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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 …
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 …
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 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 …
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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Poster
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 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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Poster
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 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 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 Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. December 31, 2008
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Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
From the brilliantly eccentric minds of screenwriter Charlie Kaufman (Adaptation) and visionary director Michel Gondry comes Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, a romantic comedy that's unlike any …
reviewed The Golden Compass. December 24, 2008
The Golden Compass
WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!      I suppose it's not surprising, what with the current trend of adapting fantasy literature into films, that Philip Pullman's novel The …
reviewed The Illusionist. December 24, 2008
The Illusionist
It's odd, but in the year 2006 there were two major motion pictures to feature stories about magicians and/or illusionists. The first film was The Illusionist, while the second film was The Prestige. …
reviewed The Fountain. December 24, 2008
The Fountain
Director Darren Aronofsky (Pi and Requiem for a Dream) has created a niche for himself in the film industry. Much like filmmakers David Lynch, Terry Gilliam, and Vincent Ward, Darren Aronofsky explores …
reviewed The Invisible. December 24, 2008
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The Invisible
Writer/director David S. Goyer (writer of The Blade Trilogy and Batman Begins) makes a departure from the "comic book" movies for which he is best known, and instead helms this remake of …
reviewed Brick (2005 movie). December 23, 2008
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Brick
In up and coming director Rian Johnson's film Brick, audiences are treated to a truly unique and memorable mystery film. Inspired by the literary work of the great detective novel writer Dashiell Hammett, …
reviewed Collateral. December 23, 2008
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Collateral
WARNING: This review may contain spoilers!      Director Michael Mann (Manhunt and Heat) is well known for being a precise and methodical filmmaker. He often focuses on minute …
reviewed A History of Violence (2005 film). December 23, 2008
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DVD front
WARNING: This film contains strong brutal violence, graphic sexuality/nudity, explicit language, and brief drug use.       In the film A History of Violence, director David Cronenberg …
reviewed Memento. December 23, 2008
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DVD front
With his second feature film, director Christopher Nolan (Following) created a stunning thriller. Not only is Memento an incredible accomplishment as a film, but also an impressive feat for a relatively …
reviewed Dead Again. December 23, 2008
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Second DVD
Kenneth Branagh's film Dead Again is a superbly crafted thriller that cleverly combines film noir, supernatural suspense, melodrama, and romance. Branagh (Henry V) pulls double duty, both directing and …
reviewed Vertigo (Universal Home Entertainment.... December 23, 2008
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Special Edition DVD
-This review pertains to the Vertigo: Special Edition DVD-       WARNING: This review contains spoilers!       The 1958 film Vertigo may very well be one of Alfred …
reviewed The Ninth Gate. December 23, 2008
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Poster
Controversial director Roman Polanski (Rosemary's Baby and Chinatown) has a talent for creating suspenseful films that utilize character actors in roles, which allow them to be ambiguous and …
reviewed Bram Stoker's Dracula. December 23, 2008
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Francis Ford Coppola's 1992 film, Bram Stoker's Dracula, is a lavish, visually stunning treatment of the Dracula tale. The film features exquisite production design, startling special effects, and one …
reviewed Phantom of the Opera (2004 movie). December 23, 2008
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Phantom of the Opera (2004 movie)
Personally, I've never been a big fan of movie musicals, though there have been a few exceptions. One of those exceptions is Joel Schumacher's marvelous film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom …
reviewed Bridge to Terabithia (2007 film). December 23, 2008
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Bridge to Terabithia
Based upon the award-winning book by Katherine Paterson, Bridge to Terabithia is a touching film about the bond between two children, both of them outcasts, who learn the importance of friendship and …
reviewed Donnie Darko. December 23, 2008
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Donnie Darko Director's Cut (front)
-This review was written in conjunction with the standard edition of the DVD, not the 2-disc Director's Cut-       2001 was a year full of outstanding films, but one film stood out …
reviewed 12 Monkeys. December 23, 2008
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12 Monkeys
From his days with Monty Python to his visionary epic Brazil, Terry Gilliam has never been an ordinary filmmaker. His unique sense of style and his trademark absurdist humor can be found in all of …
reviewed Kill Bill Vol. 2. December 23, 2008
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Kill Bill Vol. 2
WARNING: This review contains spoilers!       Note: Before reading this review for Kill Bill Vol. 2, please read my review for Kill Bill Vol. 1 to avoid confusion.    …
reviewed Kill Bill Vol. 1. December 23, 2008
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Kill Bill Vol. 1
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 …
reviewed 300 (2007 film). December 22, 2008
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Special Edition DVD (front)
WARNING: This film contains brutal, graphic, stylized action/violence, sexuality/partial nudity, and fascist ideologies.      Based upon Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same …
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