Category Archives: Film

The Lord of The Rings: The Return of The King

I’ve never laughed and cried so much in one movie. The thing is, I’m not a big movie crier. Those of you who read my Seabiscuit review are thinking, “Yeah, right!” It’s true, I swear. But I think I went … Continue reading

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Lord of The Rings: The Two Towers

Yes, I had a press ticket. Yes, I went to the earliest possible showing yesterday, opening day (December 18), and refused to eat any popcorn or drink any soda, lest I be distracted even minutely from the film. Yes, I … Continue reading

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The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

When a reviewer makes specific comments about plot elements in a book or a movie, it is a common internet convention to say, “Spoilers ahead!” I cannot think of a single movie made in recent years for which that warning … Continue reading

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Pleasantville

Lenora Rose penned this review. The premise of Pleasantville is fairly straightforward. Teenage twins David and Jennifer are magically transported into the actual black and white world of the TV show Pleasantville, taking the place of TV twins Bud and … Continue reading

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The Princess Bride

L.G. Burnett penned this review. Envision a film with Billy Crystal, Carol Kane, Peter Falk, and Peter Cook that is absolutely hilarious, yet none of them appear in the lead roles. “Inconceivable!,” you cry and I reply, “I do not … Continue reading

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The Three Musketeers / The Four Musketeers

Alexandre Dumas’s novel The Three Musketeers has been filmed many times. Almost every generation wants to add its spin to the classic tale of intrigue, romance, and swordplay. From the 1935 version with Walter Abel and Paul Lukas through the … Continue reading

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Paul Mazursky’s Tempest

Michelle Erica Green penned this review. The Tempest is one of Shakespeare’s stranger plays; though it’s classified as a comedy or romance, it starts out very much like a revenger’s tragedy, and the happy ending depends on unexpected grace. The … Continue reading

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The Lion in Winter

Aurora White penned this review.  In 1968 MGM Studios teamed up with James Goldman to adapt his play The Lion in Winter for the screen. At the time the play had been a flop, running for a mere eighty-three performances on … Continue reading

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The Lost World

He sat in a rotating chair behind a broad table, which was covered with books, maps, and diagrams. As I entered, his seat spun round to face me. His appearance made me gasp. I was prepared for something strange, but … Continue reading

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2002

Rachael Brown penned this commentary. It’s a Hong Kong movie, and I’m reviewing it, but 2002 is not particularly strange as far as Hong Kong movies go. It’s not hard to imagine an American remake, no doubt with a poster … Continue reading

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Robin and Marian

Kate Brown penned this review. Marian: “You never wrote.” Robin: “I don’t know how.” That quotation is representative of the simplicity of the love between Robin Hood and the Lady Marian, played by the celebrated Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery, in … Continue reading

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The Sherlock Feature Film Collection: The Sign of Four, The Hound of the Baskervilles, The Master Blackmailer, The Eligible Bachelor and The Last Vampyre

Craig Clarke Penned this review. Each generation has its own Sherlock Holmes. With all due respect to William Gillette and Basil Rathbone, Jeremy Brett is my generation’s, as well as my personal favorite (though I must admit the radio series … Continue reading

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The Muppet Show – Season 1 (Special Edition)

It’s time to get things started On the most sensational, inspirational, celebrational, Muppetational This is what we call the Muppet Show! It’s a song just about everyone knows by heart. Almost on par with “Happy Birthday” and “Jingle Bells”, most … Continue reading

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The Mindscape of Alan Moore

Filmed in 2003, this 78 minute long film consists of a one-on-one interview with comic creator Alan Moore, best known for works like From Hell, Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Although Moore does touch on his past and his comic … Continue reading

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Riho Sawaki and Yuzu Tsutae’s Sukisyo!

You may notice that the title of this DVD is spelled “Sukisho” on the cover: these are alternate transliterations of the title, which is actually pronounced somewhere in between the two spellings: it’s another one of those sounds that Japanese … Continue reading

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Hajime Yatate and Shinichiro Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop Remix

Given my delight with Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, it’s probably no surprise that I decided to go whole-hog and plump down for the complete TV series. As it turns out, Cowboy Bebop Remix is something of a mixed bag. The … Continue reading

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Twist my arm: screening spy movies for research, part 1

So here I am working on a new series idea about spies, with lots of unresolved sexual tension and wit and unleashing a bit more of my giant vocabulary than I customarily use. I’m taking the opportunity to read masses … Continue reading

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Marc Webb’s The Amazing Spider-Man

So I had this coupon from Best Buy that allowed me to pick up a copy of The Amazing Spider-Man for half price. Another one of those films I’d heard of but didn’t really know much about, except that 1) … Continue reading

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Woodstock, The 25th Anniversary “director’s cut” edition

What started as a three-day music and art festival in the farmlands of upstate New York in July 1969 became one of the touchstones of a generation and an era. This 25th Anniversary “director’s cut” edition of the movie that … Continue reading

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Van Helsing

Why does it smell like wet dog in here? Where do I begin? Van Helsing is a non-stop action movie featuring a full cast of your favorite movie monsters: Count Dracula (and his wives), Dr. Frankenstein, Frankenstein’s Monster, the Wolf Man, … Continue reading

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Spider-Man 2

Way back in the summer of 2002, my father took my sister and me to see Spider-Man. I knew of the character, I enjoyed watching the 1996 Fox animated series, I’d even read a few of the comics, enough to … Continue reading

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Spider-Man

With great power comes great responsibility.  It’s the guiding mantra behind one of the 20th Century’s greatest heroes.  But before he was a hero, he was a young man.  A confused teenager like every other, with a crush on the … Continue reading

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Game of Thrones Season 8: A Song of Idiosyncrasy and Furor

Beware: this review is dark and full of spoilers. As this is a critique, I’m assuming you’ve watched, so there’s plenty of specifics here. You have been warned. Here we are, walking through the smoking wreckage of Game of Thrones. We’ve … Continue reading

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Brideshead Revisited, 25th Anniversary Collector’s Edition

Liz Milner penned this review.  The very rich are different from you and me,” wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald. A great part of your reaction to this DVD will depend on whether you find the doings of the very rich fascinating … Continue reading

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The Amazing Spider-Man

Another coupon, another DVD. This time it was The Amazing Spider-Man at half price. Another one of those films I’d heard of but didn’t really know much about, except that 1) it’s about Spider-Man, a character who has started to … Continue reading

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Anthony and Joe Russo’s Avengers: Endgame

In spite of my reservations about the Avengers films (to be honest, aside from the first one, I haven’t found them all that satisfying), I decided to see Avengers: Endgame. It’s a lot more complex than I had expected, offering … Continue reading

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James Mangold’s The Wolverine

It should come as no surprise that I saw The Wolverine when it came out. I was impressed enough that I bought the DVD when that came out. (Another coupon – I try to avoid paying full price for anything.) … Continue reading

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Jonathan Levine’s Warm Bodies

“Captain, the corpses are fighting the skeletons!” I saw the trailer for Warm Bodies some while back, when I had gone to see something else, and thought “Cute, but probably not something I’ll want to see.” Well, I was looking … Continue reading

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Hajime Yatate and Shinichirō Watanabe’s Cowboy Bebop: The Movie

When I first encountered Cowboy Bebop: The Movie, I had not read the manga nor seen the TV series — which actually left me with no expectations, which is a good thing. The basic story is your standard action/adventure with … Continue reading

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Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

  I decided to watch Spider Man: Into the Spider-Verse as a diversion while on an extended stay in the hospital. I expected it to be entertaining, and I was right! I’m very fond of animated films, with the strong … Continue reading

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Roland Emmerich’s Stargate

Stargate presented a bit of a problem for me — it became a “cult film”, which is something I usually tryd to avoid, but it was a) science fiction, and b) somewhat out of the ordinary. So, I picked up … Continue reading

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Sam Mendes’ Skyfall

Full disclosure: I was an early James Bond fan, and saw all of the early films. Then, as happens sometimes with early enthusiasms, I lost track of them, but did give myself a treat one Christmas Eve and caught the … Continue reading

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Tite Kubo and Noriuke Abe’s Bleach Movie 2: The Diamond Dust Rebellion

The Diamond Dust Rebellion is the second animated feature based on Tite Kubo’s very popular manga series, Bleach. It won’t leave you as completely at sea as did Memories of Nobody if you’re not familiar with the series, but the … Continue reading

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Johnny Clegg (with Savuka and Juluka): Live! And More…

One wet summer night in 1990, my brother and I went to see a concert at the Jones Beach Amphitheater on Long Island, just east of New York City. Tracy Chapman headlined the show, but we actually went to see … Continue reading

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Chris Columbus: Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

I had heard some good things about Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, and I had coupon. (You have to watch out for those coupons.) The price was right, so I picked up a copy. Percy Jackson (Logan … Continue reading

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Doctor Who Season Eleven

“Are you a doctor? Shame. I’m looking for a doctor.” Eleven new seasons. Thirteenth doctor. Jodie Whittaker. With me? Good. Let’s do this. I was not a fan of the last doctor. Felt like he was odd for odd’s sake, … Continue reading

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Euros Lyn’s Torchwood: Children of Earth

I considered doing a review of Season Two of Torchwood, to follow up on my review of the first season, but that’s essentially more of the same, except that it gets steadily darker. However, “Season Three” (in quotes for reasons … Continue reading

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Russell T. Davies’ Torchwood: Season One

I had heard of Torchwood, the Dr. Who spin-off, some years ago, and then discovered it online at Netflix. That constituted my binge-watching for a while. The basic set-up is related in John Barrowman’s voice-over for the opening theme: “Torchwood: … Continue reading

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Paul Cornell, Martin Day and Keith Topping’s The Discontinuity Guide: The Definitive Guide to the Worlds & Times of Doctor Who

Originally published in 1995, this revised volume takes a decidedly irreverent look at one of science fiction TV’s more enduring, endearing institutions: Doctor Who. Remembered by many for its wobbly paper-mache Pinewood Studios effects, frequently changing casts and cheesy incidental … Continue reading

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A Knights Tale

Liz Milner penned this review. Oyez, Dudes! The Renaissance Rockz! This film is not for the literal minded, nor for students looking for an easy way to do research on the Renaissance. A Knights Tale is writer/director Brian Helgeland’s attempt to create … Continue reading

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“Rescue Me” Blu-ray box set

Gotta admit; Rescue Me was a tough show for me to watch when it first came out. Absurdist humor interspersed amongst the hard-hitting after-effects the firefighters experienced post-9/11 was a whole lot to go through in the summer of ’04, … Continue reading

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Swamp Thing: The Series

What it ought to be is dumped down the toilet, is where it ought to be….Good or bad, evil or successes, never throw anything away. — Dr. Anton Arcane, episode #5, “Blood Wind” That seems to have been the thought process … Continue reading

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The Adventures Of Robin Hood

Tim Hoke penned this review. While numerous Robin Hood movies have been made, my dad steadfastly refuses to watch them. “There’s only one Robin Hood,” he says. He’s talking about Errol Flynn, of course, and this 1938 classic. The story … Continue reading

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James McTeigue’s V for Vendetta

It’s been said that Guy Fawkes was the only person who ever entered the Houses of Parliament with honest intentions. He honestly meant to blow the place to smithereens, and though he was foiled in his attempt, at least his … Continue reading

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Matt Lipsey and Douglas Mackinnon’s Jekyll

Whilst I have always found Robert Louis Stevenson’s story The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to be one of the most psychologically fascinating of horror stories, the Hollywood film versions, with their emphasis upon cheesy transformation scenes … Continue reading

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Jay Oliva’s Justice League Dark

Once I got started on the Justice League Dark comic, I had to go back and check out the 2017 animated film. If anyone is expecting a film version of the new comic series, guess again: the film was released … Continue reading

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Joni Mitchell Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970

Joni Mitchell’s 1970 Isle of Wight performance is captured in Both Sides Now, a fascinating historical document of the artist amid the chaos of this iconic festival. This film showcases Mitchell’s performance interspersed with behind the scenes footage, and gives … Continue reading

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The Call of Cthulhu (1920)

James Lynch penned this review. The works of H.P. Lovecraft have enjoyed an uneasy relationship with the cinema. While his writings have influenced movies from the Evil Dead trilogy to Creepshow to In The Mouth of Madness, full-length adaptations such … Continue reading

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The Wolf Man (1941)

Craig Clarke penned this review. After 18 years in America, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney, Jr.) returns home to his father (Claude Rains) upon the death of his brother. He meets Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), the daughter of a local shopkeeper, and … Continue reading

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Second Season

If you haven’t watched the second season yet: 1: Here be spoilers! Why are you wasting your time reading this? 2. If you’re watching the DVDs and you want to skip the theme song, don’t use the chapter selector button. … Continue reading

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