Entertainment Reviews
Tue, 16 February 2010

Surrogates (2009)

One of the ways we passed the time in Iraq was to swap hard-drives filled with movies. Yeah, I know. It’s “stealing”. Given what the kids go through over there, I think that Hollywood needs to suck that one up. So, there I was the…
Entertainment Reviews
Sat, 16 May 2009

The Dark Knight (2008)

I didn’t grow up on DC comics and there’s a part of me that wistfully wishes I was more familiar with the franchise because there are some great characters there (and some pretty dumb ones but that’s Marvel, too). But Christopher Nolan’s reincarnation of Batman…
Entertainment Reviews
Mon, 10 November 2008

Iron Man (2008)

For those of you who don’t know me, I was a typical boy in that comic books were an integral part of my life growing up. On the other hand I also carried a briefcase to grammar school, but that’s beside the point. The recent…
Entertainment Reviews
Tue, 5 August 2008

Unforgiven (1992)

When I think of this movie I get a strange feeling. It was a departure from typical Hollywood fare (usually a good thing) but I don’t know that it was “revolutionary”. It was awarded “Best Picture” for 1992 which sort of amazes me but I…
Entertainment Reviews
Tue, 29 April 2008

Flags of Our Fathers (2006)

Wow. What I had hoped would be a sorely-needed, long-awaited Marine Corps version of Saving Private Ryan or Band of Brothers was, instead, the usual, obnoxious, annoying Hollywood fare. The movie opens to some guy singing acapella and it’s really annoying. It even sounds like…
Entertainment Reviews
Sun, 21 January 2007

Enterprise (2001-2005)

Enterprise is one of those many Hollywood projects that makes me sigh, “Ah, what could have been…” So much wonderful entertainment potential, squandered on writers and creators without courage, insight or a military mind—an essential quality for the Star Trek “enterprise” and, really, it’s never…
Entertainment Reviews
Sun, 27 November 2005

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Having greatly enjoyed Blackhawk Down, I thought I’d give Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven a chance. This was in spite of poor reviews from critics (whom I don’t follow) and enthusiasts alike. I stopped paying attention to the “critics” and their elitist drivel when they…
Entertainment Reviews
Mon, 29 March 2004

We Were Soldiers (2002)

On November 14, 1965 in the Ia Drang Valley of Vietnam, in a small clearing called Landing Zone X-Ray, 400 young fathers, husbands, brothers, and sons—all troopers from the U.S. 7th Cavalry (Air Mobile)—were surrounded by 2000 enemy soldiers. The ensuing battle was one of…
Entertainment Reviews
Thu, 18 March 2004

Open Range (2003)

In many ways this movie was a refreshing departure from the usual Hollywood fare. I was tempted to give it a special additional rating for just that. The story is basically about a cattle outfit of 4 men—a cantankerous boss named…”Boss” (Robert Duvall), a reserved…
Entertainment Reviews
Tue, 16 March 2004

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

I think it is fair to say that this movie was “ground-breaking”. With the hundreds of WWII-topic movies, Saving Private Ryan was unique in several aspects. It also brought with it many of the things that annoy me about mainstream Hollywood. Casting Using big (no…