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Movie Review: ‘An Actor Prepares’

Greetings again from the darkness. Does a kid ever lose hope that what was once a horrible/absentee parent might magically evolve into a dependable, caring parent – even as an adult? Is it ever too late for that parent to make amends? Director Steve ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Papillon’

Greetings again from the darkness. It seems like most every remake that comes around begs the question, “Why?” This is especially true when the film being remade is a favorite such as 1973’s PAPILLON. The original was directed by Oscar winner Franklin J. Schaffner ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Blaze’

Greetings again from the darkness. “When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.” “I don’t want to be a star, I wants to be a legend.” The first quote comes from THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE and the second is drawled by Blaze ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘First Reformed’ Blu-ray

Greetings again from the darkness. “A crisis of faith” is merely the tip of the theological iceberg in this gripping, thought-provoking, debate-inspiring oddity from legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader. Mr. Schrader has long specialized in messed up/conflicted gents struggling in a world-gone-wrong in films like ...Read More

Movie Review: ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

Greetings again from the darkness. With so much attention on this being a rare mainstream movie with an “all Asian cast”, it’s possible to lose sight of the fact that it’s much more than this generation’s THE JOY LUCK CLUB (1993). Director John M ...Read More

Movie Short Review: ‘Asia A’

Greetings again from the darkness. A college basketball player lays in a hospital bed as a doctor puts him through the initial “pin” tests to determine loss of sensation after a spinal injury. The American Spinal Injury Association uses its acronym ASIA as the ...Read More

Movie Short Review: ‘2nd Class’

Greetings again from the darkness. Swedish filmmaker Jimmy Olsson continues his streak of excellent short films with the story of an idealistic school teacher’s reaction to the harshness that periodically accompanies real life. We first meet Charlotte, a student recognized for her studies in ...Read More