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Entries from May 2008

Harrison Ford would play Jack Ryan again

May 30th, 2008 · No Comments

As reported by Simon Raynolds, the Entertainment Reporter for DigitalSpy, after the huge buzz around the release of Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, Harrison Ford has revealed that he would like to return to the Jack Ryan franchise.

Ford starred [...]

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Review: “The King Of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” (2007) PG-13 79min

May 29th, 2008 · 2 Comments

If you liked “Trekkies”, you will probably like this movie too – it’s a documentary about a niche in sport – competitive Donkey Kong players and their fans. If you are not watching it in theater where you pay to stay in, it will not be hard to walk away from this documentary if you are watching it on DVD. It probably qualifies as documentary for guys.

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Tags: "Guy" Films · DVD · Documentary · Movies · Sports Films

Hot new DVD and Blu-Ray releases for May 27, 2008

May 27th, 2008 · No Comments

Rambo IV
2008 R
When governments fail to act on behalf of captive missionaries, ex-Green Beret John James Rambo (Sylvester Stallone) sets aside his peaceful existence along the Salween River in a war-torn region of Thailand to take action. Although he’s still haunted by violent memories [...]

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61st Cannes Film Festival Awards

May 26th, 2008 · No Comments

The jury of the 61st Cannes Film Festival, presided over by Sean Penn, named the Prize winners. At the end of the ceremony, Barry Levinson’s closing film What Just Happened? starring Robert De Niro, Sean Penn and Bruce Willis was screened for the [...]

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Review of “Son of Rambow” (2007) PG-13 96min

May 24th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Son of Rambow (2007)

“Son of Rambow” is a British comedy/drama written and directed by Garth Jennings, the man behind the underappreciated The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy (2005).
The plot: Summer of 1982 (we know that because the title of the movie refers to [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Drama · Foreign · France · Germany · Movies · UK

Killed: Rob Knox, an actor from new “Harry Potter” movie

May 24th, 2008 · No Comments

Rob Knox, an 18 year old actor who plays minor role of Ravenclaw student Marcus Belby in the upcoming 6th installment of “Harry Potter” called “Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince”, was stabbed after he got caught up in a fight outside a bar in [...]

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Review of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” (2008) PG-13 124min

May 23rd, 2008 · 4 Comments

Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

19 years after “The Last Crusade”, Indiana Jones is back. So excited to see the favorite character of my childhood.
The plot: 1959. Indiana Jones is kidnapped by KGB agents to help them find the Crystal [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Movies · USA

Hot new DVD releases for May 20, 2008

May 20th, 2008 · No Comments

National Treasure: Book of Secrets
(2007) PG-13
Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicolas Cage) and Dr. Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) — who found riches and romance at the end of their first hunt for national treasure — reteam with their wisecracking partner in crime, Riley Poole (Justin [...]

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Netflix offers movie streaming via their $100 set-top box

May 20th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Netflix, the largest movie rental company, had for years been promising to begin streaming movies straight to TVs, and last year announced plans with LG to build a set-top box that would allow that. Netflix has just announced their new set-top box called Roku.

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Tags: Additional Articles · Home Theater · Uncategorized

Review of “Cloverfield” (2008) PG-13 85min

May 20th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Cloverfield (2008)

The plot: A monster attacks Manhattan. A guy at a go-away party has a camcorder and keeps filming the story of survival of him and his friends among the devastation caused by the monster.
The good: Lots of loud explosions and cool CGI effects. [...]

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Tags: Action · Cult Films · DVD · Movies · Sci-Fi · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Review of “The Forbidden Kingdom” (2008) PG-13 113min

May 16th, 2008 · 2 Comments

The Forbidden Kingdom (2008)

Jet Lee and Jackie Chan star together in The Forbidden Kingdom, directed by Rob Minkoff (The Lion King, Stuart Little I & II, Haunted Mansion) and written by John Fusco (Young Guns, The Babe, Loch Ness, Spirit: Stallion of the [...]

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Tags: Action · Additional Articles · Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Review of “Death at a Funeral” (2007) 90min

May 12th, 2008 · No Comments

From the animation and the music theme of the opening credits sequence you know you are watching a witty comedy that won director Frank Oz (famous for directing movies like Little Shop of Horrors, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Stepford Wives and giving his voice [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Nethedlands · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense · UK · USA

Review of “Redbelt” (2008) R 99min

May 12th, 2008 · 2 Comments

Redbelt (2008)

This is a mixed-martial arts movie written and directed by David Mamet, a man behind scripts for The Untouchables, Ronin and Hannibal. Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in main role, as well as Tim Allen, Mike Goldberg, Alice Braga and Ricky Jay.

The plot: In [...]

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Tags: Action · Movies · USA

Amazon’s Blu-Ray Disk Sale

May 8th, 2008 · No Comments

Amazon.com is advertising “Buy 2 Get 1 Free” deal on their Blu-Ray disk inventory. Some of the titles you can grab there are

Independence Day
Predator
I, Robot
Ice Age
Terminator
Fantastic 4
Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Sunshine
Wall Street
The Usual Suspects
The Adventures of Indiana Jones (The Complete Movie Collection)
Transformers
Gladiator
more…

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Review of “Aristide and the Endless Revolution” (2005) NR 84min

May 7th, 2008 · 1 Comment

This documentary directed by Nicolas Rossier examines the oft-suppressed story of the 2004 coup d’etat in Haiti. Only an hour south of Miami, the elected president of the Western Hemisphere’s poorest nation, Jean Bertrand Aristide, has twice been forced from office with complicity [...]

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Tags: Biographical · DVD · Documentary · Foreign · France · Movies

Review of “The Namesake” (2006) PG-13 122min

May 7th, 2008 · No Comments

Another wonderful movie based on the novel by Jhumpa Lahiri directed and produced by Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding (2001), Vanity Fair (2004)) starring Irfan Khan and Kal Penn.
The plot: In the late 60s-early 70s Ashoke Ganguli (Irfan Khan) was traveling on the train [...]

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Tags: Drama

New DVD releases this week (May 6, 2008)

May 6th, 2008 · 1 Comment

P.S. I Love You
(2007) PG-13 | DVD, HD-DVD, Blu-Ray

Holly Kennedy (Hilary Swank), a young widow living in Dublin, has just lost her beloved husband Gerry (Gerard Butler) to a brain tumor. Inconsolable, Holly finds that Gerry left for her a series of letters [...]

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Review of “Iron Man” (2008) PG-13 122min

May 3rd, 2008 · 1 Comment

Iron Man (2008)

We tried to see this movie on Friday night, but it was sold out. On Saturday night we got in after standing in line for half an hour and watching commercials and trailers for another 25 minutes. Was the movie worth [...]

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

Review of “Ocean’s Thirteen” (2007) PG-13 122min HD-DVD

May 1st, 2008 · No Comments

The summary: this is definitely a better movie then Ocean’s Twelve, but the 11 was the best one of the trilogy. Good entertainment, in theater and on DVD/HD-DVD/Blu-Ray – whatever you watch it on.

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