Leonard Wechsler

Disney’s New ‘Tomorrowland’ A Mixed-Up Mess

By at May 29, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Disney’s New ‘Tomorrowland’ A Mixed-Up Mess

'I' ON CULTURE The new Disney movie Tomorrowland is a mixed-up mess of a movie that almost manages to work. Ads for it indicate it is an adventure film. Actually, it doesn’t even quite fall into Adventureland or even its own title, but as a sort of slightly amusing version of “It’s a Small World.” The first half of the movie seems designed for the youngsters. more...

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Weak Plot But Lots Of Action In ‘Mad Max’ Movie

By at May 22, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Weak Plot But Lots Of Action In ‘Mad Max’ Movie

'I' ON CULTURE The best thing about Mad Max: Fury Road is that it gives you pretty much what you expect: a long, wild chase through the desert, incredible special effects and almost no intelligent plot. Although many critics have raved about how up-to-date the franchise has become, decades after the last in the series, changes are basically skin deep. Yes, there is a more...

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Curtailing First Amendment A Slippery Slope

By at May 15, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Curtailing First Amendment A Slippery Slope

'I' ON CULTURE Writing a column defending freedom of speech should be the easiest thing in the world. But these days, the issue gets complicated. When The New York Times condemns an exhibit as being beyond what can be defended, we should all be alarmed. The exhibit in question, shown in Garland, Texas, contained a “Drawing Mohammed” contest. Although only more...

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‘Avengers’ Movie: Great Action, Muddled Story

By at May 8, 2015 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

‘Avengers’ Movie: Great Action, Muddled Story

‘I’ ON CULTURE The new movie The Avengers: Age of Ultron is a whopping blockbuster to open the summer season. It is fun, and it moves quickly through plenty of high-action scenes. Unfortunately, it is a bit too clogged with superheroes and regular heroes to create much real dramatic interest. It is pretty good, but not in the same league as the original more...

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Fast-Moving Plot In ‘Thrones’ Makes Amazing TV

By at May 1, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Fast-Moving Plot In ‘Thrones’ Makes Amazing TV

‘I’ ON CULTURE The HBO series Game of Thrones has become a cultural landmark. People who know I write this column have been coming up to me recently demanding my opinion on the latest plot twists. I remind them that I actually reviewed the series when it started, but most point out that the review came before most of the real plotting. The popularity of the show more...

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Poor Customer Service In Our Modern Era

By at April 24, 2015 | 12:00 am | 1 Comments

Poor Customer Service In Our Modern Era

‘I’ ON CULTURE People constantly moan about the lack of service by many businesses these days. A major reason for this, however, seems to be the desire to provide more service. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But far too many places seem to want to give so much more that things fall apart. There probably is some sort of scientific law about this (maybe the Third Law of more...

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Great Acting And Music Save ‘Danny Collins’

By at April 17, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Great Acting And Music Save ‘Danny Collins’

‘I’ ON CULTURE Seeing the new movie Danny Collins is like going to a golden oldies concert. It’s like comfort food: It goes down easy, although there’s not much new. Danny (Al Pacino) is an aging rock star who has not had a hit in years but rakes in money by doing concerts that are a rehash of his songs for aging Baby Boomers. He comes out wearing a fake tan more...

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‘Furious 7’ An OK Film That’s Fun To Watch

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

‘Furious 7’ An OK Film That’s Fun To Watch

‘I’ ON CULTURE Who would believe that the seventh movie in a series could still be a lot of fun, forcing you to hang on with non-stop action? Furious 7 manages that. It is not a great movie; it barely qualifies as a good movie. But I actually had more fun than at most of the movies nominated for an Oscar this past year combined. The series uses a mixed-race more...

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A Few Laughs But A Terrible Plot In ‘Get Hard’

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

A Few Laughs But A Terrible Plot In ‘Get Hard’

‘I’ ON CULTURE I actually dreaded going to see Get Hard, the new Will Ferrell-Kevin Hart film, but it turned out that it was not a complete dud. That would be a small victory, though. It is still a weak movie. The plot is outlandish, the characters ridiculous stereotypes, with most action reserved for the very end. There were points, however, where I laughed. And more...

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‘Insurgent’ Doesn’t Manage To Go Anywhere

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

‘Insurgent’ Doesn’t Manage To Go Anywhere

‘I’ ON CULTURE The main problem with Insurgent is not just that it is a sequel, but that it is a muddled, unfocused, boring one. Some sequels are pretty much as good as the first (the first and second Hunger Games come to mind) and a few might even surpass (Godfather II over Godfather, maybe; The Empire Strikes Back over Star Wars surely, although both are more...

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