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Crossing Over

March 28th, 2009

Crossing Over is the first really worthwhile Hollywood drama of 2009. In a series of vignettes that eventually all interlock we’re introduced to Max Brogan (Harrison Ford) a jaded but thorough California immigration officer who uncharacteristically helps Mireya Sanchez (Alice Braga) a Mexican alien whose young son is left stranded following her arrest. After returning the lad to his grandpare ...

Sunshine Cleaning

March 28th, 2009

Sunshine Cleaning has the feel (but with much less charm) of the similarly monikered Little Miss Sunshine right down to casting Alan Arkin in a supporting role as the family patriarch. Here he’s Joe Lorkowski a semi-retired low level hustler living in Albuquerque and the father of two grown thirtysomething daughters. There’s the lost cause Norah (Emily Blunt) and the more grounded Rose (Amy A ...

I Love You, Man

March 21st, 2009

I Love You, Man follows the well trodden Hollywood formula to a tee but with a surprisingly fresh and original theme. Paul Rudd is Peter Klaven an L.A. Realtor engaged to Zooey (Rashida Jones) and a man with big developer plans as soon as he sells his ace listing, the somewhat gaudy home of Lou Ferrigno (playing himself). A bevy of tight friends surrounding his intended comprised of  Hailey ( ...

Duplicity

March 21st, 2009

Duplicity has Julia Roberts and Clive Owen who are both pretty good (and pretty) in a caper flick that unfolds like Mr and Mrs Smith meet Ocean’s 11. Owen seems to be the go to guy for spooks having trouble holding down a spy gig because like in the recent (and also underachieving) International he plays an ex-MI6 agent named Ray Koval who years ago while with the agency was burned in the fie ...

Knowing

March 21st, 2009

Knowing is what you should do better prior to entering a Nicolas Cage movie as normally with him you can expect a hairpiece as obnoxious as the film it appears in. There’s no exception here other than it starts with some unpredictable promise. Cage plays John Koestler a hard drinking physics prof but attentive single father to his pre-teen son Caleb (Chandler Canterbury, annoying at first but ...

402 525 WHEELHOUSE Square, Vancouver West, British Columbia

March 16th, 2009

I just finished uploading this Condo for sale, 402 525 WHEELHOUSE Square, Vancouver West, British Columbia

A penthouse lifestyle in a private C-D-S setting on the waterfront. Gorgeous view of downtown peninsula; see the boats go by; water taxi near. Amazing park & walkways. Vaulted ceiling & skylight at LR of this HENLEY COURT; 4 storey building in a park setting on the waterfron ...

Miss March

March 14th, 2009

Miss March is the first big screen project for "The Whitest Kids U Know", internet darlings who managed to wangle their own cable network show of sketch comedy. Actually only two fifths of the comedy troop are represented, Trevor Moore who is like Emu Phillips after 25 espressos playing Tucker Cleigh a Playboy magazine loving horn dog whose best friend forever is Eugene Bell played by Zach Cr ...

Race to Witch Mountain

March 14th, 2009

Race to Witch Mountain is a fantastic non stop chase, and having a mountain as the final destination it ironically stars The Rock (Dwayne Johnson). He’s Jack Bruno, a Vegas cabbie trying to get on the straight and narrow after doing a stretch for his work providing muscle and being a wheel man for a local mob boss. Too bad his old boss isn’t ready for him to retire. Life really gets complicat ...

The Last House On the Left

March 14th, 2009

The Last House On the Left is the remake of an identically named 1972 thriller. I never saw the original which I think is what a lot of producers are counting on lately as they try to cash in on previously good ideas with an inferior reworking. I’m not sure of the quality of the original but it would have to be pretty impressive to outshine this retrofit and if you love films that make you sq ...

The Necessities of Life

March 14th, 2009

The Necessities of Life is another riveting insight into the traditional Inuit lifestyle that stars Natar Ungalaaq, so memorable in 2001’s award winning Atanarjuat. This time he plays a Baffin Islander named Tiivii. If the ‘50’s in Canada seems an archaic time imagine what that decade was like in the barren arctic. Tiivii lives a nomadic lifestyle on the tundra with his wife and two daughters ...

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