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DVD Showcase: The Thinning Hairline Between ‘Knowing’ and Believing

7 Jul

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Knowing (PG-13) 121 min. Directed by:Alex Proyas. Written by:Ryne Douglas Pearson & Juliet Snowden. Starring:Nicolas Cage, Rose Byrne, Chandler Canterbury, D.G. Maloney, Lara Robinson.

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Is the universe governed by determinism or by random event? Do we as human beings exist in it all alone, or is there a greater omniscient force which rules over all of our lives? Are the worlds of science and religion exclusive to themselves, cancelling one another out, or are they simply different lenses through which we view the same events? And the greatest conundrum of all; is Nicolas Cage still capable of making a good movie?  Alex Proyas’ new thriller Knowing, which opened in theaters last March and hits Dvd and Bluray today, raises all of those questions and answers concretely only one. Yes, Virginia, Nicolas Cage managed to not ruin a movie. You will believe a man can stare vacantly and have just cause for doing so.  Continue reading

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Scene Selection: Attack of the Meatloaf Bear!

20 Jun

 

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June 20th,2009-

This is something new I’m trying at Cinematropolis. Nothing fancy, just a series of stills capturing a scene from film history. I’m heading out tomorrow to join some friends camping in Virginia and I thought it apropriate to begin then with one of the more haunting sequences from my childhood movie-watching. In 1979 director John Frankenheimer made a film called Prophecy (not the Chris Walken angel war thingee) based off a novel by the author of The Omen.  It was an environmental knee-jerk thriller with Robert Foxworth looking like Bob Ross (please don’t cut down the happy little trees), Talia Share as his wife, and Armand Assante….as a Native American. This motley crew discover mercury poisoning in the water in New England and its aberrant effects on the local wildlife. The film’s heavy is a result of the mercury mutation; an enraged mother bruin that looks like what would happen if you threw Gentle Ben and a meatloaf into the Brundle Machine and hit ‘deepfry’.  Continue reading

In ‘2012’ something big and dumb will happen!! Count me in! (Pics included)

18 Jun

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June 18th, 2009-

Here it comes again, looking better than it has a right to….Roland Emmerich’s 2012 aka ‘The Day the Earth Accidentally Fell Apart’.  The trailer for this epic bit of silliness arrived on the nets today and I have to say, I’m a goner. I’m gonna see this one for sure, despite my utter lack of enthusiasm for anything with Emmerich’s name on it. Yea, back in the day I got a big kick out of Stargate and Independence Day but to say that I hate Godzilla and The Patriot is an understatement. Day After Tomorrow did nothing for me and I didn’t even manage to retain consciousness for all of 10,000 B.C.

Does this look any different? Not really but the visuals are so insane, and the overall feel of it is rather appealing. What has Emmerich not done to the world that he can do in this one? From the look of things, the entire orb has just started to crumble; like gravity is taking a day off or something. There isnt a cause hinted in the trailer for why the planet is bio-degrading but I’m hoping for something a little more tantalizing than ‘global warming’. One of the most interesting bits of the trailer is the concept of giant Arks created to transport the human race. Transport them where, though? If the world is just being flooded I guess they can be boats, but everything seems to be undoing itself. Does that mean then that the humans are headed for space? How far is Roland ready to take this one?

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