Mark O'Hara

Agrees with the Tomatometer 40% of the time.

Biography:
One of my earliest memories of the movies is our third grade trip to the old theater in Berlin, New Jersey, to see The Sound of Music. Our teachers, Sister Eleanor and Mr. DeSanto, made sure we had our lunches, and we boarded the buses eagerly. I had heard about the film from my parents, who had seen it at Radio City Music Hall on an anniversary trip, and of course I fell in love with Julie Andrews and everyone else in the cast, except the Nazis. My classmates and I sat enthralled throughout the showing, and I carry images even today of the Von Trapp family peeling off one at a time to seek refuge at the end. What's remarkable is that I still remember much about the experience of going to the movie. As we filed out, for instance, all the eight year-olds in line were abuzz with talk of a dead black cat near the back of the theater. Quickly Mr. DeSanto covered it with newspaper, and we rode the bus back to St. Luke's. What a field trip - a bus ride, a movie, a dead cat! Maybe I notice too much, but I have always done it. Details about theaters fascinate me nearly as much as the stories I see within them. Here's a poem: "Movie Light" I hated darkness as a child. Bedtime was a battlefield, my only spoils a night- light shaped like a lamb and my door half-open to catch dimness from downstairs. My brother grabbed me often by this Achilles heel, locking me in closets or unplugging every lamp in the house when he was my babysitter. The only dark place untainted by horror was the theater, the beam cutting in just before the lights died all the way. Surely glancing into a bulb that showed movies would blind you faster than staring into an eclipse. I found comfort in thoughts like this. (I'd learned from a teacher that when you smelled your mother's roast beef, you actually inhaled tiny pieces of meat.) I wanted no more darkness inside my body; it stood to reason you are what you eat, and smell, and see. Okay, it's not all true, but it's a good mixture of the themes of movies, food and childhood, topics that repeat themselves in my mind and my writing. I love initiation stories, from James Joyce's "Araby" to Gunter Grass' The Tin Drum. I can choose one film - Empire of the Sun - as an exercise in discipline, but here's a short list of other favorites: Stand By Me, The Fisher King, The Piano, Cinema Paradiso, Nobody's Fool, Derzu Uzala, The Secret of Roan Inish, The Sound of Music, True Grit, The Accidental Tourist, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Hope and Glory. I wish could watch these films in one marathon sitting, the Coke and popcorn flowing. A bit of my background: I was born in 1959 in Philadelphia. I attended Glassboro State College in Glassboro, New Jersey, majoring in English and Secondary Education. (The college is now Rowan University, after a Jersey businessman donated $100 million!) Glassboro's claim to fame, while I was there at least, was being the site of the 1968 summit between President Johnson and Russian premier Alexi Kosygin. I graduated in 1981, and entered the Masters program at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. My MA is in English with a concentration in Creative Writing. Since 1981 I have been publishing poems, short stories and essays in literary magazines. My work has appeared in Indiana Review, CutBank, Alaska Quarterly Review, The Cape Rock, The William and Mary Review, Timber Creek Review, Juggler's World Magazine, Slant and many others. In 1995 Coreopsis Books in Lawrenceville, Georgia published my chapbook, The Composer's Dream. I teach at Stephen T. Badin High School in Hamilton, Ohio, as well as in the Workshop for Young Writers, a summer offering of the Ohio Writing Project. I have served as a member of the OWP Advisory Board, 1996-99.
Publications:
Movie-Page.com , MovieThing.com , rec.arts.movies.reviews
Total Reviews:
145
Location:
Hamilton, Ohio

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71% Cold Mountain (2003) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 5, 2004
87% 28 Days Later (2003) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 30, 2003
62% Hulk (2003) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jun 24, 2003
75% Gangs of New York (2002) " Admirable for its brutal honesty, if a bit over-the-top at times, the film is a must-see for fans of Martin Scorcese as well as of American history." — rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Dec 30, 2002
42% The Majestic (2001) Movie-Page.com
Posted Dec 23, 2001
21% Ghosts of Mars (2001) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 27, 2001
45% Planet of the Apes (2001) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Aug 6, 2001
71% The Cider House Rules (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% Felicia's Journey (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
87% The Blair Witch Project (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
54% What Women Want (2001) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Primary Colors (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% The Prince of Egypt (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
43% The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
79% Shanghai Noon (2000) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
71% Enemy of the State (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
91% The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29% Jakob the Liar (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
66% Stuart Little (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
88% American Beauty (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
89% One True Thing (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
84% Magnolia (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
83% Tumbleweeds (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
93% The Limey (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
57% Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
95% Antz (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
63% Man on the Moon (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
63% Muppets From Space (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
86% Flying Leathernecks (1951) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
86% Pleasantville (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
90% A Simple Plan (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
100% The African Queen (1951) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
54% The Legend of 1900 (La leggenda del pianista sull'oceano) (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
55% The Mummy (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
99% Lawrence of Arabia (1962) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
64% The X-Files - Fight the Future (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
81% Elizabeth (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
5/10 51% Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) " The scatological hi-jinks start early and keep coming!" — MovieThing.com
Posted Jan 1, 2000
61% 10 Things I Hate About You (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
81% Wonder Boys (2000) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
43% The Adventures of Rocky & Bullwinkle (2000) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
86% Mulan (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
17% The Haunting (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
26% Rocky V (1990) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
62% Babe: Pig in the City (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
71% Bringing Out the Dead (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
96% The Straight Story (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
29% The Other Sister (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
80% Bowfinger (1999) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
28% Lost in Space (1998) rec.arts.movies.reviews
Posted Jan 1, 2000
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