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January 2009


by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2009

in Uncategorized

Liam Neeson knocks out baddies with a single punch, blows up buildings, “heroically” tortures evil-does, and even shoots a cop’s wife without consequences.


"Taken," not stirred

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2009

in Print Reviews

Taken is the film for you if you simply love Steven Seagal and Jean-Claude Van Damme flicks and are constantly bemoaning the fact that they have been relegated to direct-to-DVD and made-for-TV projects. If you, however, want more out of a film than pace, so-so action, and a high body count, you’re going to be […]


Top 10 Chick Flick Cliches

by Eric Melin on January 29, 2009

in Blogs

[veoh v17347066B5pkRgYD nolink]   This may be the funniest viral video I’ve ever seen for a romantic comedy. Bradley Cooper, Kevin Connolly, and Justin Long have filmed a video Top 10 explaining to guys why they shouldn’t be afraid to go see “He’s Just Not That Into You” with their girlfriends on Feb. 6. These […]


Warning: This list of shocking movie scenes features graphic descriptions of rape, violence, incest, etc. and is not for the faint of heart.


ALERT: Be sure to enter our 2009 Oscar Pick ‘Em Contest for a free Netflix subscription! BEST PICTURE “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” “Frost/Nixon” “Milk “The Reader” “Slumdog Millionaire” “Slumdog Millionaire” won Best Picture at the Producer’s Guild Awards on Saturday and the Best Ensemble award at the Screen Actor’s Guild Awards tonight, so […]


For a complete list of 2009 Academy Award nominees, click here. The bias against superheroes and animated films continues, despite “The Dark Knight” and “Wall-E” reaping major awards this season. “The Dark Knight” was robbed of a Best Picture and Best Director nomination!! It was stolen by “The Reader,” not even “Wall-E,” which some people […]



by Eric Melin on January 21, 2009

in Uncategorized

Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber are two Jewish brothers who fight back against the Nazis in WWII in director Edward Zwick’s latest by-the-books disappointment.


Rather than use a cheesy webcam and give you my single-person video review, I wrote and animated this clip of two cuddly teddy bears talking about Nazis and the Holocaust in Edward Zwick’s latest issue-driven movie, “Defiance,” starring Daniel Craig and Liev Schrieber. Enjoy!


Top 10 Pointless Remakes

by Eric Melin on January 20, 2009

in Top 10s

I know there’s only so many good ideas out there, and filmmakers are constantly recycling the same ones over and over, but just because we have computer-generated special effects now doesn’t mean that Hollywood has to raid its back catalog of movies. Check out this link if you don’t believe me that it’s gotten out […]


Millimeter and Digital Content Producer magazines have provided me with the opportunity to interview prominent directors and profile 10 short films that are appearing this week at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. Just in case you missed it, here are all five podcast interviews from the BlogLive@Sundance Film Festival ’09 that I conducted: My […]


2/12 UPDATE post with more video here— Phoenix on Letterman, rap performance OK, I don’t know if the little amount of text I’m actually going to write for this blog justifies its own entry, but this is just too bizarre. You read the headline correctly. Casey Affleck is directing a documentary that follows Joaquin Phoenix‘s self-imposed […]


From the NY Times Carbetbagger blog: The legal sniping between 20th Century Fox and Warner Brothers over the upcoming “Watchmen” has come to an end, allowing Warner Brothers to release the big-budget comic-book movie about dark and damaged superheroes as planned on March 6. Under the deal between the studios, Fox (which has tried to […]


This weekend, I’ll be blogging for Digital Content Producer’s Sundance 2009 BlogLive. I’ll have audio podcast interviews with directors who have movies premiering at this year’s festival, and I’ll be posting profiles/reviews of films appearing in the festival’s Short Film Program. This year features a record 96 short films from 5,632 submissions, from U.S. and […]


“Let the Right One In” will not be competeing for an Academy Award this year. This happened a while ago, but with the shortlist being announced yesterday, it’s new news to me. Each country is allowed one submission and Sweden chose “Everlasting Moments” instead. Turns out, though, that it may be the Academy’s difficult and […]


Revolutionary Road

by Eric Melin on January 14, 2009

in Uncategorized

Sam Mendes explores the prison of suburban America again in a beautifully shot and acted movie that hits you over the head with its theme one too many times.