David Vaughn

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David Vaughn  |  Jul 03, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/dothing.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Spike Lee's 20-year-old masterpiece depicts the racial tensions in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York, but the film has aged well. While not as polished as a day-and-date release, this catalog title features outstanding color saturation, excellent detail, clear dialog, and a great surround-sound demo scene in the third act right before all hell breaks loose. Sure, the subject matter is heavy and thought provoking, but it looks and sounds fantastic too!

David Vaughn  |  Jun 30, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/dothing.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>It's the hottest day of the year in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. As the thermometer rises, so do tempers in the racially charged atmosphere. Local Italian pizza man Sal (Danny Aiello), proprietor of Sal's Famous, runs the restaurant with his two sons and employs Mookie (Spike Lee) as their delivery boy. When local radical Buggin Out (Giancarlo Esposito) takes umbrage with the restaurant's lack of "brothers" on its "wall of fame," all hell breaks loose when the businessmen are pushed too far and the police must intercede.

David Vaughn  |  May 03, 2010  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/zhiv.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Doctor/poet Zhivago (Omar Sharif) is married to Tonya (Geraldine Chaplin), an aristocratic girl with whom he raises a family. The good doctor is also in love with Lara (Julie Christie) and over a span of many years he's brought together and separated from each of the woman. While he deeply loves Tonya, his poetic side longs for Lara.

David Vaughn  |  Aug 03, 2008  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/doomsday.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>A deadly plague known as the Reaper Virus attacks Scotland, killing thousands and infecting millions more. To contain the disease, England constructs a wall along the border to keep out infected citizens from the north. Twenty-five years later, the virus reappears, forcing the government to dispatch a military team to search out a Scottish researcher (Malcolm McDowell) who was close to finding a cure during the first outbreak.

David Vaughn  |  Apr 07, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/doubt.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>Set in 1964 at St. Nicholas Church in the Bronx, Fr. Brendan Flynn (Philip Seymour Hoffman) is accused by principal Sister Aloysius Beauvier (Meryl Streep) of inappropriate conduct with 12-year-old Donald Miller (Joseph Foster), the school's first black student. Is Fr. Flynn's interest deviant or is he just looking out for the well being of a social outcast? John Patrick Shanley's Oscar-nominated scrip deals with truth, emotion, and belief, and asks if any decision is ever free from doubt.

David Vaughn  |  Feb 19, 2012  |  1 comments

Originating from the other side of the Atlantic, Downton Abbey is one of the most entertaining shows on TV and looks spectacular on Blu-ray. Each episode costs a reported one million pounds to produce and it certainly shows in the marvelous costume design, lavish sets, and all-star cast. Shot with an Arri Alexa digital camera, the level of detail is mesmerizing and the AVC encode is spectacular. Unfortunately the DTS-HD MA 2.0 doesn't have robust dynamics but at least the dialog intelligibility is never an issue.
David Vaughn  |  Dec 31, 2014  |  1 comments
After pulling off a blockbuster trade, general manager of the Cleveland Browns, Sonny Weaver, Jr. (Kevin Costner) now controls the number-one pick in the draft. The expectations of the fans are through the roof, and the ambitious owner of the team (Frank Langella) and new head coach (Denis Leary) are putting pressure on him to take the consensus first pick, but his gut is telling him to go in a completely different direction. Should he risk his job by following the instincts that got him to the top in the first place, or should he bow to the immense peer pressure?
David Vaughn  |  Oct 13, 2009  |  0 comments

<IMG SRC="/images/archivesart/dragme.jpg" WIDTH=200 BORDER=0 ALIGN=RIGHT>After a hiatus from horror to make the three <i>Spiderman</i> movies, writer/director Sam Raimi returns to the genre. I'm not a fan of horror films, but given the dearth of review material on my desk right now, I thought I would give <i>Drag Me to Hell</i> a spin. The story is average, but the video and audio were so good, they kept me watching until the end&#151;a rarity with horror films!

David Vaughn  |  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.

David Vaughn  |  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.