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Captain Phillips

on November 27th, 2013 by mark

Tom Hanks brings to every movie he makes a kind of sincerity that I love to watch. He’s been type-cast, that’s true and perhaps with some reason, but to say that he cannot or does not stretch himself is simply wrong. Hanks can act. In his new film, Captain Phillips, Hanks brings a kind of […]

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Darryl Wagar

on November 24th, 2013 by mark

Darryl’s smile was infectious. He bounced when he walked and he never really seemed to stand still. He was always swaying or moving, pointing things out, describing what was going to happen next. Darryl had vision. The only time I ever saw him frown was at a Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District Board meeting […]

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The Price of Infamy

on November 10th, 2013 by mark

I’m as likely as anyone to believe in the creativity of the American experiment, the American dream. I even have little bits of emotional strings that occasionally tug at me when I read histories of the Revolutionary era, George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson. But it’s not all mythology and melancholy. Some of it is […]

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