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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Man on Fire “Man on Fire” has quite the history cinematically.  The book came out in 1980, written by A. J. Quinnell, a writer with an interesting past and a talent for banging out actioners.  In 1987, the book was made into a movie starring Scott Glenn and Joe Pesci, both rising stars at the time.  Danny Aiello also starred, as well as several Italian actors and actresses because the movie was set there. The ironic thing is that Tony Scott, who was a young director back then with an impressive future ahead of him, was initially picked to direct the film.  Then the studios elected to replace him with Elie Chouraqui, who also wrote the script.  Scott was thought to be too inexperienced at the time. Evidently the story and the idea stayed with Scott because he was green lighted to do the film ...
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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
Legend of Zorro, The In Spanish, Zorro means fox.  But I knew Johnston McCulley’s pulp hero from the Walt Disney television series long before I ever learned even a smattering of Spanish.  Zorro was my second favorite television “cowboy”, as I thought of him then, after the Lone Ranger.  And he was the first whip-wielding hero I’d ever scene.  If it hadn’t been for all of Zorro’s tricks, I might not have bought into Indiana Jones’s ability as much. The hero first came to life in the pulp magazines back in 1919.  Johnston McCulley had been a police reporter and served in World War I.  He was also something of an amateur historian and fell in love with the legends of Southern California.  Given the pulp nature of the day of heroes operating outside (or even against the law) to right the wrongs done against ...
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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Rescue Dawn Werner Herzog is one of the most interesting and least predictable directors working today; not everything he does is of top quality, but everything he does is unusual and distinctive.  He has a tendency to focus on people in extreme circumstances, often far from civilization (“Fitzcarraldo,” “Aguirre the Wrath of God”).  And he intersperses fictional features with documentaries.  For German television, he did a documentary, “Little Dieter Needs to Fly,” about Dieter Dengler, one of the few—perhaps the only—American military enlistee to escape from a Pathet Lao prison camp during the Vietnam War.  “Rescue Dawn” is a fictional film based on the same incident; Herzog may well be the only director to have done a documentary and fictional film on the same subject. Dengler (1938-2001) was a German national who was so transfixed by the sight of Allied planes bombing his ...
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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Day After Tomorrow, The It has been scientifically proven that global warming is increasing at an alarming rate. Al Gore’s “An Inconvenient Truth” is a true eye opener on the devastating effects of cars and garbage on our planet. “The Day After Tomorrow” takes a summer blockbuster look at global warming. And while many may criticize it as just a typical Hollywood adaptation, the events of the film do not seem that far off from what could be reality. Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid), a climatologist for the government, studies the effects of the melting ice shelves in the artic on the environment. In the opening sequence, Jack’s team is drilling ice cores in the arctic when the ice shelf completely breaks, dividing their base camp in two. At the New Delhi conference, Hall presents his findings to the panel, led by Vice-President of the United ...
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Tuesday, 01 January 2008 |  Written by Noah Fleming  | 
Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World's End The pirate adventure continues in the third film of this, as of now, trilogy. "At World's End" bests "Dead Man's Chest", but falls short of living up to "Curse of the Black Pearl" or the lore of Pirates of the Caribbean. "At World's End" opens with a shot of a noose and the mass genocide of apparent pirate co-conspirators. Lord Beckett (Tom Hollander) seeks to take over the seas and control all trade across the high seas. After capturing the heart, literally, of Davy Jones, courtesy of James Norrington (Jack Davenport), Beckett is able to take command of the Flying Dutchman vessel and its crew, including Davy Jones (Bill Nighy). "At World's End" resumes where "Dead Man's Chest" left off in regards to the status of Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp). Last we saw, our more than ...
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