Month: July 2008

The Chronicles Of Narnia : Prince Caspian Review

The four pevensies return in the long antacipated  sequel to The Lion The With And The Wardrobe. As well as the four main cast returning, a new host of cast return to join this compelling adventure. Ben Barnes plays naive and vengeful Prince Caspian who is the heir to the throne. Eddie Izzard also joins the cast as Reecicheep the swashbuckling and bloodthirsty mouse. However this has very string reference to “Puss In Boots” the character in the “Shrek” franchise. Favourites return such as Aslan voice by Liam Neeson and the villianous White Witch (Tilda Swinton) returns briefly in an attempt to re-enter the living world. The film opens as telmarine prince Caspian is woken by his mentor Doctor Cornelius who informs the prince that his aunt has given birth to a boy, this means that Caspians life is in grave danger. Cornelius gives the prince Queen Susans magical horn which he intructs Caspian to use in dire need. Caspian flees into the woods with the telmarines in hot pursuit. Caspian falls off his horse and encounters 3 Narnians who save him. However Caspian is unsure whether they helping him so he blows the horn in need of aid. The pevensies are then transported back to Narnia and soon become aware that 1,300 years have passed in Narnia and a lot has occured. Their castle Cair Paravel was attacked and...

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I still Want To Believe in The X-Files

  By Natasha Felder Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny reprise their roles as Dana Scully and Fox Mulder in the second installment in the X-Files movie franchise, the aptly tittled The X-Files: I Want To Believe. For those of you who weren’t fans of the show, a brief synopsis. Fox Mulder was an FBI agent, whose life was consumed by The X-Files; a special unit dedicated to the study of paranormal activity. FBI higher ups assigned Mulder a partner, Dr. Dana Scully(A scientist), in order to debunk his work. At the Shows end, Mulder found himself kicked out of the FBI, wrongly convicted of murder and on the run with Scully. The X-Files aired on the Fox Network for 9 years, and it’s fair to say it began the internet fanboy/fangirl phenomena that’s so common today. I know because I used to be one of those fangirls. I’ve been eagerly awaiting a second movie, hoping that creater Chris Carter could breathe some new life into a franchise that went out with a whimper instead of a bang. While “I Want To Believe” isn’t the best movie I’ve seen all summer, I still found it to be intertaining and a decent goodbye to fans.   Gone is the over-complicated mythology that confused some and maddened others. Mulder and Scully are no longer in pursuit of “The Truth”, instead we find...

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Everything’s Cool

Being a firm believer in global warming and the consequences surrounding it, I wasn’t exactly dreading the fact that I had to watch a documentary on it. However, I am not a fan of documentaries and usually find them monotonous. Everything’s Cool dwells on the fact that the Bush Administration tampered with scientific reports and convinced millions of people that taking action towards global warming would plummet us into the next depression. Skeptics believe global warming is a myth, a ludicrous pulp fiction if you will, which ultimately led to labeling the issue as a theory rather than fact. While this documentary has plenty of well-thought data pertaining to the crisis some claim to be the “mother of all problems”, it fails to probe deeper into the subject and provide some inner depth about solutions. Directors Daniel B. Gold and Judith Helfand, who spawned the sub-genre known as “toxic comedy”, point out many problems caused by global warming such as melting ice caps, drastic weather changes, and even migration of insects. In the process of describing these consequences, the directors of the award-winning documentary, titled Blue Vinyl, failed to give any counsel as to what society could do to slow down this irreversible crisis. While this documentary about global warming is considerably more upbeat and has a much more expansive approach to the subject than Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth, it...

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“Reservation Road”: The Tale of a Hit and Run

I happened to see this DVD on sale and read that Joaquin Phoenix was in it so I thought I’d rent it with no idea as to what it was about.  It was directed by Terry George and starring Joaquin Phoenix, Jennifer Connelly, Mark Ruffalo, and short appearances by Mira Sorvino.  The story starts calmly with Ethan Learner (Phoenix) and his wife Grace Learner (Connelly) along with their daughter Emma proudly enjoying their 10 year old son Josh playing the cello at his recital. On the other side of town you see attorney Dwight Arno (Ruffalo) and his son Lucas attending a baseball game to cheer for their favorite team the Red Sox in hopes that they make it to the World Series.  On the way back home from the recital the Learner family decides to stop at a gas station on Reservation Road to rest and grab some stuff.   While the family is busy at the gas station Josh decides to release the lightening bugs that his sister caught in a jar that night by the road.  While Lucas is sleeping on the ride back from the Red Sox game Dwight receives a call from his ex-wife (Mira Sorvino) who is frantic because he is late bringing back their son but he struggles to answer the phone and as he struggles he realizes he ran over someone.  Ethan...

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Mamma Mia!

Directed by Phyllida Lloyd, Mamma Mia is this year’s most memorable musical to date. If you like a movie full of laughs, songs and happy ever afters, then you’re sure to enjoy this light-hearted film. Set on a tiny Greek island in the modern day world, this film concentrates on the character of Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) and her struggle to find out which of Bill (Stellan Skargard), Harry (Colin Firth) and Sam (Pierce Brosnan) is her biological father. At the beginning of this tale, Sophie discovers that Donna, her mother (Meryl Streep), had three relationships with different men around the time that she was conceived, meaning that any of the three men could potentially be her father. Assuming that she will know her father the moment she lays eyes on him, Sophie invites the surprised men to her wedding to fiance Sky (Dominic Cooper) so that her true Dad may walk her down the aisle. When Donna realises that her old flames are at her daughter’s wedding, supressed feelings come rushing back to her about the times she spent with them, clearly holding that summer close to her heart. As the movie goes on, Donna’s closest friends Tanya (Christine Baranski) and Rosie (Julie Walters) help her through the emotional experience of both letting her daughter go and facing her three exs, strengthening their life-long friendship along the way. The entire cast of this film...

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