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Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Saphire

November 29th, 2009

Precious: Based on the Novel Push by Saphire features that author (real name Ramona Lofton) in a small role. It also features some impressive work from unrecognizable music industry A-listers Mariah Carey and Lenny Kravitz in an all too real depiction of the ravages of the soul that can be brought on by resignation to ignorance and despair. “Precious” is the middle name of Harlem’s Claireece ...

Ninja Assassin

November 29th, 2009

Ninja Assassin was the darling of this year’s Vancouver International Film Festival and is now in wide release. Korean superstar Rain who was introduced to North America with a breakout role in Speed Racer but is an established sensation in Asia plays Raizo, a rogue Ninja adept at a unique and particularly deadly piece of chain link weaponry. He has broken away from a large clan of mercenary ...

The Road

November 29th, 2009

The Road is a “road picture” featuring two guys heading to the beach in hopes of catching a break from daily stress and frigid weather. This however is a “road picture” that does not feature beer bongs and sophomoric sexual encounters. A man (Viggo Mortensen) and his boy (Kodi Smit-McPhee) are refugees from a cataclysmic inferno of unknown origin that has rendered the earth a cold, sterile wa ...

Old Dogs

November 29th, 2009

Old Dogs is a very old film in movie years as it features Bernie Mac in a minor role. We’ve lamented his untimely passing since August of 2008 but after viewing this Disney Thanksgiving turkey it’s not hard to see why it sat on the shelf for so long. A beefy Robin Williams who leaves not doubt as to why he required heart surgery earlier this year stars as Dan, a divorcee and the ying to the y ...

Fantastic Mr. Fox

November 29th, 2009

Fantastic Mr. Fox is the quirkiest of the quirky projects that George Clooney gets involved in every year about this time. Usually he’s shooting for an Oscar but this seems more like a pet project – pun intended since it features a host of animated creatures. Joining his voice are those of Meryl Streep, Jason Schwartzman, Bill Murray, Wally Wolodarsky, Eric Anderson, Michael Gambon, Willem Da ...

The Blind Side

November 22nd, 2009

The Blind Side is a spot to the left of a football quarterback that makes the job of a left tackle so important – just ask former Toronto Argonaut Joe Theismann who in 1985 while QB-ing the Washington Redskins was blindsided so hard that it ended his brilliant career. The blind side is clearly also an area of subsidized housing in Memphis that is invisible to residents of tonier suburbs of th ...

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans

November 22nd, 2009

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans stars Nicolas Cage in his most recent ridiculous hairpiece playing Terence McDonagh, a homicide detective in The Big Easy with a giant monkey on his back. He has a preference for cocaine which he borrows from the police properties room to keep himself and his hooker girlfriend Frankie (Eva Mendes) living the high life. He comes by his job and his addic ...

Planet 51

November 22nd, 2009

Planet 51 is located far across the galaxy where greenish creatures live surrounded by 1950’s kitsch. Also lost in the 50’s is the population’s conception of an alien invasion as they feel it would most certainly involve zombie-factioning of the invaded not to mention body probes. Their concept of the universe goes back even farther - to about the 1750’s. So when Captain Charles T. Baker (D ...

2012

November 15th, 2009

2012 is when a planetary alignment will instigate the destruction of our planet according to the ancient Mayan calendar - December 21st to be exact, 12-21-12. Flash forward to December 2012 and Adrian Helmsley (Chiwetel Ejiofor) a US Geologist is discovering that unprecedented solar flares are shooting light particles at the earth’s core which is heating up the crust. He alerts US President T ...

Pirate Radio

November 15th, 2009

Pirate Radio was a mid 60’s phenomenon in Britain born out of necessity as government was the only source of radio and refused to play Rock and Roll. Enterprising DJ’s turned rusty ships into high seas transmitters and started beaming the demon music without benefit of a broadcast license to a nation of thirsty ears. The appalled government of the time made a vow to shut the renegades down wh ...

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