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Entries from November 2007

Movies to see this week (Nov 30, 2007)

November 30th, 2007 · No Comments

Opening in theatres:

Awake (2007) R - In United States, more then 60,000 people every year experience what’s called “anesthetical awareness”, a condition when anesthesia fails during surgery, so the patient can feel the pain, but because he/she is paralyzed, cannot do anything about it. [...]

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Review of “Arthur and the Invisibles” (2006) PG 103min

November 28th, 2007 · No Comments

This film comes from a great French director Luc Besson, who is the king of French action movies. Here in the U.S. of A. we know him for creating “The Fifth Element“, which he conceived when he was a teenager, for [briefly] being [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · DVD · Fantasy · Movies

Review of “No Country for Old Men” (2007) R 122min

November 25th, 2007 · 8 Comments

Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen, this is the best chase movie ever!
The plot: a hunter named Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin) walks on the aftermath of a drug deal gone bad in the middle of the desert somewhere in Texas and [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Movies opening this weekend (Nov 23, 2007)

November 23rd, 2007 · No Comments

August Rush (2007) PG 100min – a talented, but charismatic young Irish guitarist and a cellist-girl have a magical encounter one night above New York’s Washingon Square, but at her father’s insistence are torn apart, leaving behind a child, August Rush, who becomes an [...]

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Hitman (2007) R 100min

November 23rd, 2007 · 4 Comments

Hitman (2007)

The plot: The Hitman, Agent 47, the “creation” of the secret organization called “The Agency”, was sent to assassinate the [fictional] Russian president (Ulrich Thomsen – ehm, Danish actor) who was involved in trade of drugs, prostitution, arms trades etc. Instead, hitman kills the president’s [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Action · Crime/Gangster · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense

Iraq In Fragments (2006) 94min

November 21st, 2007 · No Comments

This powerful Oscar-nominated documentary from director James Longley is a depiction of stories of modern-day Iraqis as they try to cope with the war, with life without Saddam, without law and order, occupation, violence and division of country into sectarian regions. Finally a [...]

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Tags: DVD · Documentary · Movies · War

DVD releases of this week (Nov 19-25, 2007)

November 21st, 2007 · No Comments

Anime/Animation

Death Note (2006) NR – 2-disk series about a boy who found a notebook with magical properties: a person who’s name is written in it would die. The boy turns it into a crime fighting tool.
Garfield Gets Real (2007) NR – Garfield jumps our [...]

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My first pictures of the Moon through the telescope

November 20th, 2007 · No Comments

Tonight for the first time I tried to make pictures of the moon through my new telescope, Meade ETX-125AT.
Around 10:30pm I went outside, setup tripod and the telescope on it. Attached 26mm eyepiece to the eyepiece port. Attached Meade #64 T-adapter with T-ring [...]

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Beowulf (2007) PG-13 113min

November 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Beowulf (2007)

Just came out of the theatre. Saw it in both regular and 3D. This movie should only be seen in 3D! Completely different experience.
The plot is based on the only known surviving Anglo-Saxon poetry manuscript about a warrior Beowulf, hero of Geats [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Drama · Fantasy · Movies

New on DVD this week (Nov 16, 2007)

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

CIA: Exiled (2007) R – An ex-CIA operative consulate security guy and his buddy go after South-African spies.
Ocean’s Thirteen (2007) PG-13 – Third installment of Ocean’s Eleven. Better then the second but worse then the third. Ocean (Clooney) and the crew are back [...]

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Movies to see this weekend (Nov 16, 2007)

November 16th, 2007 · No Comments

Opening everywhere:

Beowulf (2007) – yet another Robert Zemeckis’s motion capture fantasy tale about warrior Beowulf who must defeat the demon Grendel… and his mother. Ray Winstone, Anthony Hopkins, John Malkovich, Angelina Jolie at al gave the characters their voices and some likeness.
Mr. Magorium’s [...]

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Redacted (2007) R 90min

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

I was driving home from work and listening to NPR and they were just interviewing Brian De Palma about this movie. When I got home and turned TV on – there it was – the movie I just heard about.
Brian De Palma is [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · TV · War

Running With Scissors (2006) R 120min

November 14th, 2007 · No Comments

This all-star cast movie is based on Augusten Burroughs’s best-selling novel memoir.
The plot: Augusten Burroughs (Jack Kaeding -> Joseph Cross) was growing up in a dysfunctional family, with alcoholic father (Alec Baldwin) and mentally unstable mother (Annette Bening) with her delusions of grandeur. As a boy [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Dark comedy · Drama · Movies

Bee Movie (2007) PG 90min

November 12th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Lovely and funny animated feature for the whole family about a bee who discovers that humans steal honey from bees and decides to sure the Humanity.

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Tags: Animation · Comedy · Movies

The U.S. vs John Lennon (2006) PG-13 96min

November 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Documentary written and directed by David Leaf and John Scheinfeld about the part of life of John Lennon when he was more and more separating himself from Beatles and becoming a political peace activist. Yoko Ono also is interviewed in this movie. Lots [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Black and White · Documentary

Deja Vu (2006) PG-13 128min

November 11th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Déjà Vu was directed by Tony Scott, producer and director of such films as The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, Tristan and Isolde, In Her Shoes, Man on Fire, Big Time, Spy Game, Enemy of the State, True Romance, Top [...]

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Tags: Action · DVD · Drama · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense

Lions For Lambs (2007) R 88min

November 9th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Since this movie was most expected movie of the week, considering all the marketing, I was surprised to see that the movie theater on the opening night was half empty.
Lions For Lambs is directed by Robert Redford. It’s a movie with three parallel [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · War

Movies to see this weekend (Nov 9, 2007)

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

It’s the time of year for two kinds of movies now: Christmas-themed movies and ones that wish they won an Oscar nomination.

Lions for Lambs. A widely advertised political thriller directed by Robert Redford and starring himself, Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Michael Pena about how lives [...]

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SiCKO is out on DVD today.

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

Michael Moore’s next documentary is comparing highly profitable healthcare industry to other countries’, and HMO horror stories told in a humorous and satiric way, pretty much Michael Moore’s trademark style he used in previous movies such as Fahrenheit 911. George W. Bush, John [...]

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Shrek The 3rd comes out on DVD and HD-DVD on Nov. 13th

November 8th, 2007 · No Comments

Shrek The Third comes out on DVD and HD-DVD on Nov. 13th

The 3rd installment of Shrek’s story directed by Chris Miller and Roman Hui is about Shrek becoming a hair to the land of Far, Far Away. He doesn’t feel like giving up his swamp, [...]

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