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Reviews By Marco Chacon

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FlashForward DVD Review
FlashForward: Season One Pt.1   FlashForward DVD Review
(Marco Chacon)  2/24/2010 9:04 PM EDT
The concept behind FlashForward is that in the near future, on or around October, the whole world blacks out for exactly two minutes and seventeen seconds at 11:00 a.m. Pacific Daylight Savings Time. During the blackout, almost everyone envisions themselves at that time six months into the future -- April 29, 2010. When they awaken, 20 million peop... Read More

Surrogates Blu-ray Review
Surrogates   Surrogates Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/30/2010 8:45 PM EDT
When I saw the trailer for Surrogates in the theater, I became interested.  It was a Bruce Willis sci-fi where people could wear artificial bodies that were their avatars throughout the day.  I wondered if it was thoughtful or just an action vehicle.  With Bruce Willis leading, I figured it would be okay because I liked I-Robot even ... Read More

Fame Blu-ray Review
Fame   Fame Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/26/2010 9:10 PM EDT
Considering that Frame was just re-made, this is a timely point for a Blu-Ray release of the 1980 hit musical because it is now an oldie classic.  Viewers who think they vaguely remember it will probably recall the spin-off TV show and the remake was certainly lighter-weight than the original. The story centers on seven potentially great... Read More

Pandorum Blu-ray Review
Pandorum   Pandorum Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/21/2010 9:26 PM EDT
Alien, now three decades old, still sets the standard for sci-fi horror.  We can see that in Pandorum's opening scenes when Dennis Quaid "slooowly" comes out of hyper-sleep.  As with Alien, to which Pandorum owes more than a little, the crew member has awakened to find everything on their ship was not-quite-right!  In t... Read More

Magnolia Blu-ray Review
Magnolia   Magnolia Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/19/2010 11:08 AM EDT
Paul Thomas Anderson's epic, Magnolia features an ensemble cast (Tom Cruise, William H. Macy, Julianne Moore, and others) who share interlocking lives in a Byzantine plot. Magnolia takes 188 minutes to be delivered, and ends in a wholly unexplained rain of frogs which interferes in the lives and deaths of some characters. It also comes just bef... Read More

Book of Eli Theatrical Review
Book of Eli   Book of Eli Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/17/2010 7:35 PM EDT
I read The Road and determined from the reviews that the reasonably well made, fairly faithful movie version was simply not at the top of my to-do list. I think it was Slate's headline: 'Prepare to be bludgeoned' that made me go feel that way. When I saw part of the trailer for The Book of Eli that included a sudden Zatiochi-style blade... Read More

Fringe Blu-ray Review
Fringe: The Complete First Season   Fringe Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  1/15/2010 8:55 PM EDT
Fringe seems to be JJ Abram's answer to The X-Files. The lessons from the X-Files were: (a) if you have FBI agents with chemistry, you have the basis for a science fiction show, and (b) if you have no idea where you are going and string the audience along, your audience will grow to hate you! Fringe gives us a division in the FBI that... Read More

Avatar Theatrical Review
Avatar   Avatar Theatrical Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/19/2009 2:30 PM EDT
It turns out you cannot count James Cameron out.  It appeared kind of telling that the trailers for the movie had to tell you who this guy was and why we should care.  The likely 20-something targets for the movie were maybe 10 when Titanic came out (2007), and think of Terminator as an ol... Read More

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Blu-ray Review
Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Ultimate Edition)   Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Blu-ray Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/16/2009 8:07 PM EDT
As we have almost now come to the end of the Potter films and have passed the end of the books where we learned all of the secrets, e.g. Rowling's assertion that Dumbledore was gay, we are now getting to watch the films actually come out on Blu-ray for our home collections.  The 2002 movie was the second, and thankfully last, of Chris Colu... Read More

Night At The Museum: Battle For The Smithsonian DVD Review
Night At The Museum: Battle For The Smithsonian   Night At The Museum: Battle For The Smithsonian DVD Review
(Marco Chacon)  12/8/2009 11:25 PM EDT
The follow-up to the 2006 "Night at the Museum" reunites Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson for approximately the ninth or tenth time, and Abraham Lincoln and Napoleon for the second time (Bill and Ted was the first). In this franchise, an ancient Egyptian artifact brings the exhibits to life and imbues them with some semblance of their historic... Read More

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