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F&*% No, G.I. Joe!

As a journalist, I don’t do this very often, but let’s do a little math. Yesterday, November 3, summer flop Year One was released on DVD. The movie initially hit theaters on June 19. Days elapsed = 156. Also out on DVD yesterday was action flick G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. That movie didn’t […]

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Archive Review: Night of the Living Dead (1968)

George A. Romero’s “Night of the Living Dead” is not standard horror. In fact, there are several minutes where this classic zombie film is just plain boring. There is brilliance, however, in the film’s static nature, like how one of the main characters, Barbra (Judith O’Dea), is in speechless shock for most of the film. […]

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Now on Blu-ray: North by Northwest (1959) – 4.5/5 Stars

My first Hitchcock movie makes its way to Blu-ray today. Of all the oldies to work in high def, this could be one of them. There’s something so timeless about “North by Northwest” and it’s not necessarily that it will echo with any generation. Cary Grant’s Roger Thornhill, for example, feels a little foreign among […]

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“Prince of Persia” trailer debuts

Here it is, your first chance to see Jake Gyllenhaal with long hair and an English accent. Disney and Jerry Bruckheimer have released the full theatrical trailer for Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time due out on May 28, 2010. The movie is based on the popular video game series and the story follows […]

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Archive Review: Glengarry Glen Ross (1992) – 4/5 Stars

If Michael, Magic and Larry, etc. became the first ever “Dream Team” of basketball players in 1992, then the cast of the “Glengarry Glen Ross” should be considered the “Dream Team” of male acting. There’s Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Kevin Spacey, Ed Harris, Jonathan Pryce and Alec Baldwin. You won’t find seven better […]

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Weekend Recap: King of Popcorn

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that Sony has announced it will extend This Is It to a third release week. The Michael Jackson behind-the-scenes footage easily moonwalked into first place with $23.2 million at the box office this weekend and made a tremendous killing overseas. In its first five days, it’s taken in a total gross […]

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Archive Review: The Thing (1982) – 4/5 Stars

If 1979’s “Alien” was the original hypothesis that the best science-fiction thrillers are psychological, then John Carpenter’s “The Thing” is the study that proves it true. A remake of John W. Campbell Jr.’s 1951 classic “The Thing from Another World,” Carpenter’s re- imagining is another brilliant execution of quiet suspense that gets quickly into your […]

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Weekend Preview (10.30.09)

As far as predicting goes, it’s pretty easy when one movie comes out in full release the entire weekend because everyone fears competing with it. The theme of today’s post is “Don’t **** with Michael Jackson.”

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Archive Review: Heathers (1988) – 3.5/5 Stars

High school is vicious, everyone knows that. And although stereotypes have run high school movies ragged, there’s still a ring of truth to them even when they’re blown out of proportion. In this regard, “Heathers” stands apart. This ’80s cult favorite black comedy is the counter-culture version of the high school flick, the very definition […]

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This Is Exploitation

When Michael Jackson died over the summer, my life wasn’t exactly turned upside-down; I didn’t really learn to love his music until high school. So maybe I’m not the right person to say this, but This Is It, the film that is basically a release of behind-the-scenes footage of Jackson’s preparations for what would have […]

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They just can’t leave the ’80s alone

Johnny 5 is angry, Hollywood. Very angry. Listen, I know the ’80s are the laughing stock of pop culture, but today’s pop culture owes itself to triumphs and failures of that decade, not to mention many people hold ’80s movies and TV shows close to their hearts. With all that said, is there any reason […]

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Archive Review: Mad Max (1979) – 1.5/5 Stars

If you read the plot summary for “Mad Max,” you’ve just ruined the first 1 hour and 10 minutes of the film. You’ve also found out that “Mad Max” takes place in post-apocalyptic Australia, which will be helpful because otherwise you won’t have any idea what’s going on. The film, made in 1979, tries really […]

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Archive Review: Short Circuit (1986) – 3.5/5 Stars

“Short Circuit” is one of those rare ’80s comedies that knows what it is. It delights in its tackiness, awkward jokes and poking fun at both the “tech movement” and Cold War dramas. It never gives off the sense that it’s trying to be something it’s not, staying fresh, funny and even laughing at itself. […]

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Weekend Recap: Not as many people “Saw” it

I’m sad to announce that the streak has ended at 6. On Friday, I chose Saw VI to take the box office crown as the “Saw” films have so often done in the past, but it was horror competitor Paranormal Activity that climbed all the way to No. 1 this week. I’m now batting .850 […]

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Weekend Preview (10.23.09)

It’s that time of year again. The makers of “Saw” are blessing us all with another lovely chapter of creatively brutal torture horror. Hard to believe we’re already up to number six. Before I know it I’ll be taking my grandkids to Saw XLVI in IMAX 4D. I suppose we have that to be glad […]

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