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    Film Review of Ondine

    This weekend I treated myself to an “old-fashioned” movie – a movie minus special effects explosions and magic, fast and furious chase scenes, and torrid sex scenes one or two nude shots short of triple X theater. The movie was Ondine starring Colin Farrell as Syracuse (a.k.a. Circus) and Alicja Bachleda as Ondine. At the core of the movie is a story; that’s what I would consider old-fashioned for so many movies today lack this ingredient and are rather a series of escapades with no unifying message about life, society, or human nature. Additionally, these story-absent films often have characters, such as Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) and Sherlock Holmes…

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    Film Review of The Gathering Storm

    I remember seeing the TV ads in 2002 for The Gathering Storm and thinking it looked compelling; however, I did not have HBO at the time. The film had been in my Netflix queue for ages until I recently moved it to the top, desiring something besides the reality garbage doled out nightly on network and cable TV. Really, why does anyone give a flip about Jon and Kate Gosselin? I was not disappointed in this film! It’s terrific. It is a two-pronged love story. Winston Churchill (Albert Finney) had two loves, that for his country and that for his wife. He loved his country beyond patriotism, and he had…

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    Film Review of Fur

    This weekend I watched the movie Fur, a strange film, but strange in a magnificent way. Firstly, it’s one of the few films for which I can say, “Nicole Kidman is fabulous!” Secondly, it costars Robert Downey Jr., one of the most underrated actors in Hollywood. Downey is a wonderful character actor, and what a character he portrays in this film! You’ll love him as much as Diane Arbus (Kidman) did. Thirdly, it’s visually exciting. There are so many layers of visual interest – the colors, the staging, the 1950s fashion, the carnival costumes, the makeup, the physical attributes of the various characters, etc. The film is an imaginary biopic…