“Saving Private Ryan”: Beautiful and Horrible all at Once

Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” is out today in a 20th anniversary edition and that makes it the perfect time to talk about the movie once more. It is, in this reviewer’s eyes, a work of genius.  It is gripping and wrenching and heartwarming.  It asks incredible questions, shows the long term weight of war,… Read More

“Lass is More” Pits “The Post” Against Trump

I went to see “The Post” for a second time and rather than taking pages of notes, as I did the first time, I wrote down one sentence:  “Is it possible to root for ‘The Post’ and the Trump administration?” There was an entirely different podcast that I planned for today, but looking at that… Read More

Movie Review: “The Post” (2017)

Given his druthers, Donald Trump would destroy our freedoms. He would undermine the First Amendment of the United States of America, eliminating any and all publications (no matter the medium) which disagree with any of his stances and/or dare to question him and his integrity. Failing his ability to shutter those publications, he would delegitimize… Read More

“Lass is More” Gets Wrapped up Inside “The Circle”

Perhaps it is silly to remind everyone out there that good intentions don’t always lead to a good movie, but that’s what we’re doing today.  “The Circle,” which stars Emma Watson and Tom Hanks, offers up some really important points about the perils of our digital world and social media and what it means to… Read More

Movie Review: "Inferno" (2016)

“Inferno” is the third of Dan Brown’s Robert Langdon novels to be turned into films by director Ron Howard with star Tom Hanks. The basic notion of Langdon’s world is that the man knows all about signs and symbols and art and the renaissance so that he can go around the world (or at least… Read More

Movie Review: "Sully"

Is the “Miracle on the Hudson” inextricably linked to 9/11? That is, is it possible to discuss Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger’s landing US Airways Flight 1549 on the Hudson River in January of 2009 without also talking about the terrorist attack in New York City years earlier? The director of “Sully,” Clint Eastwood, seems to… Read More