Film and Television Reviews

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The Taking of Pelham 123 Theatrical Review
The Taking of Pelham 123   The Taking of Pelham 123 Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/18/2009 10:58 AM EST
The Taking of Pelham 123 was a 1973 thriller about a group of thugs who take over a subway train and threaten to kill one hostage a minute unless they are paid 1 million dollars.  It was remade in 1998, but then  the ransom was five million dollars.  Today the ransom is 10 million dollars -- hey, inflation --and perhaps the target mo... Read More

Up Theatrical Review
Up   Up Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  06/01/2009 9:31 PM EST
I was able to tell from the teaser-trailer that Up was about an old man who fastens a bunch of helium balloons to his house and then uses it to take off. I thought "what then?"  It turns out that the Pixar guys had the same question at some point during development.  The answer turned out to be "the guy is fulfilling a... Read More

Terminator Salvation Theatrical Review
Terminator Salvation   Terminator Salvation Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  05/21/2009 10:21 PM EST
Since 1984, the Terminator franchise has teased us about the war in the future, the war after Judgment Day.  Now in 2009, McG and Warner Bros bring that war to light with Terminator: Salvation – where adult John Connor (played by Christian Bale) attempts to organize a human resistance force which could prove to be humankind's last true h... Read More

Angels & Demons Theatrical Review
Angels & Demons   Angels & Demons Theatrical Review
(Roger Longenbach)  05/18/2009 3:30 PM EST
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   Star Trek Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/11/2009 7:23 PM EST
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   X-Men Origins: Wolverine Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  05/04/2009 2:39 PM EST
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   State of Play Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/27/2009 7:34 PM EST
"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   Fighting Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/27/2009 12:36 PM EST
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

Crank 2: High Voltage Theatrical Review
Crank 2: High Voltage   Crank 2: High Voltage Theatrical Review
(Nathan M Rose)  04/19/2009 9:14 PM EST
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

Fast & Furious Theatrical Review
Fast & Furious   Fast & Furious Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  04/14/2009 8:05 PM EST
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

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