Monthly Archives: October 2012

New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases (10/30/12)

As Halloween draws ever closer, this week’s new DVD and Blu-Ray releases include another horror classic, this one by the folks of Criterion, often referred to as the Rolls Royce of DVD reproductions.  Plus, we have two smart and witty independent films.   How to describe an oddball story like Ruby Sparks?  It’s a romantic […]

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Cloud Atlas – Film Review

The original novel upon which Cloud Atlas is based told six separate stories that somehow bridged together to make one whole.  The book was a huge success and upon publication won several prestigious awards. Because of the structure and the several interlocking stories, many considered the novel unfilmable.  They were right. The book told the […]

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Smashed – Film Review

When first grade schoolteacher Kate Hannah (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) begins her day, she sneaks in a quick drink in the parking lot before getting out of her car.  Already hung-over from the previous evening’s binge, Kate then faces her class.  By all accounts she appears to be a good teacher.  Then, in front of the […]

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Pusher – Film Review

Pusher is a British remake of a Scandinavian cult classic of 1996, and by all accounts it’s a virtual copy. Frank (Richard Coyle) is a drug dealer who has enjoyed the high life, but things are spinning out of control and they’re spinning fast.  A deal that went wrong means Frank has to answer directly […]

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New DVD and Blu-Ray Releases (10/23/12)

This week’s new DVD and Blu-Ray releases includes one for Halloween, a sci-fi classic and a new release.   Magic Mike surprised many earlier this year by doing better than expected business at the box-office.  Loosely based on Channing Tatum’s own experience as a male stripper, Magic Mike is the story of a young man […]

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Oklahoma! – Theatre Review – Arizona Broadway Theatre, Peoria

In 1931 there was a play by Lynn Riggs called Green Grow the Lilacs.  It was never particularly well received and today it is all but forgotten, except for one important detail: it became the basis for the 1943 Rodgers and Hammerstein musical, Oklahoma! Oklahoma! was the first production that paired Rodgers with Hammerstein and […]

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