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Movie Review: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part II

Revisit the original Harry Potter film, and  realize just how long this film franchise has been with us. Harry, Ron and Hermione were so young back then that it’s difficult to see them as the same actors today. Sure, Emma Watson has always had an I’m-so-out-of-breath delivery of her lines, but we have watched these actors grow and mature with each film. The second half of Deathly Hallows brings the final book and the film franchise to a satisfying end, and for the most part

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Remember That Movie About Transformers?


This one is just like that. Transformers: Dark of the Moon is an attempt to take the good parts from the original and its unfortunate sequel, smash them together, update the action to 2011 standards and tech, and splash it all over the screen. The fights are bigger, the bad guys badder, and the robots amped to eleven. It’s dumb fun for a while, and a real 3D showcase. It’s also too darn long by about twenty minutes or more, and shallow as a sink. It’s better than the

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Movie Review: Super 8


Somewhere around 40 minutes into Super 8, I suddenly realized that in 1979, I was the same age as the kids in the film. There were several moments which had me tripping down memory lane, from the cars to clothes to the goofy Mattel handheld football game, which I also owned and obsessed over back then. It was a bit surreal. In ’79, I would have given a tooth or two in order to run around filming things with my friends. Especially if it involved a

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Kolchak Stalks the Night


Kolchak: The Night Stalker
was an odd beast when it debuted back in 1974. Probably too odd a beast to be successful. But without Night Stalker, there would be no X-Files, and subsequently, no Fringe. Thanks to Netflix streaming, Kolchak’s adventures are just a couple clicks away, and I’m enjoying the ride. Is it dated? Absolutely. Everything about it screams 1970s American television, yet Darren McGavin’s performance brings it all together. It’s goofy, cheesy fun, and a shame that it’s only 20 episodes long. Check it out!

Getting Back in the Twilight Zone


My latest interest is experiencing old television again. It started with a smattering of I Love Lucy, and is continuing with the original Twilight Zone. I’ve seen nearly all these episodes before, but it’s been a long time. The plots are classic, of course, but what I’ve been most struck by in this reexamination is the quality of the production. I’m streaming them on Netflix in HD, and the level of detail is fantastic. I’ve never seen these shows look better, and it’s a testament to the original production

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Yep, Portal 2 is Great


One of the downsides of movie and video game podcasting is that when a Big Event comes along, everyone and their second uncle records an episode about it, flooding the world with very similar content for a couple weeks. That’s the sort of scenario which played out with the release of Portal 2. Everyone’s played it. Everyone seems to love it. Me, too. It really is that good. Every part I love about the original is here, but on a grand scale worthy of a big-budget theatrical sequel.

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(Short) Movie Review: Star Warp’d (2002)


Teeny Tiny Film:
Star Warp’d (2002)
Stars: Various ugly clay versions of famous science fiction characters
Director: Pete Schuermann

Oh, Netflix, purveyor of bad streaming science fiction, how did I ever live without you? Proving that not all claymation is beautiful, Star Warp’d is twenty-five minutes of science fiction references and characters gone wrong. How can so many of my favorite icons be in one place, and yet have barely a shred of coolness or humor? What plot there is involves clay versions of Kirk and Spock running from a flatulent parody

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Movie Review: Jade Warrior (2006)


Film:
Jade Warrior (2006- Finland/China)
Stars: Tommi Eronen,  Markku Peltola, Jingchu Zhang, Krista Kosonen
Director: Antti-Jussi Annila

Every now and then, a film comes along which hits you just right, at the right time, in the right way. For me, Jade Warrior is one of these films. Beautifully lensed by director Annila, this movie steps beyond its paltry Netflix description, which claims it is about a modern-day man being whisked back to a previous life in ancient China in order to battle a horrific demon. Certainly, there are elements of this in

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Movie Review: Hunter Prey (2010)


Film:
Hunter Prey (2010)
Stars: Isaac C. Singleton Jr, Clark Bartram, Damion Poitier, Simon Potter, Erin Grey, Sandy Collora
Director: Sandy Collora

The listing above is the entire cast of this low budget science fiction film, shot in the Mexican desert with high-def digital cameras. Crash-landed on a desert planet, the surviving members of the Prometheus crew are tasked with tracking down an escaped prisoner. This standard science fiction plot is bolstered by the natural desolate beauty of the desert and sky- wonderfully brought to life in high definition. This is a

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