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One of Those Great Little Scenes: Rocky (1976)

If you haven’t heard the story of how Sylvester Stallone’s knockout came to fruition, it’s a story as epic as the film itself. In many ways, Stallone wrote the film about himself; he was a nobody whose wife left him, who was so poor that he had to sell his dog for food money, and […]

Movie of the Week: Smoke Signals (1998)

***** We all love indie movies, right? Juno, Little Miss Sunshine, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist, and the like. And of course, there is the iconic Napoleon Dynamite. But all (or just about all) of these films were made within the last decade. What about before the Indie movement? When small-studio films didn’t get any attention? I’d like to take […]

Heroes

On the midnight of July 19th-20th,a terrible tragedy occured in Aurora, Colorado. At the midnight showing of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, a sadistic man named James Holmes stood up and opened fire on the theater audience. The massacre lasted only minutes, yet in those minutes, 12 people died, and 59 were seriously injured. But we […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Smoke Signals (1998)

Not a lot of people know Smoke Signals, which is really quite a genius little film penned by great American Indian author Sherman Alexie, based on his novel, The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. For those of you who have seen the film, I don’t have to tell you how truly great it is. But for those […]

Review: The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

 ***** It is the age of the superhero. Since 2005, no less than 35 superhero movies have been released in the US. There may be more, but try to tell me there have been less. But in 2008, there was one hero film that took its place above all others as being considered (by many) […]

One of Those Great Little Scenes: Batman Begins (2005)

It is Batman day. At least, for me it is. It is also my birthday. And four years ago today, Christopher Nolan’s masterpiece The Dark Knight was released to critical and audience acclaim. But some people forget that before there was a Dark Knight, Batman had to begin. And he did just that in 2005’s Batman Begins, which breathed […]

The Dark Knight Rises: Pre-review

Okay, here it is. The Dark Knight Rises will be released Thursday-Friday night at 12:01am of July 20th. Possibly the most anticipated film of 2012, Rises is the conclusion of Christopher Nolan’s Batman saga, his Dark Knight trilogy. And so far, the critics are saying that it hasn’t lived up to the standards of the first, scoring an 87% […]