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Guess the Fake Foreign Movie Titles

July 30, 2009 – 11:04 pm | 10 Comments

Earlier this week, I reviewed Stieg Larsson’s novel, The Girl Who Played with Fire, the sequel to The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, which was originally titled Men Who Hate Women in Swedish.
This got me …


July 28, 2009 – 1:15 am | 6 Comments

When I read the first book in Stieg Larsson’s Millenium trilogy, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (see my review here), I finished it in a two-and-a-half-day marathon. I beat my own record when I swallowed …


July 26, 2009 – 10:58 pm | 21 Comments

The clip below of Terry Gilliam’s movie shows Heath Ledger as Tony, who’s part of a troupe of performers trying to save Dr. Parnassus’s daughter from the Devil. Parnassus (Christopher Plummer) had promised his daughter …

Review: David Mazzucchelli's ASTERIOS POLYP

July 24, 2009 – 10:40 pm | 7 Comments
ap & hana

This review was written by contributing writer Thuy Dinh, an editor of the webzine Da Mau and my resident expert on graphic novels. —PCN


As children, my cousin Allan and I would spy on Mrs. Seven, …

Breaking News About James Cameron's AVATAR

July 23, 2009 – 3:58 pm | 10 Comments

James Cameron showed 25 minutes of Avatar at Comic-Con today and the reactions range from “jaw-dropping,” “gasp-worthy,” “indescribable” to “historic.” Since the lucky people who got to see it are having a hard time putting …

Review: JULIE & JULIA–The Movie

July 22, 2009 – 10:40 pm | 12 Comments
Columbia Pictures/Jonathan Wenk

Even though I’d eaten a perfectly good dinner right before the screening of Julie & Julia (opening August 7), I went home after the movie and ate some more. Talk about a gut reaction.
The film—based …

Teaser Trailer for Tim Burton's ALICE IN WONDERLAND!

July 22, 2009 – 3:11 pm | 13 Comments

Oh man, this is WILD. Check out the teaser trailer below and tell me what you think. Johnny Depp seems even loopier as the Mad Hatter than as Captain Jack and I love it when …

Exclusive First Look at Robert Crais's FIRST RULE

July 19, 2009 – 7:24 pm | 33 Comments
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Last week, author Robert Crais unveiled excerpts from his hotly anticipated novel, The First Rule, at the Mysterious Galaxy bookstore in San Diego, California. The pub date is vaguely scheduled for January or February 2010. …


July 18, 2009 – 10:20 pm | 9 Comments
jg in persia

Entertainment Weekly just published this first official photo of Jake Gyllenhaal in Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, due next year. Is it just me or is this picture hilarious? That weave! The leather! …


July 18, 2009 – 11:48 am | 18 Comments
jgl & zd chuck zlotnick

(500) Days of Summer is a fresh comedy that defies categorization. It’s not a rom-com exactly because it doesn’t fit into that formula of boy and girl hating each other until they realize they …

FUNNY PEOPLE Is Only Funny In That It Isn't

July 16, 2009 – 12:23 am | 9 Comments
lm & as

A source of mine recently attended a screening of Funny People and sent me the following appraisal. Since I don’t intend to see this movie, I’m posting my source’s assessment but with this caveat: …

Agent Duped, but Not Victimized by Brüno

July 12, 2009 – 11:07 pm | 4 Comments

Some of the press surrounding Brüno (#1 at the box office this weekend with est. $30.4 mil) has questioned the authenticity of the reactions of those shown getting punk’d by Sacha Baron Cohen. After the …

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