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Explicit Ills

Explicit Ills

| July 8, 2009 | 0 Comments

Mark Webber’s Explicit Ills takes a deep swim in the waters of some pretty heavy issues plaguing society today. Explicit Ills is a gritty story involving drugs, sex, and love. It follows the stories of four different walks of life from the poverty stricken to the ravages of drug addiction. Starring Rosario Dawson as a […]

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Short Takes – December 2005

Short Takes – December 2005

| December 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

Hello, invisible friends. Are you full of holiday spirit? Holiday spirits? Six of one half, dozen of another in my estimation. What are you possibly going to do with yourself during this dark month? Hey! Put down the bottle, pick up the remote control! Television You know what’s good right now? That crazy Christmas stuff. […]

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Short Takes – October 2005

Short Takes – October 2005

| October 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

Oh, boy, I love October. Lair of the Libra and sanctioned costumery. This year I will masquerade myself by wearing a gray turtleneck, braids, and no mascara, which immediately turns me into Andrew Wyeth’s Helga. Man, I think it’s funny, and I can tell who are the right kind of people when they get it. […]

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Short Takes – September 2005

Short Takes – September 2005

| September 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

Hello, my friends, it’s September, back to school, and almost time to seek winter harbor. It’s not quite there, but it is about the season where we decide where we’ll put in for the winter, and almost as importantly what will entertain us while we’re there. Let’s see… Television First TV new season of Curb […]

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The Constant Gardener

The Constant Gardener

| August 26, 2005

The Constant Gardener, the latest offering from director Fernando Mierelles (City of God) is at the same time spare and complicated, hopeful and troubled, like Africa itself. Justin Quayle (Ralph Fiennes) is a quiet career diplomat. He appears to be doing well enough in his career, but not pushing any boundaries, and definitely not creating […]

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Four Brothers

Four Brothers

| August 12, 2005 | 0 Comments

Four Brothers becomes something large by the end of the film. Unfortunately it is a big, brow-furrowing question mark. How could all those decent performances, that compelling storyline, and the backdrop of the great city of Detroit fail to deliver any cohesive message? Singleton did it, and did it big. Hats off, if only because […]

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Short Takes – August 2005

Short Takes – August 2005

| August 1, 2005 | 0 Comments

Let it be said. When I was a child, living in Michigan during the summer meant that no matter what time of the year it was, it was always too chilly to swim. You did it, because you were at camp and your alternative was to scrub canoes, but it was cold. I am telling […]

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Must Love Dogs

Must Love Dogs

| July 31, 2005

The opening sequence of Must Love Dogs is a Harry Met Sally-like group of interviews of singles, asking the question “Where do you meet people?” The singles rattle off good places and bad, the funniest being “I go to a home improvement store, walk up to a guy and say ‘Hey, do you know where […]

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Dark Shadows DVD Collection – Volume 18

Dark Shadows DVD Collection – Volume 18

| June 8, 2005 | 0 Comments

“Jennifer. You can’t marry him, he belongs to another!” “Brent? Tell Madeline who her father really is.” “Caroline will never make it in this town. Never!” That’s the sort of stuff one expects from their daily soap opera, and Dark Shadows delivers drama of that variety, and so much more. Dark Shadows is the story […]

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Songs of Inspiration – Loretta Lynn

Songs of Inspiration – Loretta Lynn

| April 14, 2005

Loretta Lynn was born in Butcher Hollow Kentucky in 1934. She married at 13 and raised six children, and you had better believe that Loretta Lynn was a singer of songs that praised the lord. Like many country stars she was at least as comfortable singing songs from church as her popular hits, and Songs […]

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