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Movie Review: Bridge of Spies *Hanks, Spielberg and Cold War Cloak & Dagger*

Tom Hanks, Bridge of Spies
Remember when Spielberg films were events? A new film by Steven Spielberg was the equivalent of a MCU film, a Star Wars film, because we knew something amazing was going to happen.  Last week, Spielberg’s Bridge of Spies opened with $15.9 million and got beaten by Jack Black’s Goosebumps.  What changed? Well, frankly, Spielberg did. He stopped evolving as a developer, forgot how to conjure the magic from deep within our childhoods and flat out did not know how to end one of his movies to save his life.

Mark Rylance, Tom Hanks, Bridge of Spies

His last film, Lincoln, should be a classic. Daniel Day-Lewis turned in one of the most amazing performances by any actor I’ve ever seen, period. The film, though, is bookended by a beginning so laughably childish it would be out of place in a 3rd grade play and an ending that muddied the point of the entire film and added another 20 minutes to an already weighty endeavor. So, it’s a shame the public, after more than a decade of Spielberg underwhelming, has caught on, because Bridge of Spies is his best film since, probably, Catch Me If You Can. Continue reading Movie Review: Bridge of Spies *Hanks, Spielberg and Cold War Cloak & Dagger*

Book Review: Endgame: Bobby Fischer’s Remarkable Rise and Fall by Frank Brady (2012)

Bobby Fischer, chess, Endgame, Frank Brady

 

What you think of Endgame depends entirely upon how much you know about and care about chess. This isn’t exactly what I was hoping for going into the book. The author is someone who was an off-and-on friend of Fischer’s (there was no other kind) for decades and had insight into his character first-hand plus his research and observations. Brady writes himself out of the book as much as possible and does admit when he’s in the scene but otherwise tries to keep himself to a fly on the wall approach.

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