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Protected: Movie. The Last King of Scotland, 2006.

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Movie. Duel

Posted by T on March 21, 2008
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David Mann (Dennis Weaver) is a non-descript middle-aged traveling salesman on a routine road trip through the California steppe, day-dreaming, listening to talk radio, worrying about a tiff with his wife the night before, when he catches up with a big, smoky, mean-looking truck. He passes it, but it then speeds up and passes him. Thus begins an hour and half of a road-rage “duel” between Mann and truck. Continue reading…

Movie. Breach, 2007

Posted by T on March 20, 2008
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This is a modern cloak and dagger based on a true story. Twenty-five year FBI man Robert Hanssen (Chris Cooper) is nabbed for spying just before he would have retired. The movie depicts the FBI’s effort to catch him in the act of making a “drop” so that conviction would be certain. Continue reading…

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Movie. The Queen, 2006.

Posted by T on March 18, 2008
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The plot and message of this movie can be summarized Continue reading…

(DVD) Lennie Explains Music

Posted by T on March 08, 2008
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The Unanswered Question – Six Talks at Harvard by Leonard Bernstein (1976) is a series on music appreciation that Leonard Bernstein delivered Continue reading…

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Movie. Marathon Man, 1976.

Posted by T on January 26, 2008
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The premise of this film is very simple and very implausible. Continue reading…

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Movie. The Golem, 1920.

Posted by T on January 03, 2008
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Original German: Der Golem, wie er in die Welt kam (“Golem: How He Came Into the World”). This is an early silent masterpiece. It is a telling of the most famous golem-legend, which takes place in Prague during the Elizabethan period. Using astrology, kabala, and invocation of an evil spirit, Rabbi Judah Löw (Albert Steinrück) succeeds in animating a clay model of a man. With this Golem, Löw is able to defend the jews from persecution by the Empire; in addition, the Golem (played by Paul Wegener who also directs) is marshaled to kill the Gentile lover Continue reading…

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(DVD) Sex and the City

Posted by T on November 21, 2007
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This was an HBO series aimed at modern young women that is now available on DVD. It was a six-year sensation spanning the new millennium. Continue reading…

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Movie. The Architects, 1990.

Posted by T on October 29, 2007
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This may be the first east-west German reconciliation movie ever, having been begun on the east side before the wall fell, and completed after. Continue reading…

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Movie. Third Man, 1949. (HIx: 0)

Posted by T on October 06, 2007
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This is a cloak-and-dagger story in the manner of a Continue reading…

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(DVD) Stalingrad, 2003

Posted by 2 on June 25, 2007
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Not to be confused with another movie with the same title, this is a documentary about the Battle of Stalingrad which was fought between the German and Soviet armies during the fall and winter of 1942-43. Before making a few comments, a little background about the battle may be helpful. Continue reading…

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Movie. Freedom Writers, 2007

Posted by T on June 12, 2007
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Hilary Swank is bright-eyed, idealistic teacher in a recently-integrated LA public Continue reading…

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Movie. Citizen Kane, 1941. (HIx: 0)

Posted by T on May 23, 2007
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Kane, a powerful newspaper magnate, dies. The news team fans out to get a story on his last word, “Rosebud.” This leads to a series of interviews with various associates, through which the entire story of his life is told from several perspectives. The upshot is that he was a man that came into great wealth, and tried to buy the love of the proletariat and women by starting progressive newspapers and opera houses; but he died Continue reading…

Movie. Amen, 2002.

Posted by T on May 19, 2007
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Another holocaust film, this one a heavily fictionalized story of SS officer Continue reading…

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Movie. Good Bye Lenin, 2003.

Posted by T on April 14, 2007
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The story is of a couple with a young son and daughter in East Berlin during a time Continue reading…

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