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119-word movie reviews: Step Brothers

Posted by on Jul 30, 2008 in News & Events |

3 stars (out of 4) As a former journalist I mustn’t bury the lede (as twee journos say), so here goes: Step Brothers features the funniest fart in the history of cinema. They say acting is all in the eyes, and John C. Reilly (as Dale Doback) proves it while passing the gas that cracked me up like a loon for a good 15 minutes, and still gets random giggles...

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This could change a fella’s mind about graphic novels

Posted by on Jul 30, 2008 in News & Events |

Never been interested in graphic novels. They’re just comic books to me, no different than the Archie & Jugheads we used to swipe from Hennessey’s News and read in the treehouse while we ate Jolly Ranchers (also swiped; watermelon was my flavor of choice). But the Parker novels, by Richard Stark (a pen name used by Donald Westlake), are...

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119-word movie reviews: Mamma Mia!

Posted by on Jul 29, 2008 in News & Events | 3 comments

2.5 stars (out of 4) Took a hit for matrimonial harmony, gritted teeth, saw it. ‘Twas exactly as I expected (shiver) until, out of nowhere, a gorgeous mother-watching-daughter-grow-up scene between Donna (Meryl Streep) and Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) made me cry – and made the whole flick worthwhile. The movie found its stride then, setting up a fun...

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Glum at the Glen

Posted by on Jul 28, 2008 in News & Events |

Watkins Glen International is one of the world’s fine race tracks, but I sure stunk up the joint this past weekend. Visiting the Glen for only the second time, I never came up to speed; spun once during Saturday’s qualifying race (blowing apart my car’s “splitter,” which is essentially a fancy front spoiler that helps cool the...

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119-word movie reviews: The Dark Knight

Posted by on Jul 23, 2008 in News & Events |

(Q: Hey, earlier reviews were only 99 words. What gives? A: Inflation!) 3 stars (out of 4)Nice little superhero movie. The big surprise is that Aaron Eckhart, as DA Harvey Dent, holds his own and then some. Christian Bale is OK. Maggie Gyllenhaal built her reputation taking chances (Secretary, SherryBaby), so now she gets a fat paycheck playing the...

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