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June 8, 2015

Forgiveness and The Sixth Sense

Do you remember The Sixth Sense? It was when M. Night Shyamalan made good movies back in 1999. *Spolier Alert* (Are these necessary 16 years later?) Do you remember your reaction when Bruce Willis realizes he's dead?  My mind immediately tried to recall every previous scene of the entire movie viewing it now through the lens of this new-found knowledge. It changed…
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October 7, 2013

Believe the Hype

This past weekend Gravity raked in the most tickets sales of any movie ever released in October.  Jill and I made it to the opening at our local theater this past Thursday night and were blown away. (more…)
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May 17, 2012

The Avengers Initiative

Hidden in The Avengers is one of the greatest lessons for those who find themselves in a position of leadership in any organization. It's revealed thanks to Joss Whedon's stellar screenwriting.  As Tom Hiddleston (Loki) puts it, "He was trusted with the responsibility of combining the various tones and colors of different characters, many of whom have lead their own films,…
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January 13, 2012

Based on a True Story

This week I watched Moneyball again for the first time since seeing it in the theater.  If you haven't seen it yet and you love baseball I definitely recommend it.  It's an excellently crafted story based on the 2002 Oakland A's and their general manager, Billy Beane (Former Twin).  It's really a David versus Goliath tale that shows how low-payroll…
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January 6, 2012

Fruitcheck

I imagine there was once a time when gas stations didn't have the Minnesota Department of Commerce regulating the accuracy of their pumps.  I'm also guessing that long ago the discovery of dishonest merchants prompted the formation of this regulatory agency though probably not as dramatically as Daniel Larusso breaking a clay weight in half.  To be honest I have…
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January 3, 2012

The Inception’s on You

If Inception was thirty seconds longer, you would have seen the top topple.  When I first saw the movie last summer, the collective gasp of all of us in the theater foretold the endless debate that was to follow.  It was all based on the question, "Was Leonardo DiCaprio still dreaming?" I watched it again and am fully convinced that…
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May 25, 2010

Shrek Forever After

We saw the new Shrek this past weekend in 3D at the IMAX theater in Roseville.  It was a decent movie in the same vein as the last 3... worth a visit to the theater.  The real question is whether or not to spend the extra cash to see it in 3D.  It is done well enough like most digitally…
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April 3, 2010

RE3D METER – Your 3D Value Guide

How do we know whether or not a movie is worth the 3D surcharge?  Now that more and more movie studios are producing 3D films, I'd like to present my own little 3D Value Guide in these tough economic times to help you decide whether a movie's worth the extra cash.  I call it the "RE3D Meter" (pronounced Reed Meter).…
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November 28, 2009

2×2×…×2=2n

Unless you've been living in the Hadron Collider, I'm sure that you've noticed the recent obsession with vampires overtaking pop culture.  Twilight, Vampire Diaries, Cirque Du Freak,and so on and so forth.  There's no need to fear.  Vampires will not be taking over the world.  In fact, if they ever existed centuries ago as many books speculate, we humans wouldn't…
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August 25, 2009

Bandslam

Bandslam is a suprisingly good summer movie.  It's clean and fun and manages to avoid numerous plot cliches most movies in the teen genre fall into.  While the marketing of the movie would make you believe that the movie centers around the female leads, the reality is that its the story of a geeky boy who loves music.  The soundtrack…
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April 18, 2009

Empire Strikes Back

I've always thought Empire Strikes Back is the best of all the Star Wars.  It's the one that makes you feel like the Star Wars Galaxy is a real place.  They presented places like Dagoba, Cloud City, and Hoth in such a way that it takes little imagination to see its place in the universe.  The characters experience a full…
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February 23, 2009

Movie Night

Jill and I watched parts of the Oscars last night (thank you TIVO and fast forward) when we got home.  It's not something we always watch, but parts of it are usually fascinating... Hollywood is definitely in its own world.  We usually stay pretty current on pop culture... not necessarily because we've actually seen the latest movies or thoroughly listened…
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February 10, 2009

Coraline, don’t bring the kids!

Okay, as some may recall, Matt and I are hooked on 3D movies. Not long ago we saw "Bolt" in 3D and I asked Matt how I could ever watch a 'flat' movie again. On his birthday (after the delicious breakfast at Al's) we went to "Coraline" in 3D. Though I liked it over all, I was certain I would…
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December 8, 2008

Firsts

It was a weekend of firsts.  On Friday, Jill and I went to see Bolt in 3D.  It was the first time either of us had seen a movie in 3D.  I'd highly recommend it.  Then on Saturday we went with our church staff to see our worship pastor play guitar for Michael W. Smith on his Christmas tour.  After…
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September 12, 2008

The Princess Bride

Every year we have a retreat at the campground for minister's kids who are in 7th-12th grade. This year there about a hundred teens at the camp and tomorrow we'll be hanging out and going to a mini-golf park and then bowling later at night. One of the traditions of the weekend is to watch a movie each night... and…
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August 15, 2008

Star Wars Sucker

(Warning: May Contain Star Wars Cynicism and Clone Wars Spolier!  Read at your own risk!)  I've always considered myself a Star Wars fan.  After all, I grew up with original movies, owned toys and comics, watched the Ewoks movies... basically a sucker for anything Star Wars.  I even own a Star Wars beer stein which stores some old coins.  So…
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June 12, 2008

Sliding Doors

I am in no way recommending the movie (Starring Gweneth Paltrow), because it has to many "cringe" factors to recommend to anyone -however I have seen it and had a day, or night, similar to it. In the movie they show her living two parallel lives. One is the life she has -having just missed the subway home (the door…
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March 6, 2008

Indiana Jones

Hard to believe, but it was 18 years ago when my Dad took me to see the last Indiana Jones movie. The Last Crusade, after all, was the perfect father/son movie at that time (quickly replaced by Saving Private Ryan - which I also remember seeing with my Dad and both of us in tears coming out of the theater).…
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