (Pacino) becomes engulfed in the Jerry Sandusky sexual abuse scandal. Paterno's 61 year legacy is… View More