October 1st, 2007 by alephnaught

Real Dolls

We saw a documentary last night on BBC America called “Love Me, Love My Doll.” This was a strange one we found by accident – a documentary about four men that own realdolls – dolls designed to look and feel like women.  I’m providing the link to the wikipedia entry here for your enjoyment.  I […]

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October 1st, 2007 by alephnaught

Eastern Promises

We saw “Eastern Promises” Sunday morning. Eastern Promises is David Cronenberg’s latest movie.  Its a bit of a departure for him.  The movie is set in London and involves the Russian Mafia.  A young woman is rushed to the hospital – she dies but gives birth to a baby girl.  The young doctor finds her […]

March 11th, 2007 by alephnaught


This was a good graphic novel and a good translation to a movie. Because the book is so short, the movie actually provides more development than the book (rare in film). The film was photographed like a graphic novel – grainy colorful frames, occasional spot color, large blood swatches, extra contrast; some of the scenes […]

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February 26th, 2007 by alephnaught

Hannibal Rising

We saw “Hannibal Rising” yesterday. We wanted to see this Saturday but the Chicago Reader had the wrong show times for the theatre. So, we went to the first showing on Sunday morning. The movie was fun; it explains why Hannibal Lechter eats people, how he got involved in art and medicine, and why he […]

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January 30th, 2007 by alephnaught


Probably the most tasteless movie I’ve seen in a long time, “Borat” is really funny! He makes fun of everyone, but especially anti-Semites. Really worth the price of admission. Especially the “running of the Jews.”

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December 26th, 2006 by alephnaught


Aviva and I went to see Apocalypto on Christmas day. Interesting film – as I suspected, it was visually stunning and very, very violent (I had to cover my eyes a couple of times). The movie is somewhat predictable – man is separated from his family, survives by luck and skill, returns, saves his family […]

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October 22nd, 2006 by alephnaught

Last King of Scotland

Title: Last King of Scotland Viewed on: October 21, 2006 Aviva and I took Aviva’s mom, Lily, to see this movie. The film is about a Scotish doctor, Dr. Garrigan, who goes to Uganda fresh from school, meets Idi Amin, becomes his personal physician, and then things get scary (I don’t want to give the […]