Adventures in Blu-ray: The Day of the Jackal (1973)

On August 22, 1962, Colonel Jean-Marie Bastien-Thiery—in concert with the right-wing Organisation armée secrète (OAS)—attempted to assassinate French president Charles de Gaulle by firing on de Gaulle’s automobile as it maneuvered through the Paris suburb of Petit-Clamart.  De Gaulle miraculously survived the attempt (one of the machine gun bullets narrowly missed his head), and Bastien-Thiery… Continue reading Adventures in Blu-ray: The Day of the Jackal (1973)

Movies · Stuff You Should Know

Starz and stripes

The folks at DISH—sensing that it might be a sensible idea to remain on my good side—offered up what they call "Kids Binge-a-Palooza" in the latter part of July this month.  (Apparently this is their second year of sponsoring this, having had a month-long celebration previously in 2017.)  What this entails is offering subscribers gratis… Continue reading Starz and stripes


My heroes have always been in documentaries

I’m sorry that the blog has been kind of quiet over the past week; the good folks at DISH were generous enough to give us an HBO/Cinemax freeview, and I spent a little time getting re-acquainted with some old favorites including Secretary (2002—with my gal Maggie Gyllenhaal) and The Devil Wears Prada (2006).  (Prada may… Continue reading My heroes have always been in documentaries


From the DVR: The Good Shepherd (2006)

The 2006 film The Good Shepherd is a fictionalized take on how the Central Intelligence Agency came to be, using the failed Bay of Pigs invasion as the starting point of its narrative.  Senior counterintelligence agent Edward Wilson (Matt Damon) learns that the operation was compromised by a leak inside the agency, and his investigation… Continue reading From the DVR: The Good Shepherd (2006)


“My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you!”

At the beginning of the 2008 biopic Milk, we find San Francisco City Supervisor Harvey Milk (Sean Penn) talking into a tape recorder, making out what appears to be a will.  The timeline is November 18, 1978—nine days before Milk and Mayor George Moscone (Victor Garber) are assassinated by disgruntled ex-City Supervisor Dan White (Josh… Continue reading “My name is Harvey Milk and I’m here to recruit you!”


Guilty Pleasures: Deterrence (1999)

In 2008, U.S. President Walter Emerson (Kevin Pollak) is running for—well, technically not re-election...more like election.  You see, Emerson was appointed vice president by the previous Commander-in-Chief, and then assumed office after President Buchanan left this world for a better one.  Emerson's last-minute campaigning in Colorado has stranded him and several other members of his… Continue reading Guilty Pleasures: Deterrence (1999)