Author Archives: Michael J

About Michael J

I watch movies, write about movies, think about movies, and cook.


A riot is the language of the unheard. — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On August 9, 2014, at approximately 12:03 p.m. Central Daylight Time, 18-year-old Michael Brown, a black man, was shot and killed by 28-year-old police officer Darren … Continue reading

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Weekly Round Up (8.31.17 – 9.7.17)

Every Labor Day weekend, the small mountain town of Telluride, Colorado becomes the center of the moviegoing universe, and for four days, I sit in darkened theaters, subsisting on Steamie’s burgers and Russell Kelly Pale Ale. With the exception of … Continue reading

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“Life’s tragedy begins with the bond between parent and child.” —Ryūnosuke Akutagawa A father is sick and the son is beckoned to his side. Though the set-up may be familiar, the execution is anything but. This is Columbus, the first … Continue reading

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As far as the filmmakers behind The Only Living Boy in New York want you to think, Thomas Webb (Callum Turner) is your typical New Yorker. He feels he was born a few decades too late — he would have … Continue reading

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duŸenŸde \dü-en-(,)dā\ noun: the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm To make it in Hollywood you got to have duende and Hampton Fancher has duende in spades. Born July 13, 1938, in East Los Angeles, California, to a … Continue reading

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The camera swoops over rocky peaks and muddy roads covered in ice and snow. It’s an inhospitable and barren environment, as inviting as the Sahara Desert or the middle of the Pacific Oceans. It’s wintertime in Wyoming and it’s about … Continue reading

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Even though The Midwife — the latest from writer/director Martin Provost — opens with a live birth, the story revolves around an off-screen death, with Claire (Catherine Frot) at the center of both. She is a midwife, and we come … Continue reading

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