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MOVIE REVIEW: Why I Compare “Bridge of Spies” to a Chicken Dinner

James Donovan was the New York attorney who defended Soviet Spy, Rudolf Abel in 1957. He did so after multiple lawyers refused to and while under much public scrutiny. Donovan lost the case but argued against the death penalty for Abel and won. He was later asked to help American pilot, Francis Gary Powers, after he was shot down over Russia. Donovan successfully negotiated the exchange of Rudolf Abel, who was still imprisoned in the U.S., for Powers. Bridge of Spies is based on this historic event, with Steven Spielberg directing and Tom Hanks portraying James Donovan. Ethan and Joel Coen (who collaborated with Spielberg on True Grit) were also brought in to write with Matt Donovan.

This is why Bridge of Spies reminds me of a chicken dinner that you would order at a fancy restaurant. The waiter might tell you about a delicious plate of cage-free, butter-braised Heaven, but you really just end up with a plate of chicken. Sure it tastes good and might even be a little better than KFC, but it never quite lives up to its promise. Continue reading →

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PODCAST: My Review of “The Longest Ride” with Bernie Mack

The movie version of Nicholas Sparks’ best seller “The Longest Ride,” is NOW in theaters. It stars Britt Robertson and Scott Eastwood as young lovers who are struggling to make their relationship work. Along the way, they meet an elderly man (played by Alan Alda), who tells them all about the love of his life. That love story stars Jack Huston and Oona Chaplin, which makes me wonder WHY IS EVERYONE FREAKING OUT ABOUT SCOTT EASTWOOD WHEN JACK HUSTON IS EVEN BETTER? Seriously, it’s Richard from Boardwalk Empire before he got his face blown off! That guy is beautiful! So take a listen to my chat with Bernie Mack on Westwood One and while you’re at it, let’s all gaze longingly at the gorgeous Jack Huston. Because Scott Eastwood seems like a meathead anyway.

Click the link below Jack to hear the review and click the link below THAT to purchase tickets.

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“The Longest Ride” Review with Bernie Mack
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