Category: "Movies"

rant on Michael Moore on Capitalism

July 10th, 2013
twenty five years of bailouts can't be wrong.    oh, wait, maybe the can be after all. more »

Artificial Intelligence (2001)

February 19th, 2013
While the film opens some interesting questions, the second half leaves so many loose ends it looks like the producers failed to consider some of the most basic ramifications of the premise. more »

Message to Love

February 16th, 2013
It's 1970, the Isle of Wight festival, and everyone is there:  Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, Joni Mitchell, Jethro Tull, the Who, Tiny Tim, and 600,000 fans.  more »

Das Boot, Directors Cut

February 13th, 2013
I've never before seen a three+ hour movie go by so quickly, all the more significant by the film being in German and subtitled.  Suspense, action, and drama -- a war film that looked as harrowing and awful as I can imagine submarine operations to be. more »

24 hour party people

February 9th, 2013
[A mostly the same version of this review was distributed separately in 8/25/2002] For members and fans of Set It Quiet, the film "24 Hour Party People" could be considered something of a history lesson concerning the creators of some of the music perf… more »

The Hobbit, coming to film

November 26th, 2012
One detail I wonder how the film will handle is that of the finding of the One Ring. more »

one of my favs

February 2nd, 2012
Groundhog Day has a couple points going for it out of the box - Bill Murray and Harold Ramis most importantly.  But Andi MacDowell is sincere and the rest of the ensemble cast give heartfelt and amusing performances.  Plus, the story is one for the ages. more »

The power of hoodoo

September 26th, 2004
It is "Monkey Business", or maybe "The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer", that has Cary Grant perform the following exchange with some stuffed shirt grup: "You remind me of the man" "What man?" "The man with the power" "What power?" "The power of hoodoo" "… more »

Film treatment of The Return of the King

January 4th, 2004
I (again) largely agree with Bill's review of the final LotR film.  I'd give it a B overall; a good execution, but the departures from the book were at times incomprehensible, especially in as much as they diminish the humanity of some of the major char… more »

Life and Debt (2001)

February 23rd, 2002
Life and Debt (2001), Stephanie Black, Director - there are other factors effecting the island economy, and what the film failed to address was even the existence more »