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Posted by on Dec 17, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews | 18 comments

Why I’m Boycotting “Star Wars”




It’s become impossible to ignore.

“Star Wars” comes out tomorrow.  Everywhere you look, it’s “Star Wars” this and “Star Wars” that.  The movie isn’t even out yet, and I’m already sick of fucking “Star Wars.”   I think most other people are sick of it, too.

So, let’s do something.  Let’s all band together and boycott “Star Wars.”  Let refuse to buy tickets to “Star Wars,” then the movie theaters will end up with a shitload of empty seats and lose a ton of money.  That will teach Hollywood a lesson that we need more foreign-language documentaries, instead of space ship movies.  What a statement that would make!  So, who’s with me on this?

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Blog, Essays, Movie Reviews | 17 comments

Ten Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Actor Gene Hackman




I was reading an article recently about the sad and rather depressing deterioration of San Bernadino, Califorinia.

It was something of a surprise to learn that San Bernadino’s most famous resident is none other than the accomplished film actor Gene Hackman, now retired from the big screen.  He hasn’t made a film in nearly a decade and is likely finished with movies.  In other words, he’s likely made his last film.  Hackman was born in San Bernadino back in 1930.  That makes Hackman age 85, as of today.

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Posted by on May 2, 2014 in Blog, Essays, What's Left | 1 comment

The Movie that Predicted Our Future




“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”

One of the most memorable quotes in movie history comes from Network, the visionary masterpiece directed by Sidney Lumet starring William Holden, Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall, and Ned Beatty.  But the film’s real acumen stems from a brilliant screenplay written by Paddy Chayefsky.

When released in 1976, the movie didn’t perform particularly well at the box office.  It came out at the same time as the first Rocky movie, which won Best Picture that year.  Nonetheless, Network became an instant classic, a creative muse, an enthralling satire, and even a cautionary tale — particularly within the cynical circles of social commentary.

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