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‘The Wolverine’ (2013): The X-Men Franchise Goes East to “Find Itself”

Directed by: James Mangold || Produced by: Lauren Shuler Donner, Hugh Jackman, Hutch parker, John Palermo Screenplay by: Mark Bomback, Scott Frank || Starring: Hugh Jackman, Tao Okamoto, Rila Fukushima, Hiroyuki Sanada, Svetlana Khodchenkova, Will Yun Lee, Haruhiko Yamanouchi, Brian Tee, Famke Janssen Music by: Marco Beltrami || Cinematography: Ross Emery || Editing by: Michael McCusker … Continue reading

‘Band of Brothers’ (2001): World War II Porn

Created by: Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks || Written by: Erik Jendersen, Tom Hanks, John Orloff, E. Max Frye, Graham Yost, Bruce C. McKenna, Erik Bork Starring: Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Matthew Settle, Donnie Wahlberg, Scott Grimes, Peter Youngblood Hills, Shane Taylor, Rick Gomez, Michael Cudlitz, Nicholas Aaron No. Episodes: 10 (miniseries) || Running Time: 705 … Continue reading

‘Generation Kill’ (2008): Come Get Some

Created by: David Simon, Ed Burns, Evan Wright || Written by: David Simon, Ed Burns, Evan Wright Starring: Alexander Skarsgard, James Ransone, Billy Lush, Stark Sands, Marc Menchaca, Jon Huertas, Mike Figueroa, Josh Barrett, Rodolfo ‘Rudy’ Reyes No. of Episodes: 7 (miniseries) || Running Time: 470 minutes (7 episodes) As it turned out, The Wire (2002-2008) creator, … Continue reading

‘The Sopranos’ (1999-2007): The Great Television Anti-Hero Progenitor

Created by: David Chase || Written by: David Chase, Terrence Winter, Robin Green, Mitchell Burgess, Matthew Weiner Starring: James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea de Matteo, David Proval, Aida Turturro, Nancy Marchand No. of Seasons: 6 || No. of Episodes: 86 … Continue reading

‘The Wire’ (2002-2008): The Quiet HBO Crime Saga

Created by: David Simon || Written by: David Simon, Ed Burns Starring: Dominic West, John Doman, Idris Elba, Michael K. Williams, Wood Harris, Wendell Pierce, Lance Reddick, Sonja Sohn, Aidan Gillen, Chad Coleman, Jamie Hector No. of Seasons: 5 || No. of Episodes: 60 My first introduction to HBO was my blessed welcome into the … Continue reading

‘Elysium’ (2013): Neill Blomkamp’s Sophomore Slump

Directed by: Neill Blomkamp || Produced by: Neill Blomkamp, Bill Block, Simon Kinberg Written by: Neill Blomkamp || Starring: Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, Sharlto Copley, Alice Braga, Diego Luna, Wagner Moura, William Fichtner Music by: Ryan Amon || Cinematography by: Trent Opaloch || Editing by: Julian Clarke, Lee Smith || Country: United States || Language: … Continue reading

‘The King of Limbs’ (2011): Review

Producer: Nigel Godrich Length: 37:24 If you’re still on the fence about Radiohead, the insanely popular and talented British rock group of OK Computer (1997), The Bends (1995), and In Rainbows (2007) fame, then their latest effort, The King of Limbs, will not be the record to kick you on to the believer side. Though rich in skill … Continue reading

‘Viva la Vida or Death and All His Friends’ (2008): Review

Producer: Markus Dravis, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins, Rik Simpson Length: 45:49 Coldplay is a band that took me an abnormally long time to understand how I felt about them. For me, they flitted back and forth between a serious interest and a poorly disguised guilty pleasure for years before their second latest album finally released … Continue reading

‘Rage Against the Machine’ (1992): Review

Producer: Garth Richardson, Rage Against the Machine Length: 52:52 Rage Against the Machine is a band that has always held a special place in my heart — a very, very angry part of my heart. If you spend much time at all listening to (not even understanding) their music, you will probably gain the urge … Continue reading