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The Month in Movies: July 2013

July was another stellar month for me in terms of the amount of movies watched. My 29 viewings beat my previous record of 25 in 2010. It was a big improvement over last year’s all time low of 12 viewings. So let’s get to it… Continue reading

Fruitvale Station: A Tragedy Told with Brevity and Strong Characterization

fruitvale_station_xlgIn the early hours of New Year’s Day 2009, 22 year old Oscar Grant was detained with a group of friends by BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) police officers in Oakland, California. In view of a crowd of onlookers with cell phones and digital cameras in hand, an officer detaining him shot Oscar in the back.

Fruitvale Station recounts the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant’s life in a well-paced script with a powerful performance from one of acting’s best up and coming actors. Continue reading

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts – My Review of the Highly Acclaimed “Friday Night Lights”

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I’m not really into sports. But Peter Berg‘s 2004 high school football movie Friday Night Lights is one of my favorite sports movies. Its even distribution of small town pressure and college hopes gives the characters realistically high stakes, making for a suspenseful and even heartbreaking movie experience. The score, prominently featuring the music of Explosions in the Sky, sets a very moving and memorable tone for the movie.

Naturally, I was hesitant to jump into the television version of the movie I enjoy so much. Not just because I cherish the movie, but also because I’ve been so jaded toward network dramas for the last several years. I honestly believe cable and premium networks (and now Netflix) are where the true art of the television medium resides. Adding to my reluctance was a blurb on the back of the Friday Night Lights complete series DVD collection. Prominently displayed on the back of the collection is the absurdly confident quote: “What may be the best dramatic series in the history of television. That’s right: History.”

Despite my justified incredulity, I went into Friday Night Lights with an open mind. So how was it? (I’ve kept spoilers to a bare minimum. Some light plots may be revealed, but it’s nothing severe.) Continue reading