Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time

Dan Movie Reviews

It’s increasingly rare that films in Hollywood come from truly original sources. Witness the never-ending surge of sequel, remakes, spin-offs, re-imaginings, adaptations, etc. But just because something is an adaptation of a successful property, it doesn’t necessarily mean that it will capture the audience that it tries to caters to. (See Phantom of the Opera, for instance.) In the case of Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, the source material was not only the video game of the same …

X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Dan Movie Reviews

What goes around comes around.  After three highly successful feature films, the X-Men franchise decided to look backwards and explore the roots of the characters.  The first one up, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, stars Hugh Jackman in his fourth feature film as the self-healing, adamantium claw-bearing mutant.  Since we’re supposed to believe that everything that we see in this “prequel” takes place prior to 2000’s X-Men, we know where the character has to end up – so we just need to find …

Prince Caspian DVD-Audio

Dan Audio Projects

Finished up my 5.1 DVD Audio project for Harry Gregson-Williams about a month or so ago, when I sent over the finished 5.1 Dolby Digital Score DVD of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian to his studio.  I finally went a step further, though, and have really finished off the project this time, with a 2-disc 5.1 DVD-Audio set, at 24-bit, 48kHz PPCM audio. Whew. Now I just need to get those missing stems for Transformers and hope I can finish that …

The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian

Dan Movie Reviews

Two and a half years after the highly successful film adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s children’s fantasy novel The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe comes the next chapter in the saga, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian. It’s over 1,000 years since the events of the last film. Narnia is a darker place now; the mystical creatures have all retreated into the woods, and become stories of legend and superstition. The Telmarines (a race of men) …

Abbey Road / Harrod's / Coffee with Erica / More Abbey!

Dan England (2008)

This morning I took the tube to the St. John’s Wood stop (one line transfer at Bond Street), and it took about an hour total (including walking) to get to the famous Abbey Road Studios. Yes, I walked across the crosswalk, but didn’t take a picture. The studio appears deceiving small from the outside, but inside it’s huge. Multiple recording stages and rooms, including the Beatles’ famous Studio 2, which I got a chance to see. (I’ll try to get …

Gone Baby Gone

Dan Movie Reviews

After young Amanda McCready goes missing, the Boston police are on the case, searching for her. But her aunt and uncle don’t think they’re doing enough, so they seek the help of Patrick Kenzie (Casey Affleck), who is known for finding missing people – and for talking to people who won’t talk to the cops. He and his girlfriend/partner Angie (Michelle Monaghan) start to look into the case, they are teamed up with police detectives Remy Bressant (Ed Harris) and …

Shrek the Third

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In Shrek, the green ogre (Mike Meyers) finds his true love in Princess Fiona (Cameron Diaz) and friendship in Donkey (Eddie Murphy). Shrek 2 pitted the new couple against the scheming Prince Charming (Rupert Everett) and his Fairy Godmother (Jennifer Saunders), who try to ruin Shrek’s relationship with Fiona. We were also introduced to a new sidekick, Puss in Boots (Antonio Banderas). Now in Shrek the Third, Charming is out for revenge, and along with a whole group of fairy …

The Number 23

Dan Movie Reviews

As funny as Jim Carrey typically is, I find his dramatic roles interesting and compelling. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and The Truman Show were really well done, and it appears that Carrey is taking a stab at the psychological thriller with The Number 23. Walter Sparrow (Carrey) is an animal control officer, and his wife Agatha (Virginia Madsen) runs a bakery. Walter runs late one day in picking up Agatha, so she moseys into a used bookshop where …

Deja Vu

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Tonight I went to see a screening of Deja Vu, which has been out in theaters since Thanksgsiving – I just never got a chance to see it until now. Directed by Tony Scott (Man on Fire, Top Gun) the film is a romantic murder mystery with a splash of science fiction, covered in a Jerry Bruckheimer wash. ATF Agent Doug Carlin (Denzel Washington) is investigating the domestic terrorist attack on a New Orleans ferry, when something odd pops up: …