Leonard Wechsler

Plenty Of Stylized Killing In New Film ‘John Wick’

By at October 31, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Plenty Of Stylized Killing In New Film ‘John Wick’

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new movie John Wick is a slick bit of absolute violence with more than a hint of film noir. The body count is incredible, yet it is done so stylishly that individual deaths barely matter. Once the film really gets going, about 20 minutes in, it is a nonstop ride of killing that keeps you focused throughout. Yes, it is a B movie. It does not aim more...

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‘Fury’ An Old-Style War Film With Modern Edge

By at October 24, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Fury’ An Old-Style War Film With Modern Edge

‘I’ ON CULTURE Hollywood does not make many war movies anymore, particularly about historic wars. We have had a few recent films about Afghanistan and Iraq, but looking at people fighting is more profitable when there is a comic-book twist and a superhero. It also helps if whoever is being killed is not human. The new war drama Fury brings back the old days when more...

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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...

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‘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...

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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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