01 March 2007

March 1, 2007

Renaissance
In 2054, Paris is a labyrinth where all movement is monitored and recorded. Cut off from the world for its own protection, the city has nonetheless continued to expand. Now, 21st century skyscrapers overlay centuries-old architectural masterpieces. And below street level, a sophisticated network of streamlined plazas push up against the city's ancient, deteriorating tunnel systems. Casting a shadow over everything is the city's largest company, Avalon, which insinuates itself into every aspect of contemporary life to sell its primary export--eternal youth and beauty. When 22-year-old Ilona (Romola Garai), one of Avalon's most promising scientists, is abruptly kidnapped, Avaloncalls on Barthélémy Karas, a Paris cop with a hard-fought reputation for finding anyone, no matterwhat sacrifices he has to make along the way. As the trail gets hot, Karas senses he's not the only one looking for thebeautiful enigma, and every witness he digs up seems to turn up dead. To find Ilona and unlock the secrets of her disappearance, Karas must plunge deep into the parallel worlds of corporate espionage, organized crime and genetic research where the truth imprisons whoever finds it first and miracles can either save the world, or end it.
Why It's Great
French animation
Excellent story
Cyberpunk done right
Daniel Craig

28 February 2007

February 28, 2007

Who Killed the Electric Car?
With gasoline prices approaching $4/gallon, fossil fuel shortages, unrest in oil producing regions around the globe and mainstream consumer adoption and adoption of the hybrid electric car (more than 140,000 Prius' sold this year), this story couldn't be more relevant or important. The foremost goal in making this movie is to educate and enlighten audiences with the story of this car, its place in history and in the larger story of our car culture and how it enables our continuing addiction to foreign oil. This is an important film with an important message that not only calls to task the officials who squelched the Zero Emission Vehicle mandate, but all of the other accomplices, government, the car companies, Big Oil, even Eco-darling Hydrogen as well as consumers, who turned their backs on the car and embrace embracing instead the SUV. Our documentary investigates the death and resurrection of the electric car, as well as the role of renewable energy and sustainable living in our country's future; issues which affect everyone from progressive liberals to the neo-conservative right.
What to Watch For
More frustrating left-wing pablum
A sense of irony?
A sense of insence
Rage?
Deformity?

Why You Should Watch It and Yet, Why You Could Miss It
Guess what? Oil companies have you by the short hairs.
No really.
So does General Motors.
What are you going to do about it?
Nothing.

25 February 2007

February 25, 2007

The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
Three men seek a fortune in buried coins; the catch being that no single one of them knows the full location of the coins. At one stage of the film, one knows the name of the grave the coins are buried in; the other two know only the name of the graveyard. The film is set in 1862 New Mexico (USA) during the New Mexico campaign of General Henry Hopkins Sibley, an officer of the army of the Confederate States of America (CSA), in the American Civil War.
What to Watch For
Jesus. Do I need to explain this?

Why You Should Watch It
Tarantino wishes he was Leone.
Rodriguez might be.
Among the best westerns ever made.
Add Wild Bunch and Unforgiven to that list.

February 24, 2007

Reno 911!:Miami
A rag-tag team of Reno cops are called in to save the day after a terrorist attack disrupts a national police convention in Miami Beach during spring break. Based on the Comedy Central series.
What to Watch For
Lots of sex/gay jokes
One hellofa cameo
One big masturbation scene
Short shorts
Shug Night's (sp?) bday party

Why You Should Watch It
Funnier than it has a right to be
It's better than you'd thin
Everyone stays in character the entire time
There are lots of comedian friends helping with the improv
Danny Devito