Leonard Wechsler

I Often Long For The Simple Life Of Long Ago

By at August 28, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

I Often Long For The Simple Life Of Long Ago

'I' ON CULTURE The world has gotten so complex that almost nothing is simple. I now have four remote controls for the big television in my living room: one for the television itself, one for the cable box, one for the sound system, and one, now seldom used, that can play DVDs. When I was a kid, I walked to the TV, turned it on and changed channels by dial because more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ An Amusing Summer Flick

By at August 21, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ An Amusing Summer Flick

'I' ON CULTURE In a world where Hollywood has pretty much given up on true creativity, it falls back on old reliables: shows and movies that have come before. Guy Ritchie does that with his remake of the old TV series Man From U.N.C.L.E. Nevertheless, it turns out that he has created a pretty good film with plenty of action and even a bit of fun. The old series, more...

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‘The Gift’ Is A Fascinating Character Study

By at August 14, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘The Gift’ Is A Fascinating Character Study

'I' ON CULTURE In the desert of generally weak movies of August, it is a happy surprise to find a small-scale gem like Joel Edgerton’s The Gift. It falls into the class of horror film where there are no monsters, at least no inhuman ones. When someone (or thing) in a ski mask with knife-like fingers chases the main characters, you know who to root for. When the bad more...

Leonard Wechsler

New ‘Mission Impossible’ Movie Is Great Fun

By at August 7, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

New ‘Mission Impossible’ Movie Is Great Fun

'I' ON CULTURE The Mission Impossible franchise is probably the most reliable in the film industry. All the films have been slick and filled with non-stop action. The latest, Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation, is one of the best of the series. This time around, Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) is older and wiser. But director Christopher McQuarrie focuses more on suspense and more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Trainwreck’ An Amusing Summer Rom-Com

By at July 31, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Trainwreck’ An Amusing Summer Rom-Com

'I' ON CULTURE Just what we needed! A really good summer romantic comedy. And we certainly have it in Trainwreck. The brainchild of comedy writer and actress Amy Schumer, it turns the whole genre on its ear in a wonderful pastiche of good-natured humor, female-oriented dirty jokes, and a couple of delightful twists and turns. This is a great date movie, although it has more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Terminator Genisys’ A Bad Copy Of The Original

By at July 10, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Terminator Genisys’ A Bad Copy Of The Original

'I' ON CULTURE The horrible thing about Terminator Genisys is that it proclaims it’s the first of a trilogy. No, please NO! The first movie, done about 30 years ago, is a classic. The terrifying robot of Arnold Schwarzenegger was great, as were the reactions of the people in the film. The second was actually even better. But that was a long time ago. Since then, the more...

Leonard Wechsler

New Brian Wilson Biopic A Fascinating Story

By at July 3, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

New Brian Wilson Biopic A Fascinating Story

'I' ON CULTURE In this season of blockbuster special-effects movies, a small film like Love & Mercy really stands out. It is the fascinating story of the Beach Boys’ tortured genius Brian Wilson, both a musical history and a psychological study. Director Bill Pohlad switches between two key periods in Wilson’s life, somehow bringing him into sharp focus. more...

Leonard Wechsler

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Is Inventive, Be Sure To See It

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Is Inventive, Be Sure To See It

'I' ON CULTURE When Pixar does a movie right, it is fabulous. That describes Inside Out, a tremendously inventive cartoon that manages to deal with emotional conflict in a way that makes it perfectly understandable to children, but also enchanting and thought-provoking for adults. It is unlike any movie I have seen in recent years, perhaps ever. But it works so more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Entourage’ Movie Like A Double TV Episode

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Entourage’ Movie Like A Double TV Episode

'I' ON CULTURE HBO ran a series called Entourage for eight years chronicling the exploits of a few guys from Queens in Hollywood. It was a pleasant diversion with cameo appearances by denizens of show business. Five years after the series ended, HBO created a sequel as a movie. Although amusing, it basically is just a double episode of the series. It is also more...

Leonard Wechsler

Melissa McCarthy’s Movie ‘Spy’ Is A Must-See

By at June 12, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Melissa McCarthy’s Movie ‘Spy’ Is A Must-See

'I' ON  CULTURE Happily, we now have a movie I can really recommend: Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy. In a year in which even the major film franchises have, at best, provided not much better than “sort-of enjoyable entertainment,” this new movie is a real winner. There are more laughs here than in the last few so-called comedies I have seen. And the movie really more...

Leonard Wechsler