Category Archives: Film

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 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 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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Buffy the Vampire Slayer: The Complete Season One

To anyone who has never seen an episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer: I won’t give away any major plot points in the first season. But I warn you, in my reviews of the next seasons, all’s fair. Read this, … Continue reading

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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 only in its first season, wasn’t intended to be kind. But viewers took to the three Halliwell sisters, and even embraced such … 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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