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Predestination – A Classic Time Travel Story!

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A guy walks into a bar. The bartender asks what he’ll have. ‘Old Underwear. Leave the bottle,’

It’s a quiet night and the two begin to chat. When he’s about halfway through the bottle, the guy says, ‘I’ll bet you the rest of this bottle that I’ve got the best story you’ve ever heard.’ The bartender is skeptical, but suggests that, if the guy’s story is so good, the bet should be a full bottle. If the guy loses, he adds twenty to the tip and they’re square. The guy agrees.

The bartender finally says, ‘Okay, what have you got?’ The guy looks him in the eye and begins…

‘When I was a little girl…’

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The Color of Time – A Student Film That Feels Like It!

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The Color of Time was made by the members of a class James Franco taught at NYU – a peculiar mix of poetry and biography based on the poems by Pulitzer Prize winner C.K. Williams. The film’s content is a collection of vignettes composed of memories, poetry and Williams’ struggle to write new material as he prepares for an appearance to read his work.

The reason I say that The Color of Time feels like a student film is not because of any lack of polish, but because it looks and feels free of the need to be commercial; to fit into a specific niche. Franco’s students have clearly been taught well when it comes to both technique and thinking for themselves.

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Doctor Who: The Complete Eighth Series – He’s Scottish – He Can Complain!

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One of the two masterstrokes in the creation of Doctor Who is a machine that can take its pilot anytime in the universe (and to some points outside it), thus opening up the possibility of telling any/every kind of story imaginable. The other is the idea that when The Doctor gets too old/damaged, he can regenerate – making it possible for the show to carry on even if an actor is unable/chooses not to go on.

The eighth season of the current run of Doctor Who introduced the Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) (the fourteenth if you want to be sticky about it, but for all intents and purposes the twelfth) and did something that hadn’t been done before in the show’s fifty-one year history – it gave us a hero who didn’t believe in heroes… and wasn’t even sure if he was a good man. The result was an almost intoxicatingly odd season.

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Dark Apocalyptic Comedy LFO Comes To DVD!

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LFO – a high-quality, low-fi science fiction black comedy (Eclipse gave it an A following its appearance at the Calgary International Film Festival) – works just as well on a small screen as it did in the theater because for all that it successfully achieves its ambitions, it is an intimate study on one man’s descent into madness.

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Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka – Meet the First Ninth Doctor!

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For the fortieth anniversary of Doctor Who – with no hope of a TV reboot (or any other celebration) of the show on tap – a couple of BBC employees decided to create an animated web series. Doctor Who: Scream of the Shalka was that web series – a Flash animation adventure of a slightly vampiric-looking Ninth Doctor voiced by Richard E. Grant.

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Doctor Who: The Green Death Special Edition – The Doctor Goes Eco-Warrior!

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Doctor Who has always been known for spinning interesting, even classic yarns; for somehow managing, despite serious budgetary constraints, to create visual effects that could be creepy, scary and effective – some of the time. What Doctor Who had never done – before The Green Death – was consciously produce a message story. In the final adventure to feature Jo Grant, Doctor Who took on the challenge of environmental issues – and the possibilities of artificial intelligence – in one of the show’s most rewarding serials.

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DVD Review: God Bless America: Bobcat Goldthwaite Takes Out The Trash!

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If you’ve ever been ticked off by a jerk who not only zips into that parking space you were heading for, but parked diagonally across its neighboring space as well; if you’ve ever wanted to wring the necks of a group of kids chattering through a movie, or put a definitive end to reality shows built around screaming, spoiled brats or self-indulgent bimbos, then God Bless America might just be the movie for you.

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The Killing: The Complete First Season – Two Weeks In A Frustrating Murder Investigation!

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AMC’s The Killing debuted to rave reviews and hit us with four or five amazing episodes of television before seeming to wander off and devolve into self-indulgence for four episodes before roaring back with three amazing episodes to finish its first season. The season finale puzzled some, infuriated others and intriguing just as many. The extras on the first season DVD set go a long way toward explaining the series plan in a way that should win back the most frustrated and infuriated viewers – they’ve certainly got me anticipating season two.

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DVD Review: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo Rocks The Small Screen!

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When I reviewed David Fincher’s The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo for its theatrical release, I noted that it surprised me because it was as good as the earlier, Swedish version that made Noomi Rapace familiar to an international audience. Considering its length and the fact that it’s very much a film that should be seen in a theater, Fincher’s film plays extremely well on the much smaller screen in my living-room.

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Battle Royale: The Complete Collection 4-Disc Collector’s Set – Before The Hunger Games There Was Battle Royale!

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Battle Royale – and its sequel, Battle Royale II – are among the most brutally beautiful movies I’ve ever seen. The original film is about a class of junior high school students are dumped on a deserted island and forced to kill each other off; the sequel, finds another ninth grade class being forced to attack the survivors of the first film – who have declared war on the adults responsible for the Battle Royale law.

Previously available in North America only in bootleg editions with dodgy subtitles, or very basic releases, these two films have a four-disc DVD release that comes with both the original theatrical release of the first film and the Special Edition that followed, the second film, and over two hours of bonus features.

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2-Disc Set Shows That Puss In Boots Is Terrific In 2D Too!

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Dreamworks Animation’s Puss In Boots was a big hit in 3D, but, as the DVD release shows, it’s great fun in 2D, too – and the DVD Double Pack contains both a new Puss adventure – The Three Diablos – and plenty of bonus material.

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