All posts by Sheldon Wiebe

Rocket Science: Indie Captures the Realities of High School and Adolescence With Humor and Compassion!

Rocket Science Review EclipseMagazine.com DVD Reviews 

It’s not every day that a film not only captures the feel of high school and the look of it. Rocket Science, a small gem of a film does just that – in spades.

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Lipstick Jungle: Prime Soap for Primetime!

Lipstick Jungle Review EclipseMagazine.com Television 

Lipstick Jungle [NBC, Thursdays, 10/9C] is Darren Star’s [Sex and the City] latest primetime soap. It’s about three women who have risen to the tops of their chosen professions while remaining good friends/confidantes/advisors. It is the second of two similarly themed series to premiere in the new year – it’s also the one that’s worth watching.

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Stargate Atlantis Welcomes Robert Picardo and Episode 100 in Season 5!

Stargate Atlantis Season 5 EclipseMagazine.com Television 

Stargate Atlantis is getting a new commander for its fifth season –which also includes the series’ 100th episode – when it begins production in Vancouver, B.C., Canada later this month. Continue reading Stargate Atlantis Welcomes Robert Picardo and Episode 100 in Season 5!

Swamp Thing: The Series : Cheap & Cheesy – But True to the Spirit of the Comic!

The Series Review EclipseMagazine.com TVonDVD 

With the WGA strike about to hit the three month mark, and with limited new episodes of our favorite programs remaining [and most done for the year, or at least until late April/early May], here’s a suggestion: try a few cable series that have recently premiered on DVD. Today we’re looking at one of USA’s earliest series, Swamp Thing: The Series, the first season of which – from Shout Factory! – is now in stores.

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John Rambo Is No Rocky Balboa!

Rambo Review EclipseMagazine.com Movies

Despite an opening montage that tells us Rambo is going to Say Stuff and Be About Something, it proceeds from that point to be a luridly messy action flick that has its roots in the exploitation flicks of the sixties. Sadly, writer/director/star Sylvester Stallone – who really got the final Rocky movie right – has nowhere near the same feel for his John J. Rambo character.

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Trading Spaces: Paige Davis Talks to Eclipse and Returns In Triumph!

Paige Davis Interview EclipseMagazine.com Television

Although you would never have guessed from the way Paige Davis handled her unceremonious firing from TLC’s number one show at the time, Davis was not a happy camper away from the show – even though she really enjoyed the last three shows she did before she left. As we all know, folowing Davis’ departure, Trading Spaces’ ratings soared in exactly the same way that bricks don’t [to borrow from Douglas Adams] and, following an administrative change at TLC – and a change in production companies for the series – Davis makes her triumphant return this Saturday [TLC, 10/9C]. I had the opportunity to do a phone interview with Davis, and it was instructive – she is totally irrepressible and a genuinely nice human being.

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Gone Country: Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Gone Country Review EclipseMagazine.com Television 

There are two things you need to know about me that are relevant to this review: I hate reality TV with the purplest of passions, and although I was raised with country music, from 1963 on, I’ve been a rocker at heart. That said, the one-hour premiere of Gone Country [Friday, CMT, 8/7C] – which takes seven very non-country entertainers and tries to turn them into country stars – is pure fun!

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Cloverfield Gives The Classic Monster Movie A Fresh Spin!

 Cloverfield Review EclipseMagazine.com Movies

It’s a good thing that Cloverfield is only eighty minutes long [not including closing credits] – otherwise I might not have been able to leave the theatre afterward! As it was, I felt like I had been through an actual wringer when the lights came up.

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