Archive for June, 2011

Bubblegum Crisis Retrospective: Part II

Bubblegum Crisis Retrospective: Part II

| June 23, 2011

Haven’t read Part I yet? Check it out here. In Part II of our Bubblegum Crisis retrospective, I’ll be looking at Bubblegum Crash!, as collected in AnimEigo’s Total Crash DVD. This 3-episode, direct-to-video sequel to the classic, cyberpunk anime, Bubblegum Crisis was released in Japan throughout 1991, and aims to provide the story of the […]

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So You Think You Can Dance June 23rd

So You Think You Can Dance June 23rd

| June 23, 2011

Well, I believe I owe an apology. When I wrote last week about the top twenty dancers, I may have come off as some sort of smug expert thinking I know the way The Dance fans vote and who will emerge as the likely victors. Last week’s result show proved that I don’t know anything […]

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Passione

Passione

| June 22, 2011

John Turturro’s odd but enchanting musical journey, Passione, further examines the many mysterious facets of American cinema. Known best for his wide-variety of acting roles with the Coen brothers (Barton Fink [1991], O Brother, Where Art Thou? [2000]) Turturro is also comfortable behind the camera, and for Passione, the Brooklyn native once again draws on […]

Park Row

Park Row

| June 22, 2011

Sam Fuller’s Park Row begins with an epic title crawl of 1,772 newspaper titles across America circa 1952 and a dedication to all American journalists. Fuller draws on his own personal experience as youth working at the New York Journal to give us the potent mellow drama that is Park Row. Gene Evans plays Phineas […]

Warehouse 13

Warehouse 13

| June 20, 2011

Thank god for Warehouse 13. It is so dumb. Oh my GOD is it dumb. Dumb characters, dumb jokes, dumb plot, and just plain dumb idea. THANK. GOD. I was starting to think SyFy had no real sense of humor about itself (with the exception of ‘Sharktopus’ style fare). I like to think that other […]

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Haven

Haven

| June 20, 2011

Haven is such a good idea for a show it’s almost a shame the networks didn’t think of it first. Because a small starting effects budget and specifically, the SyFy Channel format (for most of it’s shows) isn’t doing this one any favors. The acting is passable and there are some familiar faces (but I […]

Hawthorne

Hawthorne

| June 20, 2011

Hawthorne is a fantastic fit for Jada Pinkett Smith’s talents as an actress. The “take charge everyday superhero nurse” roll seems to come very naturally to her, and she’s certainly a powerful and imposing figure on screen. The character of Nurse Christine Hawthorne might be the ideal modern female role model with potential to transcend […]

HappyThankYouMorePlease

HappyThankYouMorePlease

| June 18, 2011

With a lot of movies, there is an unfortunate sensation of déjà vu involved in the storyline. You wonder to yourself, “Have I seen this before?” While there are some sweet, genuine moments and performances in HappyThankYouMorePlease, it does succumb to this already-been-done formula at times. Josh Radnor wrote and directed the film, and it’s […]

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NEWS – CHEADLE, PSALM ONE, WOODY, BEAUTY & THE BEAST & MORE

NEWS – CHEADLE, PSALM ONE, WOODY, BEAUTY & THE BEAST & MORE

| June 18, 2011

ONE NIGHT ONLY NATIONWIDE THEATER EVENT – On Thursday, June 23 at 7 p.m. local time, music will universally unite people of all nations, ethnicities and religions with DUDAMEL: Let the Children Play, a special one-night only in-theater event showing in more than 400 movie theaters nationwide, including 16 theaters in the Chicago area. Directed […]

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Bubblegum Crisis Retrospective: Part I

Bubblegum Crisis Retrospective: Part I

| June 17, 2011

In Part I of this retrospective, I’ll be looking at the 8-episode direct-to-video cyberpunk anime, Bubblegum Crisis, as collected in AnimEigo’s Remastered Edition DVD box set. These 8 original video animations (OVAs) were released in Japan between 1987 and 1991, and became one of the first animes brought to the States in the original Japanese […]

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