Quick Netflix Review

| October 27, 2009

Knowing(Directed by Alex Proyas, starring Nicholas Cage and a bunch of other people I never heard of.) Quick review: 50 years advance knowledge, and the best they can do is whisper in a few kids’ ears? Aliens are major league a-holes. 1½ stars Once again, I am underwhelmed. I’m really trying, and I can think […]


| August 13, 2009

Years ago, immediately after I’d graduated from high school, I was an extra in an eminently forgettable movie. It was being filmed in my hometown, and they needed people who knew how to march and wear uniforms, so they approached our JROTC department and asked for volunteers. Having nothing better to do, I and some […]

Quick Movie Review

| May 11, 2009

Star TrekDirected by J. J. Abrams, starring Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Leonard Nimoy, Eric Bana, Bruce Greenwood, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, and Simon Pegg Quick review: Don’t blink, or you’ll miss the part where Kirk graduates from the academy, is commissioned an Ensign, is promoted up through the ranks while demonstrating his leadership skills and […]

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

| March 6, 2009

I may be a geek, but I’ve never been a comic book geek, either as a kid, or since. Once, though, while in the throes of boredom between trips up to the DMZ during my service in Korea, I borrowed a friend’s copy of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns. I’d never heard the expression “graphic […]

Big Hollywood

| January 14, 2009

Despite what you may have thought, Movies Are Your Best Entertainment Value. Just ask Iowahawk, writing at Big Hollywood. I haven’t seen any numbers, but I’m willing to wager that the biggest hits of 2008 were decidedly not anti-American/anti-military, while the biggest flops were. OK, I did a bit of googling. “Space Chimps” brought in […]

Quick Movie Review

| September 8, 2008

Hot Fuzz(Directed by Edgar Wright, starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Timothy Dalton — rated R for language and graphic violence.) Quick review: Small-town life is so much better without all the murders… but nowhere near as entertaining. 4½ stars This is a fun one; I’m glad I put it in my Netflix queue. Most Americans […]

Quick Movie Review

| June 3, 2008

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull(Directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Harrison Ford, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Allen, Cate Blanchett) Quick review: Commies. I hate those guys. Quick *spoiler* review: E.T., phone Jones. (click and drag to highlight.) 3½ stars Again I have ventured forth to the theater, and again, I enjoyed getting out. […]

Quick Movie Review

| May 12, 2008

Urgh: A Music War (1981)(Directed by Derek Burbidge) Some “music war.” If only there had been some casualties. I was hoping for an airstrike. “Codswallop” might be too polite a term for this collection of mostly awful tripe. ½ star The “film” consists of live New Wave and Punk performances by various — and I […]

Quick Movie Review

| May 6, 2008

Iron Man(Directed by Jon Favreau, starring Robert Downey Jr., Gwyneth Paltrow, Jeff Bridges, Terrence Howard) Wait… terrorists and their enablers, and not the US military, are the bad guys? I can’t imagine why anyone would like this. (Hollywood lefties, are you taking notes?) 4½ stars So, yesterday I did something I haven’t been able to […]

“It’s been quite a ride. I loved every minute of it.”

| April 6, 2008

Film legend and past NRA president Charlton Heston has died. Though he was best known for his iconic roles in such films as Ben Hur, The Ten Commandments and Planet of the Apes, the lesser-known El Cid, in which he plays the part of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar during the Reconquista, has always vied for […]

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