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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 25, 2011 0 comments
When soldier Captain Colter Stevens (Jake Gyllenhaal) wakes up in the body of an unknown man, he discovers he's part of an experimental government program called the "Source Code" that enables him to assume another man's identify in the last eight minutes of his life. Armed with the task of identifying the bomber of a Chicago-bound commuter train, Colter must re-live the incident over and over until he can solve the mystery and prevent an even deadlier second terrorist attack.

I was eagerly looking forward to giving this one a spin, and it more than met my expectations. It's nonstop action from start to finish, and Gyllenhaal has great screen presence as the troubled hero. Not only was I wildly entertained, but the DTS-HD MA audio track is outstanding and worth the price of admission all by itself. But don't get your hopes too high for the video encode, which isn't anything to write home about.

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David Vaughn Posted: May 02, 2011 0 comments
Join the boys as they publish award winning novels, struggle with a ban of fried chicken, fight off an invasion from New Jersey, and reveal the true identity of Mysterion. For them, it's all part of growing up in South Park!

Despite its crude writing, sophomoric behavior, and over-the-top potty humor, you have to hand it to Trey Parker and Matt Stone for catering to their audience and giving them what they want. I'm well outside the intended demographic, but still find myself laughing occasionally despite the low-brow one liners.

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 04, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/southpark.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In the twelfth season, the boys from <i>South Park</i> follow the presidential election from the primaries through the new president-elect's acceptance speech, they help Britney Spears disfigure her body, and try to get the country of Canada back to work when it strikes for more money. The best episode during the season is "Elementary School Musical," when Stan realizes he'll lose Wendy forever unless he adopts the latest fad hitting the school&#151;singing (think <i>High School Musical</i>).

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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 02, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spacebuddies.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After stowing away on a school field trip to witness the test launch of a spacecraft, the Buddies&#151;a group of dog friends featured in several other movies&#151;sneak aboard to explore the ship, but disaster strikes when they are rocketed into space.

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David Vaughn Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spacechimps.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Ham III (voiced by Andy Samberg) is the grandson of the first chimpanzee into space who's recruited to join two other NASA chimps on an important mission to retrieve a wayward spacecraft that disappeared into a wormhole. With the help of Lieutenant Luna (Cheryl Hines) and their trusty pilot Titan (Patrick Warburton), the three must work together to save the inhabitants of a distant planet from their evil dictator (Jeff Daniels) and find a way back to Earth.

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Kris Deering Posted: Jul 09, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spaceballs.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT><i>When the evil Dark Helmet (Rick Moranis) attempts to steal all the air from planet Druidia, a determined Druish Princess (Daphne Zuniga), a clueless rogue (Bill Pullman) and a half-man/half-dog creature (John Candy) who's his own best friend set out to stop him! But with the forces of darkness closing in on them at ludicrous speed, they'll need the help of a wise imp named Yogurt (Mel Brooks) and the mystical power of "The Schwartz" to bring peace and merchandising rights to the entire galaxy.</i>

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David Vaughn Posted: May 23, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/spartacus.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Spartacus (Kirk Douglas) was born a slave although when sold to Batiatus (Peter Ustinov) he became a gladiator. Life was mildly improved although fighting to the death for the entertainment of the wealthy is a rough way to make a living. Spartacus gains new perspective on life when he falls in love with the slave girl Varinia (Jean Simmons) and develops a thirst for freedom.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 15, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/speedracer.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Based on the popular Japanese cartoon, Speed Racer (Emile Hirsch) is a natural behind the wheel of his Mach 5. His loyalty to the family racing business, led by his father (John Goodman), is put to the test when Arnold Royalton (Roger Allam) attempts to lure Speed to the Royalton Industries race team. Speed declines and joins forces with the mysterious Racer X (Matthew Fox) in order to save the family business and protect the sport he loves.

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Tom Norton Posted: Oct 28, 2007 1 comments

When does a trilogy become a quadrilogy? (Is there such a word? There is now.) When they release the third sequel, of course. And the Spider-Man films have been such a rousing success that you can be sure another one is in the pipeline.

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 13, 2010 0 comments
Clive (Adrian Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create new hybrids. In an attempt to revolutionize science and medicine, they're looking for a bigger challenge and want to use human DNA, but when their funding gets pulled, they secretly take the experiment underground.

Other than the unwelcome horror elements, Splice kept me mildly entertained with its thought provoking premise. One thing's for sure, don't screw around with Mother Nature unless you're willing to deal with the consequences of raising a most unusual being as your own.

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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Apr 29, 2014 0 comments
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The American tradition of the spring break was invented to give hard-working college students a much-needed reprieve from their rigorous course studies and a means to blow off some steam in a reasonably safe environment. At what point then did it become a callow justification to take complete leave of your senses and shamelessly plunge headlong into a sexually hedonistic, drug-induced crime spree? Oh, well. You’re only young once, I guess.
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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 01, 2011 0 comments
During the Labor Day weekend in 1959, a group of friends go in search of a young boy's dead body on the outskirts of a woodsy Oregon town. The two day trek turns into an adventure of self-discovery as Gordy (Wil Wheaton), Chris (River Phoenix), Teddy (Corey Feldman), and Vern (Jerry O'Connell) must overcome some town bullies and find an inner strength they never knew they possessed.

Based on the Steven King novella "The Body," Stand by Me is one of my favorite films from my high school years. Director Rob Reiner takes you on a wonderful journey and reminds me of some of my own adventures (although I never went looking for a dead body). The performances from the young cast showed each had the talent to become Hollywood stars, but Phoenix threw it all away with a drug overdose in 1993.

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Corey Gunnestad Posted: Jul 16, 2014 0 comments
Old wiseguys never die. They just look that way.

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For the first time ever, two of Hollywood’s most respected and iconic tough guys are finally sharing the screen together. Putting Christopher Walken and Al Pacino together in a mobster movie seems like a no brainer and you have to wonder why it took so damn long. You’d think that a pedigree like that alone would be worth the price of admission but the tragic irony is that hardly anyone saw Stand Up Guys when it came out.
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David Vaughn Posted: Nov 23, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/newtreck.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Even the most diehard Trekker felt that Roddenberry's universe had lost its mojo, so when J.J. Abrams was picked to reimagine the franchise, I was stoked. With a new young cast, which Tom Norton refers to as <i>Star Trek 90210</i>, he took <i>Trek</i> where no one had gone before&#151;over $257 million at the box office. With a reported budget of $150 million, no corners were cut in the production&#151;the script is a blast, the special effects are top-notch, and the soundtrack is loaded with demo material. As expected, the Blu-ray rocks, and here are three great scenes to show off your home theater.

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