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#46 Aces High

Aces High War movies follow one of several general plot lines.  Aces High stars Malcolm McDowell as the war-weary veteran and Peter Firth as the naive and eager recruit.  Generally with such a structure the plot has two options.  First, the war-weary veteran imparts some of his wisdom before he dies tragically, but heroically and … Continue reading

#44, 45 The Rebound, The Decoy Bride

The Rebound Ok, confession time.  I’m a sucker for a good romantic comedy.  Sue me.  There is an entire subgenre of romantic comedies that deals with single parents.  In the German film Mostly Martha, a driven chef has to care for her sister’s daughter after her sibling and her husband die in a car crash. … Continue reading

#43 Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn

Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn This film began life as a series of webisodes, brief mini-movies published on the internet, which were later stitched together to create a feature-length film.  Occasionally this structure shows in the pacing and flow of the film, but we’re not here because this was ever going to be a great … Continue reading

#42 Star Trek III: The Search for Spock

Star Trek III: The Search for Spock   After reaching the dramatic heights of Wrath of Khan, it was inevitable that the follow on would run into difficulty.  The bar was higher.  The budget larger.  The expectations were immense.  It was perhaps not the best situation for Leonard Nemoy, aka Mr. Spock, to step into the director’s … Continue reading