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All the Starz

DISH gave us a freeview of Starz last week...and normally, this isn't a huge deal because we're still subscribed to the Starz Encore channels (the discount is supposed to end Tuesday...but I have decided to maintain radio silence only until Mom asks me why the satellite bill has suddenly gone up).  A good many of… Continue reading All the Starz


From the DVR: The Memory of Justice (1973)

After directing such divertissements as Banana Peel (1964), Marcel Ophuls—the son of famed filmmaker Max (La Ronde, Lola Montès)—embarked on an ambitious documentary about the collaboration during WW2 between France’s Vichy government and Nazi Germany: The Sorrow and the Pity (1969).  Sorrow has turned up on The Greatest Cable Channel Known to Mankind™ within the… Continue reading From the DVR: The Memory of Justice (1973)

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Adventures in Blu-ray: Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five (1998)

From their first childhood encounter, Daniel (Jon Cryer) and Stan (Rick Stear) have enjoyed an inseparable friendship.  While attending school, Stan—whose left leg is shorter than his right, and who will acquire a lifelong limp after a surgical procedure goes awry—would institute a day of hooky by communicating to his pal "We're on a mission… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back by Five (1998)


“This is the only place I’m happy.”

Fourteen is a painful age for any kid...but for young Duncan (Liam James), it’s a real tribulation: he’s shy and unsure of himself, and his divorced mother Pam (Toni Collette) has dragooned him into spending the summer in a coastal Massachusetts beach house with her overbearing boyfriend Trent (Steve Carell) and his conceited daughter Steph… Continue reading “This is the only place I’m happy.”


“I’m just mad…cause I suck.”

Sherry Swanson (Maggie Gyllenhaal) has just been paroled.  A heroin addict since the age of 16 (she reminisces at an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting that horse was “the love of my life”), she was sent up on theft charges (gotta support that habit) two-and-a-half years ago and now that she’s out, very much wants to pick… Continue reading “I’m just mad…cause I suck.”