Category Archives: Audio Visual

Clearing the Netfix Queue

Netflix is great. I love being able to rent movies for as long as I want, and being able to pick from such a diverse selection. But occasionally (and I know I’m not the only one who does this) I … Continue reading

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American Idol 2010: Top Twelve… Eleven… Ten… whatever.

My last few posts have been way too serious. Time for some candy-flavored pop culture treacle! At its best, American Idol is the pinnacle of that classic American standby, the talent show. Most of us have seen talent shows in … Continue reading

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Avatar

Avatar (2009). 162 minutes, Twentieth Century Fox. Written and Directed by James Cameron. When I first went to college in 1980, I started out in Tech. I was going to major in Computer Science. But after a year learning hard-core … Continue reading

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Halloween Double Feature: Orphan and Frankenstein

Orphan (2009). 123 minutes, Warner Bros. Pictures. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra. Frankenstein (1931). 70 minutes, Universal Pictures. Directed by James Whale. Last night was Halloween. Back in the days when we lived in Los Angeles, Frank and I would have … Continue reading

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The Wiz: What The Hell Happened To Michael Jackson?

The Wiz (1978). 134 minutes, Universal Pictures. Directed by Sidney Lumet. The Wiz came out in the fall of 1978. I was a junior in high school at the time, and most of my spare time was spent practicing and … Continue reading

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Beverly Hills Chihuahua

Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008). 91 minutes, Walt Disney Pictures. Directed by Raja Gosnell. This is not so much a review as it is a warning. Beverly Hills Chihuahua is a very slight Disney movie about talking dogs. A spoiled Chihuahua … Continue reading

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Watching Watchmen

Watchmen (2009). 163 minutes, Warner Brothers. Directed by Zack Snyder. I’m surprised they made this movie. I’m surprised I like this movie. I’m surprised it’s good. I’m surprised it is (almost) totally faithful to the book. I’m surprised the actors … Continue reading

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The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight (2008). 152 minutes, Warner Brothers. Directed by Christopher Nolan. I didn’t catch this one in the theater this summer. I was sure it was fairly good, since it was well reviewed and I heard good things about … Continue reading

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The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

Just to prove this, during the summer of 1977, the movie I was anticipating most was not Star Wars, which was made by a bunch of people I’d never heard of, but Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger, the latest Harryhausen epic. … Now, 50 years after the film first appeared in theaters, 36 years after I first saw it at the local Saturday Matinee Movie, and long after my old Super 8 film copy crumbled to dust, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad is available in a gorgeous new Blu-Ray edition.
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The Big Bang Theory

The Big Bang Theory. Mondays on CBS, 8:00pm ET/PT As a genre, the sitcom has seen better days. For the past four years, since both Frasier and Friends went off the air in 2004, the only sitcom I’ve watched with … Continue reading

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