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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 26, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/drillbit.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Entering high school can be a harrowing experience. It's even worse for three self-proclaimed geeks&#151;Wade (Nate Hartley), Ryan (Troy Gentile), and Emmit (David Dorfman)&#151;who are tormented daily by school bullies Filkens (Alex Frost) and Ronnie (Josh Peck). Fed up with the harassment, they decide to hire their own private bodyguard, Drillbit Taylor (Owen Wilson), a former soldier of fortune who isn't all he seems to be.

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David Vaughn Posted: Feb 18, 2011 0 comments
Expectant father Peter Highman (Robert Downey Jr.) is flying home from Atlanta in order to bear witness to the birth of his first child. When he encounters Ethan Tremblay (Zach Galifianakis), a socially retarded wannabe actor at the airport, things get off on the wrong foot when they inadvertently exchange bags and Peter gets stopped in security for carrying drug paraphernalia. Sadly, that's the highlight of his trip because he's soon kicked off the plane, put on the no-fly list, and is forced to take a cross-country car trip with the man responsible for his troubles.

My expectations were pretty low going into this, and for good reason. The trailers made it look like a complete rip-off of Planes, Trains, and Automobiles, and unfortunately it isn't as funny as the classic John Candy/Steve Martin movie. The first act sets up the scenario pretty well, but then it quickly falls apart when the two protagonists hit the road.

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 22, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/dunebd.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>In the year 10,191, the remote world of Arrakis is the only source for "Melange," or spice, which makes interstellar travel possible. When Duke Lito (Jurgen Prochnow) is murdered, his son Paul Atreides (Kyle MacLachlan) sets out to avenge his death by discovering the secret of the planet and uses its resources against his enemies in order to free the people from tyranny.

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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 25, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/duplicity.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Former MI-6 spy Ray Koval (Clive Owen) is hired by a CEO (Paul Giamatti) to help steal industry secrets from a rival corporation. To Ray's surprise, the mole inside said corporation is none other than Claire Stenwick (Julia Roberts), who's duplicitous behavior five years earlier cost him his career. How did he get himself into this mess?

David Vaughn Posted: Jan 26, 2009 0 comments

Ten years ago, virtually all displays on the market were CRTs, but they've gone the way of the dinosaur, replaced with digital technology&mdash;LCD, plasma, DLP, and LCoS. The resolutions of these displays are all over the map, from as low as 480p (remember those EDTV plasmas?) to as high as 1080p. In order to produce a picture, a display must convert the incoming signal to its native resolution, which requires some type of video processing and scaling.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 06, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/eagleeye.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A copy-shop clerk (Shia LaBeouf) and a single mom (Michelle Monaghan) meet after receiving phone calls from an anonymous woman instructing them to do exactly as she says, or else. Using cell phones, LED signs, television screens, and other commonplace technology to pass on instructions, the mystery woman ensnares the unwitting pair in a vast and unthinkable plot. Pursued by a determined FBI agent (Billy Bob Thornton) as the nation's most wanted fugitives, the two must work together to discover who's manipulating them and why.

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 17, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/easternpromises.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Known as "The Undertaker," expatriate Russian Nikolai (Viggo Mortensen) performs dirty tasks for a local mobster, Semyon (Armin Mueller-Stahl). Anna (Naomi Watts) and Nikolai cross paths when she obtains a diary with a card for Semyon's restaurant. Unfortunately for Anna, her inquisitive visit to Semyon throws her into a world in which she has no business.

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David Vaughn Posted: Sep 22, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/easyv.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>There are certain rules in old-money families&#151;first and foremost, don't break with tradition. But John (Ben Barnes) does just that when he brings his new American wife (Jessica Biel) home to his family's English countryside estate. His pretentious mother (Kristin Scott Thomas) is offended by her lack of culture, and his two sisters have divergent feelings, but his father (Colin Firth) thinks she's a hoot and loves how she's able to put his wife in her place.

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David Vaughn Posted: May 10, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/edgedark.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Thomas Craven (Mel Gibson) is a veteran homicide detective for the Boston Police Department and a single father. When his only child (Bojana Novakavic) is murdered on the steps of his home, everyone assumes that he was the target. During the investigation he begins to suspect otherwise and this leads him into a dangerous world of corporate cover-ups and government collusion.

David Vaughn Posted: Apr 10, 2013 17 comments

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