October 2008

Kevin Smith Makes a Porno

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
  • IMDB: link

“Sometimes you need someone else to show you the things you can’t see.”

The latest from writer/director Kevin Smith focuses on two lifelong friends and roommates who find themselves under a mountain of debt with no money to pay off rising expenses.

Out of other, more conventional, options Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) decide to make a porno together in hopes of raising enough money to get their water and heat turned back on.

Those familiar with Smith’s films will feel right at home here with the vulgar humor tinged with some sweetness.  There’s also some Star Wars references thrown in, and I would like to know what George Lucas thought of Zack and Miri’s first porno idea.

You’ll also notice some staples of the View Askew universe in small roles including Jason Mewes, Jennifer Schwalbach, and Jeff Anderson as those who chip in to help on the film.

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Changeling

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Changeling
  • IMDB: link

“Miss Collins, if that’s your son I’ll eat my yardstick.”

Based on a true story the film, set in Los Angeles of the 1920’s, tells the tale of Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) and her missing son.

When the police reunite her with who they believe to be her son Collins quickly finds plenty of evidence to support her own feelings that this boy is not Walter.  Attempts to get the police to acknowledge their mistakes fall on deaf ears and eventually Collins is thrown into an asylum for her “irrational” behavior.  Cue the inevitable electro-shock scene.

Director Clint Eastwood gives us a terrific looking picture filled with crazy and bizarre events.  However the film’s mood is never quite right and many of the disturbing events, such as the inane explanations in the change of Walter by the officer in charge (Jeffrey Donovan) and a doctor (Peter Gerety), come off silly rather than menacing.

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RocknRolla

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: RocknRolla
  • IMDB: link

There is no honor among thieves.

The latest from writer/director Guy Ritchie is a bit of a convoluted tale of real-estate scams in London.  Lenny Cole (Tom Wilkinson) runs an under the table service of getting property rights quickly passed through red tape for an exorbitant fee.  Anyone needing business done quickly has no other option than to go through Cole.

After bilking two tough guys (Gerard Bulter, Idris Elba) out of their dream, and getting them to owe him money, Cole moves onto business with a Russian (Karel Roden).  Here’s where things get complicated.

In need of some fast cash One Two (Butler) and Mumbles (Elba) take a job from an associate (Thandie Newton) to rob a large supply of money coming into London.  Unknown to the pair the money is the payoff the Russian is bringing to Cole, and its theft jeopardizes the business deal.

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AMC Introduces New Theater Experience

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2008

in Announcements 

Movie watchers close to Olathe, KS may want to mosey on down to AMC Studio 30 for the unveling of their new theater experience.  The Grand Opening begins tomorrow and involves a giveaways, a silent auction, live music, and more!  I recently toured the newly refurbished wing and I’ll tell you all about it inside.

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RF’s Top 10 Ladies of CBS

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2008

in Essays 

It doesn’t seem that long ago that the CBS was the senior citizen network.  Taking a gander at today’s CBS made me notice a wider variety of shows (well, those that aren’t CSI spin-offs) and a healthy supply of beautiful leading and supporting actresses.  Today we’ll count down ten of the lovely ladies of CBS .

Just a few facts about the list itself before we get started.  All the ladies below are starring in shows currently airing on CBS.  To whittle down the list, and for some diversity, I also chose no more than one woman from a particular show.  And I chose only actresses; you won’t find “reality”-TV or gameshow contestants on the list.  Honorable mentions who didn’t make the list include Alyson Hannigan, Poppy Montgomery, Rachel Boston and Elizabeth Reaser.  Now on with the show!

10.

Pauley Perrette
“And you wonder why you’re still single.”

Current show – NCIS

Best known for her current role, you might also know her from The Ring, Almost Famous, and guest-roles on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Dawson’s Creek, and JAG.  She was also the lead singer for the former girl-band Lo-Ball.  For more check out Pauley Perette Online and Absolute Pauley Perette.

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Wolves at the Gate

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2008

in Comics

  • Title: Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Eight – “Wolves at the Gate”
  • Comic Vine: link

Drew Goddard picks up the reigns for a four-part storyline, out today in trade paperback, which returns a villain from Season Five (no, not Glory) and a few other surprises as well including Buffy’s night of passion being interrupted by, well, everyone and an oversized street fight between giant Dawn and Mecha-Dawn on the streets of Tokyo.  Throw in great one-liners and more serious heartbreak for Xander and you’ve got a winner.  This is by far the funniest, and the finest, story arc from Season 8 yet!

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8 #12-15

“Oh, hi Buffy.  Hi nude Asian girl….How much Dramamine did I take?”

Drew Goddard takes over the reigns here to bring us a tale packed with humor in an issue you don’t want to miss.  Goddard penned a few episodes of Angel Season Five (most notably “Lineage” and “The Girl in Question”).  As he did in those episodes he takes on some serious issues, but brings plenty of funny, too!

The issue begins with a cute awkward conversation between Xander and Renee and the invasion of Slayer central by wolves.  The tone of Xander is perfect here especially when Renee tells him simply to take her out and her asks “You want me to assassinate you?”  Classic Xander.

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Graphic Novel Goodness

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2008

in Comics

Hey folks, you’ll find the latest comic releases in our Comic Rack, but if you’re just looking to pick up some graphic novels look no further than inside where you’ll find BtVS Vol. 3: Wolves at the Gate, Elektra by Frank Miller Omnibus, Frankenstein, Ghost Omnibus Vol. 1, Green Lantern: In Brightest Day, Hulk: Heart of the Atom, Mighty Avengers Vol. 2: Venom Bomb, Superman/Batman: The Search for Kryptonite, X-Men: Longshot, and much more!

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2008

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, Dynamite Entertainment, IDW Publishing, Archie, and Image Comics.

This week includes Chuck, Justice League of America, Madame Xanadu, Proof, Red Sonja, Solomon Kane, Spawn, Superman, Superman and Batman vs. Vampires and Werewolves, The Sword, Ultimate Spider-Man Annual, the final issues of Checkmate and Spike: After the Fall, and the first issues of Amazing Spider-Man Annual, Battlefields: Night Witches, Hellboy: In the Chapel of Moloch, Marvel Spotlight: Ultimatum, Mirror’s Edge, Sheena: Queen of the Jungle – Dark Rising, and Zen Intergalactic Ninja. That and much, much more inside.

Enjoy issue #93

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Once Upon a Dream

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2008

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Sleeping Beauty
  • IMDB: link

“Not in death, but just in sleep, this fateful prophecy you’ll keep.  And from this slumber you shall wake, when true love’s kiss the spell shall break.”
 

The classic tale of a princess cursed by witch who falls into deep slumber on the night of her 16th birthday only to be awakened by love’s first kiss is, in many ways, one of Walt Disney‘s most amazing accomplishments. However, most people don’t remember that initially Sleeping Beauty was a box office disappointment. The film which took six years and cost $6,000,000 wasn’t an immediate hit in theaters and the overruns had even Walt Disney wondering if feature animation would continue to be a profitable enterprise.

Using new sound and visual technology, the film was the first Disney film to be created in Super Technirama 70 increasing the size and scope of the negative which called for more detailed backgrounds and artwork than ever before.  It’s also the first of the Disney films to put everything on screen in focus allowing the viewer’s eye to move freely between the lush sets and brightly colored characters.

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Chaplin

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2008

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Chaplin
  • IMDB: link

“What do we do now Charlie?”
“Smile.”

It is impossible to discuss Chaplin without first mentioning the singular performance by Robert Downey Jr. There are many biopics where the star does a passable job and others where movie magic truly happens and the actor, to an almost eerie extent (think Jim Carey in Man on the Moon, only better), embodies the subject on film.

Downey may have failed to take home the Oscar (Anthony Hopkins, also in this film, spirited it away for his performance as a cannibal), but there is nothing here to be ashamed of.  From the recreation of Chaplin’s famous scenes to the more intimate moments far from the cinema, Downey gives us a Chaplin that lives and breathes, and a magic that makes us want to go out and buy all of the Tramp‘s films.

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