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Entries from January 2008

Movies to see this weekend (Feb 1, 2008)

January 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Opening in theatres (wide release):

The Eye (2008) PG-13 1h 37min

In this remake of 2002 Hong Kong movie “Jian Gui”, a woman-violinist who’s been blind since childhood receives an eye transplant that happens to let her see into supernatural world. Terified by what she now [...]

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Review of “The Lookout” (2007) R 99min

January 29th, 2008 · 1 Comment

The Lookout (2007)

This movie passed relatively unnoticed at the theatres: it wasn’t aggressively promoted, and other, bigger movies were also showing.
The plot: Chris (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) was once a great high-school hockey player, but after a car accident that kill two of his friends [...]

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

Review of “Rambo” (2008) R 93min

January 26th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Rambo (2008)

20 years since Rambo III Sylvester Stallone has revived Rambo. He wrote and directed this new action flick. I went to the theater with very low expectations because Rambo in Afghanistan was a major disappointment.
The plot: John Rambo lives peacefully in a [...]

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Tags: Action · Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA · War

“Murder she said” night

January 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Tonight has been the night for detective stories. USA was showing new episodes of Monk and Psych, but before that I also watched a couple of Agatha Christie’s mysteries, some from Netflix’s collection. I loved Miss Marple series since I was a kid. [...]

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Tags: DVD · Detective/Mistery · Foreign · Movies · TV · UK

Movies to see this weekend (Jan 25, 2008)

January 23rd, 2008 · No Comments

Opening in wide release in theatres:

Meet The Spartans (2008) PG-13

Yet another spoof making a parody of everything from “300″ to “You Got Served” to Britney Spears. This movie was created by the same guys who made “Epic Movie”, which was complete garbage.


Rambo (2008) [...]

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Review of “SiCKO” (2007) PG-13 123min

January 23rd, 2008 · 5 Comments

I live in LA, and I remember a recent “episode” that was all over local news when a security camera noticed the ambulance pull over in Skid Row and dump a lady with head trauma with almost no clothes on the street. The [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Documentary · Drama · Movies

Review of “The Reduced Shakespeare Company – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)” (2000)

January 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

The Reduced Shakespeare Company – The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) (2000)

A.k.a. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged).
I heard an interview with Adam Long on NPR a few years back, and immediately added the film to my Netflix queue, but [...]

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Movies to see this weekend (Jan 18, 2008)

January 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Opening in wide release:

Cloverfield (2008) PG-13 84minA going-away party in Manhattan is interrupted when a mysterious, giant-sized monster launches an attack on New York City. With camcorder in hand, a small group of friends make their way out into the chaotic streets, scrambling [...]

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Review of “Memoirs of a Geisha” (2005) PG-13 145min

January 16th, 2008 · No Comments

It’s interesting that Steven Spielberg was the executive producer of this movie. I didn’t read the book, but I interviewed some people who did and they said that the movie is mostly faithful to the 1997 best-selling novel, with just a few scenes [...]

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

HD-DVD still well positioned against Blu-Ray

January 15th, 2008 · No Comments

Toshiba slashed prices to its HD-DVD players again this week. Now the entry-level Toshiba HD A3 player has suggested retail price of just $150 – very close to what regular DVD players sell for, while medium and top players, HD A30 and HD [...]

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Review of “The Bucket List” (2007) PG-13 93min

January 14th, 2008 · 3 Comments

The plot: two terminally ill old men (Morgan Freeman and Jack Nickolson) in the cancer ward of the hospital owned by Jack Nickolson character decide to write a list of all the things they’d like to do before they die. Then they escape [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Comedy · Drama · Movies

HD DVD camp may lose more of its supporters

January 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

After Warner Bros. decided to commit to Blu-Ray and stop releasing their movies on HD-DVD in May 2008, the HD-DVD camp has been reduced to just Universal Studio and Paramount as far as Hollywood studios go. The latter has an “escape” clause in [...]

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Movies to see this weekend (Jan 11, 2008)

January 10th, 2008 · No Comments

Opening in theatres:

The Bucket List (2007) | PG-13 | 97 min

Two terminally-ill old men escape from the cancer ward and go on the road trip with a to-do list of things to do and places to visit before they die.Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman star. Director [...]

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Review of “Shaun Of The Dead” (2004) R 1h 39min HD-DVD

January 9th, 2008 · 1 Comment

I wanted to watch this movie again after seeing Hot Fuzz for the second time and I wanted to see the work of same team of actors and director Edgar Wright again.
The plot: Thirty-something slacker electronics salesman Shaun (Simon Pegg) has no clue [...]

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Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007) R 1h 57min

January 9th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Wow! What a movie! This is Tim Burton at his best. I could not think of a better director to make this screen adaptation of the Broadway musical.
The plot: After had been convicted for a crime he was innocent of and spending 15 [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Dark comedy · Drama · Foreign · Horror · Movies · Musicals · Romance · UK · USA

HD DVD format is not dead, Toshiba says.

January 8th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Toshiba marketing executive Jodi Sally told the audience at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) HD DVD remained the best technology, but acknowledged the Warner Bros announcement on Friday took her by surprise.

“It’s difficult for me to believe when all the pundits declare that HD [...]

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Review of “Atonement” (2007) R 122min

January 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Christopher Hampton based his screenplay on the novel by Ian McEwan, and Joe Wright directed.
Joe Wright is a very talented director. In 2007 Joe became youngest director presenting at Venice Film Festival. At 34 years old he was already famous as director of [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · France · Movies · Romance · UK · War

Best Movies Of 2007

January 4th, 2008 · 4 Comments

Pick up to 10 top movies of the year in the poll below. If you see an error or to nominate another movie to the list, leave me a comment.
Also, check out the reader’s choices for best movies of 2008.

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Review of “The Prestige” (2006) PG-13 130min

January 3rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The director of “Batman Begins” Christopher Nolan directed this film written by him and Jonathan Nolan based on the novel by Christopher Priest. Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson and David Bowie star.
The plot: End of 19th century London. Three friends, [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Sci-Fi · Supernatural

Netflix and LG announce partnership to stream movies to HDTV

January 3rd, 2008 · 2 Comments

Netflix has been offering its customers to watch movies instantly on their laptops or media center PCs for quite some time. Users can install a small ActiveX plugin in their Internet browser and watch many of Netflix’s 90,000 titles in the proprietary viewer. [...]

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