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Deadwood: The Movie

WELCOME THE FUCK BACK. In 1889, as South Dakota is celebrating its entrance into the Union, a few familiar faces are coming back to Deadwood where a significantly weakened Al Swearangen (Ian McShane) is still holding court. It took many years to get this TV movie, a bittersweet and very engaging conclusion to the 2004-2006 … Continue reading Deadwood: The Movie

Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption

 I had the opportunity to see this film at an early stage; it had been screened only at the film festivals in Venice and Toronto. I enjoyed it very much, but felt a little conflicted afterwards, something that stayed with me over the night and was reflected in a too-hasty original review for this … Continue reading Three Billboards: Pain and Redemption


NEVER LET GO.  In May 1996, several teams are trying to reach the Mount Everest summit, but they are not prepared for a blizzard that will test them severely. A film that draws inspiration from several sources, including journalist Jon Krakauer who was there during one of the deadliest Everest seasons ever and lived to … Continue reading Everest

Deadwood: How the West Was Won

David Milch, already a seasoned showrunner in the mid-aughts with experience from NYPD Blue, came to HBO with plans for a new TV series about the rise of a civilization. He was originally thinking of Rome, but that ship had already sailed with an upcoming show co-created by Bruno Heller and John Milius. Instead, Milch … Continue reading Deadwood: How the West Was Won

Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

On a visit to Washington D.C. last October, I made the obligatory visit to the Lincoln Memorial and found the experience of first taking in the huge marble statue of the 16th President and then reading the words from his second Inaugural Address and the Gettysburg Address that are engraved onto the walls of the … Continue reading Lincoln: Calamity in Congress

Martha Marcy May Marlene

After not hearing from her in years, Lucy (Sarah Paulson) suddenly gets a phone call from her younger sister (Elizabeth Olsen), who fails to tell her that she’s on the run from a cult in the Catskills… Sean Durkin’s feature film debut was a hit at Sundance and is indeed a cleverly directed drama about the … Continue reading Martha Marcy May Marlene

I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

SOME SECRETS WILL HAUNT YOU FOREVER. When her friend (Brandy) wins a trip to the Bahamas, Julie James (Jennifer Love Hewitt) decides to tag along… but the man with the hook is not as dead as she thinks. The sequel to I Know What You Did Last Summer (1997) was rushed into production and features not even one … Continue reading I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Miami Vice

NO RULES. NO ORDER. NO LAW. Miami police detectives Sonny Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs (Colin Farrell, Jamie Foxx) go undercover for the federal authorities in order to expose a very sophisticated drug ring. Sounds familiar, huh? The story is reminiscent of old scripts for the TV series (which was executive-produced by Michael Mann), but this … Continue reading Miami Vice

The Perfect Storm

THE STORM IS COMING. The Andrea Gail, a fishing boat captained by Billy Tyne (George Clooney), finds itself at the center of a ”perfect storm” out in the North Atlantic. Director Wolfgang Peterson knows how to make good action movies and this time Mother Nature is the bad guy. The story about the 1991 storm … Continue reading The Perfect Storm