Archive for October, 2011

An Invisible Sign

An Invisible Sign

| October 31, 2011

You know all those movie trailers that try to draw in a larger crowd by comparing their movie to others? Like when the ads for Jennifer Lopez’s The Cell came out and the preview said it’s “The Matrix meets Silence of the Lambs” and it wasn’t even close to either of those films except for […]

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The Alien Vault

The Alien Vault

| October 31, 2011

Ian Nathan’s The Alien Vault touts itself as the definitive story of Ridley Scott’s 1979 classic Alien. One small glance at this book and it’s easy to say that it encapsulates Alien as a piece of film history as well rivaling any behind the scenes features on any DVD or Blu-Ray. The book is broken […]

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Hoax for the Holidays

Hoax for the Holidays

| October 30, 2011

Casey McMullan (Martha McIsaac) is the only atheist in the small, Catholic town of Nately. As the Christmas season draws near, she tries with all of her might to distance herself from the holiday cheer and spirituality that normally takes over the town during the holidays. One day, in a fit of rage, Casey throws […]

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Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2

Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2

| October 30, 2011

On October 25, 2011, “Young Justice Season 1 Volume 2” released on DVD. In Young Justice, being a teenager means proving yourself over and over—to peers, parents, teachers, mentors and, ultimately, to yourself. But what if you’re not just a normal teenager? What if you’re a teenage super hero? Are you ready to join the […]

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Dennis Farina and I talk about the role he was born to play in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’!

Dennis Farina and I talk about the role he was born to play in ‘The Last Rites of Joe May’!

| October 28, 2011

I was quite excited to hear there was a chance to interview Dennis Farina. Remembering his memorable roles from Big Trouble and Snatch, I responded promptly to “snatch” the interview. Farina’s latest film, The Last Rites of Joe May, puts the actor in a role that he was born to play. Finding out that his […]

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A Little Help

A Little Help

| October 28, 2011

Available now on DVD, Blu-Ray, and Digital Download from Image Entertainment. A Little Help is a clumsy TV-level dramatic comedy about family dysfunction and life going off the rails. The film follows Laura (Jenna Fischer from The Office) , a Long Island dental hygienist, who wants nothing more than to gain control of her unruly […]

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Attack on Leningrad

Attack on Leningrad

| October 27, 2011

Attack on Leningrad excels as a portrait of the horrors of the Siege of Leningrad during World War II, but fails on being the epic story that it wants to be. The film takes place during the 800+ day blockade in the city of Leningrad where we follow Kate Davis (Mira Sorvino) a reporter that […]

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The Phantom Of The Opera (Blu-Ray)

The Phantom Of The Opera (Blu-Ray)

| October 27, 2011

The Phantom Of The Opera (Blu-Ray) An acquaintance recently had an argument with yours truly about Blu-Ray upgrades of older films. His argument was that movies made before the High Definition era were not made in HD, so an attempted upgrade would be futile. I have numerous examples of how wrong this line of thinking […]

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The Rum Diary

The Rum Diary

| October 27, 2011

At the Austin Film Festival premiere of The Rum Diary, the presenter introduced Johnny Depp as an actor capable of perfectly combining comedy and fear. That’s precisely what Depp skillfully executes in this film based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson. Not only Depp, but the entire cast, is effective in this story of […]

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Urbanized

Urbanized

| October 27, 2011

Stringing together insights from architects, urban planners, progressive mayors, academics, and social workers, director Gary Hustwit captures the essence of each city he visits with his camera crew in tow. 300 hours of footage later, the producer behind Helvetica and Objectified as well as notable music documentaries (I Am Trying to Break Your Heart), has […]