Category Archives: Entertainment

My Blog in 2011: Stats Courtesy of WordPress

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2011 annual report for this blog.   Here’s an excerpt: The concert hall at the Syndey Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 20,000 times in 2011. If it were … Continue reading

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‘Take Shelter’ (Movie Review) *** 1/2

Powerful, tense, subtle, touching, realistic, hyper-realistic and beautiful. These are the words that come to mind when describing “Take Shelter,” the recent film written and directed by Jeff Nichols. “Take Shelter” is Nichols’ second feature film (a follow-up to 2007’s … Continue reading

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‘The Thing’ (Movie Review) **

Antarctic explorers have discovered an alien space craft. Doctor Sander Halvorson (Ulrich Thomsen) brings a team in to investigate, which includes graduate student Kate Lloyd (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). The team removes the ice-encased creature from a glacier and brings it back to camp. They … Continue reading

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‘Contagion’ (Movie Review) ***

“Contagion,” the film from director Steven Soderberg, immerses audiences into a realistic and quietly terrifying pandemic.  It starts with a cough.  I’m speaking about both the opening seconds of the movie before you even see anything on the screen and the actual symptoms people experience … Continue reading

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‘Fright Night’ (Movie Review) ** 1/2

“Fright Night” (2011) is a remake of the 1985 film of the same name. I admit that I wanted to be cynical about the newer film, but I cannot be.  The remake is not bad. Charley Brewster, portrayed by Anton … Continue reading

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‘Tabloid’ (Movie Review) ***

Acclaimed director Errol Morris is known for making smart and engrossing documentary films.  The director’s best works include “The Fog of War” about the nature of modern war, “The Thin Blue Line,” an investigation into the murder of a policeman, and “Gates of Heaven” about the eccentric patrons of a pet … Continue reading

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