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2017-08-15 01:31 pm

"JERICHO" RETROSPECT: (1.01) "Pilot - The First Seventeen Hours"

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"JERICHO" RETROSPECT: (1.01) "Pilot: The First Seventeen Hours"

It took me quite a while to get over CBS' cancellation of the 2006-2008 post-apocalypse series, "JERICHO". Quite a while. But when I recently watched the series' first episode, "Pilot: The Seventeen Hours", my anger returned. Somewhat. After all, five years had past since the series' cancellation. And I know it will never come back. Read more... )
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2017-08-07 04:09 pm

"FAST FIVE" (2011) Review




"FAST FIVE" (2011) Review

I have never seen a movie from the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise before 2011. Never. I never had the inclination to see any of these movies, despite the series being a consistent cash cow for producer Neal H. Moritz and Universal Studios for the past decade. One might begin to wonder what led me to see the franchise's latest entry, "FAST FIVE". Read more... )
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2017-07-26 07:20 pm

"SENSE AND SENSIBILITY" (1981) Image Gallery

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Below are images of "SENSE AND SENSIBILITY", the 1981 BBC adaptation of Jane Austen's 1811 novel. Directed by Rodney Bennett and adapted by Alexander Baron, the miniseries starred Irene Richards and Tracey Childs: Read more... )
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2017-07-06 05:54 pm

Hangtown Fry



Below is an article on the 19th century California dish called "Hangtown Fry": Read more... )
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2017-06-28 07:41 pm

"J. EDGAR" (2011) Review




"J. EDGAR" (2011) Review

Actor/director Clint Eastwood directed his third - or possibly fourth - biopic film, during his career, with "J. EDGAR", an examination of the career and private life of F.B.I. director, J. Edgar Hoover. The movie starred Leonard Di Caprio as the infamous lawman. Read more... )
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2017-06-24 10:40 pm

"FAST FIVE" (2011) Photo Gallery



Below are images from "FAST FIVE", the fifth entry in the FAST AND FURIOUS franchise. Directed by Justin Lin, the movie stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson: Read more... )
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2017-06-19 03:20 pm

"CRANFORD" (2007) Review




"CRANFORD" (2007) Review

Ten years ago, the BBC aired a five-part miniseries adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell’s series of stories about a small town in North West England. After viewing the 2004 miniseries, "NORTH AND SOUTH", my curiosity regarding the 2007 miniseries became piqued and I turned my attention toward it. Read more... )
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2017-06-07 05:51 pm

"J. EDGAR" (2011) Photo Gallery

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Below are images of Clint Eastwood's 2011 biopic about F.B.I. director, J. Edgar Hoover. The movie starred Leonardo Di Caprio: Read more... )
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2017-06-04 10:39 am

Top Five Favorite Episodes Five Favorite "LOST" Season Two (2005-2006)

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Below is a list of my top five favorite episodes from Season Two of "LOST" (2004-2010). The series was created by Jeffrey Lieber, J. J. Abrams and Damon Lindelof; and produced by the latter and Carlton Cuse. Read more... )
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2017-05-25 12:57 pm

"TOTAL RECALL" (2012) Review

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"TOTAL RECALL" (2012) Review

Twenty-two years ago, moviegoers rushed to see a movie called "TOTAL RECALL", an adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1966 novella called "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". Directed by Paul Verhoeven, the 1990 movie starred Arnold Schwartzenegger and was a big hit.Read more... )
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2017-05-14 09:42 pm

"NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" (1986) - Episode Six "March-April 1865" Commentary

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"NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" (1986) - EPISODE SIX "March-April 1865" Commentary

I hate to say this, but whenever I watch "NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II", I usually heave a sigh of relief after the last episode fades away. I have never done this with the other two miniseries - "NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK I" and "HEAVEN AND HELL: NORTH AND SOUTH BOOK III". But with the 1986 production, I usually do. There is something about watching this particular production usually ends up as hard work for me. Read more... )
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2017-05-10 10:13 pm

"THE TEN COMMANDMENTS" (1956) Review




"THE TEN COMMANDMENTS" (1956) Review

It has been a long time since I saw Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 movie, "THE TEN COMMANDMENTS". A long time. When I was young, my family and I used to watch the film on television, every Easter Sunday. By the time I reached my early to mid-twenties, I stopped watching the movie. Read more... )
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2017-05-04 11:56 am

"TOTAL RECALL" (2012) Photo Gallery

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Below are images from "TOTAL RECALL", the new adaptation of Philip K. Dick's 1966 short story, "We Can Remember It for You Wholesale". Directed by Len Wiseman, the movie stars Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel: Read more... )
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2017-05-01 09:22 pm

"24" and the Breaking Point



After watching last week’s episode of ”24”, it occurred to me that I had put up a lot with this series over the past eight or nine years. Perhaps a bit too much – especially since Season Three. But this last episode proved to be the final straw for me. Read more... )
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2017-04-26 12:58 pm

"PRIDE AND PREJUDICE" (1980) Review




”PRIDE AND PREJUDICE” (1980) Review

As many fans of Jane Austen must know, there have been several screen and television adaptations of the author’s most celebrated novel, ”Pride and Prejudice”, published in 1813. I usually come across at least five of those versions – including the six-part BBC adaptation that aired in the U.S. in 1980. The miniseries was adapted by Fay Weldon and directed by Cyril Coke. Read more... )
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2017-04-15 09:44 pm

"SHADOW OF THE MOON" (1957/1979) Book Review

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"SHADOW OF THE MOON" (1957/1979) Book Review

I first became aware of British author, M.M. Kaye back in the early 1980s, when I read her famous 1978 bestseller, "THE FAR PAVILIONS". Intrigued by the author’s portrayal of the British and Indian societies in 19th century, I read another one of her novels – namely "SHADOW OF THE MOON". Read more... )
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2017-04-09 09:14 pm

"CALIFORNIA" (1947) Review

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"CALIFORNIA" (1947) Review

I am a history nut. And one of my favorite historical periods that I love to study is the Antebellum Era of the United States. One of my favorite topics from this period is the California Gold Rush. I also love movies. But despite this love, I have been constantly disappointed by Hollywood's inability to create a first-rate movie about Gold Rush. Read more... )