Leonard Wechsler

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...

Leonard Wechsler

‘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...

Leonard Wechsler

‘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...

Leonard Wechsler

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...

Leonard Wechsler

‘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...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ A Fun Escape

By at August 8, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Guardians Of The Galaxy’ A Fun Escape

‘I’ ON CULTURE Guardians of the Galaxy is a delightful midsummer treat. Marvel has given us some big superheroes: Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, the Hulk, Black Widow. Forget those! Right now, the hot new movie focuses on lesser characters, the not-so-super heroes. And that leads to both a really great roller coaster ride of an adventure film that also laughs at more...

Leonard Wechsler

Creaky Plot, Great Action In ‘Hercules’ Movie

By at August 1, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Creaky Plot, Great Action In ‘Hercules’ Movie

‘I’ ON CULTURE I was pleasantly surprised by Hercules. It is definitely a B-level picture, but it is an entertaining one that sets mythology on its ear. Hercules might be the son of Zeus (yes, that Zeus, as the narrator says in the movie’s first line) but then again, well, who knows? Director Brett Ratner provides enough action — not to mention gags — to last more...

Leonard Wechsler

Romantic Comedy ‘Sex Tape’ Disappointing

By at July 25, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Romantic Comedy ‘Sex Tape’ Disappointing

‘I’ ON CULTURE I was deeply disappointed with Sex Tape. I enjoy romantic comedies; happy endings are nice, and being able to relax knowing there’ll be such an ending usually improves my mood. But when a movie is simply so ill-conceived that even having Cameron Diaz at the center is boring, well, what can you really do? The problem is that the film promotes itself more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

By at July 18, 2014 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Planet Of The Apes’ Sequel Worth Watching

‘I’ ON CULTURE If you think that the new movie Dawn of the Planet of the Apes is simply a sequel, you are in for a surprise. Just as another superior sequel, The Empire Strikes Back, struck new ground in the Star Wars series by turning from a simple story of heroism into a darker family political drama, the new movie breaks new ground in the series. Unlike the more...

Leonard Wechsler