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    Untitled (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on September 20th, 2010

    Abstraction indicates a departure from reality in depiction of imagery in art. It is an interpretation of a visual that is different from what most perceive as normal. Art is no longer simply drawing a bowl of fruit but rather what the fruit means to the artist. Recently, I found myself trying to interpret a film named (Untitled), which takes a journey down the road of abstract art and music. After a great deal of reflection, I believe I am still confused.
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    The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on September 16th, 2010

    Tennessee Williams was both a prolific writer and celebrated personality in his day. His plays are still making the rounds of community theaters and even more than a few higher- end performance halls around the country. Songs have been written about the guy, and he’s quite honestly become a bit of a mythic legend over the years. A lot of that owes, in no small part, to his huge hit A Streetcar Named Desire. The 1947 play was a huge hit on its own. The thing even snagged a Pulitzer. There hadn’t been a bigger play before it, and few have reached the popularity and classic status since. Then director Elia Kazan got his hands on the material.
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    Aussie & Ted’s Great Adventure

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 15th, 2009

    Written by Adrienne Ambush

    Imagination is better than knowledge – Albert Einstein

    In a film where humans play minor characters, Aussie & Ted’s Great Adventure is about Aussie, a loveable dog, embarking on a journey to return his young owner’s stuffed animal back to her.
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    Lymelife

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on September 18th, 2009

    This film is like the Ice Storm in warmer weather. Another portrait of burgeoning suburbia in the 1970s as an island from the rest of civilization instead of an off-shoot. Two families, who are long time friends, coworkers, neighbours and sometime secret lovers, are going through major changes as the children are just about grown, and the parents are falling apart to affairs, tensions and the appearance of Lyme disease in one household.
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    Wedding Bros

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on September 13th, 2009

    Originally titled, The Marconi Brothers,it has been retitled in what looks to be an attempt to leech off of the success of Wedding Crashers years after the fact (the DVD case even sports the tagline “The Original Crashers.” Whatever the title truly is, this film is about a pair of brothers who stumble from the mediocrity of being heirs to an independent, family-run carpet installing business to the mediocrity of video-taping weddings for a living. Such low ambitions in our protagonists breed boring results in this clunky comedy.
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    An American Affair

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on August 13th, 2009

    An American Affair is set in the early 1960’s.  The John F. Kennedy administration is at the height of its popularity and yet there is still quite a bit of controversy swirling after the Cuban missile crisis. Adam Stafford (Cameron Bright) is a thirteen year old enduring the awkward years of his life when he catches a glimpse of his neighbor across the street.  His neighbor is Catherine Caswell (Gretchen Mol) and she eventually hires Adam as her landscaper.  Despite the enormous age-gap between Catherine and Adam, a friendship emerges.  As the film continues, Caswell’s complicated history begins to return and the two of them become involved in the growing speculation about the JFK administration.   
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    Nature’s Grave

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on August 12th, 2009

    Nature’s Grave looks like it could have been a made for television movie for The Animal Planet or one of those learning channels. If they were ever thinking of branching out a bit into the nature gone mad type of show, wait a minute. They already have. This one attempts to be a thriller/horror film but doesn’t ever come close to either definition. The wild animals never amount to anything more than an attacking bird or a dead manatee. I’m not sure what a fan of this movie was looking for when he or she came here, but I suspect whatever it was, it was very hard not to be disappointed.
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    All Hat

    Posted in Disc Reviews by William O'Donnell on August 6th, 2009

    The story originally seems to set itself up to be that of redemption for a young man who is fresh out of jail. While this story is around, there seems to be parallel stories that arise as subplot but soon race alongside the original tale like proverbial track horses (and horses also just so happen to be the nexus for said plots). Just as one seems to buck into the lead, another comes along to grab the focus.
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    Coco Chanel

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on July 20th, 2009

    In 1954, Coco Chanel (Shirley MacLaine) unveils her first collection in 15 years. The reception is disastrous. As she struggles to bounce back from the fiasco, she flashes back over her life. The bulk of the film then follows the young Chanel (Barbora Bobulova) and her love affairs, first with a callow playboy (Sagamore Stévenin), then with the Englishman (Olivier Sitruk) who will be the great love of her life. Along the way, we see a little bit of her development as a fashion designer.
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    Spinning into Butter

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on June 23rd, 2009

    Racism seems to be one of those words that people like to throw around without a care to meaning or the concept of right and wrong. Many groups of people like to throw around this word for a variety of reasons but mostly to benefit themselves and not help the greater good. Spinning into Butter takes on the task of a white Dean of Students named Sarah Daniels who must examine her own beliefs when a black student named Simon finds racist notes that read “Little Black Sambo” and the aftermath that soon follows. It sounds like the premise for a rather simplistic race relations movie. However, what really comes next is something far different and has a couple of twists to boot.

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