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02/11/2014

"Paddle Ball" the Movie: It's Fun, It's Deadly

Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – Paddle Ball.jpgActually it's not much fun and you look kind of goofy playing with it but I'm looking forward to it, none the less.

Readers, "The LEGO Movie" opened strong in town, what toy should star in the next Hollywood film? Read my suggestions and a review of the popular animated film in Thursday's Post-Bulletin.

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02/04/2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman

Readers, do you have a favorite Philip Seymour Hoffman film? Check-out mine and a review of "Labor Day" in Thursday's Post-Bulletin.

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01/28/2014

Dynamic and not-so dynamic duos

Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘Running Scared'Readers, what is your favorite buddy cop film? Read my round-up and review of “Ride Along” starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart in Thursday's Post-Bulletin.

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01/10/2014

New films opening in Rochester this week include "Her" and "Lone Survivor"

Also, "The Legend of Hercules." Readers, what are your movie plans this weekend?

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Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘Her'  Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘Lone Survivor'

12/19/2013

New films opening in Rochester include "Anchorman 2" and "American Hustle"

Readers, what are your movie plans this weekend?

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Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘Anchorman 2'  Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘American Hustle'

12/12/2013

White beards rule this weekend. New films opening in Rochester include 'Hobbit 2' and 'Nebraska'

... and of course Santa is at the mall. Readers, what are your movie plans this weekend?

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Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘The Hobbit 2'  Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘Nebraska'

12/04/2013

New films opening in Rochester this week include Christian Bale's "Out of the Furnace"

Readers, what are your movie plans this weekend?

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Holiday music on Classical MPR

It's beginning to sound a lot like Christmas on Classical MPR -- here's the plan through Christmas:


Dec. 5 (TR) – 8-9pm – ‘Wonder Tidings’ - Holiday music of Stephen Paulus with Dale Warland
Dec. 6 – (Fri) 8-9pm – Rose Ensemble
Dec. 8 (Sun) – 3pm – St. Olaf Christmas Festival live broadcast (around 2 hours).
Dec. 10 (Tue) – Welcome Christmas with Vocalessence – 8-9pm
Dec. 11 (Wed) – Hollywood Holiday with Lynne Warfel – noon-1pm;
                                Nutcracker – with Alison Young 8-10pm
Dec. 12 (TR) – Christmas with Cantus – 11am (live broadcast)
                                Concordia Christmas  - 8pm-9pm
Dec. 13 (FRI) – Christmas at Luther – 8-9pm
Dec. 16 (Mon) – Bill Morelock – “1964-A Child’s Christmas on the Wilamette” - childhood Christmas story 7pm (30 minute )
Dec. 17 (Tue) – Taste of the Holidays – holiday performances from regional ensembles – 6-7pm
                Christmas with Luther – 8-9pm
Dec. 18 (Wed) - Welcome Christmas with Vocalessence- noon-1pm
                St. Olaf Christmas Festival – 8-10pm
Dec. 19 (TR) – Chanticleer Christmas – 8-9pm
Dec. 20 (FRI) – Bill Morelock – “1964-A Child’s Christmas on the Wilamette” - childhood Christmas story 7pm (30 minute )
Handel’s Messiah – 8-10pm
Dec. 23 (Mon) - ‘Wonder Tidings’ - Holiday music of Stephen Paulus with Dale Warland - 8-9pm
Dec. 24 (Tue) – A Festival of nine Lessons and Carols – 9am-10:30am & 5-6:30pm
                                Tchaikovsky’s – The Nutcracker Ballet – 11a-1pm – with Alison Young
Dec. 25 (Wed) – All Christmas music via C24
Jan. 1 (Wed) – New Year’s Day in Vienna
 
 

11/26/2013

Give thanks for these DVDs

BeFunky_Underdog, Broadway Danny Rose.jpgNo film can really capture the true Thanksgiving experience but these Turkey Day-themed movies, are as close as it’s going to get.

“Planes, Trains and Automobiles” (1987)
With Steve Martin and John Candy at their comic apexes, this one is charming and hilarious any time of year. Martin is a Madison Avenue advertising executive who couldn’t be more different than the traveling shower curtain ring salesmen (Candy) on whom he depends to get back to his family in Chicago for Thanksgiving. One of the best (and most touching) of the buddy/roadtrip genre. Rated R (for language).


“Scent of a Woman” (1992)
Chris O'Donnell is a middle-class student financially over his head, so to get back home for Christmas, he works through his Thanksgiving break looking after a gruff, bitter, and blind retired Army officer (Al Pacino ) who’s bent on going out in style. The two set out on a wild weekend in New York City that transforms them both. Though nominated eight times, it is Pacino’s only OSCAR-winning performance. Hoo- Ah. Rated R.


Home for the Holidays (1995)
Holly Hunter, Charles Durning and Robert Downey Jr. star in this Jodie Foster-directed under-the-radar “dramedy” that features some touching moments, but more laugh-out-loud ones (even mealtime grace is funny). A must-see for those who haven’t. Rated PG-13.


“Hannah and Her Sisters” (1986) and “Broadway Danny Rose” (1984)
Two of comic legend Woody Allen's best. In the first, an ensemble including Michael Caine. Barbara Hershey and the underrated Diane Wiest bring all of their neurotic baggage to a Thanksgiving celebration hosted by eldest sister Mia Farrow. Allen’s own story thread, more of an afterthought than integrated, is the funniest though aged artist Max Von Sydow probably has the best line when he says, “I don't sell my work by the yard!” Rated PG-13.
The story of Danny Rose, a pitiable talent manager who can’t seem to hit the big time, makes this list because of a hysterical helium-fueled scene in the hangar where the Macy’s Parade balloons are stored. Allen is on the run after being mistaken as mob moll Mia Farrow’s paramour. Second only to “Annie Hall.” Rated PG.


“Miracle on 34th Street” (1947)
Today also marks the beginning of the Christmas shopping season and no film better handles the commercialization of that holiday than this one, which famously unfolds with a narrowly avoided catastrophe at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. Corny at times, it’s a treat watching young Natalie Wood go from a hardened cynic to a true believer. Not rated.

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11/19/2013

Who is Malcolm D. Lee?

Chris Miksanek -- The Med City Movie Guy – ‘The Best Man Holiday'Writer and director Malcolm D. Lee is a cousin to controversial filmmaker Spike Lee, who co-produced the 1999 breakout film “The Best Man” as well as its sequel, “The Best Man Holiday.” Unlike his cousin, who’s tackled weighty subjects, Malcolm’s pedigree is largely comedy.

Readers, do you have a favorite Malcolm D., or Spike Lee film?

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