Leonard Wechsler

‘Finest Hours’ A Good Movie With Distractions

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‘Finest Hours’ A Good Movie With Distractions

'I' ON CULTURE The Finest Hours, describing one of the great Coast Guard rescues, maybe its best, is set in 1952, and this is a very good 1950s movie. It has the feel of the time. Except for the computer-generated effects, it could have been done at that time, which improves the film. It could have been done as a kind of mockery: many in the media love to mock the more...

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Leonardo DiCaprio Shines In ‘The Revenant’

By at January 29, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Leonardo DiCaprio Shines In ‘The Revenant’

'I' ON CULTURE The new film The Revenant is beautiful, with a powerful grace that almost makes up for its being overly long and too overtly poetic. The cinematography is incredible; you may never have seen the American wilderness quite in this way. Director Alejandro Iñárritu has strong notions about America in its original state: untouched and beautiful until more...

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New ‘Bengazi’ Film Is A Fairly Good War Movie

By at January 22, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

New ‘Bengazi’ Film Is A Fairly Good War Movie

'I' ON CULTURE 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi is a pretty good action movie. Its politics are a bit more suspect. If it was presented solely as a war film, it would get far better reviews from many of my politically correct brethren. But after a relatively slow setup for about the first half hour, the action keeps coming and does not stop until the more...

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‘Hateful Eight’ Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

By at January 15, 2016 | 12:00 am | 2 Comments

‘Hateful Eight’ Is Not For The Faint Of Heart

'I' ON CULTURE Quentin Tarantino’s new film The Hateful Eight has more than eight victims, but I have to admit it that it is pretty hateful. Tarantino is a poet of extreme violence and nastiness, and all of that comes out in this very long movie. It is not for the politically correct crowd, and also not for anyone who lacks a strong stomach. There is no one to root more...

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‘Concussion’ Is A Must-See For Football Fans

By at January 8, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Concussion’ Is A Must-See For Football Fans

'I' ON CULTURE I was not surprised that Concussion was a condemnation of football violence, but I was impressed with how well it presents the case against the National Football League and its seeming lack of interest in the welfare of its own players. Buoyed by a superb performance by Will Smith as Dr. Bennet Omalu, a pathologist from Nigeria, this is a powerful, more...

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Fey And Poehler Are Great, But Not In ‘Sisters’

By at January 1, 2016 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Fey And Poehler Are Great, But Not In ‘Sisters’

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler are two of the most popular funny women around, which makes me wonder how they could have gone so wrong with Sisters. They are known to pal around, talk about their long friendship, and everyone has seen how well they worked together on Saturday Night Live and several awards shows. But this movie is, unfortunately, a dud. The idea behind it is more...

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The New ‘Star Wars’ Film Is Great Fun!

By at December 25, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

The New ‘Star Wars’ Film Is Great Fun!

'I' ON CULTURE The force is strong in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. I had more fun at this movie than I have at any movie in a long time. It is the best Star Wars film since The Empire Strikes Back. Go see it! J.J. Abrams has managed to totally erase all the doubts that fanboys like me had after watching those three terrible prequels years ago. He, with the help of more...

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‘Heart Of The Sea’ Not As Good As Meville Novel

By at December 18, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Heart Of The Sea’ Not As Good As Meville Novel

'I' ON CULTURE Call me ambivalent. The movie In the Heart of the Sea is a story about the confrontation of a whaling ship with a great white whale that inspired Herman Melville’s great novel Moby Dick. Unfortunately, without the lyric power of the novel, whose brilliant opening line I just sort of misused, the film seems more an expensive version of a Godzilla movie, more...

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‘Spotlight’ A Movie That Should Not Be Missed

By at December 11, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Spotlight’ A Movie That Should Not Be Missed

'I' ON CULTURE Spotlight is quite simply one of the best movies of this year, even the past couple of years. It clearly is in the tradition of another journalistic movie, All The President’s Men, and that is very high praise. It is the story of a team of investigative journalists at the Boston Globe newspaper, the Spotlight team, that uncovered one of the biggest more...

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‘Creed’ A Charming Reboot To ‘Rocky’ Franchise

By at December 4, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Creed’ A Charming Reboot To ‘Rocky’ Franchise

'I' ON CULTURE I was not certain I wanted to see Creed, which could have been called Rocky 7, because most of the sequels to the original were pale shadows. I loved the first movie and resented the others. But Director Ryan Coogler has made a really good film, one that both stands on its own and casts a bow back to the original. He has turned Rocky back into a more...

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