September 1st, 2008 by alephnaught

Frozen River

We just got back from seeing the movie “Frozen River” which stars Melissa Leo.  Ms Leo was a star of one of our favorite TV series of all time, “Homicide: Life on the Street.” The movie involves a woman whose trying to get a real house after her husband runs off; he’s a former gambling […]

January 24th, 2008 by alephnaught

The Orphanage

Guillermo del Toro’s latest movie is yet another fantastic journey Guillermo del Toro’s new movie, “The Orphanage,” follows in the footsteps of his other movies.  This is magic realism set in an orphanage where, as you’d expect, things are not what they seem. In this film, the special effects take a back seat to the […]

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December 24th, 2007 by alephnaught

Youth Without Youth

We saw “ Youth Without Youth,” the new Coppola movie. The internet database entry is here and the studio web site is here. I liked this movie and Aviva didn’t – its a story about love, life and the metaphysics of time.  Tim Roth plays the main character, who is struck by lightening and becomes […]

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December 16th, 2007 by alephnaught

The Kite Runner

Saw it this afternoon at a midday matinee. Wow, what a movie – I cried twice during the film, and Aviva cried through most of it. Its a story of family, trust, friendship, bullys and standing up for one’s beliefs.  Its set mostly in Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion and then during the Taliban. […]

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October 16th, 2007 by alephnaught

My Brother Is An Only Child

A good Italian film from the Chicago International Film Festival. Since I’m between jobs I’ve been trying to spend more time with Aviva.  She and I don’t typically like the same films, but I agreed to go with her to see this one for a Saturday night out. We ate dinner at a restaurant next […]

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October 1st, 2007 by alephnaught

Eastern Promises

We saw “Eastern Promises” Sunday morning. Eastern Promises is David Cronenberg’s latest movie.  Its a bit of a departure for him.  The movie is set in London and involves the Russian Mafia.  A young woman is rushed to the hospital – she dies but gives birth to a baby girl.  The young doctor finds her […]

February 26th, 2007 by alephnaught

Hannibal Rising

We saw “Hannibal Rising” yesterday. We wanted to see this Saturday but the Chicago Reader had the wrong show times for the theatre. So, we went to the first showing on Sunday morning. The movie was fun; it explains why Hannibal Lechter eats people, how he got involved in art and medicine, and why he […]

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January 30th, 2007 by alephnaught


Probably the most tasteless movie I’ve seen in a long time, “Borat” is really funny! He makes fun of everyone, but especially anti-Semites. Really worth the price of admission. Especially the “running of the Jews.”

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December 26th, 2006 by alephnaught


Aviva and I went to see Apocalypto on Christmas day. Interesting film – as I suspected, it was visually stunning and very, very violent (I had to cover my eyes a couple of times). The movie is somewhat predictable – man is separated from his family, survives by luck and skill, returns, saves his family […]

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October 22nd, 2006 by alephnaught

Last King of Scotland

Title: Last King of Scotland Viewed on: October 21, 2006 Aviva and I took Aviva’s mom, Lily, to see this movie. The film is about a Scotish doctor, Dr. Garrigan, who goes to Uganda fresh from school, meets Idi Amin, becomes his personal physician, and then things get scary (I don’t want to give the […]