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Entries from August 2007

War (2007)

August 31st, 2007 · 1 Comment

War (2007)

The plot: Jack Crawford (Jason Statham) is an FBI agent from Asian crime division seeking revenge for the murder of his partner (John Lone) and his family. Although his 3 year-long quest for vengeance cost him his marriage, he doesn’t stop looking [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Movies

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

August 29th, 2007 · No Comments

Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

Mexican director Guillermo Del Torro, who is familiar to American audience for directing Hellboy and Blade II, has written and directed “El laberinto del fauno”, which in 2007 has been nominated for Oscar in six categories and won in three: Best [...]

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Tags: DVD · Fantasy · Foreign · Mexico · Movies · War

Full Lunar Eclipse (August 28, 2007)

August 28th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Yours truly stayed up all night to watch and make pictures of the Lunar eclipse.
It was gorgeous! I took my 15×60 binoculars, Canon 20D camera with tripod and 300mm zoom image-stabilizing lens, and went out to the warm summer night. The eclipse began a [...]

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Zubeidaa (2001)

August 25th, 2007 · No Comments

Zubeidaa (2001)

Bollywood’s Shyam Benegal directed this low budget, but beautiful film. Although the film flopped on the big screen, mostly due to low profile of Shyam Benegal, it gained quite a cult when it was released on video.1951 (around the time of decolonization?). The [...]

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Tags: Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Foreign · India · Movies · Musicals · Romance

The Time Machine (2002)

August 24th, 2007 · No Comments

The Time Machine (2002)

This adaptation of H.G. Wells’s classic is a big departure from the novel. Here an inventor living in New York is trying to go back in time using his invention to save the life of his girlfriend – because he’s [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Cult Films · DVD · Movies · Sci-Fi

The Lost City (2005)

August 24th, 2007 · 2 Comments

The Lost City (2005)

*** This review may contain spoilers ***
A film by Andy Garcia starring himself, Dustin Hoffman, Bill Murray and Elizabeth Peña – quite a constellation of stars. It begins in 1958 in one of pre-revolution Havana’s (though film is shot in Dominican Republic) club’s room. We are [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · Romance

Black Dog (1998)

August 22nd, 2007 · No Comments

Black Dog (1998)

I must have seen this movie a 100 times already, but I can watch it more. It’s one of my favorite movies along with Rush Hour (1), The Police Academy (1) and Lethal Weapon (1). And probably the best movie the dirty [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · DVD · Movies · Road Films · TV

The Sentinel (2006)

August 20th, 2007 · No Comments

The Sentinel (2006)

Michael Douglas is playing a Secret Service agent who was credited with saving president Raegan’s life, and the beautiful Kim Basinger is playing president’s wife. Michael Douglas (don’t remember the name of his character, Pete I think it was) is to [...]

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Tags: DVD · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Superbad (2007)

August 20th, 2007 · 4 Comments

Superbad (2007)

No matter how bad or filthy the jokes is, the key to its delivery is perfect timing. And this movie is super bad! It’s full of sexual humor, the F word was said hundreds of times, and even the closing credits have [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies · Sexual/Erotic

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)

August 19th, 2007 · No Comments

Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World (2005)

A struggling actor/comedian Albert Brooks, played by a comedian Albert Brooks (The Simpsons Movie, The in-laws, Doctor Dolittle, Taxi Driver, Real Life, Lost in America etc.), receives a letter from the State Department. First he thinks [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Movies

Silent Hill (2006)

August 18th, 2007 · No Comments

Silent Hill (2006)

Based on video game, which I haven’t played. Since I’ve seen other game-to-movie adaptation I didn’t expect much. “Doom”, for example, was a really bad movie. It’s about a woman, Rose, has a sick daughter, Sharon, who has seizures and nightmarish dreams about a city of [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Horror · Movies · Supernatural

Monster House (2006)

August 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Monster House (2006)

Starts with music typical for horror movies and the image of the fall. Liefs all turn brown and red. Probably middle of October, which implies that Halloween is soon. Oh, yeah – that’s what kids say: Halloween in one day. One [...]

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Tags: Animation · DVD · Movies

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005)

August 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005)

I love the Douglas Adams’s book (the 5-part trilogy). It was not easy to read, but it was hilarious. The twisted logic, the irony and the wild imagination in every story of the book – so funny. And [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Cult Films · DVD · Movies

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

August 15th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Brokeback Mountain (2005)

It’s been two years this the “Gay cowboys” movie came out in theatres, and the subject has been bread and butter of movie critics, stand-up comedians and late night TV show hosts. And, to be honest, I was trying to avoid [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies

Delicatessen (1991)

August 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Delicatessen (1991)

This movie is directed by Jean-Pierre Jeonet, same guy who directed “Le Fabuleux destin d’Amelie Poulain” (aka “Amelie” in US release), which was so big in Europe and which I love so much. So I was pleasantly surprised when I discovered that [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Cult Films · DVD · Dark comedy · Film Noir · Foreign · France · Movies

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

August 11th, 2007 · No Comments

Rush Hour 3 (2007)

Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker are back for the third installment of the cop buddy comedy (hasn’t this summer been good for all sorts of threequels?) and they are after Chinese triads this time – in Paris! And, on top of [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · Movies

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

August 10th, 2007 · No Comments

Letters From Iwo Jima (2006)

Clint Eastwood directed this Oscar-winning war movie, which in many respects is a sequel to “The Flags Of Our Fathers”, or to be more precise, the look at the same events from the other side of the battlefield. It [...]

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Tags: Action · DVD · Epics/Historical · Movies · War

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (1984-2007)

August 8th, 2007 · 3 Comments

Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple (2007)

I was a big fan of these BBC series when they were broadcast on TV in the 80s. When I was a kid I was hungry for all sorts of detective stories, especially of Agatha Christie’s books. I’ve seen [...]

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Tags: DVD · Detective/Mistery · Movies · Mystery · Serial Films · TV

The Fountain (2006)

August 7th, 2007 · 1 Comment

The Fountain (2006)

The Fountain is a very strange and moody movie, with weird visuals that reminded me of “The Night Watch” introductory sequence, Peter Gabriel’s “Growing Up” tour visuals, Andrei Tarkovsky’s original 1972 “Solaris” and a more recent “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”. [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Fantasy · Film Noir · Movies · Romance · Sci-Fi

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) PR-13 112min

August 5th, 2007 · 4 Comments

The Bourne Ultimatum (2007)

We tried to get into the theater for an 8PM show, but it was sold out so we had a dinner and went for a 10PM show, which already was forming a line outside the theater. After waiting anxiously through [...]

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Tags: Action · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense