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Film Review: The Robber

The Robber Poster

The true tale of Austrian Johann Rettenberger, who lived a double life as a marathon runner and a bank robber. Directed by Benjamin Heisenberg, The Robber is based on a novel by the Austrian author Martin Prinz, and was shot on location in Vienna. The main character, Johann Rettenberger, is based on Austrian bank-robber and runner Johann Kastenberger. The film was nominated for the Golden Bear at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival.

Movie Rating: 
8

Obama Approval Hits New Low

After experiencing a brief bounce in the polls when Libyan Strongman (and Condoleeza Rice afficionado) Moammar Q/K/adaffi was murdered on the hood of a car by a gang of rebels, Obama's approval ratings have now returned to their previously subterranean numbers -- in fact, they're the lowest this administration has ever had.

Rasmussen reports:

The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 18% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as president. Forty percent (40%) Strongly Disapprove, giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -22 (see trends).

That’s the lowest level of Strong Approval ever measured for this president.

Please enjoy my hastily prepared Photoshop hack job.

Winter is coming, for the Obama Administration.

If you don't yet watch Game of Thrones, go buy the books instead. Follow the jump for more laughable happytalk from the House Obama.

Greatest. Capcom. Character. Ever.

Film Review: In The Mouth of Madness

In the Mouth of Madness Poster

Of the various Lovecraft-themed horror films, probably the film with the biggest budget so far has been 'In The Mouth of Madness', which, while not taken from any particular story of H.P. Lovecraft, it is rife with his influences. Let's see, it has madness, the main character gets sent to an insane asylum, evil books, equally evil authors, slimy, black-tentacled abominations lurking outside the papery-thin veneer we call 'reality', New England, communities that worship, eh, 'alternative' deities, and the apocalypse.

Director John Carpenter tackles Lovecraft, and Cthulhu Be Praised, it actually works.

Movie Rating: 
10

Game Review: Limbo

This review is the definitive one man's opinion. Edge magazine gave Limbo a mighty 9/10; very impressive by their lofty standards. Eurogamer awarded the same, while G4 and GameSpy felt it deserved a perfect 5/5. I say they were all on something when they decided on those scores. Either that or there's a gaming conspiracy afoot. In any case, I was myself surprised by my opinions on the game, given my enthusiasm going in. I'm a supporter of indie games developers, and Limbo looked like it might raise the bar in this area. It's a simple idea; you control a young boy trying to find his way through a shadowy side-scrolling world, overcoming a host of sinister traps and puzzles. How can you go wrong with that kind of simplicity? I'll tell you how. Let this review act as a subtle (sort of) word of warning for those who haven't yet played Limbo, and a point of discussion for those who have.

Occupy Wall Street Protester Vents Anti-Semitism

It's interesting to see the kinds of people attracted to the 'Occupy Wall Street' protestors currently squatting down at Wall Street. Also, Boy George called and wants his look back. Never saw a plumber who applied eyeliner so deftly.

Film Review: Tucker and Dale vs. Evil

Horror, Comedy, Dark Humor

A group of preppy college students go on a Spring Break camping trip in the Appalachian Mountains of West Virginia. Meanwhile two good 'ol boys named Tucker and Dale are going to a cabin they purchased to fix it up in the same vicinity. Unfortunately for Tucker and Dale, they are attacked by the preppy kids in this comedy horror satire from director Eli Craig (Sally Fields' son).

Movie Rating: 
7

Is President Obama Going to Win Re-Election?

Yes.
42% (8 votes)
No.
58% (11 votes)
Total votes: 19

Film Review: Contagion

Contagion Poster

Starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Winslett, Lawrence Fishburn and Jude Law.

At first blush, watching a documentary about Matt Damon's career didn't seem like a good way to spend my movie ticket budget, but then I realized that Contagion was about a different kind of viral infection. Our story begins with Gwynneth Paltrow's character as Patient Zero -- picking up a deadly new virus while in Hong Kong. As the infection spreads across the globe the brave bureaucrats of the CDC (Center for Disease Control) fight to understand the virus and fight it. Fast-paced and utterly believable, this is about how I imagine a real viral threat would affect the world.

Movie Rating: 
7

Film Review: Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Gary Oldman Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

 Gary Oldman has been in two of the films that I have seen at the cinema recently. In the first one he played a melodramatic dead wizard with shaggy long hair, a beard and a thousand yard, Order of the Phoenix stare. In Tinker he plays a non-descript, real world spy named George Smiley who dresses down and has NHS style glasses. Oldman only has to wiggle his foot in a certain way before his character uncrosses his legs and stands for you to forget who he really is, or was in another life, and immerse yourself in this murky, cold war thriller.

Movie Rating: 
10

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