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  • Hell to Eternity

    Hell to Eternity


    This was another favorite WWII film from when I was growing up, but it was different from most of the other Hollywood war dramas, in ways that were pretty clear even to a ten year old kid. "Hell to Eternity" tells the true story of Guy Gabaldin, a neglected Latino boy taken in by a Japanese family in southern California (who were sent to Manzanar when the war broke out). Gabaldin joined the Marines, and during the invasion of Saipan…

  • Miss Hokusai

    Miss Hokusai


    Biographical anime of the famed painter and his daughter doesn't have much basis in actual history but it's an interesting series of loose vignettes about life in Japan at the very end of the Meiji period. Nicely animated with a traditional feel and a nod to Hokusai's style in places. The music is the only real negative ... some of it really detracts from the film.

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  • Star Wars

    Star Wars


    There's not much new to be said about one of the best sci-fi action adventure flicks of all time. Quippy dialog and hammy acting rooted in the classic mid-20th century sci-fi serials, a fast-moving story, rousing music and spectacular special effects all combine in a nearly flawless way for the cinematic experience of a lifetime. The film industry has changed quite a bit since then in terms of visual technique and digital effects, but the basic storytelling really doesn't get…

  • Whiplash



    Whiplash has received a lot of attention for its visceral and at times brutal portrayal of the relationship between an ambitious young music student and the volatile college professor who alternately inspires and abuses him. We've seen a lot of music films going back to the thirties that deal with these same themes so we're all familiar by now with the numerous and well-worn cliches which make the odds of seeing something new and different pretty slim at this point.…