Leonard Wechsler

‘Trainwreck’ An Amusing Summer Rom-Com

By at July 31, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Trainwreck’ An Amusing Summer Rom-Com

'I' ON CULTURE Just what we needed! A really good summer romantic comedy. And we certainly have it in Trainwreck. The brainchild of comedy writer and actress Amy Schumer, it turns the whole genre on its ear in a wonderful pastiche of good-natured humor, female-oriented dirty jokes, and a couple of delightful twists and turns. This is a great date movie, although it has more...

Leonard Wechsler

‘Terminator Genisys’ A Bad Copy Of The Original

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

‘Terminator Genisys’ A Bad Copy Of The Original

'I' ON CULTURE The horrible thing about Terminator Genisys is that it proclaims it’s the first of a trilogy. No, please NO! The first movie, done about 30 years ago, is a classic. The terrifying robot of Arnold Schwarzenegger was great, as were the reactions of the people in the film. The second was actually even better. But that was a long time ago. Since then, the more...

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New Brian Wilson Biopic A Fascinating Story

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

New Brian Wilson Biopic A Fascinating Story

'I' ON CULTURE In this season of blockbuster special-effects movies, a small film like Love & Mercy really stands out. It is the fascinating story of the Beach Boys’ tortured genius Brian Wilson, both a musical history and a psychological study. Director Bill Pohlad switches between two key periods in Wilson’s life, somehow bringing him into sharp focus. more...

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Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Is Inventive, Be Sure To See It

By at June 26, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Pixar’s ‘Inside Out’ Is Inventive, Be Sure To See It

'I' ON CULTURE When Pixar does a movie right, it is fabulous. That describes Inside Out, a tremendously inventive cartoon that manages to deal with emotional conflict in a way that makes it perfectly understandable to children, but also enchanting and thought-provoking for adults. It is unlike any movie I have seen in recent years, perhaps ever. But it works so more...

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‘Entourage’ Movie Like A Double TV Episode

By at June 19, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

‘Entourage’ Movie Like A Double TV Episode

'I' ON CULTURE HBO ran a series called Entourage for eight years chronicling the exploits of a few guys from Queens in Hollywood. It was a pleasant diversion with cameo appearances by denizens of show business. Five years after the series ended, HBO created a sequel as a movie. Although amusing, it basically is just a double episode of the series. It is also more...

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Melissa McCarthy’s Movie ‘Spy’ Is A Must-See

By at June 12, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Melissa McCarthy’s Movie ‘Spy’ Is A Must-See

'I' ON  CULTURE Happily, we now have a movie I can really recommend: Spy, starring Melissa McCarthy. In a year in which even the major film franchises have, at best, provided not much better than “sort-of enjoyable entertainment,” this new movie is a real winner. There are more laughs here than in the last few so-called comedies I have seen. And the movie really more...

Leonard Wechsler

Disappointed With Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

By at June 5, 2015 | 12:00 am | 0 Comment

Disappointed With Cameron Crowe’s ‘Aloha’

'I' ON CULTURE I was really disappointed with the new Cameron Crowe film Aloha. His Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous were two of my favorite movies of the 1990s, both literate and witty. The new film tries to cram three different stories into one film, and clearly suffers from having been cut back so much that the main stories are barely coherent. Brian Gilcrest more...

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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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