Category Archives: Essays

Commentary on film, tv and music

Great Big 70mm: Film Festival highlights from Chicago

I just spent 3 days in Chicago attending screenings of 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968), Playtime (1967) and West Side Story (1961) in the film format they were photographed in: 70mm (technically the actual film image is 65mm with the … Continue reading

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I Laughed,Cried & Embraced the Mysteries of the Universe: My Lists ~ Part One

My Desert Island Comedies: I decided to just include the ones that immediately popped in my head. There are films that I may have had more laughs in but for whatever reason I don’t really go back to them. These … Continue reading

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The Apeal of Dignity & Integrity: Downton Abbey

So my wife and I were very late to the whole Downton Abbey thing. Friends were either prompting us to watch or they were asking whether or not we had seen it because they kept hearing about how it good … Continue reading

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Prometheus, Ridley Scott & the Art of Thinking Big

I just came back from screening Prometheus in IMAX 3-D and I want to say right out of the chute that seeing a big film on a big screen in a big format is something truly special.  If you have … Continue reading

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May 25th 1977

35 years ago today (it was a Wednesday back then), George Lucas’ Star Wars opened and changed everything including me. Since that time, old fans like myself have gathered in corners all across the globe and grumbled over George’s lack … Continue reading

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War of the Worlds and the Parental Nightmare

Steven Spielberg’s War of the Worlds (2005) was the slick sci-fi action film that we have come to expect from the director.  Filled with amazing set pieces and created with his always top shelf production team; it delivered the goods. … Continue reading

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