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David Vaughn Posted: Jun 08, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/noname.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In <i>A Fistful of Dollars</i>, Clint Eastwood stars as a drifter who manipulates two rival gangs with the ultimate goal of destroying both. In the second installment, our hero takes on El Indio (Gian Maria Volonte), the territory's most ruthless bandit. The best film of the three concludes the series with Eastwood partnering with two gunslingers in order to obtain a fortune in gold. He discovers that teamwork isn't one of their better personality traits and staying alive isn't guaranteed.

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Shane Buettner Posted: Sep 20, 2013 0 comments
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Oscar again made the safe choice for 2012’s Best Picture, choosing Ben Affleck’s blandly competent Argo, virtually ignoring the most provocative film of the year, writer/director Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master. More egregious is that Anderson’s tour de force only garnered Academy nominations in the acting categories. One can’t help but wonder if the film’s Oscar fate would have been different if the subject was any other cult than Hollywood-chic Scientology. One also suspects Argo will occupy a place in film history closer to How Green Was My Valley, Ordinary People, and Driving Miss Daisy than to Citizen Kane, Raging Bull, or Do the Right Thing.
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Shane Buettner Posted: Mar 03, 2007 0 comments

<I>The Matador</I> is an off kilter comedy that works by expertly playing on the audience's expectations without being overly manipulative. Erstwhile 007 Pierce Brosnan plays the the low down and dirty version of JB, a hit man for hire with very bad people skills. He's coming to the end of his run at the top, and has enough money to retire, but nothing or no one to retire to, not a single friend or any other human connection. While on a job in Mexico he runs into Danny, played by Greg Kinnear, who's also in town on a business trip, albeit ina different line of work! The two strike up as mcuh of a friendship as Brosnan's Julian allows, and inevitably when Julian's bosses decide he's more of a lliability than an asset Kinnear's Danny is the only friend he can turn to for help.

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David Vaughn Posted: May 03, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/matrixdigi.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT><i>"Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?"</i>

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 07, 2010 0 comments
After The Matrix had a huge box office and became the first title to sell over 1 million DVDs, the brothers Wachowski and Warner decided it was time to cash in on the franchise and create a trilogy (it's the Hollywood thing to do). The second of the three films debuted on May 15, 2003 and went on to earn over $280 million at the box office.

The first film is a classic due to its impeccably shot action sequences and philosophical dialog. Unfortunately, the second is filled with senseless ramblings from Morpheus (Lawrence Fishburne) although like its predecessor the stunts are fabulous, especially the highway chase scene that runs for over 15 minutes.

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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Jul 18, 2014 0 comments
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In the final months of World War II, as Allied armies smashed across Europe and into Germany, an organization called the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (the MFAA) was assigned the task of recovering and preserving countless art treasures plundered by the Nazis. It included hundreds of art experts from 13 countries, working in small cadres.
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Thomas J. Norton Posted: Aug 07, 2014 0 comments
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In the final months of World War II, as Allied armies smashed across Europe and into Germany, an organization called the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives program (the MFAA) was assigned the task of recovering and preserving countless art treasures plundered by the Nazis. It included hundreds of art experts from 13 countries, working in small cadres.
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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/mummy.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>About a thousand years before the birth of Christ, high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo) had a forbidden relationship with Anck Su Namun (Patricia Velasquez), the mistress to Pharaoh Seti I (Aharon Ipale). As punishment, he was mummified alive in the city of Hamunaptra and cursed with a living death.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/mummyreturns.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Set nine years after <i>The Mummy</i>, Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Rachel Weisz) are married with an eight-year-old son, Alexander (Freddie Boath). Meanwhile, a mysterious woman, Mella (Patricia Velasquez), resurrects high priest Imhotep (Arnold Vosloo), and the pair intend to defeat the legendary Scorpion King (The Rock) to gain control of his army and rule the world.

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David Vaughn Posted: Dec 15, 2008 Published: Dec 16, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/mummy3.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Doomed to spend eternity in suspended animation, China's ruthless Dragon Emperor (Jet Li) and his 10,000 warriors have lain forgotten for eons, entombed in clay. Tricked into awakening the ruler from eternal slumber, Alex O'Connell (Luke Ford) turns to the only people he can think of with the skill and knowledge to combat the undead: his parents, Rick (Brendan Fraser) and Evelyn (Maria Bello).

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 20, 2012 1 comments

As a product of the Muppets generation I had high hopes for their return to the silver screen and eventually Blu-ray, but color me very disappointed. While the technical aspects of the Blu-ray are pure reference-quality with amazing detail, vibrant colors, and enveloping surround sound, the script leaves a lot to be desired with uninspiring human characters, a paint by numbers script, and middling musical numbers—and no, I don't think "Man or Muppet" should have won the Oscar. My kids have generally liked the Muppet productions but were just as disappointed in this one as I was, but at least it looked and sounded great and is a worthy candidate for showing off your gear.
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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 01, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/musicman.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>When conman Harold Hill (Robert Preston) arrives in River City, he intends to employ his usual scam of equipping and training a boys marching band and then getting out of dodge as fast as he can. Things go awry when he falls in love with the town librarian (Shirley Jones) and inadvertently enriching the town with a love of music.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 23, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/natural.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Roy Hobbs (Robert Redford) is a country hick who has one dream in life; to play professional baseball. But that's not enough, when he walks down the street he wants people to say, "There goes Roy Hobbs, the best there ever was in the game." At 19, his boyhood dream catches a glimpse of reality when he's summoned to Chicago for a tryout with the Cubs. On the journey he meets Harriet Bird (Barbara Hershey), who turns out to be a psychotic killer who shoots a silver bullet into Hobbs' abdomen. Left for dead in a Chicago hotel room, Hobbs miraculously survives and disappears for 16 years until he finally realizes his dream of playing baseball by signing a contract with the hapless New York Knights.

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 08, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/neverend.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Fleeing from a pack of bullies, Bastion (Barret Oliver) finds himself in a used bookstore where he becomes enthralled with a mysterious book, He ends up stealing it the unsuspecting clerk and takes refuge in his school attic. Drawn into a timeless and wondrous world of fantastic beings he discovers his imagination and belief can save it from destruction.

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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 20, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/nightmare.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Bored with his perennial role as Halloween Town's frightening Pumpkin King, Jack Skellington discovers the cheerful village of Christmas Town. Determined to shake things up in Halloween Town, he schemes to kidnap Santa Clause and takes over the job of delivering gifts to the children himself. When his plan goes awry, Jack attempts to restore Santa to his rightful place, but he must first rescue him from the evil clutches of Oogie Boogie.

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