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Michael Jones
Michael Jones lost it at the movies watching 'The Third Man.' Later, he produced a movie review show with Roger Ebert for a Chicago radio station.

He has been writing columns on public policy, movie reviews, and stories for years. He was honored by the Sea Park Surf Association for his nose riding skills, ran with the bulls in Pamplona three separate times, and won the Badminton Invitational Golf Tournament once.

His opening gambit in any interpersonal communication is to ask what one's top ten movies are. From 1992 until late 2003 he verbally communicated only using dialogue from 'One Eyed Jacks.' Since then he has worked much of 'Going South' into his conversations.

Entries by Michael Jones

Free State of Jones

(1) Comments | Posted June 26, 2016 | 3:32 PM

Unremarked upon in Ken Burns terrific documentary about the Civil War, a group of Confederate soldiers, after surrendering at Vicksburg, were paroled, over the objections of William Tecumseh Sherman, by U.S. Grant. Grant's opinion was that they were so sick and disheartened by their experiences that they'd just go home....

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(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2016 | 2:51 PM

With nothing else to see, I went, somewhat reluctantly, (as many of my fellow Huff-Po-ers might as well) to see the new Biblically inspired movie, Risen.

Ostensibly about the crucifixion and resurrection of Christ, it's more a logical investigation of a mystery, that doesn't preach, imaginatively laid atop a...

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The Hateful Eight

(9) Comments | Posted December 31, 2015 | 4:47 PM

Today, December 30th, with just two days left in 2015, I saw the worst movie of the year. I don't usually do Worst Movies of the Year lists, but if I did, I would put The Hateful Eight at the top. And, not just for this year, but as the...

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(2) Comments | Posted November 19, 2015 | 11:03 PM

When I was nine, and my brother eleven, we lived in Camp Fuchinobe, an idyllic former Japanese Army Post in rural Japan. There were high mountains in the distance, and our house had a ceremonial pond in the front yard, a private forest in the back. Each Sunday and Holy...

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Never Never Land

(0) Comments | Posted May 26, 2015 | 3:03 PM

The best thing about Tomorrowland is, for those of a certain age, being reminded of the innocent purity of the original Tomorrowland at Disneyland. Monorails and rockets, workers in futuristic clothing, America looking into the future, and not seeing dystopia. The next best thing, is being reminded of how NASA...

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'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

(1) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 11:18 PM

Just back from seeing most of Exodus: Gods and Kings.

I walked out after the parting of the Red Sea, which was depicted more as if an iffy forecast by Tom Skilling missed a low pressure system forming over Lake Michigan, than God majestically parting it to let his...

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'9 Voices': The Childhood of a Family

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 6:30 PM

Years after their parents died, the nine children, now adults, decided to do something extraordinary. They would each write about their childhoods, from earliest memory until they left home for college. There were two stipulations: no subject was off limits, write what you want; and second, no one could read...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel

(2) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 11:17 AM

What a charming movie. What fun everyone seemed to have in making it. All the actors get to overact outrageously. The set designers, at the mercy of Wes Anderson's exquisite taste in all things, seemed to beg for more: one more hotel room, one more hotel lobby, one more corridor...

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Tim's Vermeer

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 9:29 AM

This is a wonderful documentary about obsession.

Penn and Teller have a friend named Tim, and Tim, after reading a book, decided to try to discover how a Dutch artist created art that effortlessly reaches across three centuries to create more art in mediums that didn't exist when Vermeer painted.

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'Lone Survivor'

(2) Comments | Posted January 15, 2014 | 2:38 PM

"No soldier ever really survives a war."- Audie Murphy

The theater was packed for the first show of Lone Survivor on a Saturday morning.

We sat riveted by the story of Marcus Luttrell, a big, shambling Texan who was the lone survivor of a botched mission in the...

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The Counselor

(4) Comments | Posted October 27, 2013 | 1:18 PM

This movie is like the spreading dull ache of a sinus infection. A slight discomfort initially, then spreading more generally until your entire head hurts. Your teeth ache. Did you catch a cold from that sniffly young woman in the elevator yesterday? From Algernon at the office who kept sneezing...

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Django in Black and White

(19) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 12:18 PM

Django Unchained is a nasty, brutish piece of work.

God knows what goes on in Quentin Tarantino's mind these days, but whatever ravings that too much success, too early, created it's a pity that there seems no muse he can turn to for editing. Inglorious Basterds was nasty and...

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It's Veterans Day

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2012 | 2:18 PM

It's Veterans Day.

In The Great War and Modern Memory Paul Fussell, a combat veteran of WWII, reviewed literature and art created by the first world war and wrote of how the shock of millions being killed by high explosives and machine gun bullets affected how we think about...

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(1) Comments | Posted August 16, 2012 | 1:35 PM

@aiww is the Twitter handle of Ai Weiwei, an extraordinary Chinese artist/activist. Through it he has become an international figure and, with the help of other forms of social media, he has painted a more complex portrait of China than the one trumpeted as an example for America by some...

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Review: Act of Valor

(4) Comments | Posted February 26, 2012 | 6:33 PM

It's been a dry spell movie wise lately, punctuated with god-awful experiments in recherché des movies perdu: Ben-Hur, proving that even a re-mastering in HD, with a state of the art sound system, watched from leather seats in the Evanston Cineplex Theater 1, can't hide its late fifties treacle earnestness;...

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Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

(9) Comments | Posted December 19, 2011 | 10:46 AM

There's cultural self-loathing at the heart of Tomas Alfredson's Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. A tearing at the fabric of Western culture and values based on historical illiteracy and ideological hipness. You know, like typical network news anchors, showing their chops on the au courant issues of the day. Which was...

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Baseball: A Love Story

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2011 | 4:08 PM

A few weeks ago, driving north on I-55 at night, the car buffeted by a gale sweeping down from Canada, I searched for something to listen to on the radio.

FM stations playing automated hits from the '90s or country songs about trains and pain, over to AM, and...

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The Ides of March Review

(14) Comments | Posted October 10, 2011 | 12:04 PM

There is only one adult in the room in The Ides of March: Philip Seymour Hoffman as the campaign manager for a candidate in the Democratic Primary for president. The rest is sort of an MSNBC/Jersey Shore political cartoon. George Clooney's ego trip of superficial insights into politics from a...

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The Guard

(6) Comments | Posted August 9, 2011 | 1:44 PM

If I could figure out how to mass tweet the world's population I would tweet: go see The Guard.

It's been a while since I have enjoyed a movie so. I could reach for a comparison that would be too too and write "I haven't enjoyed a movie as much...

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Cowboys and Aliens

(16) Comments | Posted August 1, 2011 | 2:32 PM

I wonder what the director of Cowboys and Aliens has against Daniel Craig's forehead, or, his eyebrows? But, then again, I wonder what the director has against coherence, soap, Westerns, American movies, Apache Indians, aliens, or Vice President Biden?

We all know and acknowledge that Joe Biden is the...

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