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Movie Review: RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE

RARE EXPORTS - A CHRISTMAS TALE - U.S. Poster | © 2010 Oscilloscope Laboratories

If THE X-FILES had decided to do a Christmas episode for the R.L. Stine set, it might have been something like RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE. Made and set in Finland, general vicinity where the mythical Santa supposedly dwells, RARE is a horror movie pitched at kids, with bits of gore (dead animals, a bitten ear) but mostly a sense of menace and black comedy.

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Movie Review: I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS

I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS movie poster | ©2010 Roadside Attractions

To clear up one possible area of confusion at the outset, I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS is not about someone who has fallen for the tobacco company of that name. Instead, it is the fact-based story of Steven Russell, a con artist who managed to non-violently escape from jail on four different occasions and for awhile pulled off a number of astonishing cons, many of them to assist the love of his life, Phillip Morris.

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CD Review: RED HILL soundtrack

© 2010 Milan Records | Red Hill Soundtrack

It’s ironic that two of the coolest wild west scores to arrive in years both hail from Down Under, as Dmitri Golovko’s RED HILL joins Nick Cave and Warren Ellis’ THE PROPOSITION as prime examples of how to give an old musical warhorse a shot of ferocious outlaw energy. But where PROPOSITION’s nerve-jangling percussion brought modern experimentalism to a blood-soaked period piece, RED HILL shoots its raw, old-school acoustic sound into a contemporary western- in this case playing the last stand outback sheriff standing against a recently released villain out for some biblical payback. There’s very little that’s Aussie here […]Read On »

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CD Review: KUNG FU / MAN IN THE WILDERNESS

© 2010 Film Score Monthly Records | Kung Fu Soundtrack

It’s finally time to snatch a pebble out of Film Score Monthly’s hand with this soundtrack two-fer, which combines music from two poetically different scores for men seeking their way in the American outback. The first traveler just happens to be everyone’s favorite Shaolin fugitive monk Cain, whose mystical tête-à-têtes with his teachers are front and center through much of KUNG FU. Though designed as a concept album in 1973 by composer Jim Helms, some score purists might take umbrage to so much dialogue on an FSM release. Yet it’s almost hard to imagine Helms’ harmonies without the Confucianisms, the […]Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: VIGILANTE

VIGILANTE Blu-ray | © 2010 Blue Underground

I’ve been getting on a 1980s movie kick as of late, not doubt aided by the constant influx of DVD and Blu-ray releases of classic (and no so classic) films from that era. The Blu-ray of William Lustig’s 1983 revenge fantasy flick VIGILANTE finally hits Blu-ray and it’s another forgotten cult classic. Starring Robert Forster and badass Fred Williamson, this is surprisingly one of those films I missed over the years (don’t remember it from cable, nor video stores).

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The X List: THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE is one of the DVD Picks for the week of November 3, 2010

(c) 2010 Sumit Entertainment. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE – Obviously, this is the biggest title of the week. Regardless of what anyone thinks of the film itself or its legacy among vampire lore, the ravenous tweens and soccer moms are going to rush out and buy it or have you buy […]Read On »

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TV Review: GLEE – Season 2 – “Special Education”

Darren Criss in GLEE - Season 2 - "Special Education" |©2010 Fox/Justin Lubin

There’s a part of me that would really like to see GLEE do more episodes like “Special Education” and “Never Been Kissed” – ones that actually feel well constructed and tell multiple stories that actually tie together properly. It’s also refreshing, in the case of “Special Education” that Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) isn’t shoved down our throats just to have her there for some unneeded conflict. I love the character, but Sue always works in moderation. In the case, she’s totally M.I.A. and the show, weirdly, is the better for it. No guest stars either. No gimmicks. Just the main cast, who are allowed to thankfully shine.

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Exclusive Interview: GLEE star Cory Monteith talks about singing, dancing and covering Queen

Cory Monteith in GLEE - Season 2 | ©2010 Fox

 While many of the characters of GLEE get to wear their emotions on their sleeve, jock and show choir member Finn has proven to be the most introspective. As played by Cory Monteith, Finn internalizes so much, it’s hard to really pinpoint where he’s coming from at times. Yet, for all his internal strife, he’s also the one character who has grown leaps and bounds with last week’s episode finally having embraced Kurt (Chris Colfer) as his step-brother with open arms. ASSIGNMENT X caught up with Monteith to talk about Season Two, exploring his voice and covering Queen as […]Read On »

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TV Review: CHUCK – Season 4 – “Vs. The Leftovers”

CHUCK - Season 4 poster | © 2010 NBC

For the geeks like myself who love CHUCK, “Vs. The Leftovers” was filled with the kind of pop culture chocolatey goodness that you couldn’t help smiling throughout while watching. First off, you get Linda Hamilton as Mom Bartowski saving the life of Chuck (Zachary Levi) and then saying the infamous TERMINATOR line “Come with me if you want to live.”

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TV Review: THE WALKING DEAD – Season 1 – “Wildfire”

Zombies from THE WALKING DEAD - Season 1 | © 2010 AMC

In the penultimate episode of THE WALKING DEAD, Rick (Andrew Lincoln) leads the survivors on a desperate odyssey back into the lions’ – well, zombies’ – den, as they head for the Center for Disease Control and possible salvation for the now-infected Jim (Andrew Rothenberg). It seems impossible that anyone could have made it through the collapse of the city, and yet deep beneath the streets one lone scientist (Noah Emmerich) on the brink of insanity may be all that stands between our heroes and a more horrific end to their journey.

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