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127 Hours: A Review

March 1, 2011
127 Hours: A Review

127 Hours, USA, 2010 Written and directed by Danny Boyle Based on the autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, written by Danny Boyle with Simon Beaufoy Great film can transcend its subject matter. In many ways, that’s what most filmmakers set out to do. Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours does more than tells...
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83rd Annual Academy Awards: Oscar Winners

March 1, 2011
83rd Annual Academy Awards: Oscar Winners

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards Sunday night proved to be full of surprises, however most of them we’re not in the selections, but rather in what happened on and off the stage. Whether it was “F bombs” by Melissa Leo or the heavily criticized performance of James Franco and Anne Hathaway, the Academy of...
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83rd Annual Academy Awards: Predictions and Picks

February 26, 2011
83rd Annual Academy Awards: Predictions and Picks

With the 83rd Annual Academy Awards just around the corner, I would like to get on record with my predictions and picks for all of the most popular categories. Included in this list are the nominees I believe should win the Oscar as well.
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Restrepo: A Review

February 21, 2011
Restrepo: A Review

Restrepo, 2010, USA Directed and photographed by Sebastian Junger and Tim Hetherington American journalist Sebastian Junger and British photojournalist Tim Hetherington Restrepo hits you like a cluster bomb and as you gather the pieces of yourself you get hit again. Powerful imagery, engaging subject matter, and a very personal central group of characters make...
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Manga Titles From Viz Media Make 2011 YALSA List

February 2, 2011
Manga Titles From Viz Media Make 2011 YALSA List

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has announced its 2011 Great Graphic Novels for Teens list. The annual list highlights titles that exemplify the quality and range of graphic novels appropriate for teen audiences. The books, recommended by the association for those aged 12-18, meet the criteria of both good quality literature and...
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True Grit: No Time to Bleed

January 30, 2011
True Grit: No Time to Bleed

True Grit, USA, 2010 Written and directed by Joel and Ethan Coen Based on the novel ‘True Grit’ by Charles Portis The Coens once again show their true talent in film craftsmanship. Not many filmmakers could have put together such a vivid and authentic western with its fair share of mythic violence and comedic...
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The King’s Speech: Well Spoken

January 23, 2011
The King’s Speech: Well Spoken

The King’s Speech, UK, 2010 Directed by Tom Hooper With class A performances and a beautifully shot back drop, Top Hooper’s historical recount of King George VI’s rise to the throne is a cinematic treasure. Historical dramas are often among the most difficult to film because they either offend historian’s by straying too far...
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New Cross Game Manga Released, Author Awarded

January 14, 2011
New Cross Game Manga Released, Author Awarded

New additions of the manga CROSS GAME have just hit the shelves. Vol. 2 of the manga (graphic novel) CROSS GAME (bundling Vols. 4 and 5 of the original series as released in Japan) will be published under VIZ Media’s Shonen Sunday imprint. VIZ Media is celebrating this release by offering CROSS GAME Vol. 2...
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The End of INUYASHA Has Arrived!

January 13, 2011
The End of INUYASHA Has Arrived!

VIZ Media has announced the release of the final installment of Rumiko Takahashi’s longtime bestselling manga (graphic novel) series, INUYASHA. Volume 56, Curtain of Time, is now available. VIZ Media Press Release: Kagome, a modern-day high school girl, is pulled into Japan’s ancient past! There, her destiny is linked to a dog-eared half demon...
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The Social Network: Pride and Privilege

January 11, 2011
The Social Network: Pride and Privilege

By Jason A. Hill The Social Network, USA, 2010 Directed by David Fincher Shortly before I saw The Social Network I heard an interview with David Fincher on NPR. He said that “nothing in this film is fiction.” At first I thought he was joking, but there was no chuckle after his voice. Although...
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The Fighter: The Real Contender

January 6, 2011
The Fighter: The Real Contender

The Fighter, USA, 2010 Directed by David O. Russell It’s been a while since I’ve seen a good sports movie where the sport plays a major role. In David O Russell’s The Fighter there’s so much richness of character and story, I could hardly pick what I liked more. Since this is a biopic,...
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