Leonard Wechsler

Great Acting Makes ‘The Judge’ Worth Seeing

By at October 17, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Great Acting Makes ‘The Judge’ Worth Seeing

‘I’ ON CULTURE The Judge is what we used to call a good “popcorn film.” This means that while many critics find fault, most of the audience will have a great time. When you have a family drama centered on a legal issue with real meaning, and then have several of today’s best actors chewing up the scenery, the movie, although long, will be great entertainment. more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Gone Girl’ A Great Movie With Great Acting

By at October 10, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Gone Girl’ A Great Movie With Great Acting

‘I’ ON CULTURE David Fincher’s new film Gone Girl raised a lot of expectations. The screenplay was by Gillian Flynn, who wrote the incredibly popular book. And happily, the film keeps to its ambivalent examination of marriage and personal relations. There are many victims in the movie, and the institution of marriage may be the chief casualty. The performances more...

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Denzel Great In Vigilante Film ‘The Equalizer’

By at October 3, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Denzel Great In Vigilante Film ‘The Equalizer’

‘I’ ON CULTURE I enjoyed The Equalizer, a good revenge vigilante-style film. Denzel Washington, the movie’s star, has always been a favorite actor of mine, and unlike almost all other male stars, he has never been in one of the usual franchise action films. That will probably change once box-office receipts are in. The theater was packed when I saw it early on a more...

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Cast Is Great In ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

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

Cast Is Great In ‘This Is Where I Leave You’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Take an all-star cast, put them in a family “tragic comedy,” let them all act their behinds off, and you get This is Where I Leave You. It is a funny movie at times despite the tragedy of the characters’ lives; I laughed a lot. Some of the situations were ridiculous but also recognizable. The movie, unlike many films this year, focused heavily more...

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Third ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Poor Film Making

By at September 19, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Third ‘Atlas Shrugged’ Poor Film Making

‘I’ ON CULTURE The basic trouble with the new film Atlas Shrugged: Who is John Galt? is that it is like a cheap hammer. You want to build a major project, and the basic tool fails. Fans of Ayn Rand, the objectivist philosopher who believed that big government merely exists to hold back progress, will be disappointed by the poor quality of the work. The film, more...

Leonard Wechsler

Unwanted Phone Calls An Annoying Problem

By at September 12, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Unwanted Phone Calls An Annoying Problem

‘I’ ON CULTURE Few things are more annoying than getting unwanted phone calls, particularly if you are in the middle of doing something. The phone rings, you grab the handset, look at a number and realize you don’t recognize it; but, then again, who even remembers most numbers since we started using our smart phones? And then you hear a message that is often a more...

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‘Begin Again’ Puts Its Focus On The Music

By at September 5, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Begin Again’ Puts Its Focus On The Music

‘I’ ON CULTURE I was pleasantly surprised by Begin Again. It is an art house kind of movie, and it has hidden there most of the summer, finally coming to some of the larger theaters. It was advertised as a romantic comedy, and when I saw that the stars were Keira Knightly and Mark Ruffalo, I was worried. He’s old enough to be her father. But the romance involved more...

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‘Sin City’ Movie A Stylized Study In Violence

By at August 29, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Sin City’ Movie A Stylized Study In Violence

‘I’ ON CULTURE I am torn when writing about Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. The movie is slick and moves quickly, but the subject matter is unappealing. A sequel to the Sin City film that director Robert Rodriguez did back in 2005, it has great production values. The plot moves quickly, occasionally a bit too quickly. But the characters are unsympathetic. The men in more...

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Stop Fighting And Start Fixing Common Core

By at August 22, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Stop Fighting And Start Fixing Common Core

‘I’ ON CULTURE Common Core is one of those items that makes people in education crazy. Watching Fox News, you can get the impression that lesson plans are being written by either al-Qaeda or the Socialist Workers Party. On the other hand, the head of the New York United Federation of Teachers threatened to punch anyone in the nose who doubted the effectiveness of more...

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‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Is A Sweet Film

By at August 15, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘The Hundred-Foot Journey’ Is A Sweet Film

‘I’ ON CULTURE The recipe for The Hundred-Foot Journey is just a bit too sweet to be a great film, but, oh, does it make a nice dessert. This delicious concoction, directed by Lasse Hallström, breaks no new ground and its end point is pretty obvious from the start. Its plot could have (and has) been the center of a Hallmark TV romance movie; however, the whole more...

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