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Martin Scorsese is most known for his gritty portrayals of the American underworld. But something that has often come up in his career is references to his Catholicism.  This comes to life in Silence, the story of two seventeen century Catholic Missionaries who go to Japan to find their missing mentor.  There are reports he has apostatized, which the two young men reject.  They see it as impossible that the man that… Read More

I will be be honest.  Walking out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi, I had no idea just how controversial this film would be.  I wrote my first review and then rewrote it due to a spoiler claim. I watched as the film seemed to rise with critics and fall with some fans. So I went to see the film a second time in the hopes of determining my feelings on the… Read More

After the prequels, Star Wars appeared to be…well, complete.  Lucas was no longer talking about a third trilogy.  All had gone quiet on that front.  Instead, Star Wars thrived in animated fare like the Cone Wars cartoon and in comic books through Dark Horse. Dark Horse had even started a Canon series that took place between a New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. But then, in 2012, came a very unexpected announcement. … Read More

The Last Jedi picks up shortly after the Force Awakens. It begins with a bold battle that has powerful repercussions on the characters. Rey is trying to get Luke to come back with her to help the rebellion.  But Rey finds herself unsure of her true goals. This new Star Wars film is building off the questions and set up of the Force Awakens, and yet, it addresses them in very unexpected… Read More

Steven Soderbergh retired from directing in 2013.  He directed multiple episodes of the Knick after that.  He has three more films in the pipeline after this years Logan Lucky.  The guy sucks at retirement. But that is okay for me.  Logan Lucky is about Jimmy Logan…should have been football star who hurt his knee and went on to live the blue-collar life in West Virginia.  His brother, a one armed bar tender… Read More

And so, here it it is.  The fans started skeptical when new films were announced, yet as we grew closer, folks started to get more and more excited.  And as long as they were better than the prequels, these new films would be loved.  But now I have seen J.J. Abram’s film. For me?  This was an exhilarating rush.  I felt a genuine joy watching the film.  The characters we know are… Read More