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Movie Review: THE MECHANIC

THE MECHANIC movie poster | ©2011 CBS Films

Rating: R Stars: Jason Statham, Ben Foster, Donald Sutherland, Tony Goldwyn Writers: Richard Wenk and Lewis John Carlino, story by Lewis John Carlino Director: Simon West Distributor: CBS Films Release Date: Jan. 28, 2011 The 1972 original film THE MECHANIC starred Charles Bronson, Jan-Michael Vincent and Keenan Wynn. The 2011 remake has Jason Statham, Ben Foster and Donald Sutherland, respectively, in the roles. Writer Richard Wenk updated the screenplay, which is also credited to original writer Lewis John Carlino, who gets story credit. The structure is sharp and under Simon West’s direction, the plentiful action is punchy, including one vehicular sequence […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE RITE

THE RITE movie poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

THE RITE is actually based on the book “The Rite: The Making of a Modern Exorcist” which follows real-life Catholic exorcist priest Father Gary Thomas and illustrates various points in his journey. The movie is ‘inspired by true-events’ so there is no really conclusive way to figure out where the original story ends and the Hollywood version starts. Still, the movie is an entertaining ride of white-knuckled tension that leaves the audience waiting for something diabolical to surface in scenes where there is actually nothing to indicate a scare.

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Exclusive Interview: DARK SKIES actress Megan Ward declassifies the 1990s sci-fi TV series

Megan Ward in DARK SKIES: THE DECLASSIFIED COMPLETE SERIES | ©2011 Shout! Factory

When THE X-FILES hit it big in the 1990s, all the other networks were looking for their own science-fiction series to rake in a loyal fan following and a ratings bonanza. One of the best was NBC’s DARK SKIES created by Bryce Zabel and Brent V. Friedman. It only last one-season, but its rich mythology and feature-film qualities made it a stand-out (Tobe Hooper even helmed the pilot). The story was set in the 1960s and followed John Loengard (Eric Close) and Kimberly Sayers (Megan Ward) as they were called into action by the government to take down an unseen […]Read On »

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Exclusive Interview: Patrick Fabian joins WORKING CLASS after his LAST EXORCISM

Patrick Fabian in WORKING CLASS | ©2011 CMT

Country Music Television, CMT, is expanding into the world of scripted programming with its first half-hour comedy, WORKING CLASS, which premieres Friday night on the network. Melissa Peterman stars as a woman who returns to her roots and gets a job at a grocery store, where the butcher is played by veteran actor Edward Asner and the owner – and love interest – is portrayed by Patrick Fabian. Fabian , whose credits include a regular gig on PROVIDENCE and recurring roles on VERONICA MARS and BIG LOVE, got the attention of horror movie audiences last summer with his turn as […]Read On »

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The Dork Side: Movie Quotables for Everyday Life

STAR WARS - original movie poster |©LucasFilm

“It’s a trap!” “I have a strange feeling about this.” “Never tell me the odds.” “Search your feelings, you know it to be true!” “All too easy.” “But I was going into Tosche Station to pick up some power converters!” I think half of the things I say on a daily basis are from a STAR WARS movie. Recently, some cool bloggers in my town wrote about movie quotes that have worked themselves into their everyday lives. I repeat a lot of movie quotes throughout the day. For example, “I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise” from THE FIGHT CLUB. […]Read On »

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Music Review: Elvis Costello – NATIONAL RANSACK E.P.

ELVIS COSTELLO - NATIONAL RANSACK

Distributor: Hear Music Suggested Retail Price: $8.99 Elvis Costello has always been a prolific artist, and even as his career is going on his fifth decade in the business, he’s still cranking out amazing songs and albums at an accelerated pace (and that’s not counting all the reissues of his older albums with bonus tracks). Last year, he released his latest effort, the somewhat uneven NATIONAL RANSOM, a hodge podge of tracks that felt like cast-offs from MOMOFUKU and SECRET, PROFANE AND SUGARCANE. It doesn’t mean that it wasn’t any good, it was just stylistically and consistency-wise all over the […]Read On »

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Clip of the Day: The ‘grunts’ behind LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS

LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS | ©2011 LucasFilm

On March 22, 2011, the long awaited LEGO STAR WARS III: THE CLONE WARS video game arrives from LucasArts promising more gameplay and advanced features (it will be available for PS3, PSP, XBOX, Wii, Nintendo DS, PC and Nintendo 3DS). Based on the first two seasons STAR WARS: CLONE WARS animated series, the gameplay may be getting an upgrade, but the grunts remain the same. LucasFilm just released this cool little video showing voice actors Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker, Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano and Dee Bradley Baker as the voice of all the Clones doing a little behind-the-scenes […]Read On »

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CD Review: DEAD RISING 2 soundtrack

DEAD RISING soundtrack

When it seems that just about every last note has been used to dismember, decapitate and blow the brains out of the endless zombie hordes who are attacking via film, TV and videogames, along comes some DEAD RISING 2 dudes named Oleksa Lozowchuk, The Humble Brothers, Jeremy Soule and Klayton to show there are infinitely more variations to this dance of death, which turns into a thoroughly fun slamdance of styles for this game sequel that brings on the flesh eaters in spades. With the action taking place in “Fortune City,” the new RISING satirically starts out with hellbilly rock […]Read On »

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CD Review: FAMILY PLOT (5,000 edition) soundtrack

Family Plot soundtrack | ©2010 Varese Sarabande Records

In his 50-year plus career, Alfred Hitchcock had his macabre way with every top composer from Miklos Rozsa to Dmitri Tiomkin (not to mention Bernard Herrmann). So it seemed fitting that he’d go out with a bang by using John Williams, whose suspenseful career was on the fast track with the just-released JAWS. Instead of turning to the knife-slashing suspense one would expect Hitch to sum up his repertoire with, the director went for far more light-hearted fare about a sleazy psychic and her pursuers, taking Williams down a deliciously twisted road of dark comedy that would serve as a […]Read On »

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Profile: THE RITE brings out the devil inside Sir Anthony Hopkins

Anthony Hopkins in THE RITE | &Copy2011 Warner Bros.

Sir Anthony Hopkins is no stranger to horror films or thrillers. Since THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, he has been a part of some of the most memorable big screen scares of the last two decades. His latest thriller THE RITE, which opens this Friday, is no exception. The movie is based on true life occurrences with one of the Catholic Church’s top exorcist priests. In the film the young priest journeys to Rome to be instructed in exorcism rites, and encounters Hopkins’ character, a priest with thousands of exorcisms under his belt and decades of experience. Since it’s in […]Read On »

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