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Now Playing: One Spaceship Flies Over the Cuckoo’s Nest in ‘Pandorum’

26 Sep

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September 26th, 2009–

Here’s the Great Fatsby with his review of Pandorum. How did it pan out? Good, bad, craptastic? I’ll let him fill you in on the details. Take it away Fatsby….

cinemagrade c+As a big fan of both the science fiction and horror genres, from cheesy to classic, I’ve always had a particular love of sci-fi horror.  Any time you can blend two of my favorite elements into one delicious product, like the almighty Reeses Peanut Butter Cup, I’m hooked.  The most recent truly great mixture of these, in my mind, is Event Horizon.  Come on, it’s like Hellraiser (and by that I mean parts 1 and 2, not the 8 other crappy sequels) on a spaceship – beam me up, Scotty.  So I was fairly excited to see Pandorum, and was only mildly disappointed. Continue reading

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Bloglins #1: Pandorum, Baltimore Book Festival, Dollhouse 2.0, Weekend DVDs

25 Sep

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September 25th,2009–

Happy weekend everyone! Here we are on Friday night and consider me exhausted. I’ve got a Surrogates review to write and AMAD to cover before I hit the sack so I’ll keep this one short. One of the new features for Cinematropolis is Bloglins, a forum for mini-reader reviews and feedback related to current pop culture items. Below I’ve got four topics I want to hear more from you on. Just post or email me a 100 word or less review/comment/update on any of the below bits and I’ll publish them below with your name, website and any info you wish to be included. Enjoy! My email is  j_echo@hotmail.com. Continue reading

Friday Flicks: New to Theaters 09/25/09

25 Sep

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It’s another jam-packed movie weekend in Baltimore and the fall season is off and running. There’s a really great selection of films opening today and I’ve currently only seen one of them. With the four (count ’em–four!) new movies debuting at The Charles and three other high profile pics opening everywhere else, there’s more than enough to go around. Add in all the films already playing and it’s a smorgasbord of choices. Continue reading

Movie Review: Aww Crap!! I Really Liked ‘G.I. Joe’!

1 Sep

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G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra (PG-13)

Ok, so now that I’m back from Myrtle Beach and vacation, I’m going to try to get things caught up here at the blog and then launch into a more structured schedule for the rest of the year. First things first, though. I got a chance to see several new movies over the break, and I’ll be putting the reviews for all of them up over the course of today and tomorrow.

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Let’s start with arguably the most surprising movie I saw last week—G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra. I had briefly contemplated seeing this proudly obvious feature-length toy commercial a few weeks ago when it was initially released. Some friends were going, and a project prevented me from joining them.  Jen was not interested in the least, so we skipped it. Afterall, there were plenty of other movies out that we wanted to see and there was no need to take a chance on something that was likely a disappointment.

Fast-forward to mid-afternoon last Wednesday, in 95 deg South Carolina heat, after several days of swimming, shopping, mini-golfing, and wandering about. Outdoors it felt hot enough to roast a chicken, so we headed over to the Carmike Cinemas at Broadway and the only movie that worked for our timeframe was G.I. Joe. Add to that the fact that matinee prices in SC are 5.50 and we decided to take the plunge.  

And to my delight—and a little dismay—I really liked it. After the final scene had played, and the lights came up over the techno-rock-rap credits tune, I turned to find an equally surprising sight; my wife was smiling and she too had enjoyed it. It would be easy enough to chalk up our entertained state to our surroundings, the fact we were on vacation, or that the nearest similar film, Transformers, had been an epileptic violation of every storytelling rule ever set down. But no, that’s not the case. Continue reading