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


MOVIE REVIEWS

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Thursday
Jul282016

3 Films from the Traverse City Film Festival, Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Here are three feature length films shown at the Traverse City Film Festival. Great films all.

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Wednesday
Jul202016

Andrew Stanton and Angus MacLane's FINDING DORY

Finding Dory is a “textbook” Pixar movie.

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Sunday
Jul032016

Raman Hui’s MONSTER HUNT

I was reminded somewhat of Roger Rabbit by the plot: humans living uneasily with a race of nonhumans. Interactions between the two cultures are fraught with moments of humor, sweetness, violence, and even cruelty.

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Thursday
Jun162016

My Last 20 Published Movie Reviews

As of June 16, 2016, below are links to my last 20 published movie reviews:

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Monday
Jun132016

Alan Rickman's A LITTLE CHAOS

Don’t come to this movie expecting a typical costume drama about a royal romance in late 17th century France.

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Friday
May272016

Henry Hobson's MAGGIE

It may be appropriate to say that Maggie is the thinking and feeling person’s zombie movie.

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Thursday
May192016

Anthony and Joe Russo's CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR

I actually preferred Batman v Superman and the recent Fantastic Four over Captain America: Civil War. While I respect how Robert Downey Jr. and Chris Evans have managed to create likable personas for their characters, in CIVIL WAR they are swimming upstream against an almost suffocating tide of fan service and entangling toy sales marketing.

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Sunday
May152016

Josh Trank's FANTASTIC FOUR

I admit I was curious. Can any film be as bad as the reviews say?

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Wednesday
May042016

Neill Blomkamp's CHAPPiE

This is certainly not the film I saw advertised when it was first released.

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Thursday
Apr282016

Colin Trevorrow's JURASSIC WORLD

What is on display here is a technocratic approach to filmmaking driven by a checklist of sights, events, and characters that a committee decided need to be on display.

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Wednesday
Apr132016

J.J. Abrams' STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS

Sure, I enjoyed seeing the old characters, but it’s the new ones I really enjoyed.

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Wednesday
Mar302016

Zack Snyder's BATMAN V. SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

I think “sequels” to this film will have a hard time topping this one.

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Wednesday
Mar092016

Guillermo Del Toro's CRIMSON PEAK

What a fun gorgeous movie!

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Thursday
Feb112016

Peyton Reed's ANT-MAN

Another positive factor is the movie’s tone. Good versus evil is presented without excess cruelty or bloodshed.

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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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