Winter/Spring 2013 Television Recap & Partial Summer Review [USA]

In December, I mentioned some returning shows for the Winter (and Spring) 2013 season in conjunction with my Fall 2012 Television recap. I thought that if I was to continue the series of commentaries about the state of television (as far as the American slate is concerned), I ought to keep up these recaps and…

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[DVD] Neverwhere (Mini-series, The BBC, 1996)

Sometimes serendipity occurs in the most unexpected ways, but that’s exactly how it occurs. I was browsing the racks of DVDs available to check out at my local library branch (which happens to have a lot of foreign and Criterion titles, but that’s a story for another day). I came across a DVD case with…

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[DVD] The Big Year (2011)

¬† The Big Year (2011) happens to be one of those films that seem to be utterly forgettable, even when it was recently released. I ran across the DVD of this at the library and went, ‘huh… they actually released a movie with Jack Black, Steve Martin, and Owen Wilson together? Must have been recent…’….

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[DVD] Vertigo (1958)

I have to make a confession – I’ve never watched a Hitchcock film. Of course I knew of his reputation and I’ve been meaning to get to one of his films. It just never happened until I bit the bullet and watched Vertigo (1958). I figured it was as good a place to start as…

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[BLU] District 9 (2009)

District 9 is unfairly marginalized and typecast as being merely a science fiction movie. It didn’t help that 2009 was an especially rich year for good movies, leaving¬†District 9 in the dust. And yet, due to the expanded 5 slots afforded to Best Picture at the Oscars,¬†District 9 managed to get nominated for Best Picture,…

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[DVD] The Help (2011)

The Help was adapted from the novel of the same name published by Kathryn Stockett in 2009. Directed by Tate Taylor and starring Emma Stone, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Bryce Dallas Howard amongst others, this is truly an ensemble cast where all the characters contribute to a single coherent storyline even though there may…

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Fall 2012 Television Recap [USA] & Winter 2013 Forecast [USA]

Back in August, I made a list of the top 10 television shows I was looking forward to the most. That list can be found here. With the fall season just about complete (and 2012 as well), I figured it prudent to post an overview of my observations of this season’s offerings. We’ll look at…

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Top 10 Fall 2012 Television Shows [USA]

Fall’s almost here and school has already begun in several locations across the USA. With the advent of the new school year, the fall television premieres are coming up. NBC has already premiered some of their shows in an attempt to capture new viewers from all their Olympics coverage. That strategy may or may not…

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On Captions (and Subtitles)

It’s time to talk about an important subject for me. Some of you may know this already, while others may have had no idea. I’m completely deaf – prelingually deaf. Irreparably. And as such, most of my reviews take on an unique perspective. For one – I cannot hear anything. Period. So basically, all movies…

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[Theaterical] The Hunger Games (2012)

The smash hit movie The Hunger Games is based on the first novel of Suzanne Collins’ dystopian YA trilogy. The movie itself weighs in at a heavy 142 minute run-time, but each minute has been well spent in condensing the book and translating it to film. The first book introduces us to a post-apocalyptic United…

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