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Paranoia‘s Not Smart Enough August 18, 2013

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Paranoia PosterI attended a screening of Paranoia Wednesday night, thanks to some free radio tickets, thinking that I would be treated to a smart, edgy, thriller.  With such a great cast; Harrison Ford, Gary Oldman, Josh Holloway, Liam Hemsworth, Richard Dreyfuss, Amber Heard, Julian McMahon, how could it not be?  Sadly, it was a disappointment.

Paranoia is an adaptation of the novel of the same name by Joseph Finders.  It’s about a young programmer/developer named Adam Cassidy (Hemsworth.) A ‘bridge and tunnel’ kid raised by his working class father, he has high ambitions and a bit of an ego.  Adam works for Nicolas Wyatt (Oldman) at his global tech company, Wyatt Enterprises.  Wyatt is the former protegé of Jock Goddard (Ford,) the founder and head of Eikon Industries.  Goddard and Wyatt are now bitter rivals, each trying to outsmart the other to be the leader in the tech industry.  Adam, after botching a major presentation to Wyatt and getting (more…)

Jackie Robinson – Number 42 April 10, 2013

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42 PosterI don’t know much about Jackie Robinson.  Granted, I don’t follow baseball, so I don’t know much about any well known players in the sport, unless it is somewhat scandalous.  Pete Rose, Roger Clemens, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire, etc.  But I do know that Jackie Robinson was the first black man to play Major League baseball, ending the racial segregation that had been in place for over 60 years.  So I wanted to see 42, the Brian Helgeland directed film coming to theatres this Friday about Jackie Robinson and his path to the major leagues.  Tuesday night, I sat in a packed theatre with my friend Sandy and the saltiest popcorn I’ve ever consumed at a theatre (seriously Regal Cinemas….are you trying to kill me??  I am not a country ham!)

The film is excellent!  42 covers the period from 1945 to 1947.  Robinson (Chadwick Boseman,) was playing for the Monarchs in the Negro League.  In 1945, Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford,) the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, decides that it’s time to bring some new talent up in the ranks, and that talent should be a black player.  Besides, as he said, it’s not against the law, it’s just an unwritten rule.  And money isn’t black and white, it’s green. (more…)