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Author Archives: Victor Lana

Victor Lana has published numerous stories, articles, and poems in literary magazines and online. His books In a Dark Time (1994), A Death in Prague (2002), Move (2003), The Savage Quiet September Sun: A Collection of 9/11 Stories (2005) and Like a Passing Shadow (2009) are available online and as e-books. He has won the National Arts Club Award for Poetry, but has concentrated mostly on fiction and non-fiction prose in recent years. He has worked as faculty advisor to school literary magazines and enjoys the creative process as a writer, editor, and collaborator. He has been with Blogcritics since July 2005, has edited many articles, was co-head sports editor with Charley Doherty, and now is a Culture and Society editor. He views Blogcritics as one of most exciting, fresh, and meaningful opportunities in his writing life.

Leonard Nimoy Dies – Now Off to That Undiscovered Country

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Sometimes when you hear of a famous person dying, it is like turning another page in your life; however, when I learned of Leonard Nimoy’s passing away, it felt like the closing of an entire book. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Birdman’ – What Happens When a Faded Movie Star Does Broadway?

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Iñárritu’s choppy hand-held cam style of directing gets the feel of behind the scenes of NYC theater but never really captures its essence. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The Imitation Game’ – Can Great Acting Overcome Tedium?

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The film is a disappointment as the impressive parts do not add up to a satisfying whole. Read More »

Brian Williams – Only Guilty of Telling Us What We Wanted to Hear?

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It’s normal behavior for most people to exaggerate but, when millions of people are watching, the stakes are exceedingly higher. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge Out of Water’

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The truth is that 'The SpongeBob Movie – Sponge Out of Water' is an entertaining family film going experience that kids will enjoy and you won’t hate. Read More »

‘The Walking Dead’ – What We Need From Second Half of Season 5

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I am truly excited about this last half of the season, but I am expecting that we have not prepared ourselves to lose those whom we are going to lose. Read More »

Movie Review: ‘Boyhood’ – Not Just About a Boy

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In capturing the essence of one “boyhood” Linklater has done something more indelible – he has caught up the essence of life for all of us who have gone through growing up and have experienced loss, love, and awareness. Read More »

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Bradley Cooper is an actor playing a character in a fictional version of a true story. That is a qualifier in this and most films that are “based on a true story.” Read More »

Deflate-Gate Debate Threatens to Overshadow Super Bowl

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This mess has gone viral and probably won’t go away before the coin toss to start the Super Bowl on February 1. Read More »

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. – Celebrate His Legacy By Following His Example

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It’s not enough to celebrate what he stood for and then get up tomorrow and go about business as usual. Read More »