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Entries from December 2007

Review of “National Treasure: Book Of Secrets” (2007) PG 124min

December 30th, 2007 · 2 Comments

A.k.a. National Treasure 2, this is a sequel to Disney’s treasure hunting flick from 3 years ago.
The plot: Treasure hunter Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) believes that his grand-grand father was Civil War hero and a patriot who paid with his life to [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Movies

Review of I Am Legend (2007) PG-13 101min

December 29th, 2007 · 5 Comments

This movie may become the legend of the box office success: it’s been in theaters for two weeks now and it’s still selling out.
The plot: Brilliant scientist Robert Neville (Will Smith) may be the only survivor of the human-engineered virus that wiped out [...]

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

Review of Onkyo TX-SR705 THX-certified home theater receiver with HDMI switching and upconversion

December 28th, 2007 · 5 Comments

Onkyo TX-SR705 home theater receiver will set you up for the next 5 years or more. It has everything the modern home theater needs: the power, loads of inputs, 7.1 audio, up-conversion of SD-video via HDMI to up to 1080p/24p.
What I was looking [...]

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Tags: Hardware · Home Theater

Review of “Children Of Men” (2006) R 109min HD DVD

December 28th, 2007 · No Comments

Children Of Men (2006)

The plot: in the alternate near future women stopped getting pregnant and giving birth – on the entire planet. Societies are collapsing, and only Britain has maintained some sort of order by introducing strict military control everywhere. Illegal immigrants are [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Movies opening this weekend (December 28, 2007)

December 26th, 2007 · No Comments

Alien vs Predator: Requiem (2007) R 1h 26min – Action/Adventure/Sci-Fi/Sequel. (a.k.a. Alien vs Predator 2). The monsters from the two famous sci-fi action films slaughter each other in an unsuspecting Colorado town, while a humans band together to survive in this sequel.

The Orhpanage [...]

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Review of “Hot Fuzz” (2007) R 121min on HD DVD

December 26th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Hot Fuzz (2007)

This is a surprisingly very funny cop-buddy comedy from creators of Shaun of the Dead (2004), director Edgar Wright who co-wrote thr script with Simon Pegg, who starred as main character in both movies. There are no big special effects, but [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · DVD · Dark comedy · Foreign · Movies · UK

Review of Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player

December 25th, 2007 · 6 Comments

Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player

As I promised when I wrote “Who is winning the format war: Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD“, I am reviewing Toshiba HD-A35 HD DVD player.
Why HD DVD and not Blu-Ray? Despite a seeming stalemate between Blu-Ray and HD-DVD in the war [...]

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Tags: Hardware · Home Theater

Review of “Charlie Wilson’s War” (2007) R 97min

December 24th, 2007 · 1 Comment

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007)

Pretty good!
The plot: Charlie Wilson (Tom Hanks) is a congressman from Texas. He’s been known for being a womanizer and alcoholic. In 1979 the policy of US regarding Soviet invasion of Afghanistan was to stay out of the conflict. While [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Comedy · Drama · Movies

Review of “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” (2007) R 96min

December 21st, 2007 · 3 Comments

From Judd Apatow, the guy who brought you Knocked Up and Superbad – a new comedy starring John C. Reilly!
The plot: America loves larger-than-life musician and songwriter Dewey Cox (a composite character in whom you can recognize Bob Dylan, Brian Wilson, Johnny Cash [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Movies

Movies to see this weekend (Dec 21, 2007)

December 19th, 2007 · No Comments

This is going to be a great week for movie goers: with a long weekend ahead, there’s a great movie for each day of the week!

Opening in theatres nationwide:

Charlie Wilson’s War (2007) R 97min – Comedy/ Drama/ Adaptation/ Biographical. Based on the true [...]

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Tags: Movies

My first photo of Mars

December 16th, 2007 · 2 Comments

This weekend I tried to photograph Mars. This is a perfect time to make pictures because Mars is in the opposition and closest to Earth as it’s ever been in the past 130 years or so. Around midnight it’s roughly overhead and the [...]

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Review of “Juno” (2007) PG-13 92min

December 16th, 2007 · 4 Comments

*** WARNING: This review contains spoilers. ***
This is a funny, witty and sweet comedy from director of Thank you for smoking Jason Reitman and 29-year-old writer Diablo Cody.
The plot: Juno McGuff (Ellen Page) is a Mid-Western girl in high-school. One day she decided [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Movies · Romance

Movies to see this weekend (Dec 14, 2007)

December 13th, 2007 · No Comments

Opening in theatres (wide release):

Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) – Comedy/Kids/Family - Three chipmunk brothers, Alvin, Simon, and Theodore are adopted by a man named Dave.

I Am Legend (2007) – Action/Drama/Horror/Sci-Fi – A brilliant scientist (Will Smith) may be the only survivor of the virus [...]

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Review of “Shrek The Third” (2007) PG 92min – DVD

December 12th, 2007 · No Comments

Shrek The Third (2007)

The plot: when the frog-king ‘croaks’, Shrek (Mike Myers) is looked at as the next successor to the throne of the Far, Far Away. Shrek, however, believes he is not the right candidate for wearing the crown, and dreams of [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Animation · Comedy · DVD · Fantasy · Movies

Who is winning the format war: Blu-Ray vs HD-DVD

December 10th, 2007 · 8 Comments

In the middle of holiday season, electronics seem to be one of the gifts of choice. HD TVs are almost half cheaper then a year before. Cable and Satellite compete for HD content viewers. Rental companies offer movies in high definition. When DVD became [...]

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Tags: Hardware · Home Theater

Review of “The Golden Compass” (2007) PG-13 113min

December 9th, 2007 · 2 Comments

A major disappointment.
The script by Chris Weitz (”About a Boy“) is based on first story of Philip Pullman’s 1995 bestselling (in UK) trilogy novel, His Dark Materials: The Golden Compass.
The plot: The story is set in an alternative world where people’s souls manifest [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · UK · USA

Movies to see this weekend (December 07, 2007)

December 7th, 2007 · No Comments

Opening in theatres:

The Golden Compass (2007) – Nicole Kidman, Daniel Craig, Sam Elliott, and Ian McShane star in a movie based on Philip Pullman’s novel, an exciting fantasy adventure set in an alternate world where people’s souls manifest themselves as animals. An organization [...]

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Review of “A Good Year” (2006) PG-13 114min

December 7th, 2007 · No Comments

A Good Year (2006)

Oscar-winning director Ridley Scott (American Gangster, Numb3rs, Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, The Company, Tristan and Isolde, Orpheus, Kingdom of Heaven, Matchstick Men, Hostage, Black Hawk Down, Hannibal, Gladiator and many many more) directs this adaptation [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Drama · Movies · Romance

Review of “Mr. Bean’s Holiday” (2007) G 90min

December 6th, 2007 · 2 Comments

Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)

The plot: Mr. Bean (Rowan Atkinson) wins a trip to France in his church’s ruffle. On the way from Paris to Cannes he manages to miss his train, separate Russian boy Stepan (Max Baldry) from his father, film director Emil [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Foreign · France · Germany · UK

Review of “Awake” (2007) R 84min

December 2nd, 2007 · No Comments

This movie from the first seconds seemed to be a hospital drama ala “ER”. It began with a message: “Every year 3,000,000 anesthesias are performed. One in 700 people ends up awake during the surgery – a condition known as “anesthetic awareness” when [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense