While most of us use the day to go to the beach, barbecue meats or watch television, since the Civil War a day in May was set aside for the dead.* War dead, specifically–those men and women in uniform who died serving their country. John Absalom–known for years on Maui radio airwaves as “Johnny A”–has in intimate understanding of the day’s true meaning. A Marine Corps veteran … [Read more...] about For Memorial Day, we talk story with Johnny A about honored vets and the gulf between civilians and the military
The opening scenes of Clint Eastwood's American Sniper are so pivotal, to the main character and our understanding of him, that Eastwood shows it to us twice. We're introduced to Navy SEAL and expert sniper Chris Kyle (played by Bradley Cooper) at a crucial moment: he's on a mission, has spotted a mother/son team about to ignite a bomb and is in a position to terminate them … [Read more...] about AMERICAN SNIPER New Movie Review
Here's my annual Best of the Wurst compilations of the best films of 2014. Enjoy! 1. The Better Angels My favorite film of 2014 was little seen and didn't appear to have a high caliber, awards season campaign to elevate its awareness-level. When a movie this good slips through the cracks, it typically finds an appreciative audience down the road with the VOD/DVD/blu-ray … [Read more...] about Here are MauiTime film reviewer Barry Wurst’s favorite films of 2014. How many have you seen?
The keiki are back in school and the grown ups, weary from months of CGI-driven explosion fests, finally get some smarter fare at the movies. Yes, there's the inevitable final round of The Hobbit (opening Dec. 17) and another Night at the Museum (opening Dec. 19). We also get Robert Downey Jr., not playing Tony Stark but a lawyer in The Judge (opening Oct. 10). Still, a handful … [Read more...] about Special MauiTime Fall Movie Preview