Author Archives: Batesy

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015)

This is spoiler free but there are some very general things mentioned so if you want a completely empty slate then go see it first. At some point in the process of taking on the enormous expectations of the movie-going … Continue reading

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Trailer of Hope (again) – Star Wars:The Force Awakens

In the court of public opinion, Star Wars has been through a lot of ups and downs since it first altered popular culture in the summer of 1977. After riding a long wave of love and acceptance during it’s initial … Continue reading

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Jurassic World (2015)

There are some fun moments scattered about the two hour running time of the shiny, new Jurassic World; mostly clever deaths of secondary characters. The rest of the film is a pretty empty experience mostly because there isn’t one character … Continue reading

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Miller’s Masterpiece / Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

I think the thing that most amazed me while watching Fury Road last night was how much it restored my faith in movies in general and specifically of this type. As much as I enjoy the Marvel movies, to give … Continue reading

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It’s A Wonderful Life (sometimes)

It’s A Wonderful Life was released in 1946 but its uncanny ability to have such a direct, emotional connection with audiences has allowed it to be programmed 68 years later in a prime-time slot on network tv in 2014. Sadly, few films … Continue reading

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Birdman (2014)

First things first: It is great to see Michael Keaton in a major role in a major film. I was looking over his filmography the other day and was surprised at how few films he has been in since the late … Continue reading

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R.I.P. Robin Williams

When Robin Williams broke out back in the late 70’s he had a hugely visceral impact. There was no one else like him. Last night I watched his first appearance on Happy Days and every little, nutty thing he did … Continue reading

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