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johnlink ranks A MOST WANTED MAN (2014)

Philip Seymour Hoffman left the world behind and the world is less talented in his absence. A MOST WANTED MAN was one of his last projects, with his untimely death occurring a mere week before its premier at Sundance. 628 more words

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Movie review: God's Pocket (2014)

Based on a novel of the same name, God’s Pocket refers to a neighborhood in Philadelphia—a gritty neighborhood full of people that a small time newspaper columnist refers to as ignorant with unclean faces. 304 more words


A Most Wanted Man

(dir. Anton Corbijn)

A tale as hard and unjust as Willem DeFoe’s facial structure, which we have the pleasure of watching tense and un-tense repeatedly through the film. 303 more words

Film Review

Classics Club #21: 'A View from the Bridge' by Arthur Miller ****

I received the gorgeous little Penguin edition of Arthur Miller’s A View from the Bridge for my birthday.  Despite only having read two of his plays to date (rather predictably  669 more words

Leaving Things Behind

I’ve noticed a lot of my blogs contain the phrase “One thing I’ve learned from this trip…” as an introduction to blindsiding you with my incredible wit and wisdom. 744 more words


Mortui vivos docent

My friend Fr. Ken Tanner pointed me to this EW piece by Anthony Breznican. The piece is well-written (the sentence, “Hoffman waved his cigarette around like incense dispelling evil spirits,” is ironically poignant), and it captures a truth that people in my line of work (classical education) talk about an awful lot: the truth is out there. 410 more words

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MOVIE REVIEW | A Most Wanted Man (2014)

“It’s just an ordinary pen. Looks like a pen, writes like a pen, and listens like a pen.”

I’m no John Le Carre expert, but I have seen and read enough to know he’s at the top of spy thriller authorship.  482 more words