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Light Up Louisville

Friday, November 25th was Light Up Louisville, a yearly event held downtown at 6th and Jefferson. Several activities take place such as Santa Claus arriving on a float to commemorate the event. Here’s some of what I took that night. Enjoy and feel free to comment.                              


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‘Less’ is More With Eisenberg and Company

  That pizza better be here on time…   Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Danny McBride, Aziz Ansari, Nick Swardson, Dishad Vadsaria, and Fred Ward. Directed by Ruben Fleischer   If you happen to forget the name of the movie it’s the one about the pizza guy who has a bomb strapped to his chest. I kept telling others about it and screwing up the name so if you saw the commercials it’s that one: “30 Minutes or Less.”   Nick (Eisenberg) is your standard twenty-something minimum-wage guy: he delivers pizza for Vitto’s who keeps their “30 minutes or less or it’s…


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‘Bond’ and ‘Jones’ Take on Some Wild West Aliens

  Cowboys and aliens and Indians, oh my!   Starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford, Olivia Wilde, Clancy Brown, Paul Dano, Sam Rockwell, and Keith Carradine. Directed by Jon Favreau. Based on the graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenburg.   Years ago I used to tape movies off of cable stations. One night a particular movie, “Billy the Kid vs. Dracula,” piqued my interest. Think about it: notorious Western outlaw Billy the Kid against a vampire? That had to be seen. The next day I sat and watched it and well… I wasn’t impressed. It was made well, no doubt, but…


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The Last ‘Avenger’ on the Screen

USA! USA!   Starring Chris Evans, Hayley Atwell, Tommy Lee Jones, Hugo Weaving, Dominic Cooper, Toby Jones, Stanley Tucci, and Sebastian Stan. Directed by Joe Johnston. Based on the Marvel Comic Books by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby   NOTE: This review is based solely on the film based on the comic books. No opinion that lies therein has any connection with the Marvel Comics the film is based on.   A little bit “Batman,” a little bit “Indiana Jones,” and a little bit “Return of the Jedi,” among other movies.   “Captain America” is Marvel’s big superhero in a…


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‘Super 8’ Shows a Return to Spielbergian Form

Not a ‘super’ stay but… Starring Joel Courtney, Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Riley Griffiths, Ryan Lee, Gabriel Basso, Zach Mills, and Ron Eldard. Directed by J.J. Abrams Oh, childhood memories. Movies, our multimedia “escapism,” have that ability to make us remember things that we’ve long since forgot. Growing up. Being kids. Filmmakers in Hollywood have the ability to note-for-note recreate a time that we barely knew or can remember except in tiny fragments like getting our first cassette recorder or Walkman, or riding a bike, or just hanging out with friends. Filmmakers also have the ability to mimic or emulate…


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Branagh Tries Bringing the Thunder with ‘Thor’

                  Please! No more Dutch angles! Starring Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tim Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins, Stellan Skarsgard, Kat Dennings, Clark Gregg, Idris Elba, Colm Feore, and Rene Russo. Directed by Kenneth Branagh. Based on the Marvel Comics character which was based on characters from Norse mythology First off: yeah, I liked it. Didn’t love it. There was something missing. ‘Thor’ (as noted above) is based on the Marvel Comics character that, in turn, was based on Norse mythology. Ergo what the Vikings believed in. Asgard. Valhalla. Odin. Thor and his hammer… it’s…


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Nothing Certain but Taxes and Death

  Friday night. April 15th. For most, or at least since the dawn of my generation, April fifteenth is tax day. Back in ye olde days it was just a given – no one really knew why or bothered to look it up. Why is this important? Because I’m a member of a Meetup group that organized an event seemingly far scarier than taxes – a trip to Waverly Hills Sanatorium. For those of you who have never heard of Meetup it’s like the days when people used to create clubs for those interested in reading, writing, watching movies, doing…


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His name is ‘Paul,’ and this is between…

  It’s probin’ time! Starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jason Bateman, Bill Hader, Joe Lo Truglio, and the voice of Seth Rogen. Directed by Greg Mottola My inner sci-fi geek is happy. There’s something to be said about “fanboy” culture and if you’ve been keeping up with my movie reviews, or just know me, then you also know that I’m not huge on the past decade’s explosion of “fanboys/fangirls.” Yes, I grew up watching the “Buck Rogers” TV show, “Star Trek” Sunday mornings, “Quantum Leap,” “The X-Files,” “Babylon 5,” “The Greatest American Hero,” “Automan,” “Otherworld,” “Hard Time on Planet Earth,”…


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Damon and Blunt vs. the ‘Adjustment Bureau’

It could’ve been tinkered with a little…   Starring Matt Damon, Emily Blunt, John Slattery, and Anthony Mackie. Directed by George Nolfi. Based on the story “Adjustment Team” by Philip K. Dick.   Who’da thunk that a Philip K. Dick could churn out a love story? Huh.   When we last left PKD-Land, Hollywood had a string of hits (and maybe some misses) based on the science fiction authors’ work just in the past decade alone. There was the mind-control drug of the future in “A Scanner Darkly,” with Woody Harrelson, Keanu Reeves, and Winona Ryder. “Next” had Nicolas Cage…


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An hour in and still boring…

It’s a Monday morning here and the rain is beating ceaselessly against my office window. The gray overcast sky that permeates the majority of winter doesn’t want to go away. I’m thinking to myself “maybe it’s just February.” Like any other drone I double-click over to the Internet and find this apropos quote from last night’s 83rd Annual Academy Awards: “It might be bad. It might be horrible.” This was said by actor James Franco before he and co-host Anne Hathaway MC’d last night’s Oscars. It couldn’t have been more spot-on. Hathaway kept up pretenses by being exuberant and begging…


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