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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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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Monday
Nov102014

Romanovskiy Mikhail's LONELY SOULS OF MICROBES

My favorite line of dialog: “She devours them like plums.”

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Monday
Nov102014

Ilango Ramanathan's MOUNA VIZHITHTHULIGAL

This is as stunning and heartfelt a condemnation of war as I have ever seen.

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Monday
Nov032014

Gareth Edwards' GODZILLA

Godzilla is much more “serious” and “realistic.” Death and destruction are much more immediate and visceral and less “cartoony.” You really sense that you are witnessing to something awful happening that humans just can’t deal with.

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Sunday
Nov022014

Toa Fraser's DEAN SPANLEY

When all is said and done, though, this is Peter O’Toole’s movie. The sensitivity of his performance is amazing to watch. We are fortunate to have a record of such performances

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Wednesday
Oct292014

Todd Robinson's PHANTOM

Movie review by Dennis D. McDonald

Ed HarrisThis Cold War submarine spy thriller is a real winner. Ed Harris excels as the nearly retired captain of an end of service life Russian nuclear missile submarine. Reluctantly he receives one last assignment. Onboard is a rogue set of KGB agents who are testing a fancy acoustic cloaking device they say will change the balance of power against the Americans. But that’s not why they’re really there. The captain realizes that — but only too late.

The cast, photography, editing, sound, and characters are excellent. Why I have never heard of this 2013 movie I don’t know. If you’re a fan of movies like Hunt for Red October this is the movie for you. Plot twists abound but the real focus is the interplay among the characters. Dialogue and acting are top-flight. Highly recommended.

Text copyright (c) 2014 by Dennis D. McDonald

 

Monday
Oct272014

Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, & Lana Wachowski's CLOUD ATLAS

What a gorgeous movie to look at this is! Plus, the intertwining stories and jumps in time provide amazing and often confusing food for thought.

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Saturday
Oct252014

Akiva Goldsman's WINTER'S TALE

I’m a sucker for well done but romantic time travel films. This one compares favorably to the romantic classic Somewhere In Time.

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Wednesday
Oct222014

Yasuomi Umetsu’s KITE

Kite from 1998 has an infamous reputation.

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