Spider-Man: Homecoming review (Five Minutes in the Film Room transcript)

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The transcript for my Spider-Man: Homecoming review, which aired on Episode 80 of The Bridge.

Here is the transcript for my review of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which aired Aug. 23 on Episode 80 of The Bridge, during the segment called “Five Minutes in the Film Room.”

On Episode 80, you can also hear my good friend John Lund interview Mike Oz, a baseball writer for Yahoo Sports and editor for the Big League Stew blog.

The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. After the live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and at lundinbridge.com on Friday. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app. Continue reading

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Something subtle

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Jeremy Renner gives a phenomenal performance in the indie film Wind River.

Jeremy Renner gave the best performance of his career in the recently released Wind River. I’m not going to guarantee that he will be one of the five nominees for best actor come Oscar season, but he’ll definitely deserve a look. Renner has had a strong career with some hits and misses. None of the misses were his fault, because he always brings it. He’s earned two Oscar nominations for The Hurt Locker (best actor) and The Town (best supporting actor). So how was he able to once again blow me away with his performance? He didn’t have a powerful monologue; he didn’t scream while saliva shot out of his mouth and mucus ran down his face; he didn’t perfectly execute a portrayal of a famous or infamous person in history. No, it was much more subtle. Continue reading

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Detroit review (Five Minutes in the Film Room transcript)

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The transcript for my Detroit review, which aired Aug. 16 on Episode 79 of The Bridge.

Here is the transcript for my review of Detroit, which aired Aug. 16 on Episode 79 of The Bridge. during the segment called “Five Minutes in the Film Room.”

The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. After the live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and at lundinbridge.com on Friday. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app. Continue reading

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The best and worst of the summer

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Wonder Woman made the most money at the domestic box this summer, but where does it rank among the best movies of the four-month season?

Usually I see more films during the summer, but this season I only got to the theater 11 times (12 if you count seeing Dunkirk twice). This year I more so sat back waiting for word of mouth and critic reviews to weed out most of the crap. I’ve gotta say, I had a pleasant experience this summer, much better than the past two years. Although the blockbusters stretch into March now, even February, the official summer movie season runs from May through August so you won’t see Fate of the Furious in here. Also, if a movie does not appear on this list that had a wide release from May through August, it means I haven’t seen it yet. Not that I don’t want to see it, I just haven’t gotten there. Let’s rank the films of the summer that I’ve seen starting with the worst. Continue reading

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Atomic Blonde review (Five Minutes in the Film Room transcript)

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The transcript for my Atomic Blonde review, which aired Aug. 9 on Episode 78 of The Bridge.

Here is the transcript for my review of Atomic Blonde, which aired Aug. 9 on Episode 78 of The Bridge. As you may know, I teamed up with my good friend, John Lund, to do movie reviews for his sports radio show, The Bridgein a segment called “Five Minutes in the Film Room.” I’m going to put all of my transcripts on this blog about a week after the show airs as a way to archive them in print and, if you missed the show, give you a review of the film. My rating system is sports related to fit with the theme of the show, so you won’t have the traditional star rating. But I’ll always be clear how I felt about the film.

The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. After the live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and at lundinbridge.com on Friday. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app. Continue reading

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Dunkirk review (Five Minutes in the Film Room transcript)

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The transcript for my Dunkirk review, which aired Aug. 2 on Episode 77 of The Bridge.

As you may know at this point, I have a movie-reviewing segment on my good friend John Lund’s sports radio show The Bridge called “Five Minutes in the Film Room.” During college, we spent so much time working together as co-sports editors for the school newspaper, The Aquinas, at the University of Scranton as well as the John and Joe Sports Show on WUSR, we became known as LundandBaress. Even when our professor talked about us to her husband, he thought we were one person named Lundin Baress. So it’s good to team up again five years later. Definitely check out his show. He interviews a lot of great guests. As a Packer fan, my favorite was his chat with the great Jerry Kramer. He also sprinkles in other segments, including my favorite, “Good try, good effort.”

The Bridge is broadcast as a one-hour radio show every Wednesday night at 7 ET on Sports Radio America. After the live broadcast, the show is released as a podcast on iTunes and at lundinbridge.com on Friday. You can listen to the live show every Wednesday on Sports Radio America here or through the TuneIn app.

I will post these at some point after the show airs (probably around a week later) just to have a place to archive it on the blog. Here is the transcript of my review, which aired Aug. 2 on Episode 77 of The Bridge. Continue reading

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The art of the one-take action sequence

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Charlize Theron as MI6 agent Lorraine Broughton fights off police in Atomic Blonde.

Bad action sequences are easy to spot. They are the scenes filled with quick cuts and shaky cameras, which make it difficult to make out what the fighters are doing. It looks awful so why do directors continuously make the decision to purposely diminish the quality of their movies? Well, sometimes they don’t have a choice. In order to keep the camera still and hold on a shot, an actor has to be able to execute the fight choreography convincingly. Without that, stunt men must fill the void and the director can’t allow us to see that is the case. Other times, the blood or the killing blows have to be hidden to keep a movie at PG-13. But when a director takes a stance and the actors put in the work, the result can make a movie great. Continue reading

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