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A Gaming Life: Pt. 2 – A Look Back at Nier

A Gaming Life: Pt. 2 – A Look Back at Nier

My name is Dominic, and as long as I’ve been interested in writing about as long as I’ve been interested in video games.  I started my first video game blog when I was in high school, and kept up with it for months. I transitioned […]

10: “Broken Promises” is the Worst Birthday Celebration Ever

10: “Broken Promises” is the Worst Birthday Celebration Ever

In this episode of Silver Screens & Politics, Brett and Dominic explore ‘Broken Promises: The United Nations at 60.” This documentary, which was made largely to explore the failed aspects of the UN’s broad global reach, was released in 2005. Most vital to the purposes […]

9: Why is “Nixon” Three Hours?! Three… Hours…

9: Why is “Nixon” Three Hours?! Three… Hours…

In this week’s episode, Brett and Dominic explore 1995’s Anthony Hopkins-vehicle, ‘Nixon.’ Nixon is paranoid. Nixon is sad. Nixon thinks he killed Kennedy? What on earth is going on in this three hour spectacular of boredom? 5/10, doesn’t include Nixon aggressively grabbing Checkers the dog’s […]

10: The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

10: The Boy in the Plastic Bubble

This (in)famous 1970s TV movie featured a young John Travolta as Tod, a teenager with immune deficiencies that forced him to live in plastic tents and positive-pressure rooms all his life, until he met this girl… Loosely based on a true story, this movie took […]

8: At Least “Truman” Isn’t Egregiously Awful

8: At Least “Truman” Isn’t Egregiously Awful

Long before HBO was what it is today, they were trying to find their footing with original content. In 1995, they released “Truman,” a biopic of Harry Truman starring Gary Sinise. He sits on a park bench for awhile. He also learns how government works, […]

9: Ip Man

9: Ip Man

Why did we cover 2008’s “Ip Man” for our second Around the World movie? Because Donnie Yen is THE Man, not just Ip Man. Known in the West primarily as Bruce Lee’s teacher, Ip Man had a fascinating life story that Donnie Yen portrays with […]

My 5 Most Disappointing Films of 2017

My 5 Most Disappointing Films of 2017

| By Nicole Davis | Life is short. Too short to subject myself to “CHiPs” or “Baywatch” or “The Emoji Movie.” So the not-so-great movies I see are unfortunate surprises. If you haven’t seen these yet, and your taste is similar to mine, you may […]

7: “Dave” Is The Best Not-President President

7: “Dave” Is The Best Not-President President

On this week’s Silver Screens & Politics, Brett and Dominic explore the crazy but undeniably lovable tale of “Dave,” the best president that was never president. After a series of unfortunate events, Dave, a guy who runs a temp agency, becomes the most powerful person […]

8: The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

8: The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza)

This 2013 film from Italy was received with huge critical acclaim in the US, but it was a tiny release. Episodes from the life of aging raconteur and journalist Jep, a sharp observer of life but participant only in his limited sphere of intellectual party-goers, […]

6: “Virtual JFK” – An Extraordinary Portrait of Someone Thinking

6: “Virtual JFK” – An Extraordinary Portrait of Someone Thinking

In the return of Silver Screens & Politics, Dominic and Brett watch the film ‘Virtual JFK’ – an exploration of the Vietnam War if President John F. Kennedy had not been assassinated. Does it succeed in exploring an alternative timeline? Or does it develop a […]

7: Punch-Drunk Love

7: Punch-Drunk Love

Widely regarded as containing Adam Sandler’s best film performance, Punch-Drunk Love is the tale of an oddball man named Barry, who has seven horrible sisters and some serious anger issues. This week, Brett, Nicole, and David were joined by guest Matthew Sargent, and together we […]

6: Burn After Reading

6: Burn After Reading

For our second round of “New to Two,” David chose this Coen Brothers film that Brett and Nicole hadn’t seen yet. The film features Brad Pitt, George Clooney, Tilda Swinton, and the sublime Richard Jenkins, along with Coen-movie regular Frances McDormand. In this cautionary tale, […]

5: Dunston Checks In

5: Dunston Checks In

For our fifth and final theme, completing the first rotation of our little Movie-Go-Round, we have our audience pick. We hadn’t yet settled on “You Did This to Us” as the name of the theme, but after the first two picks we’ve seen, it seems […]

4: The Harder They Come

4: The Harder They Come

This tiny-budget movie, made by a BBC TV director, focused on a singer’s struggle for some kind of success in Kingston, Jamaica. The quasi-exploitation film spread reggae music around the world, and launched the international career of legend Jimmy Cliff with its smash hit soundtrack. […]