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reviewed Total Recall (2012 film). August 14, 2012
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Total Recall (2012 film)
When I first heard of a “Total Recall” remake, I have to admit I was a little put off. I mean, how can someone remake one of Schwarzenegger’s action classics? I thought it would be an …
reviewed I Am Number Four. February 18, 2011
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I Am Number Four
When I saw the names Steven Spielberg and Michael Bay as producers, I immediately lowered my expectations for director D.J. Caruso’s adaptation of the novel of the same name “I Am Number …
reviewed TRON: Legacy. December 19, 2010
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Tron Legacy
Every once in awhile, we get to see a film aimed at displaying the latest advancements in movie magic. Movies such as this prove to be simple escapist entertainment that is meant to take the viewer along …
reviewed Assault Girls. December 06, 2010
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Assault Girls
Mamoru Oshii is one director who has always impressed me with his execution of mood, human angst, thought-provoking themes and style such as in the classic anime sci-fi film “Ghost in the Shell” …
reviewed I Am Legend. October 25, 2010
I Am Legend
I AM LEGEND is a post-apocalyptic disaster film that is another attempt at adaptation of Richard Matheson's novel back in the early `50's. The first adaptation being "The Last Man …
reviewed Cloverfield. October 13, 2010
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When one thinks of "Cloverfield" (2008) the awesome "hyped-up" trailer comes to mind. The teaser trailer was very well-marketed and does grab our attention. J.J. Abrams (Mission Impossible, …
reviewed The Happening. August 08, 2010
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The Happening
Act of God- A direct and sudden event or action of certain unexplainable forces that could not be reasonably foreseen; it compromises all evidence and defies all attempts at explanation by Science.   …
Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief
After the mega-success of the “Harry Potter” adaptations, Hollywood is in the hunt to find the next family-friendly fantasy franchise that can generate huge profits. They gave it a shot with …
reviewed The Princess Blade. August 03, 2010
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The Princess Blade
                  THE PRINCESS BLADE (a.k.a. Shirayuki Hime) is based on the manga by Kazou Koike with the same name. The film …
reviewed The Sorcerer's Apprentice (2010 movie). July 18, 2010
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The Sorcerer's Apprentice
The Mickey Mouse short story in “Fantasia”. If you’ve seen it, then you’ll know exactly what the creators of “National Treasure” have cooked up in “The Sorcerer’s …
reviewed Predators. July 10, 2010
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Predators (2010)
I’ve always liked the concept of 1987’s “Predator” with Arnold Schwarzenegger. It was simple, precise and exciting; admittedly the franchise has been misused by Hollywood with …
reviewed Splice (2010 movie). June 06, 2010
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Splice (2010 movie)
Co-produced by Guillermo Del Toro and co-written and directed by Vincenzo Natali, in a joint venture between Canadian/French /American filmmakers; “SPLICE” is a horror-Sci/fi thriller …
reviewed Iron Man 2. May 07, 2010
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Iron Man 2
   …well, not exactly, although “Iron Man 2” is definitely your Hollywood fare that relies on being loud, “spiffy”, brisk popcorn entertainment but it does …
reviewed Repo Men (2010 movie). March 20, 2010
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REPO MEN (2010)
Title seem familiar? That’s because director Miguel Sapochnik’s “REPO MEN” is based on the novel "Repossession Mambo". It is unrelated yet may be seen as a movie closely …
reviewed Alice in Wonderland (2010 movie). March 06, 2010
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Alice in Wonderland
                     There have been many adaptations and interpretations in the silver screen of the …
reviewed Moon (2009 movie). January 14, 2010
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Moon DVD
   I’ve always had a fondness for movies about isolation, science fiction and most especially psychological thrillers. Little wonder that I would be interested in the debut film of director …
reviewed Avatar (2009 film). December 21, 2009
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             Let’s get one thing out of the way, James Cameron’s “AVATAR” is the most expensive film ever made; with a staggering …
reviewed Mushi-Shi the Movie. December 11, 2009
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Mushi-Shi the Movie
   Don’t let the American translation “Bug-master” of its title fool you, writer/director Katsuhiro Otomo’s (Akira) “Mushi-shi” has nothing to do with bugs. …
reviewed Dead Alive. December 01, 2009
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Dead Alive (Unrated) (Sp) (1993)
   DEAD ALIVE (a.k.a. “Braindead”) is directed by Peter Jackson; yes, the same dude who won Oscars for his terrific adaptations of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Jackson’s …
reviewed Evangelion:1.01 You Are (Not) Alone. November 21, 2009
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Evangelion:1.0 You Are (Not) Alone
   Fans of the fantastic anime series NEON GENESIS EVANGELION will no doubt embrace “EVANGELION 1.0: You Are Not Alone”. The film is the first series of four films titled the “Rebuild …
reviewed The Fourth Kind. November 08, 2009
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Fourth Kind
 Hollywood has stooped to the ‘authentic” gimmick that uses the suggestion of truth to make the audience feel involved in the film. Movies such as “White Noise”, “Blair …
reviewed G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. November 05, 2009
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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra
   Honestly, I am not an avid fan of the G.I. animated series or the comic book published by Marvel comics back in the 80’s, therefore my knowledge of the G.I. Joe universe is very limited. …
reviewed Batman Dead End. September 29, 2009
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   Everyone have always said that “Batman Begins” and “The Dark Knight” are the definitive films about Batman. Nolan’s works were undoubtedly works of excellence. …
reviewed Surrogates. September 26, 2009
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Surrogates Movie Poster
      Remember many years ago when people didn’t have the use of cell phones and now it seems like we can’t get by without having one? Well, the comic book adapted sci-fi …
reviewed 9. September 12, 2009
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         Based on the award-winning short film by Shane Acker, the CGI-animated full-length feature film “9” intends to expand on its myth and story. Acker himself …
reviewed Cyborg She. September 09, 2009
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CYBORG SHE a.k.a. Cyborg Girl
     Ever wonder how and what we can affect in our past, present and future? Let’s see, now what if James Cameron’s “The Terminator” had a strong theme of a love …
reviewed Silk (2006 movie). August 30, 2009
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   Since the U.S. has marked Chao Bin Su’s “SILK” (a.k.a. Gui Si, 2006) for remake hell in 2010, I figured I may as well review the original Taiwanese-Japanese made horror …
reviewed Casshern. August 24, 2009
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      CASSHERN (2004) is loosely based on the Japanese anime in the 1970's called "Casshan Robot fighter" which was in turn adapted into the live-action TV series. Highly …
reviewed District 9. August 14, 2009
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District 9
   Co-produced by Peter Jackson, the acclaimed director of the “Lord of the Rings” and directed by Neil Blomkamp; ‘DISTRICT 9” screams “Cult Classic”. Blomkamp …
reviewed Meatball Machine. July 26, 2009
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Meatball Machine
   Before there was “Tokyo Gore Police” and “Machine Girl”, there was “MEATBALL MACHINE” (2005). Co-written and co-directed by Yudai Yamaguchi (along with …
reviewed Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children. July 08, 2009
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2-disc dvd
One of the most influential RPGs in recent memory is the Final Fantasy franchise that has spawned numerous installments that are highly popular in Asia, Europe and the U.S. While it isn’t exactly …
reviewed Dead Space: Downfall. June 27, 2009
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The video game industry is one awesome profitable industry. It’s funny when you think about it, since the industry started with games like “Space Invaders” and the dawn of the Sega …
reviewed Star Trek (2009). May 25, 2009
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Star Trek Poster
"…To BOLDLY go where No Man had Gone Before.".. …or something like that. The immortal tagline of the operatic TV franchise that had gone on for many generations. First off, let …
reviewed Terminator Salvation. May 23, 2009
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Terminator Salvation (Director's Cut) (2009)
Hollywood has a habit of rebooting successful franchises, and it seems like the next one on the list is James Cameron's "Terminator" franchise. I have always wondered how the futuristic …
reviewed X-Men Origins: Wolverine. May 03, 2009
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X-Men Origins Wolverine
Seeking to further capitalize on the popularity of Marvel's favorite mutant group, "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" is a prequel of sorts to the X-men trilogy. I'll get right to the point, …
reviewed The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008 f.... April 10, 2009
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Day the Earth Stood Still
Remakes are a dime-a-dozen as I've said before. I do have to acknowledge that sometimes, a remake may be necessary to cater to a new generation. It has been some years ago since last I saw Robert Wise's …
reviewed ARAGAMI, The Raging God of Battle. April 09, 2009
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U.S. DVD cover by Media Blasters
Made as part of the DUEL project along with Yukihiki Tsutsumi‘s 2LDK, the famed project had certain limiting rules that applied to both films: 1) Both films will only be shot, edited, in a measly …
reviewed Hellboy II: The Golden Army. March 09, 2009
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hell boy poster
I loved the original "Hellboy", it was quite a good translation (but he looks more human in the movie) to the highly successful comic series by Mike Mignola. The original film was scrappy, …
reviewed Watchmen (2009 film). March 07, 2009
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Comic book adaptations are all the rage these days and they are a dime-a-dozen. To prepare for the film and to write this review, I re-read the graphic novel so I can give a more detailed viewpoint. …
reviewed The Mist. March 03, 2009
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The Mist
THE MIST is directed by Frank Darabont; after his somewhat misfire "The Majestic", he is poised to redeem himself with an adaptation of one of Stephen King's novellas. Darabont wrote the screenplay …
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