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  • Winter Holiday movies

    During the few days I had off over the holidays, I was able to catch a lot of movies. Some in the theater ( Avatar - excellent!; Sherlock Holmes - pretty good), but even more at home. Two movies that I had been waiting to come out on DVD did so right before I left on vacation. 500 Days of Summer stars...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 01-06-2010
  • Sunshine Cleaning

    Rose and Norah were little girls when their little mother died. They both came in from playing in the yard to find their mom dead in the bathroom, an apparent suicide. As the two girls grow up, that day shapes their lives. Rose is a single mother working hard as a house cleaner to raise her son, while...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by KickinLibrarian@evpl on 09-16-2009
  • "Hot Fuzz" a modern spoof film worth watching

    While channel surfing several weekends ago, I happened upon Naked Gun 33 1/3 airing on Comedy Central. I used to love the Naked Gun series, with Leslie Nielsen portraying a bumbling Lieutenant Frank Drebin. It made me recall some of the other "classic" (I use that word subjectively) spoof films...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 09-15-2009
  • "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
  • "Air Guitar Nation" cranks the make-believe volume up to 11

    How many times has this happened to you...you're listening to music and an epic guitar solo comes on. What do you do?!? You bust out the air guitar, showing onlookers the musical virtuoso you are. Apparently, air guitar is bigger than I realized. Since 1996, Oulu, Finland has been the home of the...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 11-28-2008
  • "Run Fatboy, Run" limps to the finish line

    I've always been a fan of Simon Pegg's work. In his previous efforts ( Shaun of the Dead , Hot Fuzz , & Spaced ), Pegg & co-star Nick Frost teamed up with absolutely hilarious results! Run Fatboy, Run is Pegg's latest film...and unfortunately it doesn't live up to its predecessors...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 11-26-2008
  • "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
  • "Pushing Daisies"

    The first season of this new ABC series just came out on DVD. " Pushing Daisies " is a fast-paced, whimsical, and light-hearted comedy -- nothing like the dark humor of "Six Feet Under" that I expected. Bryan Fuller ( Heroes, Wonderfalls ) and Barry Sonnenfeld ( Men in Black ) are...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 09-24-2008
  • KA-POW!!! "Batman: The Movie" a campy good bat-time!

    I must preface this review with the fact that I'm only 25 years old. I did not get to experience Adam West's Batman during its bat-heydey in the 60s. However, I do have fond memories of going to grandma & grandpa's (they had cable!) as a kid, watching reruns on their HUGE 27-inch console...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by professor.knowsitall@evpl on 09-11-2008
  • "In Bruges"

    A couple of friends mentioned this flick, so when I saw a copy on the NEW shelf, I grabbed it. I had imagined some dense foreign flick, and wasn't prepared for this wacky British combination of comedy and drama. Bruges, it turns out, is a town in Belgium that contains one of the most perfectly preserved...
    Posted to Movies Blog (Weblog) by MediaPhile@evpl on 08-30-2008
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