Film Review: Stardust

Film Review: Stardust

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Stardust is a magical, hugely entertaining fantasy adventure based on a novel by master storyteller Neil Gaiman.  Gaiman previously wrote the screenplay for the sadly under-seen film Mirror Mask and Stardust is even better.  A big budget adventure teaming with inventive ideas and great acting and storytelling.  Stardust is currently tanking at the box office but nothing can prevent it from being considered a fantasy favorite in the coming years when people discover it for themselves on DVD and cable TV. It evokes memories of the much-loved Princess Bride and is on that level of excellence.

The story is simplicity …

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DVD Review: The Lookout

DVD Review: The Lookout

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The Lookout is a nifty indie film with great performances from its cast and some cool visuals and entertaining storytelling.  It manages to evoke both Memento and Fargo, but it feels fresh and different enough to stand out on its own thanks to some great acting, a very good script, and excellent direction.  The standout is Joseph Gordon Levitt, who is turning out to be the best young actor in Hollywood.

Levitt plays a hockey player/town golden boy named Chris Pratt who is left brain-damaged late one night after a horrific car accident.  He has only one real friend, a blind …

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UFC 74 Predictions

UFC 74 Predictions

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It has been about 5 weeks since the last UFC event. Add to the fact that Pride FC is pretty much done and has not had events in months and you have one hungry MMA fan. UFC 73 was pretty uneventful and lop-sided for the most part. When it wasn’t lop-sided we had a draw between Ortiz and Evans. Both fighters wanted rematch after the fight but I don’t think the fans want it. The fight showed that Ortiz has always been overrated and Evans is a boring fighter.

Enough with my rant and let’s look ahead to this Saturday’s event, …

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Not-So-Original Haruhi Suzumiya

Not-So-Original Haruhi Suzumiya

Shame on you, Kyoto Animation, you have lost an immense amount of respect from me.

For those who don’t know yet, the ending of The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya has swept across the globe, entrancing anime fans East and West to dance to the ending song, Hare Hare Yukai. What’s so special about the ending is that the dance is so well known.

However, lo and behold, I found out that all those dance moves have been taken from a J-pop group, Berryz Kobo. I shouldn’t really care since they both have settled this, but the fact that Kyoto Animation didn’t …

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Paramount/Dreamworks to go HD exclusive.

Paramount/Dreamworks to go HD exclusive.

spr Paramount/Dreamworks to go HD exclusive.

The home theatre forums are buzzing today with the news that Paramount and its sister company, Dreamworks are going to be HD-DVD exclusive. Prior to this announcement, Paramount was format neutral, which meant they were releasing movies on both Blu Ray and HD.

So why is this big news? First of all, Paramount and Dreamworks have some big movies under their belt, here’s a partial list:

  • Transformers – Probably the biggest blow to Sony
  • Shrek franchise
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • Collateral
  • Braveheart
  • Titanic
  • Gladiator
  • Godfather Trilogy
  • Indiana Jones Trilogy

Transformers alone will sell players, the other titles are just bonus. I know …

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Tough Decisions

Tough Decisions

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Oh man, here I am, still undecided on which next gen consol to buy. 

I was so close to buying an Xbox 360.  It seemed promising too.  the price drop of 50 bucks for the premium.  That’s 350 bucks now.  And they released a newer version of the 360 with HDMI already in it.  This newer version also comes with a newer chip and a new cooling system.  That means the ring of death won’t be popping up anytime soon.  A bunch of kickass demos are out too, like Bioshock, Katamari, Medal of Honor.  And the 360 has a better selection …

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DVD Review: Inland Empire

DVD Review: Inland Empire

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This is an extremely difficult film to review and it was pretty difficult to watch at times.  There’s no driving narrative behind it and it remains an elaborate mystery to me.  It’s a love it or loathe it type of film and I’m sure many will loathe it. It’s David Lynch at his most “Lynchian”, but it’s also brilliant in its own warped way.  Lynch is at the top of his game here getting great performances all around and ramping up his nightmare/creep show gimmicks to a fever pitch.  You may not have a clue what is going on but you …

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Film Review: The Simpsons Movie

Film Review: The Simpsons Movie

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 [Ralph Wiggum watching Bart skateboarding naked across town]  
” I like men now ! “
— The Simpsons Movie

The Simpsons is a classic animated television series that I grew up watching.  It’s been a consistently hilarious, clever and smart series for much of its run.  There’s no doubt that the show has lost some steam in recent seasons and has been very uneven, but its still very funny and at times as relevant as ever.  The Simpsons Movie continues the tradition of earlier episodes of the series mixing the clever and the stupid, the sublime and the

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I-NO

I-NO

I-no is made of win. I-no’s not I-no without the bitch. Here I present you some progress pictures of the next costume for Anime LA (in January…). From now on, anything made by the same red vinyl cloth used for the skirt will have the prefix hooker-. Indeed.

…As is, my roommate Ashley will cosplay as A.B.A. Should be hella fun.

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Yesterday I got I-no’s skirt and a glove done. Yep. That hooker skirt and glove took a whole day to do. Gloves can go to hell (along with my point and shoot camera). And it’s not even fingered! I’m almost

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Film Review: Ratatouille

Film Review: Ratatouille

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Eh. It’s only a three starrer. Just like The Incredibles, there was something missing in the movie as a whole. The plot was mediocre– rat breaks away from family, loser is a loser until he meets rat and becomes a winner, relationship between the both reaches a ditch, ditch is overcome, everyone is happy. But I think that’s the thing here. It was only centered around those specific two characters. Not that there’s anything wrong with that considering hey, that’s the plot, but the plot could be spruced up a bit. For crying out loud, it takes place in a kitchen …

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