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(Being the first of many of these I’ll be producing this summer.) With summer here and only some online teaching duties to attend to—meaning that I can put the 2½ hours I don’t have to commute to and from campus to better use—I’ve decided to address short scenes from something compelling on a daily basis. This […]

Midnight…

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On July 16, 2011

Anybody else think that Midnight in Paris was a little weak for its 92% rating?  The chief insight is simultaneously rushed and painfully obvious, the in laws, the fiance, and the friends (with the e

Invictus

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On December 15, 2009

Clint Eastwood has made some fabulous films (Unforgiven, Mystic River, Letters from Iwo Jima). He’s made some films that aren’t quite fabulous, but are marvelously entertaining (The Outlaw

Top Gun: A Film that Never Loses its Relevance

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On October 21, 2009
Those who questioned my decision to include Top Gun in last year’s Patterson School Fall Film Series must be scurrying for cover now: A fighter pilot who headed the Navy in the Pacific and made a cameo appearance as a Tom Cruise foe in ”Top Gun” has taken over as the top U.S. military commander […]

John Hughes 1950-2009

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On August 7, 2009

NYT bit here. It may be a generational thing, but when I think about John Hughes, there’s a certain subset of his oeuvre that I think about.  In some ways, these films are nothing more than a g

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