Archive for January, 2010

The Art of Scolding

Posted in TV (Daytime) with tags , , , on January 18, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Now that I have upgraded to a digital recorder and cable television, I still find myself gravitating towards network daytime, specifically Judge Judy.  Throughout the daytime spectrum, you can find a wide variety of hosts.  There are those, like Oprah and her spawn Dr. Oz, who sugarcoat their lifestyle pep talks with a lot of handholding.  Judy, however, is more my type.  She is the idiot assassin and her scoldings, ritualistic and funny, are the best thing on daytime.

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The Book of Eli: Deliver us from January

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , on January 17, 2010 by hgish

The Book of Eli, the newest movie from ghetto (filmmaking) celebrities the Hughes Brothers, is better than any January film has any right to be.  As you are probably well aware, January is generally understood as a cinematic graveyard, a time during which all films theatrically released are expected to die short, unpleasant deaths.  This is due to the fact that Oscar gambits come to a close at the beginning of the New Year – any film released after December 31st won’t be considered for the previous year’s Academy Awards.  Hence, though Peter Jackson’s The Lovely Bones wasn’t released nationally until January 15th, it played in Los Angeles and New York starting in mid-December, so that it could hopefully garner the desirable Oscar nod.  Those films that are released theatrically on a national scale during January are expected to be entirely off the cultural and Academy radar by the time the next round of nominations are picked.  Continue reading

Catch-up: Sleep Dealer (2008)

Posted in Catch-up with tags , , , on January 17, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

As horrific as most post-apocalyptic movie settings are, they can represent a peculiar escapism for the viewer.  Sure, in the future, you may have to battle mohawked bandits and dress like a hobo, but the problems of today have been replaced by the problems of an existential samurai.  Continue reading

New Classics: TMNT (1990)

Posted in New Classic with tags , , on January 16, 2010 by sdoob

Okay I admit it’s not a great feeling staying up to four in the morning with your guy friend watching the first Ninja Turtles movie.  It evokes thoughts like What have I become? or Is this really my life? Irregardless it’s an excellent movie!  It’s crazy that it stands the test of time, but it does.  Continue reading

Pick of the week, by Sam Doob

Posted in Pick of the Week with tags , , , , on January 16, 2010 by sdoob

Trailer Park Boys 

Huge in Canada, Trailer Park Boys is unknown in the states.  I’d recommend TPB to anyone who likes stories about booze, growing dope, stealing, living in cars, kitties, and most importantly, love and friendship.  Seasons 1, 2, and 4 are best.

Daybreakers, review by Timothy Parfitt

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , on January 11, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

Gory, thoughtful and stylish, Daybreakers, starring Ethan Hawke and Willem Dafoe is way better than it should be.  Even with an inferior second half, the film boasts old-school thrills and a sense of zeitgeist.

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Catch-up: The Earrings of Madame de…(1953)

Posted in Catch-up with tags , , , , on January 4, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

It is with slight shame that I say I had never seen a Max Ophüls film before.  After seeing The Earrings of Madame de…, I have no choice but to see them all.  Profound and technically brilliant to the point of near perversion, The Earrings of Madame de… is Citizen Kane meets “Madame Bovary”. Continue reading

Sam Doob’s 2009 Wrap-up

Posted in Review with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 2, 2010 by sdoob

CREATION 

Good for the first hour. 

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A Royal Proposition

Posted in Review with tags , , , on January 2, 2010 by Timothy Parfitt

 

The Young Victoria, the delightful period piece starring Emily Blunt, reimagines the queens’s story as a romantic comedy with added historical depth.  Blunt is magnetic, whether her Victoria is exerting her new authority or suppressing her desires for various hunky suitors.

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