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Archive for July, 2010

Five Clips from ‘Batman: Under the Red Hood’

— by KATHLEEN COLLINS — DC Comics has been cranking out a series of animated films based on its comic book heroes and while the output has been of varying quality, each one has definitely been worth checking out. The newest one, due in stores Tuesday, finds Batman and Nightwing pitted ag[...]

Under Review: ‘Iris Chang: The Rape of Nanking’

— by BEV QUESTAD — Beautifully, tenderly rendered, this documentary will bring tears to your eyes. One of the searing thoughts that comes from Iris Chang, the author of the book upon which this documentary is based, is that “… all human beings have this capacity for this great evil i[...]

It’s Just Movies — ‘Movie Mates’ Intro from Phil & Jacob

— by SEAN GERSKI — Generally speaking, I’m not a huge proponent of handing out free advertising, but since this video made me laugh several times I am going to post it. After seeing it, I am convinced no one will ever find a more fun way to say “It’s Just Movies.”[...]

Top 5 Reasons it’s OK to skip Comic-Con

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — It’s a big weekend for everybody in the film, television, comic book and book world. Basically, if it can be called entertainment, it will try to be represented at Comic-Con. Unfortunately, either because it was sold out or you just didn’t have the money, [...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Countdown to Zero’

— by BEV QUESTAD — What are the most powerful forces on Earth and where are they? The sit-you-right-up, on-edge trailer for this intimidating documentary will give you an anxious yet grateful-for-the-info feeling about the content and tone of this film that opens today in New York City a[...]

Alexandra Cousteau and Blue Planet Expeditions

— by BEV QUESTAD — Willowy, soft-spoken but self-confident, Alexandra Cousteau, with her long straight hair, is a lot like Calista Flockhart’s character, Ally McBeal. She has an integrity about life and expresses a calling to do what is right. She views the water she grew up experienci[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Machete’

— by JESSIKA OWENS — Back in 2007, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought us “Grindhouse,” which consisted of “Planet Terror” and “Death Proof,” but along with the duel feature-length films, came mock theatrical trailers. These fake trailers in[...]

Under Review: ‘Abu Jamil Street’

— by BEV QUESTAD — Twenty-five feet underneath Abu Jamil Street is a parallel avenue, busier and more lucrative. It is one of at least 200 tunnels that works as an underground highway between Egypt and the Gaza Strip. It’s a money-maker for both Egyptian merchants and Palestinian trade[...]

Book vs. Movie: ‘The Girl Who Played with Fire’

— by BEV QUESTAD — It’s not every day that a film is as good as or even better than a great book. Daniel Alfredson, director, and Jonas Frykberg, screenwriter, have accomplished a surprise. Despite being made for European TV, despite its lack of theme development and despite its sensat[...]

Five Clips from ‘The Other Guys’

— by ALLISON HIGGINBOTHAM — It takes true talent to make cliches entertaining. Would “Shaun of the Dead” be nearly as funny if you had never seen a zombie or horror movie? Would “Slumdog Millionaire” be as endearing if he didn’t get the girl or without the Bollywood dance numbe[...]

Trailer Talk: ‘Space Battleship Yamato’

— by CHRIS HYATT — What if I were to tell you that there was a sci-fi movie out there with the look and feel of “Battlestar Galactica,” the CGI and SFX of “Star Trek” and the storyline of “Star Wars”? You’d scoff and walk away, right? Such a movi[...]

Ryan Reynolds’ ‘Green Lantern’ Look Revealed

— by CAM SMITH — Translating popular comic-book character costumes to the big screen is mighty tricky business in our present pop-culture landscape – where small roaming hordes of foaming fans can instantly destroy a film’s good buzz via social networking sites and message boards the[...]

Four Clips from ‘Inception’

— by ALEXA MILAN — How does Christopher Nolan do it? “Memento,” “The Prestige,” “Batman Begins,” “The Dark Knight” — all of his stories are so intricate that they take you places you’d never expect. Even after having so many imp[...]

Under Review: ‘Home’

— by BEV QUESTAD — Completely produced through aerial photography and presented with Glenn Close’s perfectly fitting narration, this beautiful film about Planet Earth is mesmerizing in its beauty. The gentle, seductive soundtrack is reminiscent of a mixture of Indian, classical and mul[...]