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December 7, 2017

A NIGHT OVER WATER - Ken Follett - 1991

If you enjoy reading history in a fiction novel format, this is a story you will not want to put down…. ”Flight Over Water” is Ken Follett’s romantic tale of a Pam Am Yankee Clipper flight from England to North America in 1939.



November 25, 2017

I’m one of the anesthetized many who couldn't stop watching Gavin O’Connor’s non-stop crime thriller. This script could be a model for how to maintain high interest. Using a multi-time-structured plot he cuts from the present to the past, to the future, and back a...

September 30, 2017

The latest in a series of movie adaptations of Robert Penn Warren’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel. This movie received some criticism for Zaillian’s script. However, if you’ve never read about these faults…. you’ll never miss them. What picks you up and carries this mov...

September 26, 2017

After election, and in keeping with his promises, he passed bills that offered free textbooks for schools and night classes to reduce adult illiteracy. He immediately channeled funds toward education, hospitals, bridges and roads. After he was elected to the senate in...

September 21, 2017

This movie goes down in film history as one of Lean’s most worthwhile directorial efforts. Shortly after WWII Robert Altman’s wife, Kathryn, recalled that Altman happened to wander into the movie by accident. He said that if seemed pretty slow, but within 20 minutes he...

August 21, 2017

In Mr. Harari’s book he theorizes that we will be replacing natural selection with intelligent design, and that we will eventually abandon our biological shell, upload our essence into an eternal computer and achieve cybernetic immortality. He equates this step into th...

August 7, 2017

GUNS, GERMS AND STEEL - Jared Diamond leads us down a path that broadens our comprehension of how the many different cultures of our globe grew to what they are today. He has introduced us to a better and more clear understanding of why the commonly held beliefs of soc...

August 2, 2017

opens his movie with original WWII film scenes of men and guns in a montage of cuts, some as short as 5 frames. He includes shots of a hospital, nurses (witches), Stewart (Macbeth) and Turner (Banquo) in modern battle dress. This is not your grandfather’s Macbeth!.

July 18, 2017

Shot on video – 1:133 screen ratio in 1979 – staged in totally black theater-in-the-round. Within the limitations of shooting in this setting, Philip Casson has taken full advantage of cine-technique, making great use of close-ups. He often asks actors to deliver lines...

July 13, 2017

MACBETH – directed by Justin Kurzel – Macbeth by Michael Fassbender – Lady Macbeth by Marion Cotillard. Of the five directors I reviewed in this project Kurzel’s interpretation is the most gory, with blood leaking out of every pour and body parts littering the landscap...

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