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  • "Awake" an amazing TV show, cancelled after tonight

    I'm not a fan of hyperbole...but Awake is, without a doubt, the best show I've seen on TV in a long time. However, the bean counters at NBC have already cancelled the show. Tonight's season finale will also be the series finale. Detective Michael Britten survives a horrific car crash with...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 05-24-2012
  • "Brick Lane" -- the book and the movie

    If you LOVED the book, should you see the movie? In this case the answer is YES. British author Monica Ali's beloved novel, "Brick Lane," won all sorts of awards and made numerous top ten lists when it was published in 2003. Critics praised it and readers embraced it. Now this story of...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 02-28-2009
  • Oscar triumph "Slumdog Millionaire" based on novel

    "Slumdog Millionaire" is based on "Q & A," a 2005 first novel by Vikas Swarup just re-released in a trade paperback edition bearing the movie's title. Swarup, an Indian diplomat who has served in Turkey, the United States, Ethiopia, and Great Britain, is currently India's...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 02-23-2009
  • "One Magic Christmas"

    Everyone has favorite Christmas DVDs. My favorite comedies are "Scrooged" with Bill Murray (since all I had to do was look at Murray and I would start guffawing) and "Christmas Story" (since it is set in Hammond, which is where I grew up). My favorite dramas are "It's a Wonderful...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 12-22-2008
  • "Chuck" is about a nerd that becomes a spy...essentially my life story

    In the television show Chuck , Charles "Chuck" Bartowski plays your typical 20-something computer-geek, stuck in a dead-end job at Buy More's Nerd Herd (a less-than-subtle parody of Best Buy's Geek Squad). He lives an uneventful life with his sister Ellie, until one day when he receives...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 12-15-2008
  • "Redbelt" not your typical karate movie

    Redbelt , written & directed by David Mamet, is not your typical martial arts movie...it has very few action scenes. In fact, calling it a "martial arts movie" is a bit belittling, as it is first and foremost a drama. While it started extremely slowly, I ended up getting drawn in and loving...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 11-10-2008
  • "Spaced" a short-lived, hilarious TV comedy

    I'm a fan of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. In the States, this comedic duo is best known for Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz (both of which I highly recommend!). They got their start in a British television comedy called Spaced ; it ran for two seasons (14 episodes total) during 1999-2001. It finally...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 10-27-2008
  • "John Adams": HBO miniseries

    If you didn't watch this absolutely wonderful series when it was on HBO, do so now! I just spent 8 glorious hours in the bosom of the Adams family -- from the early 1770s until John's death on July 4, 1826. (In case you didn't remember, John Adams and his good friend/enemy and co-founding...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 09-29-2008
  • "The Fall"

    T HE FALL is an absolutely breathtaking and heartbreaking movie that deserves a wide audience. Indian Director Tarsem Singh , creator of the widely panned but visually interesting THE CELL starring Jennifer Lopez, also produced the powerful R.E.M. video "Losing My Religion." Singh spent five...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 09-17-2008
  • The Counterfeiters not an easy film to watch

    I don't think that The Counterfeiters made it to the Evansville theatres, but you can now watch it in DVD. Made in Austria, it won the 2008 Oscar for Best Foreign Language film. Late in WWII, the Germans conscripted a number of concentration camp prisoners with printing experience to produce counterfeit...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 08-05-2008
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