Category Archives: Audio Visual

Monty Python’s Life of Brian

Monty Python’s Life of Brian (1979). 83 minutes, Handmade Films / Sony Pictures. Directed by Terry Jones. It was the fall of 1979. I was in my senior year at LaRue County High School, in Hodgenville, Kentucky (trivia note: the … Continue reading

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Funny Games

Funny Games (2008). 111 minutes, Warner Brothers Independent Pictures. Directed by Michael Haneke. Pretentious, sadistic, and capricious film that advertises itself as a horror film, but is in reality a two-hour-long Film School project about the arbitrary rules of Hollywood … Continue reading

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The Music of Jonathan Coulton

Over the past few days I’ve discovered a great singer/songwriter, Jonathan Coulton. Apparently he’s been an Internet “It” Boy for a while, but somehow he passed right by me. My geek cred is suffering. Yesterday, I was listening to one … Continue reading

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The Orphanage

The Orphanage (El Orfanato) (2007). 105 minutes, Warner Bros. Pictures de España Directed by Juan Antonio Bayona. An atmospheric, intelligent, elegant and extremely scary horror film with an ending that will leave you gasping for air. Don’t watch this one … Continue reading

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The Golden Compass

The Golden Compass (2007). 113 minutes, New Line Pictures. Directed by Chris Weitz. A dismal, unsatisfying and confusing adaptation of a great book. Avoid this one like the plague, especially if you have read the book. Or even if you … Continue reading

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Across the Universe

Across the Universe (2007). 133 minutes, Columbia Pictures. Directed by Julie Taymor. I am a huge Beatles fan, to begin with. There is no doubt whatsoever about that. This must be distinctly understood, or nothing wonderful can come of the … Continue reading

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Hairspray

Hairspray (2007). 117 minutes, New Line Productions. Directed by Adam Shankman. A fun, colorful musical with likable characters, enthusiastic acting, great dancing, snappy tunes, and an overall joyful tone. A “feel good” movie in the best sense of the term. … Continue reading

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Chuck and the Incredible Exploding Computer

Ah, the new fall television series. An American event that has survived from my childhood up until the current day, albeit in a somewhat altered form. It was 1977, I believe, when I first started to pay close attention to … Continue reading

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Disturbia

Disturbia (2007). 105 minutes, Dreamworks Pictures. Directed by D.J. Caruso. A taut, engaging and extremely gripping thriller done in true Hitchcock style – paired with a modern feel and a snappy sense of humor. I heard about this movie back … Continue reading

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HD-DVD Combo Discs: Whose Bright Idea?

On Tuesday, I was in Circuit City picking up a new TivoHD machine. While I was there, I noticed that 300 was out on both high-def disc formats. I haven’t seen 300, but have heard mostly good things, and figured … Continue reading

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