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The Human Centipede

The Human CentipedeDr. Heiter (Dieter Laser) is a retired German surgeon who used to specialize in separating Siamese twins.  But retirement can get boring, so it’s good to have a hobby.  Dr. Heiter’s hobby is trying to surgically connect three people together, mouth to anus.  Why would anyone want to do this?  I don’t know.  Why were Bela Lugosi and George Zucco always trying to transplant human brains into the bodies of gorillas in those poverty row horror flicks from the thirties? Continue reading ‘The Human Centipede’

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Stream On: Taking a Look at the Netflix Streaming Video Service

Netflix StreamingIf you watch any television at all, you’ve no doubt seen the Netflix ads in which they promote their streaming video service.  As long as you have one of the company’s “unlimited” DVD or Blu-ray rental memberships, you have access to a library of around 17,000 movies, TV shows and concerts to watch on demand at no additional cost, and with no limits on the amount of streaming programming. Continue reading ‘Stream On: Taking a Look at the Netflix Streaming Video Service’

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‘UP IN THE AIR’ is a Good, but Lightweight Film

Up in the AirRyan Bingham (George Clooney) is a professional hatchet man.  When businesses have to downsize, he’s the guy who gets called in to deliver the bad news.  Bingham has no close friends or family, and loves having a job that keeps him constantly on the move from one city to the next, living out of airports and hotel rooms.  He finds a kindred spirit in businesswoman Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga). Continue reading ‘‘UP IN THE AIR’ is a Good, but Lightweight Film’

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James Cameron Keeps His Crown with ‘Avatar’

AvatarAfter the death of his twin brother, Paraplegic marine Jake Sully (Sam Worthington) voyages to the alien world of Pandora to complete the mission his late sibling had signed up for.  The mission involves transferring Jake’s consciousness into an artificially grown body called an avatar via some futuristic gizmo.  These avatars have been created to look like the native humanoid population, known as the Na’vi. Continue reading ‘James Cameron Keeps His Crown with ‘Avatar’’

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Absolutely Fantastic!

Fantastic Mr. FoxRather than try for a slavishly faithful adaptation of Roald Dahl’s book The Fantastic Mr. Fox, director Wes Anderson has opted to reshape it to suit his own distinctive style and themes.  The basic premise, that Mr. Fox (voiced by George Clooney) steals food and beverages from three mean and nasty farmers, is the same.   However, Anderson has added new characters and plot elements to the tale that give the movie a flavor unmistakably his own. Continue reading ‘Absolutely Fantastic!’

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2012: Disasterpiece Theater

20122012 is completely ridiculous trash that turns massive destruction and the deaths of billions of people (including, by implication, just about everyone watching it) into fodder for entertainment.   Of course the disaster movies of the seventies did the same thing on a smaller scale, and who can resist The Towering Inferno or Earthquake? Continue reading ‘2012: Disasterpiece Theater’

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