Movies & TV

Instant Video Spotlight: Nick Park’s Aardman Animation

March 1, 2012
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Instant Video Spotlight: Nick Park’s Aardman Animation

Nick Park’s Aardman Animation is releasing its next film, Pirates! Band of Misfits, on April 27. Advance buzz on the film is overwhelmingly positive, and that’s not surprising given Park’s four Academy Awards and track record with hilarious, family-friendly films to date. Park is perhaps best known for his Wallace & Gromit shorts (all...

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Instant Video TV Spotlight: My So-Called Life

February 29, 2012
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Instant Video TV Spotlight: My So-Called Life

If you’re sick of the glitz, gloss and glam of teen soaps like One Tree Hill, Gossip Girls and Vampire Diaries, you might want to give a certain critically-acclaimed and highly underrated little TV drama from the 90’s a try: My So-Called Life. The show features Claire Danes (Temple Grandin, Brokedown Palace, Stardust) in...

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Amazon Prime Video Spotlight: Witchy Women

February 27, 2012
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Amazon Prime Video Spotlight: Witchy Women

Today in the Prime Video spotlight, we present Amazon Prime Instant Videos featuring modern day witches, both with a mix of drama, comedy, romance and a touch of the supernatural, and both based on books of the same titles. First up is Practical Magic, starring Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman. It’s currently free to stream for...

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Amazon Instant Video Movie Spotlight: Dead of Winter

February 23, 2012
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Amazon Instant Video Movie Spotlight: Dead of Winter

The Woman in Black: people seem to either love it or hate it, depending on their tastes in thrillers and horror. It’s an atmospheric, methodically-paced, old fashioned ghost story: heavy on foreboding and dread, light on graphic violence. While this kind of horror film seems unique in today’s world of such fare as Saw...

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Instant Video TV Spotlight: Carnivale – Good vs. Evil, Myth, Magic and Ghosts In The Dustbowl Era

February 22, 2012
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Instant Video TV Spotlight: Carnivale – Good vs. Evil, Myth, Magic and Ghosts In The Dustbowl Era

Carnivale is a television series that ran from 2003-05 on HBO. The brief description of the show given on IMDB is, “During the Great Depression, an Oklahoma farm boy and a charismatic minister learn that they are key players in a proxy war being fought between Heaven and Hell,” but that one-liner doesn’t do...

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Comic Actors Show Their Chops In Dramatic Roles

February 16, 2012
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Comic Actors Show Their Chops In Dramatic Roles

Of course, everyone knows Tom Hanks first came to the public’s attention in the cross-dressing TV sitcom Bosom Buddies, and that he took a number of comedic and romantic comedy film roles like those in Bachelor Party, Joe vs. the Volcano, Sleepless in Seattle and You’ve Got Mail (currently part of the Amazon Prime Instant video library, available...

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Instant Video TV Spotlight: Home Movies

February 15, 2012
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Instant Video TV Spotlight: Home Movies

If you’re a fan of H. Jon Benjamin (voice of Sterling Archer on Archer and Bob on Bob’s Burgers), of smart, quirky animation, of movies or of comedy in general, Home Movies is not to be missed. Animation That’s Not For Little Kids This clever and hilarious animated show ran for four seasons on...

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Best Adapted Screenplay Winners: Once They Were Books

February 14, 2012
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Best Adapted Screenplay Winners: Once They Were Books

“The book’s better than the movie.” How often have you heard this from a knowing, bookish friend? Very often, it’s true simply because the film adaptation can’t possibly contain as much of the source material as it took to fill the original book. Consider The Princess Bride, William Goldman’s excellent, rip-roaring book (now available...

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Will BAFTAs Predict The Oscars? Winners & Nominees Available On The Fire

February 13, 2012
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Will BAFTAs Predict The Oscars? Winners & Nominees Available On The Fire

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts held its annual BAFTA awards ceremony this past weekend, and many of the Film nominees are also nominated for Academy Awards here in America. The BAFTAs are typically seen as an Academy Awards preview show, since BAFTA winners often take home the corresponding Oscar as well....

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Amazon Prime Instant Video Spotlight: The Wild Bunch

February 10, 2012
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Amazon Prime Instant Video Spotlight: The Wild Bunch

Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch is a classic not only among Westerns, but of American cinema in general. Since the 1969 film is now available as an Amazon Instant Streaming video, you can watch it right on your Kindle Fire. Better still, it’s part of the Prime Video Library: if you’re a Prime member, you can...

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