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David Vaughn Posted: Jan 08, 2011 0 comments
Two siblings carry on a family tradition as Chicago firefighters and must overcome their rivalry in order to find an arsonist who's torching the city. A twist of fate lands Brian (William Baldwin) in the investigators department working under veteran Donald Rimgale (Robert DeNiro) and is taught what it means to be a firefighter.

I've seen this at least 5 times over the past 19 years and have always enjoyed the characters and the awesome pyrotechnic displays. The plot is loaded with clichés with the sibling rivalry, crooked politicians, and a story line that only has maybe one degree of separation between each of the characters, but hey, it's Hollywood!

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 02, 2011 0 comments
A morning light breaks across the meadow; a young deer named Bambi is born and hailed as "Prince of the Forest." Soon Bambi emerges from the thicket on wobbly legs, much to the delight of his new friends, Thumper, the playful rabbit, and Flower, the bashful skunk. Exploring his new world, Bambi learns valuable life lessons with every adventure.

Bambi was Walt Disney's fifth full-length animated classic and was released in 1942. With disposable income in short supply due to the war, the masses didn't flock to the film as Walt had expected and it took many re-releases in order for the movie to turn a profit. It currently resides at No. 3 on the American Film Institute's Top 10 Animated Films of All Time and is certainly worthy of its place.

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 18, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/batmanbegins.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After his parents' murders, disillusioned heir Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) travels the world seeking the means to fight injustice. With the help of his trusted butler Alfred (Michael Cain) and Wayne Enterprises R&D wizard Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman), Wayne returns to Gotham as his alter-ego—Batman.

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David Vaughn Posted: May 14, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/batman20.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>As a young boy, Bruce Wayne (Michael Keaton) witnessed the murder of his parents in Gotham City. As he matures into a man, criminals begin to rule the streets of his beloved city, and the only way to fight back is to become Batman, a vigilante hell-bent for revenge.

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David Vaughn Posted: Mar 17, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/batmananth.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The camp depiction of Batman from the 1960s changed dramatically in 1989 when Tim Burton modernized the iconic hero with a new cinematic version of the Dark Knight. Michael Keaton was a surprising casting choice to play Batman, and Jack Nicholson turned in a fantastic performance as The Joker. That first remake went on to become the top-grossing film of 1989 with over $250 million in box-office receipts

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 16, 2008 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/batman.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The Dynamic Duo faces four of the most powerful villains of all time&#151;the Joker (Cesar Romero), the Penguin (Burgess Meredith), the Riddler (Frank Gorshin), and Catwoman (Lee Meriwether). Armed with a dehydrator that turns humans to dust, the quartet has their sights on the members of the United World Security Council, intending to ransom their reconstitutable remains. Will Batman (Adam West) and Robin (Burt Ward) foil their diabolical plan?

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David Vaughn Posted: Apr 05, 2010 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/bsg2.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The battle for survival continues in the second, and arguably best season of <i>Battlestar Galactica</i>. It begings with Galactica separated from the rest of the fleet and Colonel Tigh must fill in for Commander Adama. On Caprica, Kara and Helo must join a band of resistance fighters waiting for an eventual rescue from the fleet while political tensions rise when Baltar faces Roslin in the Presidential election, but will backroom dealings pick a winner?

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David Vaughn Posted: Jul 24, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/bsg.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The Cylons were created by man to make life easier on the Twelve Colonies. Then one day, the Cylons decided to kill their masters. After a long and bloody struggle, an armistice was declared. The Cylons left for another world to call their own, and a remote space station was built where Cylons and humans could meet and maintain diplomatic relations. Every year, the Colonies sent a representative, and every year, the Cylons sent no one. Humans haven't seen or heard from the Cylons in over 40 years. Until now…

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David Vaughn Posted: Oct 20, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/bsgplan.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Throughout the terrific four-season run of <I>Battlestar Galactica</I> on the Sci-Fi Channel (now SyFy), we witnessed humanity's fight for survival through the eyes of the humans. In <i>The Plan</i>, viewers revisit events of the first two seasons from the perspective of the skinjobs (Cylons made to look like humans) and why they're hell-bent on genocide.

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David Vaughn Posted: Aug 14, 2009 0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/bsg.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>The Cylons were created by man to make life easier in the Twelve Colonies, but things didn't work out so well for the humans. The "toasters" turned on their masters by orchestrating a sneak attack to eradicate the human race. Although the show is mostly a dialog-driven drama, there are a lot of intense action scenes that offer many demo-worthy audio moments throughout its four seasons.

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