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Tuesday, 20 December 2005 |  Written by Mel Odom  | 
title: The Brothers Grimm function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Dimension Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Matt Damon, Heath Ledger, Peter Stormare, Lena Headey, Jonathan Pryce, Monica Bellucci theatrical release year: 2005 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Four Stars sound/picture: Five Stars reviewed by: Mel Odom Their names are legend. Just the mention of the Brothers Grimm recalls childhood delights for readers, a score of movies by Walt Disney and others, and tales twice told sitting around campfires or in bedrooms late at night. A hundred years ago, most of the stories were told by elders to children who wanted to stay up just a little longer and enjoy a good scare before bedtime. Books weren't yet widespread, so the tales lived on in the whisper-thin voices of indulgent grandmothers and grandfathers who delighted in scaring the kids. Properly told, with the original Grimm endings instead of those polished up for feature release in Hollywood, the tales would raise the hair because not everyone made it through ...
Tuesday, 01 November 2005 |  Written by Bryan Dailey  | 
title: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close();  studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment MPAA rating: PG-13 starring: Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Ian McDiarmid, Samuel L. Jackson, Frank Oz film release year: 2005 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Two-and-a-Half Stars sound/picture rating: Five Stars reviewed by: Bryan Dailey I have heard people talk about “Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith” and oftentimes the comment I hear is, “It’s the best of the three new ones.” I tend to agree with this statement, but I’d actually rephrase it as “It’s the least bad of the three new episodes.” I’m going to assume that everyone reading this is familiar with the “Star Wars” saga and not bog the review down with details about the set-up for this episode. Long story short, this is actually the third movie chronologically, the one where we see Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia’s father Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) finally turns into Darth Vader.
Tuesday, 04 October 2005 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: The Man With Nine Lives studio: Columbia distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment MPAA rating: NR starring: Boris Karloff, Roger Pryor, Jo Ann Sayers, John Dilson, Byron Foulger, Hal Taliaferro, Stanley Brown, Ernie Adams director: Nick Grindé film release year: 1940 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Two Stars sound/picture rating: Two Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren By 1940, Boris Karloff was known world-wide for his horror movie roles. He was in his 40s when cast in “Frankenstein,” a long-established character actor whose film career went back to 1918 or so. Universal capitalized on his fame in “Frankenstein” and swiftly elevated him above Bela Lugosi, limited by his accent. Soon other studios grabbed Karloff for their horror films; when the bottom fell out of the horror market for a while around 1936, Karloff kept working in character roles in A films, leading roles in Bs. But he was still always The Horror Man, even when there weren’t any horror movies.
Tuesday, 13 September 2005 |  Written by Paul Lingas  | 
title: The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Touchstone Home Entertainment MPAA rating: R starring: Sam Rockwell, Mos Def, Zooey Deschanel, Martin Freeman, Bill Nighy, Warwick Davis, Anna Chancellor, Alan Rickman, Helen Mirren, Stephen Fry, John Malkovich director: Garth Jennings film release year: 2005 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Two Stars sound/picture rating: Three Stars reviewed by: Paul Lingas “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” is a film based on the original BBC radio serial and book by author Douglas Adams. Long considered a masterpiece of bizarre comedic science fiction, a feature film version was finally made, alas after Adams’ recent death. Unfortunately, only small bits of his wit and genius are captured in this film version. You’d think that just by using the source material, the filmmakers would get something right, but almost nothing translates from page to screen in this amazingly lame adaptation. Hardly anything is funny and the pacing and style of the film and acting feels annoyingly stagy and forced.
Tuesday, 30 August 2005 |  Written by Bill Warren  | 
title: Captain Video function popUp(URL,NAME) { amznwin=window.open(URL,NAME,'location=yes,scrollbars=yes,status=yes,toolbar=yes,resizable=yes,width=380,height=450,screenX=10,screenY=10,top=10,left=10'); amznwin.focus();} document.open(); document.write(""); document.close(); studio: Columbia distributor: VCI Entertainment MPAA rating: Unrated starring: Judd Holdren, Larry Stewart, George Eldredge, Gene Roth, Don Harvey, Skelton Knaggs, William Fawcett, Jack Ingram, I. Stanford Jolley directors: Spencer Bennet, Wallace A. Grissell film release year: 1951 DVD release year: 2005 film rating: Unratable sound/picture rating: Four Stars reviewed by: Bill Warren No movie of the early 1950s is more emblematic of the impact television was having on moviegoing than this brisk, silly serial. After all, it’s a movie—but the hero is named Captain Video, which is essentially calling him Captain Television. Still, even though it was based on a very popular children’s TV show of the time, a lot of American kids had their first exposure to the solemn world of Captain Video through this serial; I certainly did.
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