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Cohn Zohn

Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports


Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I played hooky and went to see the movie “Philomena” this afternoon. I wasn’t expecting much but I found the movie to be, well, lovely. I recommend it although some of you may find it a little sappy. I’m both a sap and a sucker. Judi Dench is in it. She’s always great.

Blue Jasmine

I eagerly went to see Woody Allen’s new movie Blue Jasmine. I see everything Woody makes. I want to love all his movies and many I do love. I don’t love Blue Jasmine. Kate Blanchett and Sally Hawkins give wonderful performances. Woody always writes good parts for women. And Blanchett should get an Oscar nomination for her work. But the script is ordinary, sometimes not so hot. The movie takes place in San Francisco, but all the men sound like… Read More »

Life of Pi

Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I snuck away this afternoon and went to the flicks and saw Life of Pi. Great movie. I did not read the book and can’t compare it to the movie. But director Ang Lee is a visual genius. The movie starts a little slow — don’t let that bother you. Buy some popcorn and sit there eating. Once it gets going, it’s fabulous and works on so many levels. FYI, I used to hate when English… Read More »

Rating movies

Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I just got back from the movies. We try to see a flick every Friday but yesterday I had the Pac-12 Championship. Today, we saw “Hitchcock,” very enjoyable. On the way home I asked Mrs. Cohn Zohn to rank the three movies we saw most recently. Her rating: Lincoln, Skyfall, Hitchcock. My rating: Skyfall, Lincoln, Hitchcock. When I told her I was rating Skyfall first, she said rather archly, “I know that.”  

Skyfall: two thumbs up from Cohn Zohn

Just got back from Skyfall and I loved it. Mrs. Cohn Zohn did too. I think it’s the best Bond movie ever made. It harkens back to the past movies in lots of nice ways but also is very contemporary. Lots of plot surprises and excellent acting and the movie looks simply great.


Mrs. Cohn Zohn and I are going to see Skyfall early this afternoon — the Bond movie. She isn’t into Bond but I always have been. We would invite Grant but he’ll be in Santa Clara chez Niners. Mrs. Cohn Zohn, who is in charge of our movie viewing, wanted to see Hitchcock but it isn’t in the East Bay yet. We try to see a movie every Friday afternoon and mostly we do. It’s a very nice date.

Dark Knight Rises

As part of my vacation fun I like to see films on my own that Mrs. Cohn Zohn never would see with me. So I went out and saw Dark Knight Rises. It is a very good movie for one of THOSE movies. By that I mean, it has fighting and crashes and chases and gadgets and an improbable plot and hardly any character development, but it’s a hell of a lot of fun. I really like it and I… Read More »

More Godfather

As you know I watched The Godfather yesterday. Grant watched it also and then he watched Godfather II. He’s a much better critic than I am and later he explained the difference between Don Corleone and Micheal Corleone. The old don worked out problems — at least much of the time — through diplomacy and negotiation. Michael, to use Grant’s phrase, “eliminates” problems. That pretty much means he kills anyone who crosses him. By the end of the second movie,… Read More »