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Wonder Woman: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough My son and I agree that the super hero movie is now become formulaic. You need your origin narrative. Your superhero debut. Your major conflict, ideally involving saving the world. It’s as rigid a formula as … Continue reading

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La La Land: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Movie musicals are rare as the unicorn these days. When was the last time you saw them singing and dancing in an original production on a movie screen, except in children’s animation? So La La Land is a … Continue reading

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Arrival: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough Is there anything that makes heart and mind race better than a truly smart science fiction movie? Surely Arrival is going to be a finalist for the film Hugo and Nebula. It’s also garnered considerable critical … Continue reading

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Dr. Strange: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  Marvel comics have never been core for me. But like most comic fans I’m well familiar with the major landmarks of the Marvelverse — the X-men, the Fantastic Four and so on. Dr. Stephen Strange I … Continue reading

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Bicentennial Man: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough This movie came out in 1999, and I am sorry to report that I only saw it last fall. It is fairly faithfully based upon the award-winning novella from 1976 that we probably all have read, … Continue reading

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The Martian: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  I love near-future SF! You can have your galaxies far far away. Give me NASA! And in The Martian we get everything the space-SF fan could ever desire. Gravity slingshots! Settling new planets! It is like … Continue reading

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Mr. Holmes: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough  It is a truth universally acknowledged that movies are targeted at the young. The summer blockbusters, the fantasy trilogies, the reboots of Star Wars and the Fantastic Four — they’re all designed for moviegoers under the … Continue reading

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Inside Out: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough There’s a lovely long tradition in the arts of personifying the things in our heads. The Muses are how the Greeks did it, and there is a literary theory that when Odysseus has a conversation with … Continue reading

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Ex Machina: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough My son, a considerable movie and TV fan, distinguishes between science fiction movies and movies that are SFnal — with all the trappings of SF, but not actually in the genre. He maintains for instance that … Continue reading

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Far From The Madding Crowd: A Very Short Review

by Brenda W. Clough We can agree, right? That life is too short. There is not time — humans are not blessed with sufficient length of days — to read all the books that one really ought to read. What … Continue reading

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