Author Archive: Jessica Machen

Jessica is a writer and screenwriter living in the Chicagoland area. Having graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2009 with a Bachelor's in Film/Video Screenwriting, Jessica's goal is to have an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay by the 100th annual awards.

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Richard Jenkins “Let Me In” Interview

Richard Jenkins “Let Me In” Interview

| February 9, 2011

In Let Me In, a bullied, young boy named Owen (played by Kodi Smit-McPhee) gets a new neighbor and a new friend in Abby (played by Chloe Moretz) who underneath her girlish exterior secretly is a vampire. She is able to keep her secret so well because of the help of her guardian or “Father.” […]

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Death Race 2 (2010)

Death Race 2 (2010)

| January 17, 2011

Death Race 2. Sounds like it should be a sequel, but instead, it’s a prequel. If you were a fan of the first Death Race (2008) starring Jason Statham, this would be a good addition to your collection. The prequel has the action. It has the cars. It has the girls. It has the violence. […]

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Jessica Machen’s Best Films of 2010

Jessica Machen’s Best Films of 2010

| January 11, 2011

Envelope pushing. Visually stunning. Psychologically entertaining. Just a few descriptions for the cream of the crop in 2010′s filmmaking experience. The year seemed to have some dry spouts, but nonetheless, these few managed to shine above the rest. The Book of Eli directed by Albert and Allen Hughes is a gritty film that exemplifies the […]

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Beauty and the Beast – Diamond Edition

Beauty and the Beast – Diamond Edition

| October 20, 2010

Disney re-released the classic film Beauty and the Beast on earlier this month as a three disc combo pack. Including a DVD version and a Blu-Ray version, this is a must buy for Disney lovers. What’s great about this package is that it is full of extras. The downside is that you have to own […]

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Albert’s Memorial

Albert’s Memorial

| September 30, 2010

David Richard’s television movie entitled Albert’s Memorial is a comical drama about two war buddies and their dying friend’s wish to be buried in Germany on a hill that the three fought side by side on during World War II. Albert, in spite of his wife’s plans to have him cremated, plans an elaborate escape […]

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Adopted (2009)

Adopted (2009)

| June 13, 2010

Something everyone should know before watching this mockumentary/comedy starring Pauly Shore is that it may be offensive to Africans and the entire adoption process. Prior to the credits at the end of the film and following the credits, Pauly Shore makes it aware that although he pokes fun of the situation, it is a serious […]

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Ponyo

Ponyo

| May 21, 2010

Young children will love watching Hayao Miyazaki’s Ponyo. Based on Hans Christian Andersen’s The Little Mermaid, the story is about a young boy, Sosuke, who finds, saves and befriends a goldfish princess named Ponyo. Ponyo’s father, a powerful sorcerer, dampens the friendship between the two when he brings Ponyo back to her sea home. But […]

Love The Beast (2009)

Love The Beast (2009)

| April 15, 2010

If you love cars, racing and Eric Bana, you should definitely check out the DVD Love the Beast. Eric Bana directs a very touching documentary about his love for his car, a Ford GT Falcon Coupe, and the emotional ties associated with it. Essentially, it’s a love story. The documentary allows fans and car-lovers alike […]

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Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

Alvin and The Chipmunks: The Squeakquel (2009)

| April 8, 2010

ALVIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The troublemaking chipmunk is ready to come home with you on DVD and Blu-ray. In this sequel, Alvin (Justin Long), Simon (Matthew Gray Gubler) and Theodore (Jesse McCartney) must go to school after Alvin’s attention hogging concert trick lands Dave (Jason Lee) in a full body cast in the hospital. The boys are left […]

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Arizona Dream (1991)

Arizona Dream (1991)

| March 21, 2010

Being a huge Johnny Depp fan, I know he has played in some very odd roles—but not this time. In Arizona Dream, he stars as young Axel, a man working in New York tagging fish for a living. The only thing strange about it is him claiming to see into the souls of the fish […]

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