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Apr 04 2014

MOVIES: NOAH/DIVERGENT

By | April 4th, 2014|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Science Fiction, Thriller|0 Comments

Two quick reviews before the weekend! NOAH is a crazy film by Darren Aronofsky (THE FOUNTAIN, BLACK SWAN) manifesting the filmmaker's trademark tussle with the unknowable and a feverish attempt to reconcile good and evil, faith and fear, while yoking the otherworldly to concrete reality. Russell Crowe as Noah gets the message to build an [...]

Feb 23 2014

MOVIE: TIM’S VERMEER

By | February 23rd, 2014|Documentary, Epic & Historical, Movies|1 Comment

Leave it to a pair of magicians to take the magic out of a great work of art, then raise even deeper questions than they answer. TIM'S VERMEER floored me. It really messed with my head.  Dutch master painter Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), known for his extraordinary sense of composition, pristine technique, and light--his canvases seem [...]

Feb 11 2014

MOVIE: THE MONUMENTS MEN

By | February 11th, 2014|Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, War|1 Comment

Look. I love the arts. And this is a FANTASTIC a story about rescuing artistic masterpieces from Nazis and returning them to their owners-- I mean, what could be better than that?!! Well, having seen THE MONUMENTS MEN-- just about anything. This is one of those hidden chapters of World War II that begs to [...]

Oct 27 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: 12 YEARS A SLAVE

By | October 27th, 2013|Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies|1 Comment

12 YEARS A SLAVE is as unsparing as its title. The film is a shattering experience-- for actors and audience--as we are dragged into the abyss of slavery through the documented real life experience of a free black man in upstate NY who was kidnapped from his family in the middle of his life, and [...]

Apr 23 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: “42”

By | April 23rd, 2013|Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies|1 Comment

It's the only number to be retired by all of baseball and belonged to the tough, multi-talented athlete Jackie Robinson who rose out of poverty in rural Georgia to break baseball's color barrier when he signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947. Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (L.A. Confidential, Mystic River), "42" is a  [...]

Feb 23 2013

:30 SECOND REVIEW: ARGO

By | February 23rd, 2013|30 Second Reviews, Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Thriller|4 Comments

Here's another one: my new :30 Second Review of ARGO! If you don't have time to read my FULL TEXT REVIEW and want the bottom line fast, with VIDEO-- check out Joyce's :30 Second Review!  What do you think?

Feb 08 2013

WIN TICKETS: THE MET LIVE IN HD!

By | February 8th, 2013|Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, More A & E, Movies, Music, Musicals, Theater|4 Comments

  HURRY! FREE TICKETS for OPERA ON THE BIG SCREEN: THE MET LIVE IN HD SERIES!! I have 5 pairs of TICKETS for each date listed below. The first 5 people for each date to respond with their FULL NAMES and opera event date (via "Contact Joyce" on the home page) will be notified of [...]

Jan 10 2013

OSCAR NOMINATIONS: SNUBS & HUGS

By | January 10th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Musicals, Romance, Thriller, War|0 Comments

I set my alarm (as a late riser, I'm always on L.A. time) and was up at the crack of 8:30 to hear Emma Stone and this year's Oscar Host Seth MacFarlane announce the nominations-- when I was blown out of my breakfast nook by the stupefying news that Kathryn Bigelow and Ben Affleck were [...]

Jan 08 2013

MOVIE REVIEW: ZERO DARK THIRTY

By | January 8th, 2013|Action & Adventure, Drama, Epic & Historical, Movies, Thriller, War|0 Comments

Osama Bin Laden is dead. The chilling and detailed ZERO DARK THIRTY directed by Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman ever to win an Oscar for Best Director: THE HURT LOCKER) and written by Mark Boal tells us with great suspense and precision of the ten-year hunt for the terrorist leader, and his execution by Navy [...]