The Call of the Wild: Buck Will Steal Your Heart

Buck will steal your heart as Jack London’s 1903 short novel, The Call of the Wild, comes to the big screen this weekend. Where prior adaptations have been from the human POV, this is very much Buck’s film.  The St. Bernard/Farm Collie mix, digitally created for the film by way of a St. Bernard/Shepherd mix named Buckley, steals the show regardless of the fact that he’s CGI.  This film takes us on his journey and…

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens – Road to IX

Star Wars: The Force Awakens features the long-awaited return of fan favorites while introducing us to a new generation of characters. Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher) are back but Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) has gone missing.  The Resistance has a new band of heroes leading the way for a younger generation.  Rey (Daisy Ridley), Finn (John Boyega), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), and BB-8 are certain to take Star Wars into the…

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Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi

Star Wars: Episode 6 – Return of the Jedi brings about the end of original trilogy with a crushing defeat of the Galactic Empire. It’s back to Tatooine to rescue Han Solo (Harrison Ford) from Jabba the Hutt.  Rescuing Han is not going to be a one person job and I love how they manage to include everyone.  From C-3PO (Anthony Daniels) and R2-D2 (Kenny Baker) to Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) and Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew)…

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Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back

Star Wars: Episode 5 – The Empire Strikes Back continues the saga by giving audiences a new thrilling adventure with our favorite heroes. Darth Vader certainly has it out for Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill).  Meanwhile, Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) take refuge in Cloud City.  It just so happens that Han’s friend, Lando Calrissian (Billy Dee Williams), is the administrator of Cloud City.  The Millennium Falcon is in dire need of…

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Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope – Road to IX

Star Wars: Episode 4 – A New Hope is the film that started it all by taking audiences back to a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), Princess Leia Organa (Carrie Fisher), and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) are the heart and soul of the original trilogy.  They all have their own place in the Rebellion against the Empire.  Luke yearns for an adventure in a way that is…

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The Secret Life of Pets 2 is merely okay

The Secret Life of Pets 2 gets points for replacing a certain cast member but loses it by pushing for an angle dealing with toxic masculinity. Similar to its predecessor, this film imagines what our pets do while we’re gone during the day.  These animals develop neuroses similar to humans.  Terrier Max (Patton Oswalt) manages to start itching himself from the paranoia over new child Liam.  Max, who lives with mutt Duke (Eric Stonestreet), has…

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American Graffiti marks 45th Anniversary

American Graffiti recently celebrated it’s 45th anniversary and the music-filled picture still holds up nearly a half-century later. Foreshadowing films of the future with intertwining stories, the film focuses on four teenagers on their final night in Modesto, Cal. before college.  Curt Henderson (Richard Dreyfuss) and Steve Bolander (Ron Howard) meet up with John Milner (Paul Le Mat) and Terry “The Toad” Fields (Charles Martin Smith) in the Mel’s Drive-In diner parking lot.  Both Curt and…

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The Fugitive celebrates 25 years

Earlier this month, The Fugitive marked its 25th anniversary since its theatrical release in 1993.  The critically acclaimed film manages to hold up so many years later. The three main players are Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford), U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones), and one-armed man Fredrick Sykes (Andreas Katsulas).  Aside from some minor changes, the film mostly plays out like the television series it’s based on.  Kimble, a cardiovascular surgeon, is wrongfully accused of…

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I just watched Blade Runner for The First Time

I just watched Blade Runner for the first time after checking out Blade Runner: The Final Cut from the local public library.  Aside from some unfortunate skipping issues on the DVD, the film holds up well even on first viewing. Based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by Philip K. Dick, the Ridley Scott-directed film was first released in 1982 and it’s yet another role that actor Harrison Ford will revisit when he reprises…

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