Category Archives: Film

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars

Farscape: The Peacekeeper Wars is a miniseries that never should’ve existed. That’s true on several levels. Firstly, there would never be a need to wrap up the major plot threads with a miniseries had the Sci-Fi Channel honored its commitment … Continue reading

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Charmed – The Complete First Season

When Charmed first aired, it was dismissed by many as a poor-wiccan’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer knock-off. Which, considering Buffy was onlyin its first season, wasn’t intended to be kind. But viewers took to the three Halliwell sisters, and even embraced such story-altering changes … Continue reading

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Play Ball: Baseball in Film

This review was written by Michelle Erica Green for a previous incarnation of Green Man Review. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It’s been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt, and erased again. But baseball has marked the … Continue reading

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Peter Berg’s Battleship

The main reason I picked up Battleship was Taylor Kitsch, whom I had seen as Gambit in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and then as John Carter. When I ran across a copy of Battleship on sale, I grabbed it. Alex Hopper … Continue reading

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Christophe Gans’ Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups)

I hardly know where to start with Christophe Gans’ Brotherhood of the Wolf (Le Pacte des Loups) – it’s sort of outside my normal range of subject matter, but the DVD case looked interesting enough, and the price was right, … Continue reading

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Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl (Disney Studios, 2003) sailed in on a summer breeze and astonished everyone, a lightweight popcorn epic based on an amusement park ride. But let’s be honest, the Pirates of the Caribbean … Continue reading

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DC’s Justice League Action

Justice League Action is the latest animated series to be set in the DC universe. Unlike earlier series that were roughly twenty two to twenty four minutes long and had seasons of no more that twenty or so episodes, this … Continue reading

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If I Should Fall From Grace — The Shane McGowan Story

Inigo Jones penned this review. No tale of Shane McGowan and the Pogues would be complete without mention of the man’s teeth — just like the Rolling Stones’ tongue logo, the Pogues were exemplified by the rotting and misshapen tangle … Continue reading

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J. J. Abrams’ Star Trek: Into Darkness

I’ve sort of lost track of Star Trek, after being glued to the TV every week in my younger days, as Gene Rodenberry’s original series was airing. Strangely enough, the last Star Trek movie I saw was The Wrath of … Continue reading

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Arne Nævra, Torgeir Beck Lande, and Adam Schmedes’ Wild North

Wild North is another treasure I found on Netflix. It’s a nature/wildlife series but not from the BBC or the Discovery Channel — this one’s an independent film from Norway. There are three episodes, “The Coast,” “The Forest,” and “The … Continue reading

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Dark Crystal and Labyrinth

Some of the greatest fantasy movies in recent memory have come from the incomparable, unbeatable, and sadly never to be repeated collaborations of Jim Henson and Brian Froud. Take the magical madness of Henson’s muppets and the bizarre mythic imagery … Continue reading

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BBC’s South Pacific (U.S. title: Wild Pacific)

South Pacific is another of the BBC’s “nature” series that I’ve been watching recently — “nature” in quotes because, while it does deal with the wildlife on the islands of the Pacific, it also focuses on the people and their … Continue reading

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Swamp Thing

Boy meets girl. Girl meets boy. Boy becomes plant. It’s the same old story told in a fun, campy way in Swamp Thing. This ain’t your Momma’s Swampy. . . rather make that it ain’t your comic geek’s Swampy. But … Continue reading

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Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere series

This review was written by Rebecca Scott for an earlier Green Man Review. Richard Mayhew, “normal, boring, a good laugh,” is a Scot living in London and working in securities. He’s got an apartment in a nearly fashionable street, a … Continue reading

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BBC’s Wild China

I have a confession to make: I’ve become addicted to the BBC nature series on Netflix. It’s probably the natural result of a boyhood spent poking around in the empty lots and forest preserves around my childhood home, seeing what … Continue reading

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Kerry Conran’s Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

This review was written by Rebecca Scott. The hype began months ago. The first I knew of it was the full-page ads in my monthly comics. Then I caught the teaser on Apple’s site. The concept caught me immediately: a … Continue reading

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Kerry Conran’s Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow

I’m not sure when or where I first ran across Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, but it has become one of my favorite “something to watch when I’m just up for some light entertainment” movies. (This is not … Continue reading

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A Kinrowan Estate story: The Snug

Ah, you’re back! Now, where were we? Ah, the Snug: the Snug is a tiny room to the other side of the bar (served via a sliding hatch) which has a small wood-burning stove, a couple of old armchairs, and … Continue reading

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Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name

It’s hard to avoid comparisons between Call Me By Your Name and Brokeback Mountain, even though the stories couldn’t be farther apart. Let me just say that, for this viewer, at least, the impact was equivalent. I remember after seeing … Continue reading

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Movie Review: “Brave”

Originally published in 2012, but let’s take another look, shall we? Bairns, bodhrans and brogues…. Doesn’t everyone want to be in Scotland?  Disney/Pixar is really hoping you do, with the release of their newest animated feature, Brave.  I liked it. … Continue reading

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Jethro Tull’s Live at Montreux 2003

Kage Baker assisted Kathleen with this review. This live concert was recorded in 2003, at the Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland. The event’s founder and chief instigator, Claude Nobs, invited the group to participate in that year’s festival; Ian Anderson, … Continue reading

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Time Bandits: The Criterion Edition

Orson Welles was famous for genius hampered by struggles with the Hollywood studio system, and Ed Wood is celebrated for a lack of talent that amounted to genius, but Terry Gilliam will probably go down in history as the only … Continue reading

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch

There are some reviews that are meant to have you rush to the theater. Others will leave you to decide whether or not to head out to the multiplex (or rent the video). Then there are reviews that serve as … Continue reading

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The Haunted Mansion 

Ghosts. You can’t live with ’em, you can’t just throw ’em out on the street.   Jim and Sara Evers are husband and wife. They are also the sole employees of Evers & Evers real estate (their sales line: “we want … Continue reading

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Sacred Fire, an episode of The Hunger series

The freaks are out there. They look like everyday people, masquerading as the homeless, the crazies, the street people. They lurk on the street corners, warm themselves around garbage can fires, and watch for certain people, the ones with the … Continue reading

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The Raggedy Rawney

The Raggedy Rawney is based on traditional Rom folklore — something I personally found fascinating. This adaptation of folk tradition to contemporary times makes it more fully comprehensible, compared with portraying it in the ancient long, long ago time. At … Continue reading

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Ravi Shankar’s The Extraordinary Lesson

This three-part DVD captures a performance and a masterclass Ravi Shankar gave before an audience in Paris on successive days in September 2008. The only shortcoming of this disc is that it doesn’t include the first day’s concert at the … Continue reading

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Bend It Like Beckham

Nathan Brazil penned this review. “Who’d want a girl who plays football all day but can’t make chapattis?” What makes this film different from the other East versus West comedies is the all consuming passion that is football. Outside of … Continue reading

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Joss Whedon’s The Avengers

I’m generally not a big fan of translating superhero comics to live-action films. Christopher Nolan’s Batman films, so far, have tended to collapse under their own weight. Bryan Singer’s X-Men should have been titled Wolverine, and was a waste of … Continue reading

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Cocksucker Blues

Cocksucker Blues is an unreleased documentary film directed by Robert Frank chronicling The Rolling Stones’ North American tour in 1972 in support of their album Exile on Main Street. Though never released on DVD or screened in any meaningful sense, it … Continue reading

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Poirot’s Christmas

Ahhhh, an English locked room mystery set at Christmastime! What could be a better diversion on a cold winters night with snow falling outside? I had heard that this DVD was a perfectly faithful adaptation of a beloved Agatha Christie … Continue reading

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Gosford Park

It was a hot humid day, and the prospect for a cool evening by the waterfront watching fireworks seemed too unlikely to consider. Traditionally we spent this holiday evening with our friends Fran and Kevin. Since the kids were infants … Continue reading

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Merlin

Kimberlee Rettberg penned this review.  Made originally as an all-star miniseries of sorts for television, the video version of Merlin is ambitious. Really ambitious. Jeez–just look at the cast list: Sam Neill, Sir John Gielgud, Helena Bonham Carter, James Earl Jones, Isabella Rossellini–it’s … Continue reading

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Hellboy: Sword of Storms

If you’re looking for a fix as you wait for the long might be Hellboy film, this animated film along with the other animated film, Hellyboy: Blood and Iron, will hopefully tide you over. They certainly fulfilled my Hellboy jones! … Continue reading

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Mists of Avalon

Asher Black penned this review. Given that Mists of Avalon, based on Marian Zimmer Bradley’s book by that title, aired originally as a cable television miniseries on TNT this past July, its recent release on video may be the first viewing many … Continue reading

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What’s New for the 2nd of October: June Tabor does grim ballads, a Latina rocker named Cecilia Villar Eljuri, Lucky Peach’s guide to cider, a Breton peasant’s memoir, music by Guy Clark, a film from Guillermo del Toro, a noir comic, and other matters…

Only thin, weak thinkers despise fairy stories. Each one has a true, strange fact hidden in it, you know, which you can find if you look. — Diana Wynne Jones in Fire and Hemloc Now it is by some storytellers said … Continue reading

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John Carpenter’s Halloween and Halloween II

Sheriff Brackett: Every kid in Haddonfield thinks this place is haunted. Dr. Sam Loomis: They may be right. When I was a kid, there was an old cabin in the woods outside my elementary school. Everyone said the cabin had … Continue reading

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Marvel’s Agent Carter pilot

I’ll admit that Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD left me so unimpressed when I watched the first several episodes that I never went back to it, nor have I watched any of the Marvel films save the first two Iron Man … Continue reading

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Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful

Creating a prequel to anything can be, as they say, fraught. Such an undertaking requires care, sensitivity to the original, and a thorough understanding of where this project is headed. Prequels by the creators of the original works are on … Continue reading

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Yuhki Kamatani and Kunihisa Sugishima’s Nabari

The anime series Nabari is based on the manga series Nabari no Ou by Yuhki Kamatani. It’s one of those series with a lot of comedy and very serious undertones. In broad outline, the story is rather simple: Rokujo Miharu … Continue reading

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Shawn Piller and Lee Rose’s Haven, Seasons 1-4

I should point out right off the bat that I don’t watch regular TV. Among other reasons, I’m a binge-watcher, and I can’t stand to wait a week for the next episode of anything – somehow, a single thirty- or … Continue reading

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Jonah Markowitz’ Shelter

The problem with being a reviewer is that one automatically begins deconstructing the experience of any art, whether it be in a museum or in a hall of popular culture, which is not always the best way to deal with … Continue reading

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Ang Lee’s Brokeback Mountain

I remember seeing Brokeback Mountain at its first showing in Chicago. I sat through it, along with a fairly substantial audience, which surprised me a little — it was an 11 a.m. showing on a Friday morning, but the house … Continue reading

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Excalibur

Asher Black penned this review. Here is a tale of human folly — “Whatever the cost, do it”. Of a noble dream – “One land, one king!” Of magic – “Can’t you see all around you the Dragon’s breath?” Of … Continue reading

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Jane Espenson’s  Finding Serenity: Anti-Heroes, Lost Shepherds and  Space Hookers in Joss Whedon’s Firefly 

Will Shetterly penned this review. Because Firefly mixes traditional western and science fiction elements to tell an adventure story, the essays collected in Finding Serenity are an examination of the nature of genre storytelling. But the writers appear to have been told to write whatever … Continue reading

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Spike Jonze’s Where the Wild Things Are

First things first. The movie version of Where The Wild Things Are, directed by Spike Jonze from a script by Jonze and “staggering genius” Dave Eggers and soundtracked by hipster goddess Karen O, is not an exact, faithful translation of … Continue reading

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Christopher Frayling’s Spaghetti Westerns: Cowboys and Europeans from Karl May to Sergio Leone

The term “spaghetti western” was first coined as “a nickname for a broad sub-genre of Western film that emerged in the mid-1960s, so named because most of them were produced by Italian studios.” It was a dismissive term really. The … Continue reading

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Serenity

Will Shetterly penned this review. This is the Serenity review for people who haven’t seen the movie: Go! That’s all you need to know. If this review was posted on a general interest site, I’d have to warn you that Serenity is a … Continue reading

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Robin of Sherwood series

Robin: ‘ You’re no god. ‘ Herne: ‘ We can all of us be gods. All of us!’ — Herne the Hunter to Robin of Loxley on “Robin Hood and the Sorcerer” EP of Robin of Sherwood If the Robin … Continue reading

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Toshifumi Takizawa: Akira Kurosawa’s Samurai 7, The Complete Series

In spite of the title, this is not exactly Kurosawa’s Seven Samurai. It is, rather, an anime adaptation of the classic film, set in a dystopian future that contrasts the rural simplicity of the peasantry with a steampunk version of … Continue reading

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