The Hurt Locker

Mark Boal’s “The Hurt Locker” is a work of fiction, but brilliantly captures the tension of war during this long period of U.S. military history in Iraq. Numerous movies have been made, both fictional and documentary in nature, about the Iraq war. I think of the maxim of “truth is stranger than fiction,” and recall…

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Bad Lieutenant

I’m going to put my thoughts on the interwebs concerning 1992’s “Bad Lieutenant” with the caveat that my sole reason for doing so is autobiographical. I want to record every movie I watched in 2011. Given these past couple of weeks and that it took at least 4 separate nights of viewing to get through…

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Aliens

“Maybe we’ve got them demoralized.” -Hudson Continuing with the Alien blu-ray box set I treated myself to, here are my thoughts on “Aliens.” I watched the director’s cut this time. My default is to watch the theatrical version unless I know that the director honestly prefers the director’s cut. There’s an intro to the director’s…

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Raging Bull

I christened my Blu-Ray player with “Raging Bull” – a Scorsese flick I’m ashamed to admit I hadn’t seen. This is an amazing film – I think I was struck most by the use of cameras, women and fighting (natch) during slow-motion sequences. All of them are loved and, at times, manipulated well by Lamotta,…

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To Have and Have Not

I watched Howard Hawks’s “To Have and Have Not” film (loosely) based upon Ernest Hemingway’s novel of the same name. This was Humphrey Bogart’s (Harry “Steve” Morgan) and Lauren Bacall’s (Marie “Slim” Browning) first movie together – they purportedly fell in love during the filming. Their chemistry is undeniable. Walter Brennan plays Eddie, Harry’s alcoholic…

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The History of Western Philosophy – Socrates

Socrates looms large in Philosophy’s history, but, as Russell notes, “is a very difficult subject for the historian.” Russell outlines some notes that are generally accepted as being true: – “He was undoubtedly an Athenian citizen of moderate means” and well-known.– He educated the young and, unlike the Sophists, did so for free– He was…

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Movie Report

I’ve recently seen the following: A Prophet, Black Swan, Exit Through the Gift Shop, and Restrepo. A Prophet – A French film about an Arab man who goes to prison very green and not only adapts, but climbs his way up through a criminal underworld. This movie has been universally praised for its straight, non-manipulative…

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