Archive for November, 2010

Twilight Zone – Season 2

Twilight Zone – Season 2

| November 16, 2010

There is a fifth dimension, beyond that which is known to man, and Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone is great television in the new Season 2 collection, completely remastered on Blu-ray or DVD from Image Entertainment. The four-disc set contains 29, 25-minute episodes (more than 12 hours) that analyze man’s affinity to that which is […]

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The Godfather: BFI Film Classics

The Godfather: BFI Film Classics

| November 16, 2010

Jon Lewis’s analysis of Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather (1972) is a slim book packed with engaging readings and historical contextualizations of the film. The book is easily a single-sitting read, despite a troublesome first thirty pages or so. The opening third of the book, accounting for the majority of the substantive analysis of the […]

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Slices Of Life

Slices Of Life

| November 16, 2010

I recently attended a horror film festival at the Portage Theater in Chicago and one of the main highlights was the world premiere showing of the much anticipated indie release, ‘Slices Of Life’. Written and directed by Anthony G. Sumner, this throwback to cult classic horror flicks includes almost everything you could want out of […]

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Damned By Dawn

Damned By Dawn

| November 16, 2010

The Amazing Krypto Brothers and Image Entertainment bring us ‘Damned By Dawn’, a low budget horror film made in Australia that satisfies on some levels and fails on others. Claire(Renee Willner), along with her boyfriend Paul(Danny Alder), visits her grandmother(Nana), father and younger sister who live out in the country. The purpose of the trip […]

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SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert

SONDHEIM: The Birthday Concert

| November 15, 2010

Stephen Sondheim is a name that everybody knows, even if they only know his music from movies like Dick Tracy or Reds. On Broadway he is known as probably the most prolific composer alive, and so pretty much everybody who is anybody got invited to help celebrate his birthday. Lonny Price, who movie watchers would […]

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Come Undone

Come Undone

| November 15, 2010

Come Undone is a good movie about a woman who already lives with her true love, or so she thinks, until she finds what she thinks is love with another man, who is married and has children. The woman, Anna, is an insurance agent and just so happens to make acquaintance with a restaurant delivery […]

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Splice

Splice

| November 14, 2010

Splice, from Canadian filmmaker Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Cypher), is a visually rich and thematically challenging sci-fi movie about the scientific and ethical implications of genetic engineering. Natali presents something of a worst-case-scenario in regard to the science as biochemists Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley), whose experiments in splicing animal DNA have spawned a […]

The Good Witch’s Gift on Hallmark Channel

The Good Witch’s Gift on Hallmark Channel

| November 13, 2010

It seems like the Hallmark Channel is jumping the gun a little. Last week they had Thanksgiving programming, and this week it seems to be the beginning of their Christmas holiday programming. It’s the third installment in their The Good Witch series, this time The Good Witch’s Gift. Catherine Bell returns as Cassie Nightingale, the […]

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Stuck!

Stuck!

| November 12, 2010

Over the past few years, there have been a number of films that seek to replicate a very specific type of cinema from the past. Some of these, like Scott Sanders’s Black Dynamite, are simultaneously loving reproductions and parodies of the era they portray. Others, like Anna Biller’s Viva and Ti West’s The House of […]

Burn Notice, Mid-Season Premiere on USA

Burn Notice, Mid-Season Premiere on USA

| November 12, 2010

When last we saw Michael Westen (Jeffrey Donovan), it wasn’t looking good. He was seen bleeding on the half season finale of Burn Notice, and not just a little. It looked like the end for him. Yet knowing the second half of the season was starting in November gave us hope for the likelihood of […]

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