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film review: The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of The Dawn Treader

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 10, 2010 5:00 AM
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After a great start with the adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe and a somewhat less enthralling (and war-laden) follow-up, Prince Caspian, the big-screen version of The Chronicles of Narnia rebounds with The Voyage of the Dawn Treader.

Gift Ideas: From Reel Clocks To John Wayne's Toupee

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 7, 2010 5:30 AM
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As promised, here is a wide-ranging selection of gift ideas for that special film buff in your life. When I started collecting 8mm films as a boy, and then graduated to 16mm, reels and cans were strictly functional items. I never dreamed that I’d see the day when they were pieces of décor or objets d’art. I started thinking along those lines in recent years when I came upon especially attractive or distinctive reels or Kodascope library cans from the 1920s which polish up to a high shine. But now, the oldest name in this field, Goldberg Brothers of Denver, is manufacturing all sorts of neat items based on 16mm and 35mm reels, which has been their specialty for the greater part of the last century. Apparently some theaters are using 35mm reels cleaved in half as door pulls, while movie buffs of all stripes can enjoy wall clocks and end tables fashioned from brand-new metal reels. I happened upon these products in the airline gift catalog called Sky Mall, which you can access HERE or by calling 1-800-759-6255. You can see even more products at the Goldberg Brothers website, but they only sell their products through—
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Going Crazy For The Holidays

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 6, 2010 5:30 AM
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If you’re unsure what to give that film-buff friend or relative this year for Christmas, or the last night of Chanukah, might I be so bold as to suggest a gift subscription to Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy? We’ll send the lucky recipient our current issue, with my story on the forgotten music of Casablanca and an interview with MGM director George Sidney, along with a personalized gift card. That will be the first of four issues, which are published on an admittedly irregular schedule. If you want to augment the gift you can also purchase back issues which are chockfull of unusual interviews, articles, rare photos and movie memorabilia. For more information click HERE.

film review: I Love You, Phillip Morris

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 3, 2010 5:30 AM
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Jim Carrey is a talented man but, like other performers whose gifts are wide-ranging and difficult to pigeonhole, he needs good material and a guiding hand. He has found both in I Love You, Phillip Morris. In fact, I think he gives the best performance of his career in this provocative and unusual film from writer-directors Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, who are best remembered for writing Bad Santa. This movie isn’t likely to win over too many of Carrey’s mainstream-comedy fans, or fundamentalists who don’t heed the R rating, but I think it’s a first-rate piece of work.

film review: BLACK SWAN

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 3, 2010 5:15 AM
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Evaluating any movie is a matter of personal taste. Filmmakers who deal in the extreme naturally provoke extreme reactions. That’s my way of saying that I couldn’t stand Black Swan. In fact, I had a violent response to the film, which I saw in its debut screening at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend.

Destino: Walt’s Dream, Then Roy's

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 2, 2010 2:45 AM
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dvd reviewIt took sixty years for Salvador Dali’s unfinished Walt Disney project, Destino, to reach fruition. In comparison, the seven years it’s taken for a home video release doesn’t seem so bad, but the process has been frustrating. And even now, the opportunity to own the Oscar-nominated film comes with a hitch:

dvd review: Fantasia Revisited—And Revealed

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • December 2, 2010 2:30 AM
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I have good news and bad news about the new DVD/Blu-Ray release of Walt Disney’s Fantasia. First, the good news. As someone who’s still lingering on the sidelines of the Blu-Ray revolution, I must tell you that the high-definition restoration of Walt Disney’s Fantasia looks breathtaking—even on standard DVD. Using the latest digital technology to scan the original nitrate negatives at 4K resolution has yielded a remarkable result. If you have a gigantic screen, or use a projector, you might detect a difference on Blu-Ray, but the plain ol’ DVD looks pretty great to my eyes.

Leslie Nielsen And ‘Forbidden Planet’

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  • November 30, 2010 2:29 AM
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dvd reviews: DISNEY DOCS FINALLY ON DVD

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 29, 2010 5:30 AM
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Two significant Disney-related documentaries, Walt & El Grupo, the story of Walt Disney’s sojourn to South America in 1941, and The Boys, the life story of the songwriting Sherman Brothers, are being released on DVD tomorrow, along with the story of the animation department’s fall and rise and fall, Waking Sleeping Beauty. Even if you were lucky enough to see these films in their extremely limited theatrical release, the DVDs have bonus material that makes them a must for any Disney buff.

BRIGHTENING THE PICTURE

  • By Leonard Maltin
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  • November 26, 2010 5:32 AM
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Even though we’re in our fifth season on the air, and beamed into more than 50 million homes, ReelzChannel is still building its audience. Not long ago the powers-that-be decided to commission new sets, not only to make them more attractive,

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