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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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Do we owe the Saw franchise respect after six years?

This is the one weekend every year (in recent memory) where a majority of the film-loving community lets out a collective groan. It’s “Saw Weekend,” and in 2009 the Saw franchise celebrates its sixth birthday. Groan. Then again, it’s not that I’m really all that miffed this time around. When Saw IV and Saw V […]

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Review: A Serious Man

The Coen brothers have developed critical acclaim for making black comedies/awkward tragedies that depict small-time people getting in way over their heads, who for one reason or another are motivated to do things out of the ordinary because the natural order of the world and society has wronged them in some way. “A Serious Man,” […]

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Archive Review: The Aviator (2004) – 4/5 Stars

Martin Scorsese’s second collaboration with Leonardo DiCaprio is “The Aviator,” a nearly three-hour biopic examining about a thirty-year window in the life of airline and movie mogul Howard Hughes, whose successes in aviation and Hollywood romances made him shine in the public eye despite the bankrupting methods and slowly growing obsessive compulsions that tore at […]

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Weekend Recap: Wild box office rumpus for WB

It probably comes as no surprise to you that Where the Wild Things Are took the weekend box office, but it might be a bit more surprising to learn that it’s not because of families. Personally, I had no doubts about the older demographics feeding solidly into the weekend gross, but did I expect them […]

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Review: Where the Wild Things Are

Spike Jonze’s imagining of “Where the Wild Things Are” is nothing like you’d expect from a film adapted from a beloved children’s book. It’s dense with top-notch visuals from the cinematography to the incredible fusion of costumes, puppetry and CGI used to bring the Wild Things to life, but its plot is very frank in […]

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Weekend Preview (10.16.09)

Wild Things are in store for the box office this weekend. The first children’s/family film to compete in a month since Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Where the Wild Things Are, the anticipated adaptation of the classic picture book, is sure to draw a big crowd of filmgoers of all ages. With weather across […]

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Five children’s books deserving big-screen treatment

Spike Jonze’s film adaptation of one of the all-time greatest children’s books Where the Wild Things Are comes out Friday and it makes me wonder, what took ‘em so long? If feature-length films could be made of Dr. Seuss legends How the Grinch Stole Christmas, The Cat in the Hat and Horton Hears a Who!, […]

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Archive Review: City Lights (1931) – 4.5/5 Stars

Wish that today’s romantic comedies full of superficial blabber and polluted ideas about love and sex would just — shut up? Hold on to your ten dollars and rent the Charlie Chaplin classic “City Lights,” a heart-warming romance and physical comedy — where no one talks. It seems like the era and even the idea […]

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New on Blu-ray: South Park: Bigger Longer & Uncut (1999) – 4/5 Stars

I love the older movies coming to Blu-ray these days. Honestly, I think there are two special effects shots in this entire movie. Even so, are paper cut-outs going to look that much better in high-def? Whatevs, it was an excuse to post this. There’s one problem with television: You can’t say &#*%, or $@&%, […]

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Archive Review: Moulin Rouge! (2001) – 4/5 Stars

If there was an ultimate and absolute antonym for “Moulin Rouge!” it would be the adjective “shy.” Hundreds of gorgeous costumes, lavish studio sets, a digitally reproduced city of Paris and an abrupt and cartoonish comedic style make this movie musical a one-of-a-kind spectacle. From the very first musical mash-up number in the Moulin Rouge […]

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