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KLASSICS FOR KIDS: “Tron” (1981)

Review in a nutshell: Goofy.

Review in a coconut shell: Goofy with a lot of special effects.

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A game designer gets ripped off by a company, so he goes into a computer world, leads a revolution, gets proof, comes out again, and takes over the company.

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SATURDAY MORNING B-MOVIE CRAP FEST: “Moon Zero-Two” (1969)

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I almost feel like I’m violating the unwritten rules of the Saturday Morning B-Movie Crap Fest, which have been passed down to us by the elders since time immemorial, nearly three months ago.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Spy Kids: All the Time in the World

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Allow me to begin by saying that I never saw any of the previous Spy Kids flicks. When the first one came out I was 21 and when the third one came out, I was 23, single and still very much childless. I am not the target audience. As an indie filmmaker myself (currently in pre-production of my first feature film submission for Sundance), I am, of course, a fan of Robert Rodriguez. His story, I hope, may someday be mine. A man with no money but vision and determination who forces the big Hollywood machine to shut up and take notice. Now, having said that, I must now say this: Robert Rodriguez has very much pimped himself out to the Hollywood beaurocracy he once scoffed at. Robert, if you're reading this, please hand in your indie card and allow El Mariachi to go out of print, because you ain't that dude any more.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "LaMB" (2009)

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Review LaMB

It being summer and all the teachers being out of the high school I work at I’ve had the opportunity catch up on my movies and find new things while I’m working.  LaMB is one of the new things I’ve discovered (Hulu seems to be a veritable treasure trove for interesting independent scifi offerings), and it has an interesting premise.  Apparently humanity has trashed the Earth and has had to head out into space to find a new place to live, rather like Firefly and several other scifi movies, shows, stories.

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DVD MOVIE REVIEW: Paul (Unrated Version)

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Paul is the latest opus from British comedy duo Simon Pegg and Nick Frost (Hot Fuzz, Shaun of the Dead). It tells the story of two nerds from England on holiday from England to attend Comi-Con, where they meet their favorite comic artist, Adam Shadowchild (who struck me as being quite similar and possibly based on Marv Wolfman, who wasn't the most inviting person I've ever met at a convention) and travel the USA, visiting important UFO sites like Area 51 and Roswell, New Mexico.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Rise of the Planet of the Apes

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I'm a fan of the Apes franchise. The 1968 original is a science fiction masterpiece that actually manages to surpass the source material (but with such a deadly dull novel and a screenplay written by Rod Serling, this isn't hard). I liked the second and fifth movies (Beneath the Planet and Battle for the Planet), I loved the Apes TV series and I loved immensely the Tim Burton version (not a popular view, but it's mine). The third movie in the bunch (Escape from the Planet) is pretty boring and the fourth movie (Conquest of the Planet) was better, but still not quite Planet of the Apes. Rise of the Planet is basically a remake of the two movies that weren't that great to begin with.

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MOVIE REVIEW: "The Man From Earth" (2007)

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MOVIE REVIEW: “The Man from Earth”

“The Man from Earth” is something strange among modern science fiction movies in that it has almost no action and all drama and tension derive themselves from the characters and their dialog.  The script was crafted by Jerome Bixby (the movie is also known as “Jerome Bixby’s The Man from Earth”), who was most famous for writing the original mirror universe episode of Star Trek and the original story that the “It’s a Good Life” episode of the Twilight Zone was based on.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Pokemon: “Arceus and the Jewel of Life” (2009)

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ORIGINALLY PUBLISHED ON 11/22/09

I ended up blowing off Iron Man on Friday night so I could watch this film and review it for you. Unfortunately stuff came up, and I didn't get to post it until Sunday. Meanwhile I went ahead and watched the Saturday repeat of Iron Man, and reviewing that before I completed writing this one. Obviously planning is not my strong suit, and I've always had a delicate relationship with time.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The First Avenger tells the story of Steve Rogers, a young guy who wants nothing more than to serve his country by fighting in World War II. The only problem is he's been classified 4F (unfit for military service). Steve's best friend, James "Bucky" Barnes, is a sergeant in the US Army and although he feels for his friend, he knows he wouldn't last long in battle with his frail frame. Bucky tries to talk Steve into giving up on the Army, but can't help but support him every time he tries to enlist (using different aliases in different recruiting offices). It is during one of these conversations that Steve's determination is noticed by a German scientist who is looking for candidates for his super soldier program.

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