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MOVIE REVIEW: “Summer Wars” (2009)

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Man, what a *nice* movie.

I mean, yeah, I’ve seen better films, I’ve seen worse, I’ve seen ones that made more and less sense, I’ve seen sweeter, more cloying films, and far more brutal ones, but the first impression that really jumped out at me about this flick was just how *nice* it was. If Frank Capra made a science fiction film, this would have been it. The central message is that the Lamb is more than a match for the Lion, which is, of course, what Frankie Boy was all about.

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Loved One” (1965)

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Man, this is one weird-assed film. I saw it once, twenty-five or more years ago, late, late, late at night, and I was never entirely sure I was remembering it right. Perhaps a decade after that, I was talking to my shrink at the time, and he said, “Hey, you know a lot about weird old movies. Let me ask you this: there was a movie I once saw that had Jonathan Winters in it playing two charac…”
“Was it ‘The Loved One’ or ‘The Loved Ones’ or something like that?”

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Literary Criticism and Pearls Before Swine

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Several years ago, I ran a review of "Microworlds" by Stanislaw Lem in which he defended Literary Criticism. This was a new idea to me, and I later ran a few other articles on the subject, generally with me taking the "Literary Criticism is keen" POV, and pretty much everyone else saying that literary criticism is evil, wicked, nasty, and altogether bad for your skin.

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TV Is My Home Town

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Recently, I was thinking about Warren Stevens, who played "Doc Ostrow" in "Forbidden Planet," and was in a zillion other genre credits as well including Star Trek TOS and Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. He passed away last January, and was in his 90s. Honestly, I hadn't realized he was still alive until he died. His passing made me sad in an oddly personal way, despite my never having met him, my never having been specifically overwhelmingly impressed by a performance he gave, and whom I'd already assumed was dead.

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