Leonard Wechsler

Who Cares About The Oscars? Very Few People

By at February 27, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Who Cares About The Oscars? Very Few People

‘I’ ON CULTURE We used to really care about the Academy Awards. People argued over the merits of different movies, and Best Picture winners were important. But in recent years, we have been getting more movies nominated that no one has even seen. We were at an Oscars party Sunday night, and many of the guests had not seen most of the movies. I was one of two more...

Leonard Wechsler

Crazy, Violent Plot, But Fun Time In ‘Kingsman’

By at February 20, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Crazy, Violent Plot, But Fun Time In ‘Kingsman’

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film Kingsman: Secret Service is a wild, crazy, funny bit of a mess. It will never be nominated for an Academy Award, the cast gleefully goes overboard with their lines, and, frankly, I had a ball. November through January is not only the season of Academy Award hopefuls, it is also a time when we wish for something fun. In recent weeks, I more...

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‘Jupiter Ascending’ Has Great Effects, Poor Plot

By at February 13, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Jupiter Ascending’ Has Great Effects, Poor Plot

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film Jupiter Ascending is a gorgeous mess. The special effects are stunning, as is star Mila Kunis. Unfortunately, it looks like the writers were from a junior high school writing class. There were fancy space stations, Air Jordans that could really fly and all sorts of space aliens. And just about all of them seemed to be getting in the way more...

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‘Whiplash’ Offers Some Amazing Performances

By at February 6, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Whiplash’ Offers Some Amazing Performances

‘I’ ON CULTURE Some movies come to us with big publicity campaigns, and others sneak in and sometimes are gone before they are appreciated. Whiplash came out in October and was generally ignored until movie people went nuts over how good it is. It was nominated for Best Picture and deserves the nomination. It is tough, it is taut, and you walk out feeling more...

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Reviewing The Wide Array Of Nominated Films

By at January 30, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Reviewing The Wide Array Of Nominated Films

‘I’ ON CULTURE The Oscar nominations are out, and despite the controversies, they are pretty much what those of us who actually see all the movies expected. The big movies, the ones where the theaters are crowded all day and night, were essentially ignored, and many small movies got the nods. And generally speaking, the films and performers selected were not duds. more...

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‘American Sniper’ A Strong, Yet Disturbing Movie

By at January 23, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘American Sniper’ A Strong, Yet Disturbing Movie

‘I’ ON CULTURE Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper is an old-fashioned tough movie about war. The only film heroes when it comes to violence anymore seem to be superheroes or people bent on revenge or rescue. Chris Kyle was a super soldier and, more to the point, a sniper. He killed people often without warning and from a distance. Men like this are often the more...

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Watching ‘Selma’ Like Stepping Back In History

By at January 16, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Watching ‘Selma’ Like Stepping Back In History

‘I’ ON CULTURE Watching the new movie Selma is like taking a trip 50 years into the past to watch one of the pivotal events of our history. Fresh from winning the Nobel Peace Prize, the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. focused the civil rights movement on the need to force southern states to allow blacks to vote. Those of us past a certain age even remember a time more...

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‘Unbroken’ Movie Only Tells Part Of The Story

By at January 9, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Unbroken’ Movie Only Tells Part Of The Story

‘I’ ON CULTURE Historical movies generally focus on the major players, those who change the world. Unbroken alters this by examining the ordeals of one remarkable individual: Louis Zamperini. The man had a remarkable life, and the movie provides a canvas for his travails. It falls short of being truly great, unfortunately, by essentially ending the story too early. more...

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‘The Interview’ Is A Bad Movie, But See It

By at January 2, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘The Interview’ Is A Bad Movie, But See It

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new film The Interview is the worst film that you should absolutely see. By this time, most people know about how someone (our government blames the North Koreans) hacked Sony and got the company initially to yank it from a scheduled opening on Christmas Day. Then, word came out Christmas Eve that it would be available to stream online. Then, a more...

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Final ‘Hobbit’ Good, But Not ‘Lord Of The Rings’

By at December 26, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Final ‘Hobbit’ Good, But Not ‘Lord Of The Rings’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Sequels are always tricky things, and when you have a sequel that is also a prequel, things get very complicated, as the writers know how things will end and have to create a story that ties up all the loose ends. This is the case with The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Director Peter Jackson has already created one of the great fantasy more...

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