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Thursday, 01 May 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Blood & Chocolate “Blood and Chocolate” has been adapted—badly—from the well-regarded young adult novel of the same name by Annette Curtis Klause.  Changing the setting from Maryland to Romania (!) may have been dictated by how the financing was arranged, but there’s little excuse for the weakening of the novel’s strong story.  Screenwriters Ehren Kruger and Christopher Landon changed the central characters’ ages, combined other characters, altered the motivation and added a standard romantic-adventure ending in place of the darker, more troubling conclusion of the book.  The result is a tepid, uninvolving romantic adventure intended for teenaged girls.  Though most of the characters are werewolves, this really isn’t a horror movie; there are few killings, they’re not graphic, and there are no half-human/half-wolf characters—the werepeople change all the way into wolves.  (There are occasional half-human/half-wolf characters in the novel.) The central character is gorgeous ...
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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Sunshine It’s the year 2057 and the sun is dying.  A group of brave scientists and astronauts launch a mission aboard the Icarus II (not the most auspicious name to give a ship) to travel to the sun in order to ignite an experimental detonation that will, theoretically, restart the sun.  The dangerous journey will take three years and is in response to a previous mission, the Icarus I, which, after passing Mercury, disappeared for unknown reasons.  The crew of the Icarus II is led by Captain Kaneda (Hiroyuki Sanada). Physicist Capa (Cillian Murphy) is in charge of the powder keg of advanced explosives, which is to be dropped into the sun.  Sixteen months into the journey, psych officer Searle (Cliff Curtis) becomes entranced by the sun and begins to spend long sessions bathing in its rays, under reduced levels of ...
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Tuesday, 01 April 2008 |  Written by Darren Gross  | 
Hollow Man Cocky scientist Sebastian Caine (Kevin Bacon) and his group have been commissioned by the Pentagon to develop a means of making soldiers invisible.  Caine and company have successfully made some animals invisible, but can’t make them visible again; each time they try produces gruesome results.  Workaholic Caine has a breakthrough one evening and creates a serum stable enough to safely return their invisible gorilla to visibility.  At a presentation of their work, called for by concerned Pentagon officials, Caine neglects to tell them about his recent breakthrough, putting him at odds with his cohorts, Linda (Elisabeth Shue) and Matt (Josh Brolin).  Caine rashly decides to test the invisibility/visibility formula on himself, forgoing any of the standard human trials and tests.  The group protests but Caine argues that the trials will take too long; if they let him do this, the ...
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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by Les Paul Robley  | 
2001: A Space Odyssey Stanley Kubrick’s pivotal film was probably the most misunderstood movie of its time, sharply polarizing both critical and public opinion. To some, it was nothing more than a spaced-out, tediously pretentious, audiovisual TRIP, well in keeping with the drug-oriented delirium of the psychedelic sixties that saw its release. Others labeled it as “confusing science fiction,” a cross somewhere between inverted Nietzschian myths and Andy Warhol. By and large, it generated some of the harshest (and funniest) critical diatribes in the history of cinema. The New York Times compared it to watching “3 hours of Tolkien without the ring.” Critic Andrew Sarris called it “merely a pretext for a pictorial spread in Look magazine,” while The New Leader dismissed its intriguing metaphysical foundations as “a shaggy God story.” In fact, the only ones who really seemed to appreciate its serenely beautiful vision ...
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Friday, 01 February 2008 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
Fly, The (1986) Back in the 1950s, a still little-known writer named George Langelaan wrote a story in French, “Le Mouche;” translated as “The Fly,” it was published in Playboy magazine and immediately bought for filming by 120th Century-Fox. Released in 1958, “The Fly” was directed by Kurt Neumann and starred Al (later David) Hedison, Patricia Owens and Vincent Price. The color, CinemaScope science fiction/horror movie was an enormous hit, and spawned two lesser sequels. By the early ‘80s, Stuart Cornfeld, at Fox, came up with the idea of doing a remake. Fox wasn’t quite interested, but Mel Brooks, then producing films (“The Elephant Man,” for example), was and agreed to back the film financially if Fox released it. Charles Edward Pogue wrote a new script, altering the story considerably. After some starts and stops, described in detail in the lengthy featurette on this ...
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