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10-point review of Iron Man-2 (PG-13) 124min

May 7th, 2010 · 8 Comments

Was excited to see Iron Man-2 finally, on the opening day, after long wait – in IMAX. I liked it. It’s good, but don’t set your expectations too high if you want to really enjoy it. The movie feels like it’s composed of [...]

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Tags: Action · Comedy · Movies · USA

10-point review of Disneynature’s “Oceans”

April 30th, 2010 · 2 Comments

Disneynature’s “Oceans”

Disneynature’s “Oceans” came out on the “Earth Day” Thursday, 2010, just like last year Disney’s “Earth” came out on the same date also. A small disclaimer: I have not seen Disney’s “Earth”.

The visuals in the “Oceans” are simply amazing. Most Earthlings will [...]

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Tags: Documentary · Drama · Movies

Avatar 3D (2009) PG-13 162min

December 21st, 2009 · 6 Comments

Just saw Avatar in I-MAX 3D. Here’s a quick 10-point review.
1. The plot: it’s a lot like “Dances with wolves”: a white man wins the trust of the tribesmen and is accepted into the tribe as equal (becomes “one of us”), but later [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · USA

I’m streaming Netflix on PS3!

November 6th, 2009 · No Comments

As I already told, Sony and Netflix recently became partners, and Netflix subscribers can now stream movies from their “Watch Instantly” queue on PlayStation 3.
While Sony is working on new firmware  update for PS3 that would allow full Netflix support, current Netflix subscribers [...]

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Tags: Hardware · Home Theater · Uncategorized

Finally: Netflix streaming on PlayStation 3 begins in November

October 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Netflix today announced a real with Sony that will allow streaming Netflix movies to PS3 consoles. Support for streaming Netflix has already been implemented in XBox 360, Netflix-branded Roku media player, some TV-sets and some LG and Samsung Blu-Ray players, and recently, TiVo. [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Hardware · Home Theater

Sony PlayStation 3 Slim has arrived

August 31st, 2009 · 3 Comments

Shipments of Sony PlayStation 3 Slim console began today, August 31. I had mine pre-ordered on Amazon.com, so I received mine today. I could have received it three days earlier if Amazon printed address label more clearly – the postal office was ready [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Hardware · Home Theater

Sony unveils PlayStation 3 Slim, drops PS3 prices by $100

August 18th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Sony just released news that it will slash prices on its PS3 consoles by $100 (100 EUR in Europe) on all versions of PS3 consoles. Some retailers have dropped prices a few days earlier, probably due to the rumor that a price cut [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Hardware · Home Theater

My photos and videos of Jupiter and its moons

July 7th, 2009 · No Comments

I already uploaded the pictures to Facebook, so here’s the link: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2029903&id=1198149366&l=d18f0eccf2

The photographs were taken with Canon EOS 20D attached via T-mount to the T-port in the rear of Meade ETX-125 telescope.

The videos are on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=spb5083Wq5U and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WKTxx9yxw3M

The videos were taken using [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Uncategorized

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) PG 94min

July 6th, 2009 · No Comments

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009)

This is the third installment of the “Ice Age” animated trilogy from 20th Century Fox Studios.
The plot: After mammoth Manny (Ray Romano) met Ellie (Queen Latifah) in “Ice Age: The Meltdown”, the previous episode, the couple now [...]

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Tags: Adventure · Animation · Comedy · Movies · USA

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009) PG-13 150min

June 30th, 2009 · 1 Comment

Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen (2009)

Michael Bay continued working on the sequel, “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen“, a.k.a. “Transformers 2” in association with Hasbro written by Ehren Kruger, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.
The plot: After Optimus Prime destroyed the Cube in the previous movie, [...]

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Tags: Action · Adventure · Comedy · Fantasy · Movies · Sci-Fi · USA

AOL Radio compiles a list of Top-10 movie songs

June 26th, 2009 · No Comments

Few movies don’t have songs in them. Music and songs convey strong emotions and set or help to set the mood for a particular scene. Many bands and artists propelled their popularity when their songs were played in movies. Who have ever heard about Goo [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles

The Proposal (2009) PG-13 107min

June 24th, 2009 · 2 Comments

The Proposal (2009)

Talented Anne Fletcher (27 Dresses, Step Up), a choreographer, an actress and a film producer, directed “The Proposal” – a romantic comedy starring Ryan Reynolds and Sandra Bullock.
The plot: Margaret Tate (Sandra Bullock), chief editor or a publishing house, is a [...]

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

The Hangover (2009) R 100min

June 22nd, 2009 · No Comments

The Hangover (2009)

Director Todd Phillips continues along the lines of his previous comedies, “The Old School” (2003) and “Road Trip” (2000).
The plot: The movie opens with one of the groom’s friends calling the bride and telling her the Doug is not going [...]

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Tags: "Guy" Films · Comedy · Movies · USA

Apple is holding off on the iPhone. Me too.

June 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment

At first, Apple promised shipments of new iPhone 3G S to start by June 19th to people who pre-ordered online, and now it had shifted to “delivery by June 22″. I bet those customers whose orders got delayed are pretty anxious now. The new iPhone [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles

How to rob a bank (2007) UnRated 81min

June 15th, 2009 · No Comments

How to rob a bank (2007)

The plot: Jinx (Nick Stahl – Sleepwalking, Sin City, Terminator 3), a slacker who walks into a branch of  a bank to withdraw $20, and an employee of the branch/babe, Jessica (Erika Christensen – Garden of Eden, Flightplan, The Upside [...]

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Tags: Comedy · Crime/Gangster · Movies · USA

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) R 106min

June 13th, 2009 · No Comments

The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 (2009) R 106min

The plot: A New York subway dispatcher Walter Garber (Denzel Washington) is summonned on the radio. He is told by the mastermind of the hijacking (John Travolta) of the Pelham 1 2 3 train to follow [...]

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Tags: Drama · Movies · Thrillers/Suspense · USA

10-point review of Disney/Pixar’s “Up” (2009) PG 96min

June 12th, 2009 · 2 Comments

Up (2009) PG 96min

Disney/Pixar’s “Up” comes out almost 11 m0nths after release of “WALL-E” last summer. It was written and directed by Pete Docter (Toy Story 1&2, Monster, Inc., WALL-E) and Bob Peterson (Finding Nemo), who also gave his voice to the [...]

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

Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins (2009) PG-13 130min mini-review

May 21st, 2009 · No Comments

The long-awaited sequel to the Terminator trilogy was directed by McG, written by John D. Brancato and Michael Ferris. Starring Christian Bale, Sam Worthington, Moon Bloodgood, Helena Bonham Carter and Michael Ironside.

The plot: After the Judgement Day, John Connor (Christian Bale) is now the leader [...]

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

Angels and Demons (2009) mini review

May 16th, 2009 · 1 Comment

“Angels and Demons”, the sequel to the “Da Vinci Code” directed by Ron Howard, is a little better. Professor Robert Langdon is summoned to Vatican where the pope has died and four cardinals were kidnapped by a secret society called Illuminati, which threatened [...]

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Tags: Additional Articles · Detective/Mistery · Drama · Thrillers/Suspense

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009) PG-13 107min

May 1st, 2009 · 1 Comment

X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009)

A prequel to X-Men (2000), X-Men 2: X-Men United (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), directed by Gavin Hood (directed famous award-winning Tsotsi), written by David Benioff  and Skip Woods.
The plot: A brief history of James Logan (Hugh Jackman) begins with [...]

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Tags: Action · Additional Articles · Drama · Fantasy · Movies · Supernatural · USA