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Entries from December 2008

Top 50 films of 2008

December 30th, 2008 · No Comments

Box office (in millions):

The Dark Knight – $530.9
Iron Man – $318.3
Indiana Jones and The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull – $317.0
Hancock – $227.9
WALL-E – $223.8
Kung Fu Panda – $215.4
Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa – $174.9
Twilight – $167.3
Quantum of Solace – $164.3
Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a [...]

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The Tale of Despereaux (2008) G 100min

December 28th, 2008 · No Comments

The Tale of Despereaux (2008)

This 3D-animated adventure based on Kate DiCamillo’s book was directed by Sam Fell and Robert Stevenhagen, featuring voices of Dustin Hoffman, Emma Watson, Sigourney Weaver, Matthew Broderic, Stanley Tucci, Kevin Klein and others.
The plot: The lives of three heroes, [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · USA

Inside Man (2006) R 129min

December 26th, 2008 · No Comments

Inside Man (2006)

Inside Man is a supposed perfect heist movie directed by Spike Lee and starring Denzel Washington, Clive Owen, Jodie Foster, Willem Dafoe and Christopher Plummer.
The plot: In the opening sequence Dalton Russell (Clive Owen) confesses on video from a cell  that he is [...]

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Tags: DVD · Movies · TV · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

Valkyrie (2008) PG-13 120min

December 26th, 2008 · 1 Comment

Valkyrie (2008)

Based on a true story, Valkyrie is a historical thriller set in WWII Nazi Germany, starring Tom Cruise and many famous British actors, and directed by Bryan Singer (also directed Superman Returns).
The plot: 1943. German Colonel Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg (Cruise) [...]

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Tags: Drama · Epics/Historical · Foreign · Germany · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA · War

The Invisible (2007) PG-13 97min

December 24th, 2008 · No Comments

The Invisible (2007)

The plot: A talented high-school student is beaten and left for dead by his criminal classmate. He becomes a ghost, helplessly trying to figure out why he was killed and hopefully get his life back – the cops should find his [...]

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

Hot new DVD and Blu-Ray releases for Dec 23, 2008

December 22nd, 2008 · No Comments

These movies come out on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of December 23, 2008:

The Duchess
(2008) PG-13
Keira Knightley stars as Georgiana, duchess of Devonshire, in this adaptation of Amanda Foreman’s novel. Unhappily married to the duke of Devonshire (Ralph Fiennes, in a Golden Globe-nominated [...]

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Made in China!

December 19th, 2008 · No Comments

Perfect English found on a product made in China. In this case – a protective film for iPhone 3G.

If you can’t quite read:

Protect your iPhone as good as the original
Royal quality – optical material retains the true color of the screen
Anti Scratch+Anti Dirt
High [...]

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Transsiberian (2008) R 111min – Review

December 17th, 2008 · No Comments

Transsiberian (2008)

The plot: An American couple, Roy (Woody Harrelson) and Jessie (Emily Mortimer) take a 7-day train ride from China, where they completed  a church humanitarian mission, to Moscow on Trans-Siberian railroad. On the train they meet another young couple, a Spaniard Carlos (Eduardo [...]

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

Hot new movie releases on DVD and Blu-Ray this week (Dec 16, 2008)

December 15th, 2008 · No Comments

These movies come out on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of December 16, 2008:

Mamma Mia!
(2008) PG-13

Based on the international hit musical featuring the songs of pop superstars ABBA, this charming tale centers on a bride-to-be (Amanda Seyfried) and her plan to uncover her [...]

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Disturbia (2007) PG-13 105min HD-DVD

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

Disturbia (2007)

The plot: Kale (Shia LaBeouf) is sentenced to 3 months of house arrest for punching his Spanish teacher. His parole officer recommends to use his time constructively, so for a while he destroys buildings in XBox Live game, but eventually boredom overwhelms [...]

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Tags: Drama · Romance · Thrillers/Suspense

A little tribute to Starbucks

December 11th, 2008 · No Comments

I am a Starbucks regular. As such, my baristas know my name and my regular drinks. There has been a corporate push for that “intimate” relationship with customers for the past year – remember Starbucks closure for training in Spring?
One of the things [...]

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Sukiyaki Western Django (2007) R 121min

December 9th, 2008 · No Comments

Sukiyaki Western Django (2007)

Director Quentin Tarantino is a guest star in this Japanese spaghetti Western from cult film director Takashi Miike (who speaks no English, but learned a few phrases for his episodic role in Hostel).
The plot: Two rival gangs are fighting each [...]

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Tags: Crime/Gangster · Cult Films · DVD · Drama · Film Noir · Foreign · Movies · Westerns

Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases This Week (Dec 8, 2008)

December 7th, 2008 · No Comments

These movies and TV series come out on DVD and Blu-Ray the week of December 8, 2008:

The Dark Knight
(2008) PG-13 (152min)
Batman (Christian Bale) teams with Lt. James Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to continue dismantling Gotham City’s criminal [...]

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Hot New DVD and Blu-Ray releases this week (Dec 2, 2008)

December 2nd, 2008 · No Comments

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
(2008) PG
One year after the incredible adventure of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Peter, Edmund, Lucy and Susan Pevensie return to Narnia to aid a young prince whose life has been threatened by the evil King [...]

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Review: I am Cuba (1964) UR 141min

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

I am Cuba (1964)

A classic… absolutely astonishing! I AM CUBA is that rarity of rarities, a genuine hidden treasure. It puts to shame anything we’re doing today.
–Martin Scorsese
Soviet director  Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 film “Soy Cuba” (a.k.a. I am Cuba in 1995 US release) depicts [...]

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Tags: Black and White · Classic Films · Cuba · DVD · Drama · Foreign · Movies · USSR

Review: Australia (2008) PG-13 165min

December 1st, 2008 · No Comments

Australia (2008)

This pre-WWII adventure set in Australia’s Northern Territory is directed by Baz Luhrmann, written by Stuart Beattie, Baz Luhrmann, Ronald Harwood and Richard Flanagan based on story by the director himself and starring Australia’s natives Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman.
The plot: In 1939 an [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Australia · Drama · Foreign · USA · Westerns

A beautiful show in the sky

December 1st, 2008 · 1 Comment

Just was walking around in the evening and saw it. Actually, I saw it yesterday too when I was out in Long Beach with friends, but tonight it seemed even more beautiful.

This photograph was taken with simple Canon A620, hand-held – no tripod. [...]

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