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reviewed Death at a Funeral (2010 American rem.... August 11, 2010
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Death at a Funeral
   I saw the original Death at a Funeral when it played at our local theater. I liked it, but I liked this remake even better. While the scenarios are almost identical, the cultural differences …
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer
   Johannes Cabal's not exactly evil (in spite of his profession, that consists of controlling the dead) - but he is extremely focused, to the point of being utterly oblivious to the needs …
reviewed Winter's Bone (2010 movie). August 03, 2010
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Winter's Bone (2010)
Ree has enough to deal with, even before she finds out her house is due to be taken away. She's just seventeen, and stuck running the household, with two younger siblings to feed and a catatonic mother …
reviewed Greenberg (2010 movie). August 03, 2010
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   Roger Greenberg, an anxious and unsettled middle-aged man from New York City, is house and dog sitting for his older brother in L.A. He meets up with Florence, her brother's beautiful …
reviewed Cyrus (2010 movie). August 03, 2010
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   John, a middle-aged down-on-his-luck divorcee, meets a beautiful woman he thinks is way out of his league. Improbably, she digs him. The only trouble is her adult son, who just can't …
reviewed Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in .... August 01, 2010
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Adobe After Effects CS5 Classroom in a Book
   While some software guides simply add a few new sections to reflect upgrades, this book has been thoroughly rewritten and could easily stand alone as a solid introduction to After Effects. …
reviewed Clash of the Titans (2010). July 31, 2010
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Clash of the Titans (2010 film)
   A long time ago there were big, chaotic, uncontrollable gods, the Titans, who ruled the Earth and gave birth to new gods who destroyed them and created man, in order to gain power from their …
reviewed Mother (Korean film). July 24, 2010
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When her mentally challenged son is charged with a brutal murder, his mother sets out to prove him innocent. When the ordinary channels fail her, she increasingly takes things into her own hands, and …
Tongues of Serpents: A Novel of Temeraire
The dragon Temeraire and his captain Laurence have been sent to the prison colony of Australia, as consequence for a treacherous act of kindness. They could not, in good conscience, allow the British …
How to Cheat in Photoshop CS5: The art of creating
Photoshop is an extremely versatile tool, that allows you to enhance the quality of images to show exactly what you want to show even where the original conditions of capture were imperfect. Refining …
reviewed ABC Africa. July 20, 2010
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ABC Africa
What is perhaps most distinctive about the impression left by this film is the apparent incongruity between its troubling subject matter and the vibrance of the children whose laughter and dance and song …
reviewed Wong Kar-wai. July 20, 2010
Wong Kar-wai
Peter Brunette's brief guide to the work of Wong Kar-Wai is valuable especially for its insight into the continuity and development of Wong Kar-Wai's style and thematics. The book manages to balance careful …
reviewed Taste of Cherry - Criterion Collection. July 19, 2010
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Taste of Cherry - Criterion Collection
A middle-aged and middle class man drives through the streets of Tehran, searching for someone who might assist him. He turns away the eager men who crowd his window, in hopes of being hired for day labor. …
reviewed Inception. July 16, 2010
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Leonardo di Caprio (in a role and a film that bears more than a superficial resemblance to his most recent other role in Martin Scorcese's Shutter Island) plays a dream thief, hired by powerful bigwigs …
Toshiba Canvio Plus 750 GB USB 2.0 Portable
I have lots of external hard drives, one that I use to create regular backups of my laptop, and the others because I have lots of HD video footage that I'm using in various editing projects. With the …
Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: a
There is a reason this has become one of the industry standard guides, focused on intermediate users of Photoshop, who want to go beyond the basics while focusing on essentials. It is thorough and clear, …
Adobe Photoshop CS5 on Demand
While this book is designed to start out with simple tasks (installing Photoshop CS5, for example, and then opening files in it and working with the panels), it is probably not best suited for the absolute …
reviewed Nollywood Babylon. July 08, 2010
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Nollywood Babylon
"Nollywood Babylon" examines the phenomenal success of the Nigerian film industry, the third largest in terms of film output in the world (after Bollywood and Hollywood). While there had been films made …
After Effects Apprentice, Second Edition
When I first started out with After Effects, I tried following several online tutorials and referring to Adobe's online help and guides. I was able to create some impressive effects, but only by basically …
reviewed The Crazies (2010). July 04, 2010
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The Crazies (2010)
This relatively small-scale remake of George Romero's low-budget thriller manages to deliver a few thrills, here and there, but never manages to do much that is truly inventive or original, and certainly …
reviewed Toy Story 3. July 03, 2010
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Toy Story 3
I tried to convince my wife to be the one to take my kids to Toy Story 3. My youngest son, especially, was begging to go, but while I was impressed by the first two, a long ways back, and saw them as …
Theodosia and the Eyes of Horus
Even after more or less saving the world, twice, from evil forces intent on harnessing dark and ancient Egyptian magic, Theodosia has a hard time getting noticed by her parents, who are too busy preparing …
reviewed Kraken. June 24, 2010
When a gigantic preserved squid goes missing from London's natural history museum, it's obvious this is no ordinary heist. Billy Harrow, the curator who arrived on the scene of the crime and had also …
Fichte: Foundations of Natural Right
We take freedom for granted, as if it were easily understood and readily actualized. Genuine freedom, and not the empty and abstract ideal of the kind of freedom we presume ourselves to possess automatically, …
reviewed It Came From Kuchar. June 12, 2010
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It Came From Kuchar
How come I'd never heard of the Kuchar brothers? They have had an incredible influence, and were part of the film underground in its heyday, celebrated by the likes of Jonas Mekas and screening alongside …
reviewed Antichrist. June 09, 2010
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A woman and a man lose their son in a tragic accident. Rather than trust in the medicine prescribed by her psychiatrist to ease her grief, he (a psychotherapist) decides to subject her to his own therapeutic …
reviewed The Passage. June 08, 2010
The Passage
Ivy League scientists discover evidence of a vampyric virus and get a military grant to help find and study it. Right away, we smell trouble, and before long, but not before they had sufficient warning, …
Mac OS X Snow Leopard: The Missing Manual
I've been using Macs for years and thought I was pretty proficient. When I upgraded to my latest Macbook Pro, and to Snow Leopard, I thought it'd be nice to get to know the OS better. David Pogue lays …
Iomega iConnect Wireless Data Station 34779
The basic idea of the Iomega iConnect is that it can turn your external hard drives into something like a personal server on your home or office network. Once you set it up, you can plug any USB external …
reviewed American Experience: Earth Days. June 03, 2010
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American Experience: Earth Days
Earth Days, by celebrated documentary filmmaker Robert Stone, begins with a powerful montage of United States presidents, beginning with John F. Kennedy, proclaiming the urgency of the mission to clean …
reviewed Outlander. June 03, 2010
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This manly medieval sci-fi and swords thriller hits most of the cliches you'd expect but manages still to feel fairly fresh.     An alien astronaut - who looks just like James Caviezel …
Scotch Precision Ultra Edge Non Stick Scissor,
We've gone through a lot of scissors in a few years. Kids' crafts, wrapping gifts, cutting fabric and sticky tape. They tend to get dull.     This one cuts smooth, doesn't get sticky, …
The Incompleat Eco-Philosopher: Essays from the
The key insight of Anthony Weston's provocative and challenging book is that environmental values cannot be discovered merely by thinking about what we ought to do, but can only co-evolve with practices …
Hermann von Helmholtzs Mechanism: The Loss of
In this study, Gregor Schiemann aims to show that the current complexity in conceptions of science, both among scientists and among theorists of science, is not merely a matter of increased attention …
reviewed When You're Strange: A Film About The.... May 18, 2010
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When You're Strange: A Film About The Doors
When I heard that Tom diCillo had a documentary on The Doors coming out, I was very excited. His 1995 film, Living in Oblivion is a bitterly funny take on the frustrations of independent filmmaking. More …
Azden WMS-PRO Wireless Microphone System
I borrowed this from a friend to see if it would work for me. I've decided to look for something else, but depending on your needs this might just be the thing.     The lavalier works …
Color Correction for Video, Second Edition: Using
Perhaps the most intimidating components of advanced video post-production are the color correction tools. It's easy enough to get the basics of cutting and arranging video and adding basic modifying …
Producing and Directing the Short Film and Video,
This clear and comprehensive guide would be an excellent textbook and an indispensable handbook for aspiring filmmakers whose aim is to produce professional-quality short fiction films and videos. It …
reviewed Daybreakers. May 15, 2010
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Edward Dalton (Ethan Hawke) is a reluctant vampire in a world where humans have become rare. It's a clever idea: if there really were vampires and they could spread like a virus, why wouldn't they soon …
reviewed The Slammin' Salmon. May 08, 2010
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The Slammin' Salmon
A retired champion boxer (Michael Clarke Duncan) runs a high-end seafood restaurant. In need of some quick cash he demands that the manager somehow make twenty grand in one night (far above their usual …
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