2010

The eighth Fantastic Fest is now officially underway! And while I can’t wait to start gorging myself on movies until I’m so sleep deprived I consider voting for a third party candidate, I realize that a lot of you can’t make the trip down to Austin or aren’t yet sold on the world’s most badass [...]

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Based on the hugely popular series ‘Klovn’ that ran for six seasons on TV stations across Scandinavia, ‘Klown’ is written by its two stars Hvam and Christensen. Their fictional counterparts bear similarities to their real lives (like Curb Your Enthusiasm or Louie here in America) but in the movie, Frank and Casper get themselves into socially awkward situations that even David Brent might find offensive.

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‘The Disappearance of Alice Creed’ joins the ranks of films like ‘Layer Cake’ and ‘A Simple Plan’ as a movie that successfully mixes entertainment and a lesson on the consequences of greedy desperation.

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Two very different kinds of wars are profiled in this Blu-ray review of an old classic and a new movie that’s sure to become one.

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It’s that time of the year again! The days are getting shorter, the kids are back in school, and the sweltering heat is starting to de-swelter. Could it be? YES! Fantastic Fest 2011 kicks off in less than three weeks! From Thursday, 9/22 through Thursday, 9/29, true genre movie lovers will gather primarily at the [...]

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The word “bunraku” refers to form of Japanese puppet theater where the puppeteers, usually dressed in black, are visible on stage. “Bunraku” the film combines elements of classic samurai and cowboy films and sets it in a gunless future that feels more like an alternate past. The aesthetic feels both unique and familiar. While it [...]

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“Black Death” is one of those movies that just kind of came and went, with very little hype or marketing, stretched out over a long period of time. Those people who noticed it at all probably (like me) confused it with “Season of the Witch,” since the plots are very similar, and both trailers started [...]

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This review of “The Illusionist” appears on KTKA-49. Nominated for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars earlier this year, “The Illusionist” is a beautifully rendered melancholy tribute to a brand of entertainers that has long since passed. Director Sylvain Chomet follows an elderly magician in the declining years of his career. It’s 1959, and television, [...]

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Here’s my review of “White Material” and “Le Cercle Rouge,” out on Tuesday in deluxe Blu-ray presentations from the Criterion Collection.

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Eric Melin’s Blu-ray DVD reviews of “Black Swan” and “Fair Game” from KTKA-49 with clips from each movie.

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The Tourist DVD Blu-ray Review: The stars’ vacation videos are probably more interesting than this poorly handled mistaken-identity caper.

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Here’s my review of the Blu-ray/DVD combo packs of “Hereafter” and “The Fighter” from KTKA-49. Out on a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack this week is Clint Eastwood‘s afterlife drama “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon as a psychic whose ability to read other people’s thoughts leaves him cut off from the world. His and two other stories concerning [...]

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SXSW 2011 is underway and contributor George Hickman is filing his reports each day as the festival and its several world premiere movie events and panels continue. Here are a couple mini-reviews of new films at SXSW this year. Blacktino (minor rock fist down) “Blacktino” is a local Austin production and was the debut feature [...]

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Here’s my review of the new Matt Damon movie “The Adjustment Bureau” from KTKA-49. Philip K. Dick, the science fiction author whose works were the basis for “Blade Runner” and “Minority Report,” is famous for his far-out concepts. Movie adaptations of his work usually take the premise from Dick and little else because his ideas [...]

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Here’s my review of the new DVD/Blu-ray release “127 Hours” from KTKA-49. The buzz on author-actor-phd candidate James Franco before hosting the Oscars last Sunday was basically: what can’t he do? After seeing the Oscars, we now know. Thankfully, we have the fantastic and unusual film “127 Hours” out this week on DVD and Blu-ray [...]

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