Capsule No. 79

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Most Recent Movie Reviews:
(complete lists of reviews for 2005, 2006, 2007)

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Movie Review of Hot Rod (2007) [PG-13] 88 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $9.00
When it comes to imagery and setting, Hot Rod comes out of the gate a little confused, a spot it seems to stay in for most of the film. Possessing a look and feel of the middle 70s in almost every way, but with to many modern references, lingo, or conveniences associated with today, it's hard to imagine a the characters actually existing. In this is shared some overlap with Napoleon Dynamite, but that's really the only comparison between the two...continued... or read the spoiler.

Movie Review of Cashback (2007) [R] 102 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.50
Back in February 2006, Sean Ellis's short film, Cashback (2005) had been nominated for an Academy Award for, of course, Best Short Film (read the review) and it was announced that he had secured funding to make the film into a full-length feature. At the time, it seemed like a great idea. There was so much more that could be done with Ben Willis and his time-suspending antics at the Sainsbury supermarket. So, with relish, I finally got a chance to stop by my local art house cinema and see the results of his efforts. It so happens, the film is now also available for purchase on DVD. As I nestled down into my seat with a few other independent film patriots, the new Cashback began with a break-up. Ben Willis (Sean Biggerstaff) and long-term girlfriend Suzy (Michelle Ryan) are face to face with the notion that Ben no longer feels he can live up to her expectations and make her happy in the long run...continued...

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Movie Review of The Bourne Ultimatum (2007) [PG-13] 111 minutes
WIP™ Scale: $13.00
The story, based on Robert Ludlum's novel, concerns two objectives: (a) get Bourne home and finally to the bottom of who he really is, and (b) expose a secret government CIA operation codenamed Blackbriar, that, based on recent revelations during the ongoing U.S.A. Senate investigations into the Attorney General Albert Gonzalez's office, seem far less like fiction and more like Ludlum prophesy. But, you'll have to look at the spoiler points for more on that. So, things get rolling in London when Jason starts to get to the bottom of a series of names. A reporter for the London paper, The Guardian seems to have some useful information as he's been writing about Jason Bourne in the paper. Little does Bourne realize, though, that the reporter has inadvertently hit upon both the people and the operation that created him...continued... - or - read the spoiler points

Other Recent Reviews:
Talk to Me (2007) [R] 118 minutesWIP™ Scale: $14.75
Movie I Know Who Killed Me (2007) [R] 105 minutes WIP™ Scale: $11.75

Recent Movie Star Birthday Tributes:
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Michelle Yeoh
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Loni Anderson
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4 August
Billy Bob Thornton
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Movies Now on DVD and Download:
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300 (2007) [R] -- W.I.P. Scale™ Rating: $12.00
Review-lite: Frank Miller, the graphic novelist behind Sin City takes a decidedly different turn with a similar style in his historically spirited look at the famous battle of Battle of Thermopylae now the startling film 300 directed by Zach Snyder. The most amazing thing about the film is how it looks and feels--not dissimilar in some ways to the feeling of Sin City. For 300, that means a sunset glow for most of the sky with striking figures of Spartans and Persian soldiers battling in fluid motions with time frozen stops in the middle. The effect is visually breathtaking, though admittedly, historically inaccurate. Gerard Butler portrays the Spartan King, Leonidas, phenomenally while his archenemy, King Xerxes, does not fare as well under the guise of Rodrigo Santoro. The dialogue, acting, and storyline are nowhere nearly in the same league as the cinematic achievement resulting in a somewhat disappointing film overall.
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(DVD releases by week back to 12 June 2007)

Movies Coming Soon:
(complete calendar including links to official sites, trailers, and reviews updated through December 2008*)

Friday, 3 August

Bratz: The Movie • The Bourne Ultimatum • Charlie Bartlett • El Cantante • Hot Rod • Underdog

Tuesday, 8 August
Daddy Day Camp

Friday, 10 August

Becoming Jane • Rush Hour 3 • Stardust

*note: Studios constantly change release dates for films. Please be advised that the information on the coming soon page is updated often, but may not be exact.

Movie Poster Extravaganza:
(complete listing of all the movie poster extravaganzas that have been posted at plus a calendar of ones coming soon)

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The Jason Bourne Franchise is honored with the traditional movie poster extravaganza--a trip down memory lane through the Bourne posters.

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