August 2008

This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The House Bunny
  • IMDB: link

Anna Faris stars as a Playboy bunny who becomes a house mother for a sorority after getting thrown out of the mansion.  Emma Stone, Kat Dennings, Colin Hanks, Katharine McPhee, Beverly D’Angelo, Dana Goodman, Lauren Hill, Kiely Williams, Sarah Wright, and Rachel Specter also star.  Check out the official site and the MySpace page.  The film opens everywhere on Friday. 

This Week in Film

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Rocker
  • IMDB: link

Rainn Wilson stars as a drummer booted out of the hair band Vesuvius, just before they hit it big, who gets a second chance at glory twenty-years later.  The film, loosely inspired on the life of Pete Best contains a cameo from The Beattles former drummer.  Emma Stone, Christina Applegate, Jane Lynch, Josh Gad, Will Arnett, and Teddy Geiger also star.  The movie powerslides into theaters on Wednesday.  Larger trailer available in the Full Diagnosis.

This Week in Documentary Film

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2008

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: I.O.U.S.A.
  • IMDB: link

This new documentary from Patrick Creadon takes a look at the fiscal insecurity and rising debt of the United States current buying on credit model.  The documentary earned a nomination at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Check out the official site.  The film opens on Friday.

The Clone Wars

by Alan Rapp on August 15, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
  • IMDB: link

“You’ve got spunk… I hate spunk!”
—Lou Grant, The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Taking place between Episode II: Attack of the Clones (read the review) and Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (read the review) this new animated film follows Generals Obi-Wan Kenobi (James Arnold Taylor) and Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter) in their continuing battle to put down the resistance of the Separatists and their near-endless supply of droid armies.

When Jabba the Hutt’s (Kevin Michael Richardson) son is taken hostage Anakin, along with his spunky new tweenage padawan Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), is sent to retrieve the young Huttling from Count Dooku’s Dark Jedi assassin Asaji Ventress (Nika Futterman).  Control of Hutt space in the Outer Rim could be a deciding factor in the war and the Republic can not afford the Jedi to fail.

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Blatant Christian Message in ‘Here’

by Ian T. McFarland on August 15, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Henry Poole is Here
  • IMDB: link

Henry Poole Is Here has a lot of things going for it; but unfortunately, most of the things the film does well are outweighed by a religious message that doesn’t restrict itself.  Those who don’t question Christianity won’t have a problem with it, but anyone with different beliefs will feel ignored.

The film begins with the depressed main character Henry Poole (Luke Wilson) moving into a new neighborhood for reasons not revealed until later in the film.  All we know is that Henry keeps on saying he doesn’t plan on living in the house for very long.  As he gets moved in, his days are lazily comprised of sitting in various corners around his house and yard, as he eats frozen pizza, doughnuts, and pours down vodka like it’s water down the sink.

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