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Wednesday, June 16th, 2010 07:06 1 Comment

Out of Mind: The Stories of H.P. Lovecraft

Out of Mind casts an entertaining eye on the work of American writer H.P. Lovecraft (1890-1937), one of the early 20th century’s masters of gothic-horror literature. The film offers an encounter with Lovecraft and enters into his world. Engaging in a kind of game around the writer, the film playfully winks at some of the themes characteristic of his work: the occult, cursed books, monstrous creatures. Out of Mind draws its inspiration from Lovecraft’s personal correspondence and many of his stories, carrying the viewer through a labyrinth “beyond the wall of sleep.”

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 15:06 Comments Off

Road to Victory

An injured college athlete, accused of taking steroids, falls for a stripper, but is unable to perform sexually. The relationship oscillates between tender and cruel; issues of infidelity, along with doubts about his ability to father children arise, as his on-field performance begins to decline, putting his draft status at stake. Road To Victory is a thoughtful look at the role of gender in the patient / physician relationship, limits imposed on physicians by changes in the health-care industry, and even the limits of drugs designed to replace the physicians. It asks the question of what level of fidelity is acceptable in a relationship where sex isn’t possible. And lastly, it looks behind sensationalized media headlines over steroid abuse, at the human elements that really drive athletes to succeed, and the price associated with the choices required to achieve that success.

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 15:06 1 Comment

Pontypool

The film is set in a radio station in Pontypool, a small village in Ontario, Canada, where one day the morning team starts taking reports of extreme, bloody incidents of violence occurring in town. As the story unfolds, the radio staff soon realizes the violence that is ripping society apart is due to a virus being spread through the English language. That in turn poses a problem for a yappy radio jock and his staff holed up in the broadcast booth housed in the basement of the town’s abandoned church as a slaughter rages beyond its walls.

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Tuesday, June 15th, 2010 08:06 Comments Off

Splice

Elsa and Clive, two young rebellious scientists, defy legal and ethical boundaries and forge ahead with a dangerous experiment: splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. Named “Dren”, the creature rapidly develops from a deformed female infant into a beautiful but dangerous winged human-chimera, who forges a bond with both of her creators – only to have that bond turn deadly.

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Monday, June 14th, 2010 10:06 1 Comment

American Soldiers

Iraq, 2004: during a routine sortie a US patrol is ambushed and the young soldiers are forced to put their training and skills into action fast. A determined foe with superior local knowledge, the Fedayeen insurgents soon draw them into close quarter combat and a desperate fight for survival.

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Friday, June 11th, 2010 14:06 Comments Off

Fast Company

An early departure from director David Cronenberg’s canon of visceral horror, 1979′s Fast Company profiles one of his personal passions, racecars, in a gritty melodrama that also features exciting racetrack footage. Veteran toughguy William Smith is top-billed as a champion drag racer who clashes with the unscrupulous oil-company executive (John Saxon) who sponsors his team. Though lacking the gruesome clinical obsessions of his horror features (Cronenberg admits on the disc’s commentary that the film was a tax shelter for its Canadian producers), Fast Company is also fascinated with internal machinery (here, car engines instead of human bodies), and it’s easily Cronenberg’s most approachable film, with plenty of automotive action alongside the solid performances (the cast includes B-movie queen Claudia Jennings in her final performance).

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Friday, June 11th, 2010 13:06 Comments Off

Rose Red

A group of people with psychic powers are invited to awake a sleeping giant that is Rose Red. But as their stay grows longer, they find that not only have they awoken Rose Red, they’ve unleased a power that will doom them all…

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010 11:06 Comments Off

The Phantom

The story sees law student Chris learning that he was adopted, and that he is actually the son of the Phantom. He joins the Phantom team in the jungles of Bengalla, and is trained in martial arts and combat, emerging as the next Phantom to battle the trained assassins of the Singh Brotherhood. The Phantom costume has been heavily modified for the screen.

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010 06:06 Comments Off

Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom

As Noah and Wade prepare to marry in Martha’s Vineyard, the personal problems of their friends – and the unexpected arrival of rapper Baby Gat – threatens to permanently end their relationship.

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Thursday, June 10th, 2010 06:06 Comments Off

Noah’s Arc: Jumping the Broom

As Noah and Wade prepare to marry in Martha’s Vineyard, the personal problems of their friends – and the unexpected arrival of rapper Baby Gat – threatens to permanently end their relationship.

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