Archive for August 2011

13 Questions About 'Breaking Bad' - Problem Dog

13 Questions About 'Breaking Bad' - Problem Dog
1. Is there a video game I can buy that makes the inside of my house light up like Studio 54 during a lightning storm? No.  That’s the magic of Breaking Bad.  Sometimes time moves quicker than a ray of light and sometimes the light from a television set does amazing things.  Also, you should... Read more »

True Blood Recap - Burning Down the House

True Blood Recap - Burning Down the House
Ha, True Blood.  I see what you did there.  I see what you did all over the place, actually.  But nice symmetry with the Talking Heads episode title and the craptacular Talking Heads cover over the end credits.  Why such a big suit? Even less subtle was the deus ex machina squirted all over this... Read more »

Movie Revue: Idiot, Colombiana, Afraid

Movie Revue: Idiot, Colombiana, Afraid
August 26-28 PICK OF THE WEEK Our Idiot Brother (***1/2).  As I said before in my “Sneak Peek” review from earlier last week, this is a low-key, formulaic charmer that succeeds and earns its fair share of laughs thanks to a pitch-perfect cast, led by the invaluable Paul Rudd. ALSO SEEN: Don’t Be Afraid of the... Read more »
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Movie Revue: Fright Night, Devil's Double, Spy Kids, Freebie, Barney's Version

Movie Revue: Fright Night, Devil's Double, Spy Kids, Freebie, Barney's Version
AUGUST 19-22 PICK OF THE WEEK: Fright Night (****).  The original Fright Night is one of those campy fun horror flicks with an edge that has grown a little soft with the passage of time.  This remake does the original proud, and puts just enough of a modern spin on the tale of a boy... Read more »

Celebrities You Root Against

Celebrities You Root Against
Two big celebrity “announcements” came out this week.  One, Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner are having their third child.  And two, Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith are separating.  Or not.  Or  yes?  Or who knows.  Both couples have been the subjects of all kinds of rumors over the past few years — infidelity, Scientology, homosexuality,... Read more »

Robert Hammerle on...One Day

Robert Hammerle on...One Day
*A movie to keep in mind when confined to home this winter with a high fever, cursing yourself for failing to get a flu shot One Day is a messy, episodic tale about love and missed chances. It’s inherent imperfection lies with the fact that its basic story is simply too true to life, namely just how... Read more »
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Sneak Peek: Our Idiot Brother (***1/2 out of 5)

Sneak Peek: Our Idiot Brother (***1/2 out of 5)
Those who doubt Paul Rudd’s ability to charm an audience into submission have their hands full with his latest, Our Idiot Brother.  Though the movie is a strictly by-the-numbers indie comedy, Rudd and his fellow castmates prove undeniably likeable and frequently hilarious.  What it lacks in surprise or inventiveness, it makes up for in effectiveness... Read more »

Robert Hammerle on...Another Earth

Robert Hammerle on...Another Earth
*A philosophical cinematic enigma that only makes you wish pot was legal if used in a movie theater If Dostoevsky was somehow able to magically adopt his classic novel Crime and Punishment to a movie with a science fiction theme, it is not an unfair comparison to say that Another Earth would be the result. It is a languid... Read more »

Books for Little Girls

Sitting at the Barnes & Noble today, I was struck by how many “girl” books are about fairies and brides and princesses and girls with no ambitions aside from landing a man. And these are books for LITTLE, little girls, like toddlers. Since I’d like my daughter to grow up hoping for more than just... Read more »
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True Blood Recap - "Run"

True Blood Recap - "Run"
Dovetailing off of this episode’s title, I could write about how you, loyal viewer, should maybe “run” from this season.  But I won’t.  Because that’s too easy.  Besides, the season’s coming into shape all of a sudden.  Jesus is going to exorcise the witch-ghost from Mrs. Dursley, everyone will go back to normal, Pam’s face... Read more »