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reviewed The Wind in the Willows. April 10, 2010
The Wind in the Willows (first edition; 1908)
In the 20th Century there have been two movements which have directly affected society and the world at large. There has been the steady progress of technology that brought with it urban expansion and industrial …
reviewed A Christmas Carol. December 19, 2009
A Christmas Carol
What is it about Christmas that seems to be so endearing to us? Why is it that this holiday, perhaps more so than any other, has the power to rekindle our fraternal bonds and unite us in communal …
reviewed Dracula (novel). December 06, 2009
Dracula (first edition)
   Full review coming soon... ):-=
reviewed Count Dracula. October 26, 2009
Count Dracula
Introduction   How did one of the most violent tyrants in history help to inspire the most legendary of fictional villains? Well, to answer that question, one must examine not only Bram Stoker's Gothic …
reviewed Vampire Mythology. October 23, 2009
The Burney Relief, believed to be the demon Lilitu
WARNING: This is a review of vampire myths from around the world, and it contains what some may find to be controversial and disturbing content having to do with occult subject matter, violence, sexuality, …
reviewed Hellboy (2004 movie). September 10, 2009
Hellboy Special Edition DVD
   WARNING: This review contain spoilers!      “What is this that stands before me Figure in black, which points at me Turn around quick and start to run Find out I’m …
(2-Disc Special Edition Director's Cut DVD)
WARNING: This review contains spoilers! DO NOT READ THIS UNTIL YOU'VE SEEN THE FILM!   When the twelve-issue limited-run comic book series Watchmen was originally published in 1986 and through 1987, …
reviewed District 9. August 26, 2009
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District 9
   The idea of using science fiction and horror stories as a way of discussing taboo or controversial social, political, and religious themes is nothing new. Since the birth of the horror genre, …
reviewed Doubt. July 23, 2009
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Doubt (2008)
“A truth that’s told with bad intent… Beats all the lies you can invent.” -William Blake   “It was the schoolboy who said, ‘Faith is believing what you know ain’t …
reviewed The Wrestler (2008 film). July 15, 2009
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The Wrestler
WARNING: This review contains spoilers!      There are certain fundamental aspects of American culture in the 1980s that I found to be, for lack of a better word, repugnant. The crassness …
reviewed Twilight (movie). June 26, 2009
Twilight (movie)
     Generally, I’m suspicious of popular trends in entertainment and I avoid exposing myself to any books or movies that I perceive to be conformist, populist, or over-hyped. Most …
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"You come of the Lord Adam and the Lady Eve," said Aslan. "And that is both honour enough to erect the head of the poorest beggar, and shame enough to bow the shoulders of the greatest …
Homemade Compilation CDs: Playlist 3
Who doesn't love what modern technologies can do for us? As if the invention of the CD over twenty years ago wasn't exciting enough, now we can burn our own CDs and create our own compilation albums. …
Homemade Compilation CDs: Playlist 2
Who doesn't love what modern technologies can do for us? As if the invention of the CD over twenty years ago wasn't exciting enough, now we can burn our own CDs and create our own compilation albums. …
reviewed Sin City (2005 film). May 05, 2009
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Sin City
WARNING: This film contains graphic stylized violence including torture, as well as sexuality/nudity, coarse language, and disturbing themes.       Only a sick and twisted mind could …
DVD cover
   -This review pertains to Kino On Video's Restored Authorized Edition DVD of Nosferatu-    Perhaps the greatest horror film of all time premiered on March 4, 1922 in Berlin. …
Homemade Compilation CDs: Playlist 1
Who doesn't love what modern technologies can do for us? As if the invention of the CD over twenty years ago wasn't exciting enough, now we can burn our own CDs and create our own compilation albums. …
reviewed The Last of the Mohicans (1992 film). April 27, 2009
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DVD front
Seamlessly blending together elements of multiple genres, including historical drama, action, adventure, war epic, and romance, director Michael Mann paints a beautiful and breathtaking picture of the …
reviewed Amistad. April 27, 2009
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DVD front
In 1997 director Steven Spielberg (Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Schindler's List) would release his latest film through Dreamworks pictures, a studio he co-founded with Jeffrey Katzenberg and …
reviewed Schindler's List. April 22, 2009
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Schindler's List (movie)
Steven Spielberg has always been a director for whom I have a great deal of respect and admiration. Throughout the 1970s and ‘80s, Spielberg had one colossal success after another (not including …
reviewed Hotel Rwanda. March 26, 2009
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Hotel Rwanda
"Until the philosophy, which holds one race superior and another inferior, is finally and permanently discredited and abandoned, everywhere is war. And until there are no longer first-class nor second-class …
reviewed Good Night, and Good Luck.. March 26, 2009
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Good Night, and Good Luck.
"Hoover, he was a body remover I'll give you a dose But it'll never come close To the rage built up inside of me Fist in the air in the land of hypocrisy Movements come and movements go Leaders speak, …
reviewed Michael Clayton. March 26, 2009
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Michael Clayton
Writer/director Tony Gilroy (co-writer of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum) has crafted a complex suspense film in Michael Clayton. The film, which took Tony Gilroy six years to get made, …
reviewed Syriana (2005 film). March 25, 2009
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Syriana (2005)
2005 proved to be a year of politically and socially conscious films, and among these topical films Syriana stood out from the rest. Directed and written by Stephen Gaghan (Traffic), and inspired by the …
reviewed Crash (2004 film). March 25, 2009
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Crash
WARNING: This review contains some spoilers!   2005 was a year in which making socially relevant and topical films became a popular trend in Hollywood. Many of these films focused on particular …
reviewed Do the Right Thing. March 18, 2009
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Do the Right Thing film poster
"Racism is when you have laws set up, systematically put in the way to keep people from advancing, to stop the advancement of a people. Black people have never had the power to enforce racism, and …
reviewed Pulp Fiction. March 18, 2009
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Original Film Poster
WARNING: This review contains spoilers!   Note: In my summary of the plot I have put the film's story into chronological order so that events unfold sequentially. This is not the order in which the …
Watchmen
WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!   For the past decade Hollywood has been scrambling over the rights to adapt comic book characters to the big screen. This year one of the most celebrated …
reviewed American Beauty. March 02, 2009
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American Beauty
First-time filmmaker Sam Mendes has won the hearts of critics and audiences alike, in what some are calling the most extraordinary cinematic directorial debut since Orson Welles' Citizen Kane in 1941. …
reviewed A Beautiful Mind (2002). February 10, 2009
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WARNING: This review contains spoilers!   From acclaimed director Ron Howard (Backdraft and Apollo 13) comes A Beautiful Mind, a sensitive biopic about the life of brilliant mathematician John Nash. …
reviewed Dead Poets Society. February 09, 2009
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From master director Peter Weir (The Year of Living Dangerously and Witness) comes the inspirational film Dead Poets Society. Through Weir's skillful direction the film is imbued with a passionate message …
reviewed Hamlet (1996 film). February 09, 2009
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Hamlet
Proving himself to be as ambitious as he is talented, if not more so, actor/director Kenneth Branagh (Henry V, Dead Again, and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein) once again sets his sights upon the world of …
reviewed A Scanner Darkly. January 21, 2009
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WARNING: This review contains spoilers!   Based upon what may be Philip K. Dick's most personal novel, the film A Scanner Darkly is an awe-inspiring "science fiction" film directed by Richard …
reviewed The Island. January 21, 2009
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  WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!   2005 was a year of Box Office disappointments, a year when many good films were overlooked. One such film is The Island, an intriguing science …
reviewed Code 46 (2004 movie). January 21, 2009
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Code 46 DVD
Unlike most films that fall into the science fiction category, Code 46 doesn't rely on complicated visual effects or elaborate action sequences. Instead the film takes a more internalized approach, focusing …
reviewed THX 1138. January 13, 2009
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THX 1138 (The George Lucas Director's Cut 2-disc Special Edition DVD)
-This review pertains to the George Lucas Director's Cut of THX 1138-   Before achieving critical and commercial success with his films American Graffiti and Star Wars, George Lucas directed the …
reviewed Living Colour: Vivid. January 09, 2009
Album Cover
Cutting through the commercial crap of the 1980s hairbands wasn't easy. The appeal of glam rockers was great and as a result, real rock 'n' roll was left to gather dust in the sales bins of record stores. …
Watchmen
   First let me begin this review by saying that there are very few contemporary writers that I truly admire and respect for their artistic integrity and uncompromising ideas. And let me also …
reviewed Jumper. January 03, 2009
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Jumper
From director Doug Liman (Go and The Bourne Identity) comes the sci-fi/action film Jumper. The film, which is very, very loosely based upon the novel by Steven Gould, features some intriguing ideas, but …
reviewed Sideways (2005). January 02, 2009
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Sideways (Widescreen Edition) (2005)
Director Alexander Payne (Election and About Schmidt) creates a mature, masterfully crafted comedy with his film Sideways. The film is rich in characterization and features stunning performances by its …
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