Category: Film

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Platoon


Platoon is must see as a lesson of the Vietnam conflict, and a testimony to the horrors that our soldiers endured in that seemingly pointless war. [Original publication: May 30, 1999]

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Kelly’s Heroes


If you view Kelly’s Heroes as a fast paced comedic treasure hunt across the battlefields of WW II you’ll probably enjoy it as much as I do. It is definitely my favorite WW II comedy. [Original publication: May 29, 1999]

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Braveheart


This is a great historical piece as well as an action packed war flick. Mel Gibson does an outstanding job starring in, producing, and directing this near three hour epic. [Original publication: May 28, 1999]

To Hell and Back

To Hell and Back


This is a true classic and you owe it to yourself to check out To Hell and Back and discover what one American hero did to save his fellow comrades and liberate Europe. [Original publication: May 27, 1999]

Retro Review: Seven Samurai


Here’s another non-science fiction offering re-posted from my deep and dusty archives. I often strip irrelevant bits and pieces out of old DVD when I post them. In this case I decided to leave the entire review intact, for the main reason that I was reviewing a very expensive Criterion Collection edition of Seven Samurai. [Original publication: Mar 5, 2000]

The Martian

He Said, She Said: The Martian


The Martian, starring Matt Damon, is a science fiction drama/thriller about the survival of one astronaut left for dead. Though it is mostly true to the novel, there are differences. The good news is these differences have almost no impact on the effectiveness of the storytelling.

Retro Review: The Road Warrior


The Road Warrior was my first exposure to the Mad Max milieu. I quickly went back and watched the original Mad Max. Beyond Thunderdome has some problems. Fury Road returns Max to his true element. The Mad Max series is one of the favorite in my DVD/Bluray collection. [Original publication: Mar 7, 2000]

A.I. Artificial Intelligence: A Visual Study


It’s no secret that I’m a fan of the movie A.I. Artificial Intelligence, but it seems that there’s been a resergence of interest in the movie lately.  Various film websites […]

Retro Review: eXistenZ


Holy crap, I remember nothing about this movie. Even re-watching the trailer sparked no memories of eXistenZ. Nothing about the plot, characters, or if I even loved it or hated it. Apparently from my 16 year old review I thought it was pretty decent . . . but clearly not memorable.

A Knight's Tale

Retro Review: A Knight’s Tale


Purists beware: you will hate this movie. But if what you’re looking for is an old-fashioned fun time, then A Knight’s Tale is the perfect escape for you. The costumes are amazing, …

2001: A Space Odyssey

Retro Review: 2001: A Space Odyssey


If you’re a fan of the genre, this is required viewing. Maybe not for the sake of viewing it just to see it, but to realize what an influential piece …

Chicken Run

He Said, She Said: Chicken Run Review


Though slowly paced at times for our tastes, Chicken Run is a fun, humorous, and entertaining claymation classic for audiences of all ages. References to other film (and television) classics are …

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