The Occasional Movie Review

The Steven Spielberg film Lincoln is exactly what you expect: a tight, interesting, well-written docudrama about an extraordinarily important but frequently over-simplified part of American history. So points for helping to bring that back to the forefront for those willing to watch it. But, surprisingly, it isn’t really that much about Lincoln. And while the Civil …

The Occasional Movie Review

Is it wrong to say that the entertainment value in a movie is just as strong as the educational value in it as well? The Sapphires is a story based very loosely in real life of an Aboriginal singing group in the late ’60s who end up travelling to Vietnam to entertain the American troops …

The Occasional TV Review

No. I am not a binge viewer, nor will I ever be, I fear. I just can’t take that much of anything for that long. So when faced with a TV series that has but one season so far that consists of just four twenty-three minute episodes, you’d think I could have polished that off …

The Occasional Movie Review

We’ve all seen this kind of story before: rich, cultured person gets new perspective on life after meeting a poor, down-on-his-luck, streetwise person. And that effect goes both ways. This is one of those movies. And, in a few cases, movies like this have been made based on true stories. This is also one of …

The Occasional Movie Review

One of the bonuses of this time of year is the fact that my workplace forces us to take vacation during the week between Christmas and New Year’s Day. So this allows some time to catch up on some movie watching. Like finally watching a DVD I’ve had from Netflix since April. Yes, the shame …

The Occasional Movie Review

Somehow, it isn’t at all surprising that a president–especially one as generally well respected by history as Franklin Delano Roosevelt–would have a mistress. Or perhaps mistresses. Which may be part of the point of the movie Hyde Park on Hudson: to portray FDR as a regular, flawed man, and not the overblown four-time leader of the …

The Occasional TV Series Review

I’ve tried. Really, I’ve tried. But I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to do this. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has fallen in love with this series. Except me. Because, I’m starting to think, it’s taken an excellent original version and twisted it so much that it’s become aimless and uninteresting. But …

The Occasional Movie Review

I think this may speak to my movie tastes somewhat. Friday night, I wanted to just shut down my brain and watch something that required no thought, no engagement, no need to actually actively pay attention. But there was nothing immediately appealing in my Netflix instant queue, my Netflix DVD (which I’ve had since the …

The Occasional Movie Review

Tonight’s movie is A Late Quartet about the members of a string quartet, which, like the lives of its members, is facing a time of transition. For those who find slow movies boring, you can just tune away now. This is most definitely not for you. For those who find the thought of a deep metaphorical character …