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State of the Undead Union.

December 1st, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Movies, Politics

When it comes to monsters, it’s a pretty rough time to be a Republican and an exceptionally GOOD time to be a zombie. Yes, while our friends in the Grand Old Party blubber and stumble through scandal after scandal, the renaissance in zombism continues to move ahead at full speed.
On the heels of Katrina, [...]

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Review: Wal-Mart - The High Cost of Low Prices.

November 17th, 2005 · No Comments · Movies, Politics, Rants

Overall, the film presented what I would guess was a 3:1 ratio of “misrepresented, questionable bullshit” and “legitimate complaints.” Wal-Mart’s union-busting, for example, is notorious, well-documented and significant. Shining a light on it is important. The same goes for the company’s lackluster ability to respond to complaints about specific issues like “tons [...]

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Review: A History of Violence

October 26th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Movies

My review originally written for another site:
If there aren’t MULTIPLE Academy Award nominations drawn from this film, I’ll be very, very surprised. The direction is tremendous, the acting is top-notch (especially from the supporting cast) and the story works on multiple levels with grace and ease. When Viggo Mortensen says it’s the best film he’s [...]

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Attention nerds:

September 22nd, 2005 · No Comments · Movies

Specifically, blogospheric nerds. VERY specifically, blogger sci-fi nerds who want to see Serenity - in advance. For free.
The PR folks in charge of the film are adding bloggers to the press lists for pre-release screenings all over the country. If you want to get in, fill out this form. In return, [...]

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Penguin lust.

September 15th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Movies, Politics, Rants

“Nature is really stupid.”
That was my immediate response to March of the Penguins as Aubrey and I left the theatre. Specifically, I believe I said those words should be included in the film’s title. I may also have used the “f word.” After sitting through it, I couldn’t help but marvel at [...]

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March of the Penguins

September 15th, 2005 · No Comments · Movies

A quick post of a brief review I wrote for March of the Penguins on another website. I’m putting it up so I can spoiler-proof the review and then reference it in a post later this evening without ruining the film for anyone.

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Hi. We’re England…

July 31st, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Movies, Politics, Rants

…and we RULE the “shutting your ass down with technology” game.
While we can all agree that smacking potential suicide bombers is a good idea, you have to wonder how far-removed we are from… well… a world you’re about to learn all about from a movie*.
* Movie based on comic book you haven’t bothered to read [...]

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How much does it cost to be Batman?

June 21st, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Movies

$3,365,449

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The Aristocrats.

June 18th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Art, Movies

Every now and then, you come across something so… ya know… weird that you wind up somewhat obsessed with it. The Aristocrats joke is one of those things.
In short, The Aristocrats is a sort of post-modern exercise in excruciating ANTI-humor. Usually only enjoyed by “in the know” comics, it’s a decades-old exercise in [...]

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Speaking of movies.

June 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Movies

Roger Ebert just gave Batman Begins four stars. Tomorrow can’t come fast enough.
[update 06-16] He was right. Serious review to come.

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It’s time, once again…

June 14th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Movies, Rants

…for movie reviews - Kingdom of Heaven and Cinderella Man.
Spoilers abound, of course.

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Oh, GREAT.

May 30th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Movies, Rants

Some crackpots have paid the Smithsonian Institution $16,000 to have their “Intelligent Design” movie played in the museum’s Baird Auditorium.
The Discovery Institute, a group in Seattle that supports an alternative theory, “intelligent design,” is announcing on its Web site that it and the director of the museum “are happy to announce the national [...]

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May 30th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Movies

And Vin Diesel so loved the world, that he gave it his only son:
Superman.

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Finally.

May 24th, 2005 · 1 Comment · Art, Movies, Rants

The Long March is over.
Star Wars fans the world-round have trudged into theatres one last time to see what George Lucas can throw at them. Like battered wives whose drunken husbands are finally dragged off to the clink, they can - at long last - rest (assuming they steer clear of the [...]

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From the dark and ancient past…

May 24th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Movies

…comes a reminder:
The Force is a Tool of Satan.
Christians REJOICE! Jesus will lead us in a real star war - between the armies of Heaven and Satan. Believers will “beam” up to the Starship in the sky, and Captain Jesus shall lead a thousand year Federation of Planets before Judgment Day. We are destined to [...]

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Attention cheap folks.

May 24th, 2005 · No Comments · Art, Movies

F.W. Murnau’s classic vampire film Nosferatu is now available for free on the Internet Archive.
From Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies” review:
To watch F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu is to see the vampire movie before it had really seen itself. Here is the story of Dracula before it was buried alive in cliches, jokes, TV skits, cartoons and [...]

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An open letter to the Creator.

May 6th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Movies

Dear Lord,
Ridley Scott’s Kingdom of Heaven comes out today and, as You know, I have a soft spot for historical epic cinema. As a result, I have a few requests:
1) Please have it be better than Alexander. Barring that, at least have it be better than Troy.
2) Please don’t let Scott fuck up [...]

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Mel Gibson…

March 7th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Movies

…capitalist mega-genius.
By softening some of its more wrenching aspects, I hope to make my film and its message of love available to a wider audience.
In this Lenten Season, where Christians everywhere pause to focus on the life and teachings of Jesus, I appaud this swaggering paroxysm of marketing excess.

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He was young and he needed the money.

February 18th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Movies

Gaze in wonder upon Roger Ebert’s vintage hardcore porn reviews:
As for the scenes in “Behind the Green Door,” the least you can say of them, I suppose, is that they’re incredible. The plot (if I may misuse the word) involves a series of fantasies in which Miss Chambers is forced to undergo public humiliation at [...]

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Finally.

February 8th, 2005 · No Comments · Misc., Movies

An “R” rated version of Deep throat.

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