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“The Grand Budapest Hotel” is a cinematic treat

We went to see acclaimed film, The Grand Budapest Hotel last night. Unique and eccentric hardly come close to describing the movie, but it appears everyone associated with the motion picture must have had a blast during filming and production. Throughout the … Continue reading

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A comedy genius passes

I can still clearly remember sitting in the historic Lafayette Theater in downtown Lafayette, Indiana and laughing until I cried while watching Animal House. I cannot count how many times I have used the term “double-secret probation” since that evening so … Continue reading

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A serious downer of a movie

I will preface this post with the fact that I do not like Woody Allen at all.  That being said, based on the accolades that Cate Blanchett has been receiving for her acting in his latest film at the various … Continue reading

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“Her”- Love in an impersonal world

Kathy and I saw the film Her over the weekend. The movie is a poignant fast forward portrayal of our impersonal digital world. Putting irony and emphasis on this portrayal was the fact that as we exited the theater, nearly everyone … Continue reading

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A ‘magical mystery tour’ of the ’60s – review of “Across the Universe”

I watched the 2007 motion picture Across the Universe for the first time last night and found it to be a magical and mysterious tour of the late 1960s, which blended perfectly with an entire score of superb Beatles music and … Continue reading

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Favorites of 2013

With just over three weeks left in 2013, here are some of my favorites for the year, subject to last-minute change before January 1st. ADVERTISING TV ads – any and all “Mayhem” advertisements by Allstate BREWS Beer- Tom Cream Premium … Continue reading

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An amazing, gritty film – “Dallas Buyer’s Club”

Oh my goodness, is Matthew McConaughey on a roll. First Mud, now Dallas Buyers Club. Is it possible to hand out two best actor Oscars to the same person in one year? I certainly hope so, because he deserves two for … Continue reading

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Seven Detroit-area marquees

Below are photographs taken over the past couple of years of seven historic theater marquees from the Metro Detroit area. Enjoy! Alger (seen better days) Berkley (pride of Berkley)  Fillmore (brilliant) Fox (stellar) Main (pride of Royal Oak)  Michigan (an Ann Arbor gem) State (another Ann Arbor … Continue reading

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Review of “Captain Phillips” – “Maybe in America” sums it up

I came out of the movie theater after watching the film Captain Phillips last night literally feeling empty and frustrated. Not that the acting wasn’t terrific and the story compelling, but empty about such a needless tragedy. I also felt the title was … Continue reading

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The magic of “Now You See Me”

Despite mediocre reviews, my two younger sons and I saw the recently released motion picture, Now You See Me last night. Boy, am I glad we did. the critics could not be more wrong. Fortunately, the average movie-goer has a … Continue reading

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