El Cid On DVD

My fascination with El Cid goes back to high school, where the school library had a beat-up paperback novelization of Samuel Bronston’s epic movie – from a time when that term meant something. I read it, loved it, and in the days before home video (gasp), had no way of actually seeing the movie. So…

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Review: The Haunted Mansion

Eddie Murphy had a bit in his stand-up where he pointed out that you’d never find a black family in a haunted house movie. It went something like this, and forgive any paraphrase: Eddie: What a great house. Nice neighborhood. The kids are happy… Disembodied Voice: Get out! Eddie: Too bad we can’t stay. And…

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Review: The Matrix Revolutions

If this film had been some sort of live-action manga adaptation, it would have been under a title like Cyber Fighter Black Super Buddha Neo 3, and casual otaku everywhere would be going nuts for it. Alas, The Matrix Revolutions is not such, though it tosses around world philosophies as easily as an edition of…

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DVD Review: George Of The Jungle 2

Christopher Showerman. Despite a gag about replacing Brendan Fraser in the movie itself, the publicity materials from Disney act as if Mr. Showerman doesn’t really exist. Nowhere on the packaging for George of the Jungle 2 will you see his name, in hopes that people will just glance at the cover and assume it’s the…

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Bubba Ho-Tep

A septugenarian Elvis (Bruce Campbell) lies in his bed in an East Texas rest home, his best days obviously behind him. The world thinks he’s dead, and worse, the staff refuses to believe the old man before them really is The King. Instead, they identify him as Sebastian Haff, an Elvis impersonator he traded places…

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Review: ‘American Splendor’

It’s Halloween in Cleveland. Five children stand expectantly at a door, dressed as their respective heroes. Superman, Batman, Robin, and the Golden Age Green Lantern hold out their bags. Next to them, an angry kid sulks, knowing what’s coming. He has no hero. He’s Harvey Pekar, a kid from the neighborhood. And as American Splendor,…

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Review: The Matrix Reloaded

When The Matrix hit theaters four years ago, nobody knew what hit them, least of all Warner Brothers. A fresh (to some) melding of science fiction, kung fu, and philosophy, the film was so good that not even the sometimes wooden acting of Keanu Reeves could dampen its power. Just before “trilogy” became the hottest…

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Justice League: A Knight Of Shadows Part 2

As we join our heroes this week for part two of A Knight of Shadows, a familiar scene takes place. Once again Batman is in sickbay with J’onn tending to him. The Manhunter unknowingly puts his foot in his mouth when he says that Batman doesn’t know what it’s like to lose loved ones. That…

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Justice League: A Knight Of Shadows Part 1

Understandably, The Demon had to calm down a bit for animation. No actual ripping out people’s hearts, though he does make a few threats along those lines. If Etrigan didn’t actually look like a demon, you might mistake him for just another drunken bully at the end of the bar. Granted, when he screams at…

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Justice League: Injustice For All Part 2

Following the tradition established by Grant Morrison, this week proved that the League works best when they just act as Batman’s assistants. Held hostage and immobile by the Injustice League, The Dark Knight outwits Solomon Grundy (not that hard), gets a little action, and convinces Miggs to swallow his tongue. The rest of the League,…

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Justice League: Injustice For All Part 1

Cartoon Network begins a new season of Justice League that is really just the second half of last season, starting with an episode that should have been shown prior to episodes we’ve already seen. Did you follow that? Me neither. Regardless, old familiar faces are back for the new episode. Fans of the old Superman…

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Review: ‘Attack Of The Clones’

It has been a dark time for the republic of fandom. The Trade Federation/Marketing Division, wielding an army of 5,000,000 unsold Jar Jar Binks action figures, claims to have gone into hiding. Suspiciously enough, signs of their activity remain everywhere, even on bags of Doritos. Battered and bruised from their last skirmish with the forces…

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Review: ‘Spider-Man’

Is he strong? Listen, bud, He’s got genetically-altered blood. Okay, so it doesn’t quite have the same rhythm, but Sam Raimi and David Koepp had to make a few changes in the origin, or else we’d have a bunch of kids running around trying to irradiate spiders. Fans can breathe easy, though. Some things may…

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Justice League: Legends Part 2

When we last saw our heroes, Green Lantern, Flash, Hawk Girl and Martian Manhunter had been pushed into an alternate Earth where their comic book heroes were real. Until they can find a way home, they team up with the Justice Guild in order to battle the evil Injustice Guild. This Earth is a throwback…

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Justice League: Legends Part 1

Of all the episodes of Justice League this season, this one may have been the most highly anticipated. What started out as a Justice League team up with the golden age Justice Society of America turned sour when DC told the writers they were not allowed to use the JSA. Undaunted, Bruce Tim as his…

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Review: The Scorpion King

When last we left The Scorpion King, he had been horribly mutated by the Egyptian god Anubis into a bad CGI villain, and ended up with a spear through him anyway. Bad way to start a franchise with one of the most popular wrestlers in the world. So let’s make a deal, Universal Studios. Let’s…

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Justice League: Fury Part 2

Last week on Justice League, the adopted Amazonian turned zealot, Aresia, had assembled a rogues gallery of criminals to help her carry out her plan for a female dominated Earth. Having already poisoned the male population of a major metropolitan area as well as Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern, Aresia and her female companions try…

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Justice League: Fury Part 1

This week in Justice League brings us our first super team of villains. Star Sapphire, Solomon Grundy, The Shade, Copperhead, and Tsukuri are all led by a mysterious woman with powers very much like Wonder Woman. What are her motives? No one knows. We also get our first glimpse of a Justice League member’s daily…

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Justice League: The Brave And The Bold Part 2

Has a super intelligent ape destroyed Central City? That was the cliffhanger when we last saw our Justice League heroes. The evil Grodd has escaped from Gorilla City and is plotting his revenge on his gorilla brothers for not letting him take over the world with mind control. Now Grodd has fooled the world into…

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