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DVD Review: Kung Fu Panda

I've never been a huge fan of Dreamworks Animation's features. While the first Shrek was, at the time, kind of funny the subsequent films have just been loose excuses to hang a bunch of too-cool for the room pop-culture references and off-color humor that just stops shy of being inappropriate for young audiences. That's why… Continue reading DVD Review: Kung Fu Panda

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DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater – 20th Anniversary Edition

If you're a fan of Mystery Science Theater you're going to absolutely love this 20th Anniversary Edition box set. The set features four episodes of MST3K: First Spaceship on Venus, Laserblast, Werewolf and Future War. While these might not be the best of the best of the Mystery Science Theater 3000 vault they are definitely… Continue reading DVD Review: Mystery Science Theater – 20th Anniversary Edition

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DVD Review: Hellboy II – The Golden Army

I wrote a full review of Hellboy II - The Golden Army over at SpoutBlog. It's sort of half a review of the movie and half an examination of how Hellboy fits into the pantheon of stoic, emotionally stunted male action heroes. The three-disc special edition I received to review contains a digital copy of… Continue reading DVD Review: Hellboy II – The Golden Army

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DVD Review: Tropic Thunder

There's little that's not completely and utterly offensive about Tropic Thunder, aside even from That Issue, the one that got a lot of headlines and attention, but which is such a small actual thing in actuality. The movie, of course, carries the title of the movie that we're watching being made. And the movie we're… Continue reading DVD Review: Tropic Thunder

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Movie Journal: The Incredible Hulk

As a longtime fan of Marvel Comics characters I'm having a blast with all the movies that have been coming out in the last eight years or so, going back to 2000's X-Men. But while they've been alternately fun or exciting it's just now that it's getting interesting, with Marvel now tying all their movies… Continue reading Movie Journal: The Incredible Hulk

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Movie Journal: Clerks, Clerks 2 and Mallrats

I decided, prior to the release of Zack and Miri Make a Porno (which I've yet to see) to watch a few Kevin Smith flicks. But instead of doing them in the usual order (chronological by release) I decided to just watch both Clerks and Clerks 2 and then, because I had just been talking… Continue reading Movie Journal: Clerks, Clerks 2 and Mallrats

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Movie Journal: Death at a Funeral

Gotta say, having just seen it, that I'm greatly disappointed by the news that Hollywood is planning a Chris Rock-starring remake of Death at a Funeral. The movie is laugh out loud funny as it tells the story of a British family dealing with the death of its patriarch, whose funeral becomes the forum for… Continue reading Movie Journal: Death at a Funeral

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Movie Journal: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Forgetting Sarah Marshall is just an enormously funny movie, even if I'll never really be able to look at Jason Segal the same way now that I - and the entire rest of the movie-going world have seen his unwrapped package. There's actually not much more I can even say about it. It's one uncomfortably… Continue reading Movie Journal: Forgetting Sarah Marshall

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Movie Journal: Speed Racer

It's actually kind of funny that Speed Racer wound up being the in-flight movie on my return trip to Chicago from San Fransisco. It's funny because at The Converation, one of the graphic artists who worked on the movie was on a panel and joked, after showing a clip, that the amount of people who… Continue reading Movie Journal: Speed Racer

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Movie Journal: Be Kind Rewind

My enjoyment of Be Kind Rewind was probably hampered by the fact that I watched it on an airplane. But even giving it the benefit of the doubt I have to say it was not very good. At least I didn't quite get what Michael Gondry was going for with it. I get the story… Continue reading Movie Journal: Be Kind Rewind