Flyboys (2006)

Mar 25, 2007 by Mr. Nau This over-the-top war fantasy leaves historical accuracy behind in favor of sensational aerial combat sequences stagger the imagination. A group of American youngsters learns to fly in the French Air Service in World War I. This was a decent action-adventure, despite falling short on the historical fact. Grade: B. […]

Fast Food Nation (2006)

Mar 25, 2007 by Mr. Nau The best-selling exposé of the fast food industry has been fictionalized and turned into a dramatic feature. Despite an impressive cast, the screenplay for this picture is a trudging, unbelievable mess of intersecting stories meant to illustrate the points in the book. This should have been a documentary instead. […]

Man of the Year (2006)

Mar 25, 2007 by Mr. Nau Tom Dobbs is a political satirist and a talk show host, played by Robin Williams, who decides to run for President. The all-star cast brings this political fantasy to life, but the story is contrived. Multiple fumbles and rehashed jokes squander a great idea on a barely competent execution. […]

The Human Stain (2003)

Mar 23, 2007 by Mr. Nau Coleman Silk, dean and professor of classics, resigns from his position after accusations of racism and begins an affair with a young custodian. Turmoil is epidemic in this small picture. The key revelation in the film feels clunky, unbelievable, and tacked on. Overall, the movie is watchable, but somewhat […]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1958)

Mar 21, 2007 by Mr. Bye This classic novella by Truman Capote tells the tale of Holly Golightly. Holly is a free spirited girl in New York City. This is a wonderful story of love and loss. Holly is a multi-dimential character who represents the modern woman. This story was delightful and easy read. Grade: […]

Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Mar 19, 2007 by Mr. Bye This is an adaptation of the classic Capote story. Audrey Hepburn plays Holly Golightly in this film. Many changes were made to this film from the original novel. This was a much lighter story somewhat to the detriment of the film. This was an enjoyable film with a great […]

The Treasure of the Sierra Madres (1948)

This classic film, starring Humphrey Bogart tells the story of three down and out Americans in Mexico. Distrust and greed get the better of them when they head into the desert to dig for gold. This film has a classic Hollywood feel and it is a joy to watch. Grade: A-. IMDB: The Treasure of […]

Vertigo (1958)

James Stewart stars in this classic thriller by Alfred Hitchcock. After leaving his job due to vertigo, police detective Scottie Ferguson is hired by an old friend to follow his wife. This tale of deceit and murder is some of Hitchcock’s best work. Also notable is Bernard Hermann’s tense score. Grade: A. IMDB: Vertigo.

The Barbarian Invasions (2003)

Mar 15, 2007 by Mr. Nau This Canadian film in French tells the story of a history professor, who is dying of terminal cancer. His son flies out from London and begins wrestling with bureaucrats to improve his father’s care. This beautiful story brings us into the last days of a man’s life, surrounded by […]

Code 46 (2003)

Mar 15, 2007 by Mr. Nau In a sanitized world set some time in the future, permission to work and live in the cities is coveted and work visas are sold on the black market. The authoritarianism depicted here is taken for granted by the characters, which makes it somewhat scary, and the script is […]

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