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Movie: Blue Sunshine (1977)

In general, I find low-budget pictures from before digital age more interesting than contemporary low-budget films, as well as major studio fare from any era.  These films tend to take more risks (albeit, not necessarily good ones).  Also, because films cameras and stock require some significant funds, the minds behind such pictures were usually deeply […]

Movie: Trading Places (1983)

I recently saw a car with a window decal reading, “White privilege is a myth”.  My hackles went up immediately.  I am not aware of any advantages that have been available specifically to me because of my race, but I know that, in general, there are far more opportunities available in the United States if […]

Movie: Times Square (1980)

Automatic pilot and x-ray spex We were kissing in the cockpit when the airplane wrecked – “Dragon Lady”, The Geraldine Fibbers “We’re going to crash somehow.” “We will, but let’s go down flaming” –Times Square I thought about music the entire time I watched this 1983 movie, and it wasn’t just because of a killer […]

Of birds and bees

The following was originally written for my work, which had a contest for anecdotes concerning working from home… I have always been a nature lover.  I think it is especially best appreciated when viewed from behind large, plate-glass windows. Working from home has afforded me the opportunity to appreciate the nature in my backyard even […]

Movie: Shock Waves (1977)

Zombie Nazis on a ghost ship attack a 70s version of the Gilligan’s Island passengers and crew.  If that sounds promising, then you’ll likely have a good time watching 1977’s Shock Waves. As Peter Cushing will eventually explain, these zombies are super-soldiers developed by the Nazis.  Cushing commanded this unit of the undead and captained […]

Movie: Red Road (2006)

It must be difficult to make a movie about heavier subjects without lapsing into melodrama, given how many films fall on the wrong side of that fence.  2006’s Red Road is one of the pictures that immediately stands out in my mind as being a solemn drama that not once lapses into mawkish sentiment. Kate […]

Movie: The Public Enemy (1931)

We are in a city and it is late at night.  There is no traffic, car or pedestrian.  A hard rain is coming down.  Bundled against the rain, a figure in coat and hat is closing in on a darkened storefront.  That rain has to be cold, yet we can almost feel waves of hate […]

Movie: Because Of You (1952)

Some people know they have reached rock bottom when they wake up in bed with the wrong person, or they suddenly find themselves digging for food in a dumpster.  Few people expect their path their life takes to end up at “magician’s assistant”, but that is where Loretta Young finds herself after doing a stint […]

Movie: Them (1954)

 I’m watching a movie that starts with police officers looking into devastation at two different desert locales.  At a destroyed trailer, they take note there is a box of sugar cubes on the counter.  Later, at a general store, they note sugar seemed to be focus of some bizarre heist. Already, I couldn’t stop thinking […]

Movie: Tower Heist (2011)

It has been roughly 15 years since Bernie Madoff was convicted of operating the largest Ponzi scheme in history, and it is shame there has been so much high-profile white-collar crime since then that many may struggle to remember who Madoff was and what he did. 2011’s Tower Heist was made when that conviction was […]

Movie: The Trap (1959)

As a general rule, film noir should take place in urban environments and be filmed in black and white.  Yet there are a few canonical noir films that are in color.  Curiously, those movies usually also take place in the desert. Such is the case with 1959’s The Trap, where Richard Widmark tries to prevent […]