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Now Showing in The Man Cave #4: Zatoichi

Takeoshi 2I’ve written about my favorite film, Shane, as well as (at least I think) the greatest film ever made, Seven Samurai. Now, I’m going to tell you about the greatest movie franchise.

Let’s face it – movie franchises aren’t always executed well. Usually, the first film is excellent. And then each film after that goes down a notch, with viewers following along simply because they love a character, characters or story. We do this despite the fact that each film is worse than the one before it. There are exceptions to this rule. The Empire Strikes Back and Terminator 2 are examples. But for the most part, a series franchise worsens the longer it extends.

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Coltrane: The Complete 1961 Village Vanguard Recordings – A Personal Impression

Live at the VV.1Monday December 29, 2014

The initial days of November 1961 dawned amid both fear and hope. While the world continued to shiver through the ominous chill of the Cold War, U Thant became acting Secretary General of the United Nations following the sudden, and suspicious, death of Dag Hammarskjöld. Scotsman Sean Connery garnered the lead role in the upcoming James Bond film, Dr. No. A United States of America federal order banning segregation at interstate public facilities took effect. The Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru, visited New York. And in a tiny yet fabled Greenwich Village nightclub, a noteworthy ensemble of musicians expanded the boundaries of contemporary jazz. The leader of the group was a 35 year old saxophonist named John Coltrane. 

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Now Showing in The Man Cave #3: Seven Samurai

Seven Samurai (1954)
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I recently wrote about my favorite film of all time, the 1953 George Stevens masterpiece, Shane. For this review, I’m going to tell you about the best film ever made. Confused? Allow me to explain.

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Now Showing in The Man Cave #2: Shane

shaneShane (1953)
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“What’s your favorite film?” That’s a question I am often asked, and with good reason. Having a personal movie collection of almost 1000 DVDs, HD DVDs and Blu-Rays, as well as watching close to 300 movies a year, I fit the description of a movie fanatic. I don’t often watch regular TV, but spend most of my TV time watching movies.

Over many years, when asked what my favorite film is, I've answered the same way: "I don’t have a favorite." Sure, I am fond of many films. But choosing just one favorite film seems impossible. Eventually, however, I've been able to narrow the choices down and make my single selection.

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DEBUT COLUMN: Now Showing in The Man Cave

Publisher's Note: CW Contributing Editor Rob Geyer (Rob G) has graciously volunteered to write a regular column on movies. He also is the proud owner of his own man cave, where he can smoke cigars while he watches movies. This column isn't meant to be like Roger Ebert, but rather a review of movies available on DVD that Rob has recently viewed and/or enjoyed.

Seabiscuit (2003)

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It’s the 1920s, and the United States is feeling the full effect of the industrial revolution. Henry Ford’s assembly line has changed the face of American industry forever. Cowboys like Tom Smith (Chris Cooper) become displaced, as the wide open plains of the western frontier slowly disappear. Many are forced to find work elsewhere. Some, like Tom, take up jobs with sideshows, circuses and rodeos.

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