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
Jul012015

Michael Roskam’s THE DROP

But it’s the characters on display here that are the real focus. Who are these people and what are they really up to? Watching the actions of the police is especially interesting. They’re the outsiders here. Everyone goes to great lengths to keep the cops at arm’s length so they can pursue their own deals.

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Saturday
Jun272015

GARGANTIA ON THE VERDUROUS PLANET

Plot twists develop that are unexpected and handled in surprisingly dramatic and original ways. I found the series getting more interesting as it progressed as it addressed issues of militarism, greed, social structure, duty, honor, generational transition, artificial intelligence, and reliance on technology.

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Wednesday
Jun242015

Steven Quale's INTO THE STORM

This is not just one more big city with skyscrapers being torn apart by Marvel or Transformer characters fighting. This is a human scale small town surrounded by cornfields getting smashed by Mother Nature in scenes that are becoming depressingly more common as our climate continues to change for the worse.

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Wednesday
Jun172015

David Ayer's FURY

Inglourious Basterds, except for its opening sequence, is a cartoon compared with Fury.

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Wednesday
Jun102015

George Miller's MAD MAX: FURY ROAD

Speaking of stunts, it is interesting to compare what’s on display here with a Buster Keaton movie like The General which was released on February 5, 1927. That movie involved an extended locomotive chase along with amazing stunt work that still make one’s jaw drop. I wonder what Keaton would think about this movie?

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Wednesday
May272015

Julius Avery's SON OF A GUN

A lot of thought and planning went into the production and editing and it shows.

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Monday
May252015

Hitoshi Matsumoto's R100

To say that R100 is an unusual film would be a bit of an understatement given its blend of humor, pathos, the absurd, and the surreal.

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Wednesday
May202015

Alex Garland's EX MACHINA

Ex Machina has developed a reputation for being one of the more cerebral science-fiction movies to come along in many years. While I agree that it’s a pleasure to see a non-crash-bang/non-superhero film masquerading as SF, I was bit let down by the AI aspects of the film.

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Sunday
May102015

Daniel Lee's 14 BLADES

You’ve got a loyal hero, a heroine torn between loves, an exotic sword lady out to get Our Hero, and dozens of other characters who make the most of their screen time.

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Wednesday
May062015

Ridley Scott's EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS

Having heard all the negative press about this movie I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it.

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Thursday
Apr232015

Darren Aronofsky's NOAH

While there’s a lot here that’s “true to the Bible,” the movie also make sense as a fantasy set in a time and place far far away. We can’t help but wonder about the morality of such a world where the vices of humans are met not with forgiveness but with genocide on a planetary scale. Out of this genocide emerges a new and greener world.

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Wednesday
Mar252015

Eric Hayden's ASTRONAUT: THE LAST PUSH

After seeing this, I would definitely see someone like writer director Eric Hayden doing a really good job directing the film version of Andy Weir’s The Martian instead of a more mainstream Hollywood type director.

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Wednesday
Mar182015

Michael Bay's PAIN & GAIN

Stupidity and evil lurk beneath the surface here and become increasingly intertwined as the movie progresses.

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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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