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Entries from February 2008

Review of “La Môme” (2007) PG-13 2h 20min

February 27th, 2008 · No Comments

I got the DVD for La Môme (it’s released in USA under the title La vie en rose) from Netflix a few days before the Oscars but haven’t seen it until after. Needless to say, I was anxious to finally see it after [...]

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Tags: Biographical · Czech Republic · DVD · Drama · Foreign · France · Movies · Musicals · UK

My first photos of Saturn

February 25th, 2008 · No Comments

Well today the sky finally cleared up, and I could get to the telescope early enough after work. The moon is rising 3 hours after Saturn does today. Saturn is very far, and it looks like a tiny star to the naked eye. [...]

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Review of “The Devil Wears Prada” (2006) PG-13 109min

February 23rd, 2008 · 3 Comments

The Devil Wears Prada (2006)

The plot: Andrea Sachs’s (Anne Hathaway) dream was to become a journalist. A naive young woman, she comes to New York and scores a temporary job for the Runway [fashion] magazine working as an assistant secretary to ruthless, if [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Drama

Lunar Eclipse February 20, 2008

February 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Today’s eclipse is the last one until 2010.
Unfortunately I missed the beginning, but as soon as I got home I set up my rig and began shooting. I captured the full eclipse and the beginning of the end, when the Moon started to [...]

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Photos of the Moon and Mars (Feb 16, 2008)

February 20th, 2008 · No Comments

The entire slideshow is here:
I looked up in the sky and saw Mars almost lined up with the Moon. I set up the telescope and the tripod with Canon EOS 20D camera, 300mm image stabilzing zoom lens and 2x telephoto adapter.
The difficulty [...]

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Review of “Lady in the Water” (2006) PG-13 110min

February 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Lady in the Water (2006)

M. Knight Shyamalan, the creator of “The Sixth Sense”, wrote, directed and starred in this fantasy movie based on the book he wrote for his own daughter.
The plot: an apartment building superintendent Cleveland Heep (Paul Giamatti) rescues a woman [...]

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Tags: DVD · Fantasy · Movies · Supernatural · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “Definitely, Maybe” (2008) PG-13

February 17th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is a new romantic comedy from the makers of Noting Hill and Love Actually.
The plot: Will Hayes (Ryan Reynolds – Sabrina the Teenage Witch, In Cold Blood, The Outer Limits series, Dick, Van Wilder, Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle, Blade: [...]

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Tags: Chick Flick · Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

The death of HD-DVD: Toshiba abandons HD-DVD.

February 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

It has become known on Saturday that Toshiba will abandon its HD-DVD format, resulting in the complete victory for Blu-Ray by companies like Sony, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co, Hitachi and Sharp. The format war has been going on since 2003. HD-DVD format has many advantages over Blu-Ray, [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Hardware · Home Theater

Video of the Moon through telescope (Feb 15, 2008)

February 16th, 2008 · 3 Comments

You need to have flashplayer enabled to watch this Google video
Video of the Moon shot through Meade ETX-125AT telescope with just a simple cheap Canon A620 7.1MP point-and-shoot camera that can also take 640×480 videos at 30fps. The camera is mounted on top [...]

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Review of “Fool’s Gold” (2008) PG-13 113min

February 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The plot: Ben Finn Finnegan (Mathew McConaughey) and his wife Tess (Kate Hudson) were passionate about each other and treasure hunting, but now they are fed up with each other and decide to get divorced. Just as Tess has begun to rebuild her [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · Movies · Romance · USA

Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull: Official Trailer

February 16th, 2008 · No Comments

The official trailer for Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.
Directed by Stephen Spielberg.
Starring Harrison Ford and Shia LaBeouf. Karen Allen is also playing Marion Ravenwood – back from Raiders of the lost Ark. Also starring Cate Blanchett and John Hurt.
Just [...]

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Review of “Becoming Jane” (2007) PG 120min

February 13th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Director: Julian Jarold
Writers: Kevin Hood, Sarah Williams
Producers: Jeff Abberley, Robert Bernstein, Julia Blackman, Graham Broadbent, Noëlette Buckley, Nicole Finnan, James Flynn, Tim Haslam, Morgan O’Sullivan, Douglas Rae, James Saynor
Original Music: Adrian Johnston
Cinematography: Eigil Bryld
Winner of American People’s Choice Award (Best Independent Film)
The plot: [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Romance · UK

Review of “Martian Child” (2007) PG 108min

February 12th, 2008 · No Comments

This is a feel-good drama starring Hollywood sweethearts John Cusack and Amanda Pete based on a novel “Martian Child” by David Gerrold.
The plot: a widowed science fiction writer, who writes about Mars, decides to adopt a child. He picks a 6-year old who [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies

Review of “Across The Universe” (2007) PG-13 131min

February 11th, 2008 · 4 Comments

This is a musical set in the 1960s. The music is based on over 30 Beatles’ songs.
The plot: an dock worker comes to United States from England to find his estranged father. There he falls in love with a teenage girl Lucy. When [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Movies · Musicals · Romance

Review of “There Will Be Blood” (2007) R 158min

February 10th, 2008 · 2 Comments

“There Will Be Blood” based on the novel “Oil!” by Upton Sinclair and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Cigarettes & Coffee, Punch Drunk Love, Magnolia, and of course several episodes of Saturday Night Live) who also wrote the script. It was in theatres [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · USA

Review of “Vanity Fair” (2004) PG-13 141min

February 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Vanity Fair (2004)

I didn’t read William Makepeace Thackeray’s classic novel yet, but looking forward to it (should have read it when I was a kid – everyone I know did). The movie is directed by Mira Nair and script written by Matthew Faulk [...]

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Tags: DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · Romance · UK · USA

Movies to see this weekend (Feb 08, 2008)

February 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Opening in theatres in wide release:

Fool’s Gold (2008) PG-13 113min – Action/Adventure/Romance. Matthew McConaughey plays Ben Finn Finnegan, a treasure hunter on the hunt for legendary 1715 century Queen’s Dowry lost at sea, while trying to keep his wife Tess Finnegan (Kate Hudson) [...]

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Review of “Bill Maher: The Decider” (HBO Video/DVD) (2007) R 60 min

February 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This is one of the best Bill Maher’s stand up comedy shows. He performs on stage in Boston in jeans and t-shirt, some time after the Bush’s “surge” began and presidential campaigns were at full speed, probably summer of 2007 when it came [...]

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Tags: Comedy · DVD · Movies · USA

Review of “Rescue Dawn” (2006) PG-13 126min

February 4th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This Vietnam War drama was written and directed by Werner Herzog. The movie is vaguely based on Dieter Dengler’s book, “Escape From Laos”. The actual Dieter Dengler died just before the movie came out of ALS – Lou Gehrig’s Disease. Herzog previously filmed [...]

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Tags: Adventure · DVD · Drama · Epics/Historical · Movies · USA · War

Review of “Away From Her” (2006) PG-13 110min

February 3rd, 2008 · No Comments

Away From Her (2006)

This movie is a debut as a director for young Sarah Polley, based on short story “The Bear Came Over the Mountain” by Alice Munro.
The plot: A man (Gordon Pinsent) who’s wife Fiona (Julie Christie/Stacey LaBerge) loses her memory due [...]

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Tags: Drama · Romance