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Mad Max Blu-ray Review
Mad Max   Mad Max Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  11/10/2010 10:42 PM EST
You could suppose, if you so desired, that the grand construction of humanity's unique accomplishment, the abstract model of the universe, is nothing more than the same small set of ideas remixed and rearranged over and over.  Let us say there are seven original ideas, or perhaps 94, as it is with matter.  The number is really irrelevant ... Read More

Dollhouse Blu-ray Review
Dollhouse: Season Two   Dollhouse Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  10/27/2010 9:59 AM EST
With the advent of the second and final season of Joss Whedon's latest commercial failure, Dollhouse, viewers are in for a few treats.  First, we get a show that can finally be taken entirely seriously, unlike the stop-and-go first season.  As was it the case with Firefly, we get a good idea of what the whole series would have been li... Read More

Stargate Universe Blu-ray Review
Stargate SG-U: 1.0   Stargate Universe Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  10/21/2010 11:49 AM EST
You would think that, having done this at least twice before, producing 15 seasons of Stargate franchise television, the makers of Stargate Universe would know what they're doing right off the bat.  SGU, however, in its first 10 episodes, strayed too far outside the comfort zone, and we fans have been punished with something terribly awkwa... Read More

The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring Blu-ray Review
Lord of The Rings Trilogy   The Lord of The Rings: Fellowship of The Ring Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  10/15/2010 2:02 PM EST
I'm planning a trip this weekend, so naturally, I'm finding myself once again considering the diminishing returns problem.  It's the mathematical rule that makes every extra dollar spent after a certain point more like burning money, every extra lane added to a road after a certain point more like pouring concrete for the hell of it, and every... Read More

Secretariat Theatrical Review
Secretariat   Secretariat Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  10/7/2010 10:44 AM EST
Ayla examined her son again, trying to remember the reflection of herself.  My forehead bulges out like that, she thought, reaching up to touch her face.  And that bone under his month, I've got one too.  But he's got brow ridges, and I haven't.  Clan people have brow ridges.  If I'm different, why shouldn&#... Read More

Chuck Blu-ray Review
Chuck: The Complete Third Season   Chuck Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  9/20/2010 7:06 PM EST
There's nothing quite so compelling of excellence from humanity than impending doom.  From followers of Rapture theology, it breeds a love/hate relationship with apocalypse.  To corporate takeover specialists, it provides an effective tool to keep newly-acquired managers delivering profits for the new big brother.  What else can ... Read More

Takers Theatrical Review
Takers   Takers Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  8/26/2010 8:36 PM EST
Forever may he be cursed.  You might not even notice, but Hayden Christensen (Star Wars: Episode II, Jumper) joins a crew mostly of his thespian superiors for Takers, a film that begins as a competently executed heist flick, and turns into something quite other than that.The trouble with all heist films is that we're expected to view the p... Read More

Diary of a Wimpy Kid Blu-ray Review
Diary of a Wimpy Kid   Diary of a Wimpy Kid Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  8/19/2010 7:49 PM EST
As if we wish to relive it again, we make the children of humanity grow up much as humanity itself did, steeped in superstition. We are only to be granted the ability to tell the difference between fantasy, wishes, and reality later on; hence, the creation Diary of a Wimpy Kid series by Jeff Kenny. The series has now been turned into a feature leng... Read More

Stargate Universe Blu-ray Review
Stargate Universe - SGU: Season 1.5   Stargate Universe Blu-ray Review
(Stephen Compall)  8/9/2010 9:45 AM EST
To resolve a debate posed between two minor characters in "Space", the first episode of this latter half of Stargate Universe's first season: yes, Colonel Young (Louis Ferreira, Shooter) is a murderer, though not so much a cold-blooded as a hot-blooded one.  I think, absent events to follow in "Space", he would be convi... Read More

Dinner For Schmucks Theatrical Review
Dinner For Schmucks   Dinner For Schmucks Theatrical Review
(Stephen Compall)  7/30/2010 9:38 AM EST
Where should we place him on the Michael Scott axis?  It is the first question brought to our minds by the appearance of by now quite typecast Steve Carell (The Office, The 40-Year Old Virgin).  It is easiest to say in this regard, though perhaps a bit unfairly, that Barry (Carell) is a slightly nicer and more creative Michael Scott with ... Read More

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