Leonard Wechsler

Romantic Comedy ‘Sex Tape’ Disappointing

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Romantic Comedy ‘Sex Tape’ Disappointing

‘I’ ON CULTURE I was deeply disappointed with Sex Tape. I enjoy romantic comedies; happy endings are nice, and being able to relax knowing there’ll be such an ending usually improves my mood. But when a movie is simply so ill-conceived that even having Cameron Diaz at the center is boring, well, what can you really do? The problem is that the film promotes itself more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

‘I’ ON CULTURE If you think that the new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is simply a sequel, you are in for a surprise. Just as another superior sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, struck new ground in the Star Wars series by turning from a simple story of heroism into a darker family political drama, the new movie breaks new ground in the series. Unlike the more...

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Schools Must Do A Better Job Educating Boys

By at July 11, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Schools Must Do A Better Job Educating Boys

‘I’ ON CULTURE At a time when media reports describe the downfall of public school systems, some of the real issues get at least somewhat overlooked. Time recently had an article from Christina Hoff Sommers pointing out that in most schools, boys are no more than targets. Her main theme is that boys are treated like defective girls. Unfortunately, that leads to far more...

Leonard Wechsler

How Bureaucrats Sap The Fourth Of July Spirit

By at July 4, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

How Bureaucrats Sap The Fourth Of July Spirit

‘I’ ON CULTURE Nearly a century ago, writer Ring Lardner used the expression “‘Shut up,’ he explained” as a joke about a pushy guy. Today we have civil masters, who once were civil servants, in place to tell us we do not understand the world in front of us. Instead of quoting real authorities, too many people use the authority of position to avoid annoying more...

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‘Jersey Boys’ Brings The Stage Show To Life

By at June 27, 2014 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

‘Jersey Boys’ Brings The Stage Show To Life

‘I’ ON CULTURE I really liked Jersey Boys. Of course, I should point out that I am part of the generation that really liked Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, and, based on a quick review of what critics are writing, that is an important dividing line between really liking the film and not. Younger reviewers seem to want a lot of music video-type performances more...

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‘22 Jump Street’ Keeps The Jokes Coming

By at June 20, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘22 Jump Street’ Keeps The Jokes Coming

‘I’ ON CULTURE We are in a season of sequels, with new versions of Captain America, X-Men and Spider-Man out, and now there is a new superhero film, 22 Jump Street. What? You don’t think Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) are real superheroes? Well, of course, you could have them as “chubby man” and “dim bulb man.” But what we do have is a more...

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‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ A Fun, Fast-Moving Flick

By at June 13, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Edge Of Tomorrow’ A Fun, Fast-Moving Flick

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new sci-fi movie Edge of Tomorrow is a pretty good action flick. Although wildly derivative, it is so well-done, so well-paced, that the flaws essentially disappear while you watch. The action starts fairly early and continues to just about the end, and it is a wild roller coaster. It even has some surprising bits of humor to add to the more...

Leonard Wechsler

Good Laughs, Little Else In ‘Million Ways To Die’

By at June 6, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Good Laughs, Little Else In ‘Million Ways To Die’

'I' ON CULTURE The new Seth MacFarlane movie A Million Ways to Die in the West has plenty of jokes that should make you laugh. For those who enjoy Family Guy on TV or the film Ted, you know what to expect: many lines about body emissions and drugs, and a cynic’s eye to just about everything. I laughed a lot at the movie even while recognizing that, frankly, it was more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘X-Men’ Movie A Great Start To Summer

By at May 30, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘X-Men’ Movie A Great Start To Summer

I really liked X-Men: Days of Future Past. It is a wild roller coaster of a thrill ride that somehow manages to accommodate a horrible future with an almost lighthearted look back at the 1970s. It borrows from a whole group of previous films, but somehow moves so quickly you have no time to really notice. The magnificent cast, a combination of the veterans of most of the more...

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Don’t Bother With The New ‘Godzilla’ Movie

By at May 23, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Don’t Bother With The New ‘Godzilla’ Movie

‘I’ ON CULTURE Reports are that the new Godzilla is making monster-style money, but, frankly, it is a loser. It is not so bad that I would call it a “stinker,” but, considering the price of movie tickets these days, it is rather a waste of money. In other words, Godzilla is not just a lizard... but a dog. The original movie, made in 1954, was actually a more...

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