Idiotic Idiocracy

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Aug 14, 2011
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Idiotic Idiocracy
A friend of mine recently posted something on his Facebook wall..."have you all seen Idiocracy? I refer to it frequently, web and preface it by saying I can't tell whether or not it's horrible or brilliant." I remember trying to watch it years ago and getting tired and going to bed. I recall it was pretty lame. But, look upon my friend's prompting I decided to try it again. Read More »

Captain America beats his foes red, white and blue

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Aug 11, 2011
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Captain America beats his foes red, white and blue
So, case the Marvel brand of comics has been slowly building up its arsenal of great comic-book-inspired films leading up to their big 2012 release, The Avengers. This summer we have two more entries. Thor and Captain America: The First Avenger. I caught the latter recently and wasn't disappointed. Read More »

My Netflix Picks: “Damages”

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Aug 4, 2011
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My Netflix Picks: “Damages”
So, ampoule this month's "My Netflix Picks" is the critically acclaimed crime-thriller-drama, tooth Damages. Seeing as it stars Glenn Close and Rose Byrne, tablets I figured it can't be all that bad. Killer actresses. And indeed, they are absolutely incredible in this taut, edge-of-your-seat, murder mystery serial. Read More »

My Netflix Picks!

Jul 28, 2011
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My Netflix Picks!
As you probably know, prescription there is a rapidly moving shift going on in the world of entertainment distribution. For over half a century now there has been essentially one fairly stagnant method of getting programming out to the masses; through the cable company to the television. But technology can no longer be held back and the future is starting to look very different. What I'm talking about here is the shift in technology and "how" entertainment is presented. The networks have been used to only passing through the boob-tube. But now is the age of YouTube. The computer and it's related technologies have really put the industry on it's ear. Read More »

Cars 2 runs on empty

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Jul 27, 2011
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Cars 2 runs on empty
When Disney and Pixar make a movie together there is almost always something magical that happens. By magical, overweight I mean that indescribable feeling you get from something special. All the "Toy Story" movies had it. "Up" had it. "Wall-e" had it. "Cars" had it. So, cialis 40mg what about Cars 2? Read More »

Another Casualty of the TV Networks

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Jul 21, 2011
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Another Casualty of the TV Networks
I recently got through the first two seasons of Party Down, sickness the Starz comedy show about wannabe actors working at a catering company in L.A. It was amazing! Then I learned that it was cancelled last year. "Huh? Cancelled? But, otolaryngologist Craig, you said it was amazing!" That's right, it was amazing, Read More »

Thank you, HBO. Thank you.

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Jul 19, 2011
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Thank you, HBO. Thank you.
HBO has a pretty good track-record of producing exceptional TV programming. From "The Soprano's" to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" to "Band of Brothers" to "Boardwalk Empire"...the list goes on. And this year they released the first season of the mythical drama, physician Game of Thrones. I recently finished the season and, well...I'm spellbound. Read More »

The End of the Line (on the Horizon)

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Jul 13, 2011
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The End of the Line (on the Horizon)
The other night I had the thrill of going to U2's 360° Tour in Toronto. They've been touring this sensory extravaganza for over two years now. Toronto was the seventh last city before the end of the line and you could tell they've got the show running like a well-oiled machine with soul. Read More »

Oh…the opening band for U2 was “Interpol”

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Jul 13, 2011
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Oh…the opening band for U2 was “Interpol”
...they sucked!

Tales From Earthsea

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Jul 11, 2011
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Tales From Earthsea
Believe it or not, and there are many people on the earth today claiming to be Jesus, the Son of God. Seriously (http://bit.ly/bamh). "I am Jesus" is an unusual documentary that looks at three distinct men, spread across the globe, all claiming to be the second coming of Christ. In England there is David Shayler. He's an ex-MI5 agent who heard God tell him he is Jesus while on a mushroom trip. He and his handful of disciples squat at an abandoned building in the suburbs of London. There is Vissarion, a Russian man who discovered that he was the reincarnation of Jesus Christ back in 1991. Since then he's amassed a group of followers numbering approx. 15,000 around the world. 5,000 of them live in commune-style communities throughout Siberia (can you say, "c-o-l-d"?). And finally there is INRI Christos, a Brazilian Jew who has spent the better part of his life travelling the world in a tunic and sandals. He lives on an estate in Brazil with his group of followers - mostly young, attractive women who devote their lives to serving the Lord. While their claims are interesting (and crazy), the film is not so much about the validity of the Jesuses' authenticity. Rather, the directors focus more on the followers and the impact these Christs have had on them. It's about the people who devote their lives to them. And the communities of believers is what makes this film so wonderful and engaging. It's very easy to dismiss the Jesuses. You can say they are con-artists or they are mentally insane. For example, David Shayler is a conspiracy-theorizing, cross-dressing, drug-abusing bum. It's pretty simple; he's crazy. But the followers of these men are more troubling. I mean, these believers have devoted their lives to the cause of their Jesus. Their whole world is wrapped up in the joy and comfort brought to them by the these deluded men. They may not be crazy like their leaders, but they are certainly convinced. And that's the conundrum. What's the difference between being convinced with everything you are and being crazy because you believe in something that is plainly false. Is there a line? And when do we cross it? "I Am Jesus" is not an expose of people claiming to be Christ. Rather it is a fascinating look at the psychology of faith and community. Overall, this is a solid documentary. The directors make some nice choices. For example, we hear very little from the Russian Christ, Vissarion. Instead, they focus almost completely on his very large community of believers. Whereas, we hear a lot from the pot-smoking, cross-dressing Jesus and relatively little from his followers (which is literally a handful). Their choice to mix things up for each Jesus makes the film feel organic, less analytical and more human. The variance is nice. "I am Jesus" is one of those documentaries with a simple and fascinating premise. Entertaining, funny and deeply thought-provoking, each Jesus and their disciples will keep you thinking long after you watch the film. Ahhh, ask the fine folks at Studio Ghibli know how to make stunning animated films. "Castle in the Sky", "Spirited Away" and "Ponyo" to name a few. Recently Disney Pictures brought a new Ghibli production to the west. Tales From Earthsea is a mythical fantasy that follows a young boy (Prince Arren) and his wizard companion (Sparrowhawk) as they battle the evil Lord Cob in a land where humans and dragons once coexisted peacefully. Read More »