Archive for March, 2010

Archive Review: Hable Con Ella (2002)

Pedro Almodovar’s “Hable Con Ella” is a great film but one that’s hard to diagnose. Foremost it’s a love story, one that explores unreciprocated love in the sense that two women are in a coma and the film is about the men who love them. But it also explores that idea more figuratively because the […]

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Mystery, Alaska (1999) – 3.5/5 Stars

It goes without saying that “Mystery, Alaska” is all about hockey, but the spin on that is that it’s about more than the sport and that’s the difference maker between a good and great sports film. “Mystery” falls somewhere in between those compliments, but transcending hockey is what this movie can hang its skates on. […]

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Weekend Recap: Go ask Alice … for money

“Alice” is queen (yes I know that’s a picture of the White Queen, not Alice) at the box office again, taking in $62.7 million in its second week. No film came even close, with Matt Damon star vehicle Green Zone making just $14.3 M and no other new release even breaking the $10 M mark. […]

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Review: Green Zone

Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon, you say? So another Bourne movie? Although those names combined with the trailer combined with Damon’s character Chief Warrant Officer Roy Miller going rogue combined with mention of a code name person/project that Damon’s character wants answers about might indiscreetly imply the fast-paced action of renegade assassin Jason Bourne, “Green […]

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Weekend Preview (3.12.10)

The buzz will still be swarming around Alice in Wonderland this weekend, but will it manage to do anything like Avatar did in its second week? Avatar did better the second week, but to be fair, this is not Christmas weekend. If “Alice” can manage to make two thirds of what it did last week, […]

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On DVD: Humpday

To set the record straight — maybe pun intended — “Humpday” is not a true gay and lesbian film, nor is it a “bromantic comedy” with homophobic slapstick. Lynn Shelton’s film is simple: what if two best heterosexual guy friends somehow got it in their heads that filming themselves having sex with each other would […]

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Trailer Thursday: Twilight: Eclipse, new Robin Hood

It’s really hard to stick to a regular Trailer Wednesday when distributors release big-deal trailers on Thursday. I simply couldn’t let the novelty wear off and had to post links to these trailers today. One is the new trailer for Ridley Scott’s Robin Hood, which I think will quiet down the “it looks just like Gladiator” […]

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Notorious (1946) – 4/5 Stars

In the wake of World War II, Alfred Hitchcock brought audiences “Notorious,” a romantic thriller with political undertones. To audiences of the era, I’m sure it was slightly scandalous. Not only in its dealing with Germans living in Brazil post-WWII and handling uranium, but also with its co-stars Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman kissing on […]

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Trailer Wednesday: Tron Legacy, “Guardians”

Trailer Wednesday brings us some upcoming movies with exciting visuals. First is 300 and Watchmen director Zack Snyder’s animated film debut Legend of the Guardians, an epic adventure featuring owls. Second is Disney’s 3D sequel to the geek sci-fi cult classic Tron, entitled Tron Legacy.

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On DVD: In the Loop

You might remember nothing else from “In the Loop” other than its landmark insults, but that’s enough. This high-brow dirty British humor from the writing team behind the hit British political comedy show “The Thick of It” is exceptional and its ability to intelligently prod at politics is almost more of a bonus.

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Oscars 2010: 24 Hours Later

So I thought I would take the day to think back on the ceremony and give my thoughts on how it went both in terms of awards and the telecast itself as well as hand out some superlatives. An awards show is always one of the trickiest things to produce, in my opinion, not that […]

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Weekend Recap: Alice in Moneyland

America has caught a glimpse of the white rabbit and fallen down the hole. The Disney-Tim Burton imagining of Alice in Wonderland had a record-breaking weekend, the best March weekend ever and one of the biggest opening day and opening weekend pulls of all time. It’s further proof that the demand for 3D is high […]

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Newest Iron Man 2 Trailer

On Jimmy Kimmel’s late night talk show, Robert Downey Jr. came on and debuted the newest trailer, which explains a bit more about the story. We see a lot of the teaser footage, but a lot more is explained, namely how it is that Ivan Venko/Whiplash (Mickey Rourke) fits into the story as a whole […]

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Oscars 2010: And the winners are …

Here are the winners! See how my predictions stacked up and some of my thoughts on the outcomes. Overall, I felt the show was decent. I wasn’t awed by anything producer Adam Shankman did. I felt the duo of Martin and Baldwin was classy with their sarcastic humor. It was good because it didn’t try […]

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Movie Muse Oscar Predictions 2010

Here is my official list of predictions for Sunday’s ceremony. I’ve included links to every individual category post (some categories are lumped together, so keep notice of that) if you want to read a bit more about why I chose the films/people I did. I also link to my reviews of all the Best Picture […]

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