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Early February movie roundup

I am of two minds about continuing with this regular series. On the one hand, I no longer like it: I realize that I lack the wit and imagery necessary to make such reviews captivating and I also recognize the fact that commenting on movies that are all yesterday’s news…

Mid-January movie roundup

I’ve been searching for something to write about and I realized that in the first half of the month, I’ve already seen 9 movies that I had not seen before. A regular feature to the rescue! Eastern Promises 2007 Good Luck Chuck 2007 Lions for Lambs 2007 Little Miss Sunshine…

November movie roundup

Long days at the office, plenty of top-notch football on TV, numerous episodes of favorite TV dramas to catch up on – it all conspired to make for a month in which I was able to watch less than a handful of movies that I have not seen before. Of…

Movie review: Quantum of Solace

A new installment in the James Bond franchise has an irresistible pull on me. While I have few opportunities to go to the movies and tend to barely tolerate the distractions that accompany the procedure of sharing the viewing experience with a bunch of strangers, certain movie releases to me…

Alphabet Movie Meme

I am suddenly quite busy at work, with little time to come up with a worthwhile narrative for a post. Seeing how I’ve used one of my regular cop-outs just yesterday, I impulsively decided that I needed to pick up a little meme that Jason had tagged me with. I…

October movie roundup

I watched movies with regularity in the first half of the month, before Natasha and I resumed our almost-nightly routine of catching up with the latest episodes of our favorite American TV dramas. I guess I’m finding myself with a bit more spare time than usual these days. Several of…

September movie roundup

It took me a few extra days to get around to writing the next installment of one of my favorite regular features of the blog. But here it is. The first half of September gave me several opportunities to watch long-recorded movies. A man can only take so much football,…

August movie roundup

During the short periods of being home in August, I made a bit of an effort to reduce my PVR queue. Except, it not a queue in the normal sense of the word. At any given time, I have fifteen-to-twenty movies recorded off my satellite TV in the past that…

July movie roundup

Surprising myself, I had a stretch of watching a movie roughly every other day in the first half of July. I am not too keen on watching movies piecemeal, and my usual daily itinerary rarely leaves a two-hour block to watch one of our DVDs or one of the recordings…

About an old movie that I love

We were watching an old Soviet comedy with our friends last night, and I was reminded of an item that was sitting on my blogging back-burner for a while. Natasha and I have a pretty large collection of movies on DVDs. Not as large as some, I am sure, but…

Movie review: Kung Fu Panda

When I do get to see a new release at the cinema, it is usually something that my kids want to watch. We did not have any specific plans for this weekend, my Aunt went back home, and while Becky has a booming social life with almost daily events, Kimmy…

June movie-watching roundup

I have watched a bunch of movies in the last few days, from PVR recordings made months and weeks ago. Where does he find the time? some may ask, what with tons of football games already on tap. Let’s just say that in the last few days of Natasha’s Mom’s…

My favorite movie scenes

Following once again in the steps of my inventive brother, I have gotten around to compiling a list of my favorite movie scenes. I have no doubt that given time I can come up with a few hundred more, but even this small selection is quite indicative of my overall…

Movie review: Stardust

As an admitted fan of fantasy, I was very much looking forward to finally seeing Stardust. It did not disappoint. Engaging plot, a universe populated by well-developed characters, a healthy sprinkling of magic – it all comes together to serve as a wonderful stage to explore The Big Idea. Which…

A fall from grace

My general disinterest in lives of the celebrities has caught up with me today, in an unexpected way. Just two days ago, I expressed my delight with the recent Oscar winner Marion Cotillard, only to learn today that she happens to believe in two of the most ridiculous conspiracy theories…

Movie review: A Good Year

 I admit that I am biased when it comes to travel flicks. Show me a knockout beauty with the backdrop of gorgeous vistas, and I start salivating. Sprinkle in some cultural subtext, fortified by the prominent role of local food and wine, and I am so ready to live vicariously…

Plasticine Crow (subtitled)

This is an all-time favorite animated short of my youth. The subtitles are rather funny if you understand the original lyrics, but they are also reasonably presented so that my non-Russian-speaking readers can enjoy the video themselves. I would go as far as to posit that it is probably visually…

Movie review: Casablanca

Well, the secret is out: I am calling myself some kind of movie reviewer, yet I have never watched Casablanca before. Guilty as charged! Never came across its showing at an opportune time, and never bothered to rent it. But a recent conversation with my friend Jason, who is miles…