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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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ON YOUR RADAR: “Bridge of Spies” & “Scream Queens”

It’s kind of depressing to be on THIS side of Summer Movie Season, isn’t it? All the movies we were SO PUMPED to see have come and gone. What do we do now? Well, we should start getting jazzed about the NEW stuff headed our way, like Bridge of Spies. This movie is directed by Steven Spieldberg, stars Tom Hanks and was co-written by the Coen Brothers. There’s so much good stuff going on here that I kind of want to hate it. It reminds me of the really hot jock in high school that everyone was in love with. YOU wanted to hate him because everyone thought he was so perfect, then he smiled at you in the hallway and you swooned. Well, THAT’S how I feel about Bridge of Spies. It’s based on the true story an American lawyer who is recruited by the CIA during the Cold War. He must help rescue a pilot detained by the Soviet Union and YES, it will probably get Oscar nominations. Bridge of Spies opens October 16th. Continue reading →