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Was it really that Harrison Ford?

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After Earth: So much for hoping

A while back I expressed hope that with After Earth M. Night Shyamalan might be on the comeback trail. No such luck. When I checked IMDB a couple of days ago it was 5.8 I think, on about 1,500 votes, … Continue reading

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Nicole Kidman, Grace Kelly, hmmm

It seems that a movie about the great Grace Kelly is being made. This covers a year in her post-Hollywood life. It will be interesting to see how it goes. She is being played by Nicole Kidman. I think Kidman … Continue reading

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It’s the hands that are the problem

I’ve just finished watching, belatedly, The Polar Express, which I recorded last year from digital TV. This one is often fingered as representative of the ‘uncanny valley’, in which motion captured animation, and other almost-realistic animation, can result in a … Continue reading

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Lake Placid

Just received a press release for a DVD for the latest in the unexpected monster-in-the-lake franchise, Lake Placid. The new one is called Lake Placid: The Final Chapter. I ducked over to IMDB to see what it might be like … Continue reading

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Raiders of the Lost Ark Blu-ray quality: photography issues or encoding?

The other day I sent my review in to Sound and Image of Paramount’s magnificent new Blu-ray box set: Indiana Jones – The Complete Adventures. This has the four movies plus a disc of extras. In general it looks and … Continue reading

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Those were the days …

… when it was perfectly acceptable to smoke while entertaining children. It was 1940 and Looney Tunes produced one of its finest works, ‘You Ought To Be In Pictures’. This was an animation-on-live-action piece featuring Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. … Continue reading

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Google and the Bacon Number

From a tweet: Joel Golby ?@joelgolby IMPORTANT: if you type “bacon number” + any actor name into Google it will tell you how many degrees of separation they are from Kevin Bacon Damn, it’s true! Simon Phillips’s Bacon number is … Continue reading

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Is M. Night Shyamalan about to uptick?

M. Night Shyamalan has, as I’ve previously written, been on a steady decline since The Sixth Sense, falling from a well-deserved IMDB rating of 8.2 to, most recently, a dreadful one of 4.5. But I see that he is working … Continue reading

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Monsters!

This seems to be a stellar year for Universal and its back catalogue. A few days ago it announced the release of fourteen Hitchcock movies on Blu-ray, and now it has announced for around the same time an eight movie … Continue reading

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