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"THE HANGOVER, PART II" (2011) Review

Two years after the success of the blockbuster comedy, "THE HANGOVER", director Todd Phillips followed up with a sequel about the lead characters' adventures in Bangkok, Thailand, following another disastrous bachelor's party. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis returned to star in this sequel. Read more... )
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Below are images from "THE HANGOVER, PART II", the sequel to the 2009 comedy hit. Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie stars Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms: Read more... )
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"NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" (1986) - EPISODE THREE "September 1862 - August 1863"

I have mixed feelings about Episode Three of "NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II". Fortunately, most of my feelings are positive. This episode featured the Battle of Antietam, the Battle of Gettysburg, and a major schism in the Main family, regarding Madeline Main and her two sisters-in-law - Brett Hazard and Ashton Huntoon. But there was still certain aspects of this episode that I did not find particularly appealing. Read more... )
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"DUE DATE" (2010) Review

I have always been a fan of road trip movies. This come from a love of long-distance traveling that I managed to acquire over the years. Some of my favorite movies have featured road trips - ”IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT”, ”SMOKEY AND THE BANDIT”, ”MIDNIGHT RUN” and even ”PLANES, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES”. Because of this, I looked forward to seeing ”DUE DATE”, Todd Phillips' 2010 movie that starred Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis. Read more... )
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Below are images from the 2010 comedy called "DUE DATE". Directed by Todd Phillips, the movie starred Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis: Read more... )
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"NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" (1986) - EPISODE TWO "July 1861 - August 1862" Commentary

Episode Two began with the aftermath of Bull Run. It also featured Brett Main Hazard and Semiramis' journey to South Carolina, Orry Main's wedding to his widowed neighbor Madeline LaMotte, and Elkhannah Bent and Ashton Main Huntoon's smuggling operations. I wish I could be objective about this particular episode, but I cannot. I dislike it too much. It is one of the main reasons why I have so much difficulty with "NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" in the first place. Read more... )
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"SALT" (2010) Review

It has been a while since I last saw an original movie directed by Philip Noyce. In fact, the last one I can recall was 2002’s "THE QUIET AMERICAN". Imagine my surprise when I discovered he had been chosen to direct Angelina Jolie’s new action thriller called "SALT". Read more... )
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Here are some images from the new political thriller, "SALT". Directed by Phillip Noyce, the movie stars Angelina Jolie, Liev Schreiber and Chiwetel Ejiofor: Read more... )
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"NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" (1986) - EPISODE ONE "JUNE-JULY 1861" Commentary

Judging from past articles I have written about the "NORTH AND SOUTH" Trilogy, one would surmise that of the three miniseries that have aired in the past decades (two in the 1980s and one in the 1990s) that I seemed to have the most problem with the second miniseries in the trilogy, namely "NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II". And if I have to be honest, one would be right. Read more... )
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THE MAJOR PROBLEMS OF "NORTH AND SOUTH: BOOK II" (1986)

In the eyes of many fans of the trilogy of miniseries based upon John Jakes’ saga, ”The NORTH AND SOUTH Trilogy”, the only miniseries not worthy of the entire saga is the third one - ”HEAVEN AND HELL: North and South Book III”. I wish I could agree with them. Read more... )
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”THE HULK” (2003) Review

Poor Ang Lee. His 2003 adaptation of the Marvel Comics character, Bruce Banner aka the Hulk, has been the target of hostility and contempt from comic book fans for the past six-to-seven years. Read more... )
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Below are photos from the 2003 adaptation of the Marvel comic book character, the Incredible Hulk. Directed by Ang Lee, the movie starred Eric Bana, Jennifer Connolly, Nick Nolte, Sam Elliot and Josh Lucas: Read more... )
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"THE DIVORCEE" (1930) Review

I just watched "THE DIVORCEE" last night. This 1930 MGM film tells the story of a happily married couple, whose marriage crumbles under the taint of infidelity. This is the second time I have seen this film and again, found myself surprised at how much I enjoyed it.Read more... )
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Below are photos from "THE DIVORCEE", the 1930 adaptation of Ursula Parrott's novel called "Ex-Wife". Directed by Robert Z. Leonard, the movie starred Oscar winner Norma Shearer and Chester Morris:Read more... )
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"THUNDERBALL" (1965) Review

I had just viewed the 1965 Bond movie, “THUNDERBALL” for the first time in several years. And I can see why this movie is considered to be one of my all time favorite Bond flicks. But I do not think I can state why in one or two sentences. Read more... )
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Below are images from "THUNDERBALL", the 1965 adaptation of Ian Fleming's 1961 novel and Jack Whittingham's 1959 screenplay, "Longitude 78 West". Directed by Terence Young, the movie starred Sean Connery as James Bond: Read more... )
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"PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST" (2006) Review

Not long ago, I had watched the second movie in the "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN" franchise for the umpteenth time, namely "DEAD MAN'S CHEST". First of all, I would like to say that originally, I had not been that keen on the idea of a sequel or two to "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: Curse of the Black Pearl". Read more... )
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Below are images from "PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: DEAD MAN'S CHEST", the 2006 entry in the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN movie franchise. Directed by Gore Verbinski, the movie starred Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow: Read more... )
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"STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE" (1977) Review

Long ago (thirty-eight years and four months, to be exact) and in a galaxy far, far away, producer-director-writer George Lucas made film history with the release of his movie, "STAR WARS: EPISODE IV - A NEW HOPE". Only, during the summer of 1977, it was simply known as "STAR WARS". And this science-fiction/fantasy homage to Saturday morning serials and mythology was something that moviegoers had never seen before. Read more... )

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