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December 2008

Hamlet 2 (2008)

There is nothing wrong with earnestness. Trying too hard usually validates the effort. But when it comes to comedy, being obvious can often lead to


Death Race (2008): Unrated DVD

Remakes are like those proverbial Tribbles in the classic Trek episode. Give them a creative inch - or in the case of Hollywood, a recognizable


Rourke’s Rennaisance Mirrors that of this ‘Wrestler’

Man is not a perfect machine. He is flawed, easily broken, capable of incredibly feats and destined to die off damaged and corrupt. Luckily for


Friday Film Focus - 19 December, 2008

As the end of the year approaches, there is a flood of new films entering your local Bijou. Sure, some have been out for a


‘Slumdog’ Sizzles as One of Year’s Very Best

We all want to escape - our sense of self, our worthless lives, those moments of unfulfilling social conformity. Yet few of us have to


‘Yes’ is Better Premise than Product

It’s a very interesting question indeed: outside of a single turn as the voice of a cartoon elephant, is Jim Carrey still a viable


Tearjerker Given a Post-Modern Make-Over in ‘Pounds’

If there is one genre that’s in desperate need of a post-modern make-over, it’s the tearjerker. Comedy gets retrofitted every few years, while


Kaufman’s ‘Synecdoche’ Is Complex, Compelling Quirk

Love isn’t easy. Neither is life. Both bring us so much sorrow and pain that it’s weird how obsessive we are over each


‘Gomorrah’ Gives the Mafia a New, Nastier Look

It’s all Hollywood’s fault. As far back as the earliest days of the cinematic artform, gangsters and mobsters have been romanticized into outsized


The Singing Revolution (Book and DVD)

Information on how to purchase this amazing documentary can be found at the film's official website - http://www.singingrevolution.com/


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