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Alice in Wonderland

March 27, 2010

Oh, what to do with poor Alice? This was the question swimming through my mind as I sauntered out of the theater last Friday. In the interest of full disclosure, I should admit right now that Burton’s Gothic stylings often strike a chord with me. Sweeney Todd was a dream come true. Early images from [...]

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December 23, 2009

Avatar certainly could have been a disaster, a technological husk with no soul. Worse, the reliance on CG characters could have landed it smack dab in the uncanny valley…the realm where special effects wizards attempt to match reality but reap unsettling and awkward results. Beyond all reasonable expectations, however, Avatar must be considered a smashing [...]

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Repo: The Genetic Opera

December 3, 2009

Phantom of the Opera
Sweeney Todd
Moulin Rouge
Here…let me save you some time. If you liked any three of the four listed above, RUN to your nearest video store. You’ve got an unforgettable 90 minutes ahead of you. If not, keep reading- there may be hope yet.
Repo: The Genetic Opera is classed as a rock opera. Like [...]

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Appleseed Ex Machina

November 16, 2009

The first Appleseed film (from 2004) was quite a treat. The cell-shaded CG graphics looked very good for the time. Complementing this obvious standout aspect was an intriguing story and an excellent soundtrack. It’s worth noting that the story, in particular, felt like a genuinely original re-animation of sci-fi concepts.
Fast forward to today and we [...]

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28 Weeks Later

November 8, 2009

In order to review 28 Weeks Later, it’s necessary to say something about 28 Days Later:
This first leg of the franchise managed to transcend the genre by putting characters at the forefront and weaving poignant moments and themes through an unpredictable narrative. Sure, it was a zombie movie, but it wasn’t JUST a zombie movie.
Days also managed [...]

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October 29, 2009

I’ve seen some films with narrow audiences, but this takes the cake. The film has the most to offer to somebody who values the Old Testament (specifically Christians and Jews) due to the number of OT references along with a couple of NT refs. Thematically, the film explores some of the more troubling concepts in [...]

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Right at Your Door

October 15, 2009

NOTE: When I wrote this review a while back, it contained some small spoilers.  I’ve reordered this review so that this part is at the end and partitioned off for those who don’t want to read it.  Moving along….
“WOW” was the word I kept silently mouthing as I watched this film. Cinematography, flawless acting, and [...]

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