Archive for July, 2011

Crazy Stupid Love

Crazy Stupid Love

| July 31, 2011

The infamous, multi-layered, twist-happy, dramedy/love story buoyed onto the screen by an all star (read: bankable) cast is a formula that often falls flat (for your viewing displeasure: Garry Marshall’s Valentine’s Day – yikes). Crazy Stupid Love is lucky to be armed with a sparkly ensemble cast whom, as a unit, possesses a severe knack […]

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The Bretts, The Complete Collection

The Bretts, The Complete Collection

| July 31, 2011

It’s 1927 and the Bretts have purchased a West End theatre. Charles, the lecherous patriarch, finds himself overwhelmed by bills and correspondence. Once his wife Lydia learns that Charles has hired an attractive secretary, her fury could have serious consequences for the family business. This British Masterpiece miniseries centers around the Brett family, the darlings […]

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Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Volumes 3 & 4

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood Volumes 3 & 4

| July 31, 2011

Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood is the second anime series based on the manga by Hiromu Arakawa. It centers around two brothers, Edward and Alphonse Elric, who are on a journey to gain their original bodies back after committing an alchemic taboo. In the first two volumes, we watched as the Elrics began their journey, met new […]

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Stargate Atlantis: Complete Series Gift Set

Stargate Atlantis: Complete Series Gift Set

| July 31, 2011

MGM scores a home run with their Blu-ray edition of Stargate Atlantis: Complete Series Gift Set. The set contains all five seasons of Stargate Atlantis, presented in glorious HD and loaded with tons of special features. The show is a spin-off of Stargate SG-1 (which is itself a spin off from the 1994 film, Stargate) […]

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How to Sell Your Own Damn Movie, Why Piracy is Good, and My New Best Friend. My Hour with Lloyd Kaufman

How to Sell Your Own Damn Movie, Why Piracy is Good, and My New Best Friend. My Hour with Lloyd Kaufman

| July 31, 2011

Discovering Troma Films during my adolescence, I can safely say the infamous and often bizarre works from the company still find a home on my Netflix queue. When I found out I had the opportunity to not only review the new book from Troma founder, Lloyd Kaufman, but interview him, I jumped for joy. Sell […]

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Live like a Cop, Die like a Man

Live like a Cop, Die like a Man

| July 29, 2011

Live like a Cop, Die like a Man belongs to the sub- genre of “Poliziotteschi” or “Tough Cop” films that emerged in Italian cinema in the 1970’s. This was the second feature directed by Ruggero Deodato, of Cannibal Holocaust fame, that he made after making a big hit with his first film, A Wave of […]

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The Guard

The Guard

| July 29, 2011

When expectations are as expected. When I saw the trailer for John Michael McDonagh’s The Guard, I was puzzled. On one hand, the film could be a reinvention of the buddy-cop film with two great actors, Don Cheadle and Brendan Gleeson. On the other hand, though, it could be utterly stereotypical and redundant… The Guard […]

Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts (Season One)

Baka & Test: Summon the Beasts (Season One)

| July 29, 2011

The competitive nature of Japanese academics is taken to the extreme at the Fumizuki Academy, where exams are the precursor to war. Baka and Test: Summon the Beasts, an anime adaptation of the light novels by Kenji Inoue and Yui Haga (illustrator), follows the students at this unique preparatory school, where a prototypical battle system […]

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Mars Needs Moms

Mars Needs Moms

| July 29, 2011

What do you get when you cross Disney’s Meet The Robinsons with Disney’s WALL·E? Why, Mars Needs Moms, of course, Disney’s latest animated adventure. Unfortunately, unlike WALL·E, which was a clever film and an Academy Award darling, Mars Needs Moms was surprisingly…bad. There was so much going on, the Martians were gruesome, and the characters […]

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Joe Maddison’s War

Joe Maddison’s War

| July 28, 2011

World War II serves as the backdrop for one man’s struggles and how these affect those close to him in the wonderful film Joe Maddison’s War. The year is 1940, and as the war breaks out, Joe, a British Everyman and WWI veteran, finds his sense of reality turned inside out. While constantly being reminded […]

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