Film and Television Reviews

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Angels & Demons Theatrical Review
Angels & Demons Theatrical Review   Angels & Demons Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  5/18/2009 3:30 PM EDT
Shortly after 2006's The Da Vinci Code became a commercial success, Imagine Entertainment began work on the prequel to that novel, Angels and Demons. Due to the writer's strike, it took three years to get the movie to the big screen. Was it worth the three year wait? Dan Brown wrote Angels and Demons before The Da Vinci Code, and it ... Read More

Star Trek Theatrical Review
Star Trek Theatrical Review   Star Trek Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  5/11/2009 7:23 PM EDT
Star Trek's promise has always been that it would show us a “for-real Utopian future” where the best voices of mankind have triumphed.  Star Trek’s fans, sometimes reaching religious levels of zeal, have gazed into its holographic crystal ball looking for the fundamental truths of its vision.  There was some actual visio... Read More

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Theatrical Review
X-Men Origins: Wolverine Theatrical Review   X-Men Origins: Wolverine Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  5/4/2009 2:39 PM EDT
Wolverine takes the most popular character from the three successful X-Men movies, and explores his origins before the first movie began; wherein we saw him amnesiac and doing unsanctioned prize fights in a Canadian bar.  Wolverine, in case you don't know, is the guy with the metal claws that come out of his knuckles, unbreakable bones, and th... Read More

State of Play Theatrical Review
State of Play Theatrical Review   State of Play Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  4/27/2009 7:34 PM EDT
"Message movies" (like Stop Loss or Lions for Lambs) have a particular formula.  They set up the victim for badness, but they must be sufficiently likable and innocent to be outrageous.  They must educate the viewer with both expository historical data and the specific in-your-face incident of the movie.  They must end poor... Read More

Fighting Theatrical Review
Fighting Theatrical Review   Fighting Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  4/27/2009 12:36 PM EDT
I am on the lookout for the Rocky of Mixed-Martial Arts fighting.  The "boxing story" is already its own genre -- perhaps more popular in earlier eras.  Robert E. Howard wrote boxing stories before moving to Conan; but today I think MMA is on the rise and, perhaps, will replace boxing as the combat sport of choice.  In the ... Read More

Sin City Blu-ray Review
Sin City Blu-ray Review   Sin City Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  4/21/2009 2:32 PM EDT
Frank Miller's "film noir" graphic novel series, riffs off the 'black, white, and [read] all over' joke.  In this case, it is a gritty crime drama that is done in black and white and has a few splashes of color (often red); but has enough black-and-white blood to satisfy anyone who likes their violence in-your-face and their characte... Read More

Crank 2: High Voltage Theatrical Review
Crank 2: High Voltage Theatrical Review   Crank 2: High Voltage Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  4/19/2009 9:14 PM EDT
A budding action star, Jason Statham, stared as Chev Chelios in a low budget film entitled Crank in 2006.   Set in a surreal world that basically was a cinematic version of the Grand Theft Auto video game series, Chev (Statham) had one hour to get a lethal Chinese poison cocktail out of his system before he died.While quirky and extremely... Read More

The Matrix Blu-ray Review
The Matrix Blu-ray Review   The Matrix Blu-ray Review
(Nathan M Rose)  4/18/2009 10:43 AM EDT
Every couple of years a movie comes along that defines a generation of films.  In 1999, that film was, The Matrix.  Now, ten years later, the film that defined a generation makes its way to Blu-ray.The Matrix follows the trials of Neo (Keanu Reeves), a young computer programmer, searching to determine the deepest reality of a post-Apocaly... Read More

Fast & Furious Theatrical Review
Fast & Furious Theatrical Review   Fast & Furious Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  4/14/2009 8:05 PM EDT
The idea to simply give the fourth movie the same name as the first was either brilliant or idiotic, and as it broke all previous records for car/movie openings and April openings --  I am going to have to go with brilliant!  The franchise was never exactly brain-food, but had managed to deliver high-octane racing action overlayed with a ... Read More

Legally Blondes DVD Review
Legally Blondes DVD Review   Legally Blondes DVD Review
(Nathan M Rose)  4/14/2009 1:42 PM EDT
What do you get when you take an already established franchise, throw in some great new actresses with a cleaver script?  The answer is simple -- Legally Blondes (aka Legally Blonde 3). When Elle Woods' young, blonde cousins, Annie and Izzy (Milly and Becky Rosso), moved from England to California, they thought their pink clothes, small d... Read More