Archive for December, 2013

Hell Baby

Hell Baby

| December 31, 2013

Jack and Vanessa (Rob Corddry and Leslie Bibb) are on the verge of the next stage of their married life.  They’re about to have twins, and they’ve just bought a new home to fix up and raise a family in.  Unfortunately, the house has been nicknamed the house of blood with a string of gruesome […]

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

| December 30, 2013

Based on Nelson Mandela’s autobiography Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Idris Elba gives an awarding- deserving and winning performance as the late Nelson Mandela. Directed by Jason Chadwick, this movie is fantastic, in that even though I knew much of the history about Mandela, his African National Congress involvement and ensuing arrest and imprisonment for nearly […]

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Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

| December 23, 2013

‘Don’t mature, Ron Burgundy’ Could there be a more fearful venture for Anchorman devotees than believing lightning could strike twice? Before enduring the 119 minute sequel, I remembered to check the releases for the 2004 original. Bill Maher’s pithy review of 2012’s The Three Stooges presents the fear most Anchorman fans should consider: “The movie was funny, but why […]

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Nightmare City

Nightmare City

| December 23, 2013

Zombies didn’t always run, and yet, it’s hardly a new development. Forget the 2004 Dawn of the Dead. Never mind 28 Days Later. In 1980, Umberto Lenzi’s Nightmare City (Incubo sulla Città Contaminata) started it all. While also released under the title, City of the Walking Dead, these are not your average walking dead, I […]

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12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

| December 23, 2013

Any person with a pulse couldn’t stand to sit through more than two hours of a sweeping, intense, overwhelming, gripping movie such as 12 Years a Slave and not walk out the theater, simply angry and speechless, but at the same time needing to express what you just felt even days after feeling it. Chiwetel Ejiofor […]

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Greek Gods, Heroes, and Monsters

Greek Gods, Heroes, and Monsters

| December 22, 2013

Greek Gods, Heroes, and Monsters is a documentary series that explores some of the most famous mythological characters. When most people think of mythology, many of the first stories and characters that come to mind are from the Greek mythos. Part of this could be because we all learned it in school; admittedly along with […]

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Street Journeys

Street Journeys

| December 22, 2013

Street Journeys details the work of Anne Wanjugu in Nairobi, Kenya, at the Shangilia Orphanage where she guides many children throughout their early lives, while using theater, music and dance as the glue that holds it all together. In the heart of Nairobi, where abandoned children wander the streets with no relief from the grim […]

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The Vivian Maier Mystery

The Vivian Maier Mystery

| December 22, 2013

The Vivian Maier Mystery is a fascinating documentary that uncovers the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny working in New York and Chicago who, unbeknownst to many, had a secret passion for photography. When she died in 2009 at age 83, she left behind thousands of photographs and an incredible body of work that now […]

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After the Factory

After the Factory

| December 21, 2013

After the Factory is an eye-opening documentary that examines the diametrically different cultures of Detroit, Michigan, and Lodz, Poland, two former industrial towns suffering from the same fate of unemployment and population decline. Interviewing citizens, policy-makers and entrepreneurs, After the Factory reveals how these fallen giants might be the innovators writing the new rulebook for cities […]

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Burn Notice: Season 7

Burn Notice: Season 7

| December 20, 2013

I tend to enjoy USA’s original programming.  They have a way of blending comedy and drama that makes their shows exceedingly entertaining.  Unfortunately, this is also what’s stopping them from making any sort of really important television.  USA series like Monk, White Collar, and Psych are all very premise driven.  While there are good characters […]

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