Archive for December, 2009

The Decade’s Best Seen Films 2000 – 2009

The Decade’s Best Seen Films 2000 – 2009

| December 31, 2009

I title my list best “seen” because I did not see a few. Yeah, that’s right. Of the thousands of films which were released during the decade, I admit I actually missed a few. Unlike my friend Wayne, I don’t keep track numerically of the number of films I’ve seen each year. But if you […]

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Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes

| December 30, 2009

At every turn, Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes falls victim to the inadequacies of modern popular filmmaking. The trailers suggest an action-packed, comic adventure featuring the iconic super sleuth tackling a mystery of biblical scope with terrific performances from Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law. What we get instead is clunky plotting, insulting cinematography, and no […]

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THE BOOK OF MILA

THE BOOK OF MILA

| December 30, 2009

One of the most sought after young actresses in Hollywood, Mila Kunis established herself as the voice of Meg in Family Guy and in the sitcom That 70s Show, but has since proved to be a diverse actress in some very dramatic roles. Born Milena Markovna Kunis on Aug. 14, 1983 in Kiev, Ukraine, this […]

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Jennifer’s Body

Jennifer’s Body

| December 30, 2009

Circumstances were not kind to Jennifer’s Body. Arriving at the apex of a double backlash against Diablo Cody (the film’s screenwriter) and Megan Fox (playing the title role), any discussion of the actual quality of the film itself was drowned out by legions of critics trying to prove they hated one or the other more […]

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10 Things I Hate About You – 10th Anniversary Edition

10 Things I Hate About You – 10th Anniversary Edition

| December 30, 2009

A high-spirited, high school contest of wit and will marks a milestone when 10 Things I Hate About You 10th Anniversary Special Edition comes to Blu-ray™ Hi-Def and DVD on January 5, 2010 from Touchstone Pictures Home Entertainment. Padua High sophomore Bianca Stratford (Larisa Oleynik) has two invitations to the prom and one big problem: […]

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Tom and Thomas

Tom and Thomas

| December 30, 2009

Young Tom is on the run. He’s being chased by child smugglers when he runs into Thomas (Aaron Johnson). It’s a bit of a surprise for both of them as they are exact doubles of each other. In fact, they might be twins. Even though they went through nine years without meeting each other, both […]

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R.E.M.: This Is Not a Show, Premiering on Sundance Channel Dec. 28

R.E.M.: This Is Not a Show, Premiering on Sundance Channel Dec. 28

| December 27, 2009

When I think of R.E.M., I immediately think of Man On the Moon and It’s the End of the World as We Know It. They’re one of the defining bands from the ’80s and ’90s. Sundance is honoring them with what they’re calling a documentary. It wasn’t what I was expecting, but I guess I […]

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50 Dead Men Walking

50 Dead Men Walking

| December 27, 2009

50 Dead Men Walking is an unsettling reminder of life in Ireland during the Troubles. Inspired by a true memoir by IRA informer Martin McGartland, the film recalls the treacherous times in Ireland when no one could be trusted and day-to-day security was a tenuous thing at best. The film is buoyed by top-level performances […]

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Glee, Season One, Volume 1, Road to Sectionals

Glee, Season One, Volume 1, Road to Sectionals

| December 26, 2009

You might think the key to the series Glee is in the music, but that wouldn’t be the case. It’s good music done well, but it’s not the key. You might also think it’s in the casting, but while everyone’s talented musically and can really act, and Jane Lynch can bring that wonderfully subtle dark […]

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Did You Hear About the Morgans?

Did You Hear About the Morgans?

| December 26, 2009

Stop me if you’ve heard this one. We’ll take a couple of city dwellers and put them in the Wild West to see how they adapt. Like City Slickers but we’ll make them an almost divorced couple. On the way home from a possible reconciliation dinner, Paul and Meryl Morgan (Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica […]

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