Entries by Jay Ruud

Movie Review – American Sniper by Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood’s best movies have examined the intricacies of violence and machismo, from the thin line between gunfighter and lawman in the old west in Unforgiven, to the sport of boxing in Million Dollar Baby, to the moral complexities of war in what I consider his greatest film, Letters from Iwo Jima. In his most […]

Trivia Question for January 14

In what famous book, by what famous author, does the main character think this: “I must have confidence and I must be worthy of the great DiMaggio who does all things perfectly even with the pain of a bone spur in his heel.”    

Movie Review – The Imitation Game by Morten Tildum

If you are not a mathematician or computer scientist, it is quite possible that you have never heard of Alan Turing. That is unfortunate, since Turing is generally regarded as the father of computer science and of artificial intelligence, and thus more than anyone else in history is responsible for today’s cyberworld. Princeton University, from […]

Trivia Question for January 7

The bicentennial of the Battle of New Orleans is tomorrow, January 8, 2015. In honor of that occasion, here’s an Andrew Jackson trivia question: the most famous literary work on Jackson is the novel The President’s Lady, about Jackson and his wife Rachel, written by Irving Stone, author of other biographical novels like Lust for Life and The Agony […]

Movie Review – Wild by Jean-Marc Vallée

Last year, director Jean-Marc Vallée directed Matthew McConaughey into a Best Actor Oscar for his uncharacteristic role in Dallas Buyers Club. This year, he threatens to repeat that success on the Actress side with his direction of Reese Witherspoon as Cheryl Strayed in the film adaptation of her 2012 memoir. That work, an Oprah Book […]