I research, consult, and write about open dataproject managementnew mediastandardsmobile technology, and collaboration. Occasionally I review books and movies


MOVIE REVIEWS

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Wednesday
Mar042015

Chad Stahelski & David Leitch’s JOHN WICK

If your weakness is revenge porn this is the movie for you!

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Thursday
Feb262015

Anthony & Joe Russo's CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

For me the saving grace of this movie were the lead characters: Chris Evans of Snowpiercer fame as Capt. America, and Scarlett Johansson (Her, Lucy, Under the Skin, Chef) as Black Widow. They do a good job making their characters seem real. If only the stories and action surrounding them were more interesting!

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Sunday
Feb222015

Jon Favreau's CHEF

The director (and star) masterfully manages multiple and entertaining threads without losing focus on the main story focus.

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Thursday
Feb192015

Luc Besson's LUCY

Still, the movie is worth a watch especially for the first half or so. But eventually the silliness overwhelms the acting, editing, and wonderful production values. Lucy at the end reaches for spectacular profundity but lands with the thud. We’ve seen it all before.

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Monday
Feb092015

Thaddeus O'Sullivan's INTO THE STORM

What would have happened had England not had a Churchill to guide it the war?

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Wednesday
Feb042015

Alexandre Aja's HORNS

There is nothing subtle about this film. Everything seems done to excess.

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Wednesday
Feb042015

Morten Tyldum’s THE IMITATION GAME

The Imitation Game might oversimplify at times but it does represent the work of real people and that’s a good thing for modern audiences to see.

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Thursday
Jan292015

Hiroyuki Okiura's LETTER TO MOMO

What a lovely, gentle, and funny film this is!

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Friday
Jan232015

Jonathan Glazer’s UNDER THE SKIN

It’s like no place on earth I’ve ever seen.

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Thursday
Jan222015

Spike Jonze’s HER

It’s an oddly sterile middle class urban future that’s presented here and one where all annoying visual corners seem to have been knocked or sanded off.

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Wednesday
Jan142015

Gabe Ibáñez' AUTOMATA

This is a highly original spin on both the dystopian and the robots-becoming-human themes.

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Monday
Jan122015

Nick Jackson's TEMPLE GRANDIN

Claire Danes’ performances as Temple Grandin in this biopic is a stunner.

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Friday
Jan092015

Peter Jackson's THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES

Peter Jackson and crew should be proud of what they and WETA have created.

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Wednesday
Jan072015

Stuart Beattie’s I, FRANKENSTEIN

If you want to put your mind in “park” for 90 minutes this is the film for you!

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Monday
Jan052015

Wes Anderson's THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL

Highly entertaining, consistently funny, and quite charming overall with a healthy dose of craziness.

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Thursday
Dec182014

Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER

The bond between the two characters is never clearly understood. Master and pupil (as the title implies)? Or two dissimilar peas in a pod, one reflecting the other?

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Sunday
Dec142014

Dustin Hoffman's QUARTET

It’s a feel-good movie beautifully produced with a heart and a conscience.

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Thursday
Dec112014

Steven Knight's REDEMPTION

This is not your typical Stathan action movie. I enjoyed it along with the excellent direction and beautiful nighttime photography. The thick English accents are a bit tough to follow at times but if you just follow the movement and the eyes you’ll be fine.

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Sunday
Dec072014

Roger Michell's HYDE PARK ON THE HUDSON

Does FDR come through as a major cad in how he relates to women? Absolutely. But also portrayed is how the women respond and adjust while still managing to pull strings. It’s a fascinating view of a time and place and reminds us that these gods of our history were human too.

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Friday
Nov142014

Christopher Nolan's INTERSTELLAR

The only other movie within recent memory that packed a similar emotional wallop for me was TREE OF LIFE

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