Archive for August, 2009

MITCHELL TAKES ON DUAL ROLES – SORT OF.

MITCHELL TAKES ON DUAL ROLES – SORT OF.

| August 30, 2009

Looking very glamorous, Australian actress Radha Mitchell has managed to avoid even the mere mention of a personal life, even throughout the ten years since the beautiful actress was noticed in the Australian film Love and other Catastrophes Mitchell has managed to avoid dealing with the kind of tabloid intrusiveness into her personal life that […]

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OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL GOES TO HEAVEN

OLIVER HIRSCHBIEGEL GOES TO HEAVEN

| August 30, 2009

Director Oliver Hirschbiegel rose to international prominence with his hugely successful Hitler biopic, Downfall, tracing the final days in the life of the Austrian dictator. The director then faced intrusiveness and controversy over his Hollywood remake of Invasion of the Body Snatchers, simply called Invasion. It is no surprise that for his next film he […]

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The Burning Plain

The Burning Plain

| August 30, 2009

We are unusual animals. Our emotions make us complex and difficult to understand, at times. For some whose lives have been particularly painful, we can put up barriers to prevent anyone from breaking through, no matter how much they care. Charlize Theron plays Sylvia, with her beautiful face and woman’s body surrounding a very sensitive […]

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9

9

| August 28, 2009

After the Human race destroyed itself new life emerges in the form of tiny sentient robots. However life amongst the ruins of civilization is not easy for these new beings as they must contend with the remaining war machines left behind by the humans. These giants prowl the wastes forcing 9 and his companions to […]

The Simpsons, Season 12, On DVD

The Simpsons, Season 12, On DVD

| August 28, 2009

I feel it’s safe to say there isn’t anyone out there that was around in the late 80s that would have thought when The Simpsons first started, that it would have lasted upwards of 20 years. It was nothing but a really clever short from a clever variety show (Tracey Ullman) on a very fledgling […]

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Halloween II

Halloween II

| August 28, 2009

Rob Zombie is nothing if not a divisive figure in horror culture. His films have often split horror audiences right down the middle– he has die-hard fans and bitter detractors in almost equal numbers. This should come as no surprise given that he established his name as a musician before moving into filmmaking, a career […]

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Taking Woodstock

Taking Woodstock

| August 28, 2009

Director Ang Lee is often a capable, if not occasionally brilliant, filmmaker; but with Taking Woodstock Lee offers little in the way of new material or techniques in his telling of the story behind the legendary festival. Much of the failure of Lee’s Hulk can be attributed to his reliance on the stylings of Hulk’s […]

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Dead Wood

Dead Wood

| August 27, 2009

I had my doubts about this one going in. I’ve always been leery of movies that require more than one director and more than two writers. But this one was looking to prove me wrong from the start. When four friends, including one couple and another duo whom the couple hopes will BECOME a couple, […]

Frayed

Frayed

| August 27, 2009

I’ll admit at the outset, when I saw the downright frightening box art–any time you involve clowns in a horror movie you’ve got at least some reason for optimism–that I was interested in catching Frayed. But then, when I saw that the movie had no less than FIVE writers, and two of them were also […]

Adventureland

Adventureland

| August 26, 2009

I seem to be caught in a time warp here. Watching Adventureland, I should have known the time frame very well, but I was off by eight years. I thought the hair, music, and clothing was reminiscent of 1979, not of 1987. It was like going home to me as I watched it, but realizing […]

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