Archive for May, 2009

Defiance

Defiance

| May 31, 2009

Defiance tells the story of four brothers who hid out in the forests of Bellarussia when the Nazi army began weeding out the Jews from the Russian peoples. The Bielski brothers eventually found themselves the unexpected leaders of a rebellion against the Nazis in their home country. The story is based upon a real family […]

The People’s Republic of Capitalism

The People’s Republic of Capitalism

| May 31, 2009

The People’s Republic of Capitalism examines the intricate bonds between the United States and China, as China transforms from a communist society to one leaning more toward capitalism. Veteran broadcast news anchor Ted Koppel explores the economic dynamics between the two dynamic global entities in a four-part documentary released on DVD from the Acorn Media […]

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Chuck

Chuck

| May 31, 2009

It was with great relief that I learned that NBC picked up Chuck for a third season, because this is, by far, one of the best shows on television. First off, it avoids being a police procedural or a medical drama or a reality show – in other words, it isn’t the same old crap. […]

The Girlfriend Experience

The Girlfriend Experience

| May 30, 2009

The first image in The Girlfriend Experience sets the audience up for what follows: it is what appears to be a cold, polished metal wall gleaming under flourescent lights. It looks cold and impenetrable, and it seems like an appropriate metaphor for the film’s lead character. Chelsea (Sasha Grey) is an escort. Her line of […]

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Drag Me to Hell

Drag Me to Hell

| May 30, 2009

To say that Sam Raimi’s Drag Me to Hell is one of the most anticipated films of the summer would not be an understatement– Raimi has a loyal army of hardcore fans who have stuck with him from his Evil Dead days all the way up to Spider-Man 3. When he announced he would be […]

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UP, UP AND AWAY FOR DOCTER

UP, UP AND AWAY FOR DOCTER

| May 27, 2009

When it comes to feature animation, Pixar is adept at crafting stories that cater for children and adults alike. Pete Docter, who directed the classic Monsters Inc and The Incredibles, now tackles old age and regret as dominant themes of his beautifully poetic and funny Up. Perhaps the most emotional films made by the studio, […]

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WAYANS’ WORLD

WAYANS’ WORLD

| May 27, 2009

The Wayans family has been a part of American comedy for a generation. Damian Wayans is part of the second generation of comedy performers, as well as a seri8ous actor in his own right. Wayans makes his directorial debut on Dance Flick, a new comedy that parodies the dance genre. The film features some members […]

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Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts

Dr. Dolittle: Million Dollar Mutts

| May 27, 2009

The story of Doctor Dolittle, the man who could talk to animals, is quite old, ninety years old in fact, and has gone through many incarnations. It started as a book series, then moved on to film, a radio series, a cartoon series, a stage adaptation, and a musical. In 1998, Eddie Murphy took on […]

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Moscow Chill

Moscow Chill

| May 26, 2009

Moscow Chill is the story of a computer hack, who’s satisfied with just breaking codes of ATM machines in the United States, until he gets caught. When breaking the codes, the cash machines spew currency out for any passersby who might be in the area. Ray Perso, played by Norman Reedus, is a loner and […]

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Valkyrie

Valkyrie

| May 26, 2009

There are a lot of schmucks out there in the world: the fifth member of the Beatles, you know, the one that called it quits because the kazoo just wasn’t in style, the creator of reality television, and the clueless despot who can’t decide whether Mentos is a candy or breathe freshener. The truth is […]