Archive for September, 2009

A SERIOUS KIND OF MAN

A SERIOUS KIND OF MAN

| September 30, 2009

Richard Kind has been making audiences laugh on television and film for over two decades but it was his role as Mark in rthe iconic sitcom Mad about You that established him as the comic master of neurotic comedy. Kind further established his comic sensibility in the Michael J. Fox show Spin City. Born in […]

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Fame

Fame

| September 29, 2009

It’s a risky thing for artists to take a piece of work and translate it years later for a new generation and still be effective. To update a musical’s song book and the same lyrics are still relevant and performed as if for the first time. Jenny Garrison (Kay Panabaker), Victor Taveras (Walter Perez), Denise […]

The Nail

The Nail

| September 28, 2009

“One man’s second chance. One boy’s hope for any chance.” The Nail is a story of redemption and friendship for a boxer who got caught up in an accident and went to jail for eight years. Upon his release from jail, Joey “The Nail” Nardone, played by Tony Luke, Jr., finds he’s out of shape […]

Munyurangabo on DVD

Munyurangabo on DVD

| September 28, 2009

“One of those miracles that can illuminate the cinema…it is in every frame a beautiful and powerful film—a masterpiece,” says the Chicago Sun-Times’ Roger Ebert. It’s hard not to use veteran critic Roger Ebert’s summation of a great film to set up my review of Munyurangabo, which will be available on DVD October 6. Munyurangabo […]

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Foyle’s War: Series 1-5 – From Dunkirk to VE-Day

Foyle’s War: Series 1-5 – From Dunkirk to VE-Day

| September 28, 2009

Of the innumerable British mystery series that make their way to this side of the Atlantic, Foyle’s War is a masterpiece of television that stands a mile above the rest. The series is set during World War II, following Detective Chief Superintendent Christopher Foyle (Michael Kitchen) of Hastings, East Essex as he investigates local homicides, […]

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Fame

Fame

| September 28, 2009

I can’t say that I remember the other Fame movie, but I like the latest version of a movie that gives high school students a chance to exceed, not only in the performing arts but academically as well. The movie centers on the lives of New York City High School of Performing Arts students, as […]

X-Men: The Animated Series Vol. 3 & 4

X-Men: The Animated Series Vol. 3 & 4

| September 26, 2009

In my review of the first two volumes of X-Men: The Animated Series, I discussed the series as a whole and its impact on subsequent animation and the children who grew up watching it. So to avoid redundancy and for the sake of brevity, we’ll cut right to the chase and talk about these DVDs […]

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JESSE HAS FUN IN ZOMBIELAND

JESSE HAS FUN IN ZOMBIELAND

| September 26, 2009

One of Hollywood’s most interesting young actors, New York native Jesse Eisenberg has appeared in some of the most diverse films of recent years. Eisenberg was born in Bayside, Queens, at the edge of New York City. His parents moved their family to New Jersey when Eisenberg was 16. It was there around this time […]

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XAVIER HEADS TO TWILIGHT AND BEYOND

XAVIER HEADS TO TWILIGHT AND BEYOND

| September 26, 2009

Young Aussie actor Xavier Samuel is getting a lot of attention these days, first in the award-winning Aussie horror film The Loved Ones, and coming up in the third of the Twilight films, Eclipse. The young actor grew up in Darwin, in Australia’s Northern Territory, the son of a teacher. Since graduating from drama school, […]

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Paranormal Activity

Paranormal Activity

| September 25, 2009

Until a few weeks ago, writer/director Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity was one of the most infamous film festival disappearing acts of the last few years. Snapped up by Paramount/Dreamworks after gaining huge festival buzz, the film completely vanished. Occasional rumors would circulate, most notably that the studio had bought the rights in order to remake […]

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