Sort of like “Idiocracy” or that Mel Gibson picture where he could read women’s minds, “The Invention of Lying” (now on DVD) posits an alternate reality and then has fun exploring it with a series of “What would you do here?” situations. This Ricky Gervais vehicle (the likable, lumpy Brit stars and also co-wrote and co-directed) asks “What if there was a world where no one had ever thought of lying?”
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In a recent Entertainment Weekly article, James Cameron said that although the computer-generated characters in “Avatar” are aliens, he could’ve just as easily created real-looking humans in the computer.
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1. In “Return of the Jedi,” when Luke and Leia swing to safety, what is the rope attached to? It can’t be attached to the barge they are blowing up, because then it would snap when they are in mid-air, right? Even if was securely attached to the barge for the duration of the swing, there’s no way it could provide the arc needed to swing to another vehicle, especially since the duo doesn’t get a running start.
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Last week, “The Simpsons” was the clear winner in the laugh tally against “The Cleveland Show” and “Family Guy.” I can’t say that every week, but I can say it often enough to make a case that “The Simpsons” still has plenty of laughs left in the tank.
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I’m not crazy about Blockbuster’s (and most video stores’) decision in recent years to get rid of most of their old stock and focus heavily on new releases. That’s why I don’t casually visit video stores anymore.
Continue reading “2 films from ‘Arrested Development’ alums – ‘Extract’ and ‘Paper Heart’ – are interesting failures (Movie reviews)”
I don’t understand these movies that put so much effort into making it look great, and then seem to expend so little effort on plot and characters. “Sherlock Holmes” (2009) is one of those movies — from the opening shot of a horse-and-carriage chase down a dim London street, it looks incredible; it reminds me of that 2001 Jack the Ripper movie, “From Hell.” I was excited to watch a story unfold in these gritty, historic environs.
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For the last post of the first year of my blog, I’d like to introduce you to my music geek friend Matt (not to be confused with my comic-book geek friend Another Matt, who also posts comments sometimes), and his recently launched blog, The B-Side.
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