Archive for January, 2009

Trial & Retribution Series 2

Trial & Retribution Series 2

| January 31, 2009

Series 2 of this riveting crime drama from across the pond is actually episodes 5 through 8. The show bears passing resemblance to America’s Law & Order as well as The Shield, for its characters are not only cops and lawyers but are also under the cloth real people with problems, temptations, desires, and self-doubt. […]

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Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

| January 31, 2009

Premiering Sunday, February 15 and 22, 2009, PBS’ Masterpiece Classic presents, as part of its series “The Tales Of Charles Dickens,” a new take on the much-beloved tale of orphan Oliver’s many trials and tribulations as he struggles to survive his life of poverty and misfortune. This bold adaptation breathes new life into the Dickens […]

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What’s Hot at the Movies This Week 1/29/09

What’s Hot at the Movies This Week 1/29/09

| January 30, 2009

I have to give Clint Eastwood credit for making a movie that is still doing well at the box office. Now if only the Academy would have noticed that as well. The Academy did notice Slumdog Millionaire to the tune of ten nominations, including Best Motion Picture of the Year. I think it is that […]

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20 Years Later

20 Years Later

| January 30, 2009

20 Years Later is one of those movies where I can’t shake the feeling like I walked into the middle of the film even though I clearly started at the beginning. The plot, which I’m having a terribly difficult time following, is about a woman who gets pregnant just after nuclear war turns America into […]

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Killer Movie

Killer Movie

| January 28, 2009

Killer Movie is an intriguing mixture of horror and tongue-in-cheek black comedy. It can be difficult to pull that off, but Killer Movie manages to pull it off… most of the time. I found this film to be quite funny at times, and really quite creepy at others – but I also was surprised to […]

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Kiss of the Vampire

Kiss of the Vampire

| January 28, 2009

I feel like I need to establish one thing right away: Kiss of the Vampire is an extremely misleading title. Not quite as misleading as the film’s working title, though. That was Immortally Yours. Either way, the titles conjures images of vampire romance– Immortally Yours, in particular, sounds more like a Harlequin romance novel than […]

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“Call me Ernie”: A chat with Ernest Borgnine

“Call me Ernie”: A chat with Ernest Borgnine

| January 28, 2009

The incredible career of Ernest Borgnine just keeps rolling along. At age 92, he recently completed his 200th feature film, published his autobiography, ERNIE and sat down with Robert Osborne for an extended conversation on TCM’s Private Screenings airing this month. In terms of successful longevity, it is mind-boggling to realize Borgnine won his Best […]

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Revolutionary Road

Revolutionary Road

| January 28, 2009

‘Flawless’ is a word often misused, perhaps overused, and very rarely is it an accurate description of anything. However, Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road, a crisp, raw, heart-wrenching glimpse inside a broken and breaking marriage, is just that – without a single flaw. This gem of a film is quite stunningly acted by each of an […]

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Pirates 2: Stagnetti’s Revenge

Pirates 2: Stagnetti’s Revenge

| January 27, 2009

Porn “remakes” or “parodies” of popular films and tv series are nothing new, but 2005’s Pirates was considerably more ambitious than most of its ilk. The film was a popular crossover success, with an R-rated version finding its way into (*cough*) reputable video stores. Apparently both versions raked in enough money for producers Digital Playground […]

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ZOOEY SHINES AS ‘SUMMER’.

ZOOEY SHINES AS ‘SUMMER’.

| January 26, 2009

It’s been quite the year for the always luminous Zooey Deschanel, first starring in the hit comedy Yes Man opposite Jim Carrey, now in the Sundance favourite 500 Days of Summer, a romantic comedy of sorts that dissects a relationship. Add to that an equally successful recording career, a new fiancé and the actress/singer has […]

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