I research, consult, and write about big dataproject managementnew mediastandardsmobile technology, and collaboration. Occasionally I review books and movies. I’m also a volunteer with the Alexandria Film Festival.


MOVIE REVIEWS

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Monday
Feb012016

Don Herzfeldt’s WORLD OF TOMORROW

Don’t let the stick figure animation fool you. This is one of the most sophisticated science-fiction films I’ve seen since Her and Ex Machina. And it’s only 17 minutes long.

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Thursday
Jan282016

Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi's WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS

This movie wonderfully answers the burning question, what would happen if some really good comedy writers made a faux reality documentary about a group of 4 vampires living in the middle class suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand?

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Wednesday
Jan202016

Alejandro González Iñárritu's THE REVENANT

I don’t think I’ll be submitting myself to this cinematic torture again. I guess I prefer my spirit to be uplifted, not crushed, even when the crushing is beautifully and artistically portrayed.

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Monday
Jan112016

Amazon's THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE

Oddly enough, as much as this show twists history, I think you will appreciate it even more if you do know the details of the events that are being twisted.

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Thursday
Jan072016

Chris Rock's TOP FIVE

What propels the movie way beyond what might have been just another exploitation of over-privileged middle-aged angst is the movie’s tight focus on the relationship between Rock’s character and a sharp and attractive newspaper interview played by Rosario Dawson.

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Wednesday
Jan062016

Angelina Jolie's UNBROKEN

What propels the story along are the twin realities that (a) this story is true and (b) Japanese prison camp conditions really were this horrific. Jolie’s almost documentary approach lets these things speak for themselves. You can’t help but be moved by the results. I certainly was.

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Tuesday
Dec292015

Steven Soderbergh's SIDE EFFECTS

This tasty little thriller really packs a punch with frequent and unexpected twists and turns along the way. Jude Law and Rooney Mara star in an expertly crafted cat and mouse game that pits … well, explaining the story too much would spoil things.

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Thursday
Dec172015

Subhash Ghai's KAANCHI

Every now and then I find it enjoyable to see things done in bright colors and with well-drawn characters or personalities with motivations (good or bad) that are unmistakable.

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Wednesday
Dec092015

Jaman Winan’s INK

Seeing INK reminded me of my guardian angel days as it explores the conflict between good and evil and the shadowy netherworld of dreams, nightmares, and overlapping timelines.

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Wednesday
Dec022015

Ryan Coogler's CREED

CREED is easily one of the most enjoyable movies I’ve seen this year.

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Tuesday
Dec012015

Matthew Vaughan’s KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE

Check it out and prepare to crank up the sound; the bigger the screen the better. Be prepared to be amazed.

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Friday
Nov202015

Kevin Costner's OPEN RANGE

This is a magnificent movie. It looks great, the acting is terrific, and it presents us with a classic confrontation between good and evil that culminates in a spectacular small—town all-guns-blazing gunfight.

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Friday
Nov202015

Ron Howard's THE MISSING

If you need a “western” fix (as I do occasionally) this one might do the trick.

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Wednesday
Nov112015

Ridley Scott's THE MARTIAN

All in all The Martian is enjoyable film that promotes science and exploration but on a human and recognizable scale in a way that any audience can enjoy.

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Monday
Nov092015

Now Showing: My Personal Favorites from This Year’s Alexandria Film Festival

I was fortunate this year to serve on the Alexandria Film Festival’s volunteer Program Committee chaired by Irwin Singer.

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Thursday
Oct222015

Steven Spielberg's BRIDGE OF SPIES

What Spielberg seems to be saying is that we must not let the very real fears and dangers of the time make us forget who we are and the freedoms we hold dear.

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Wednesday
Oct142015

Brad Bird’s TOMORROWLAND

The ending is convoluted and prolonged — does the world really need another giant robot fight? — but Tomorrowland is different and definitely worth reviewing, if only for the amazing sets, visuals, and ideas.

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Sunday
Oct112015

Aaron Schneider’s GET LOW

Duvall’s performance in this movie is a pleasure to watch. I can’t say it is a revelation since he has been so good for so long and we have come to expect excellence from him. Somehow he is able to embody a sense of reality, orneriness, and pathos. This is a character who, in lesser hands, would have strayed into overacting.

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Saturday
Sep122015

Isabel Coixet's LEARNING TO DRIVE

Every now and then it is nice to see an adult film about relationships and interesting characters. Learning to Drive scratches that itch.

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Wednesday
Aug262015

Kim Farrant's STRANGERLAND

Not since Nicolas Roeg’s Walkabout has landscape played such an important role in a film.

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