Thursday, November 27, 2008

Bolt's Big Surprise

I absolutely loved BOLT, mostly because of its three very unique animated stars -- an unusual white canine named Bolt who thinks he’s got superpowers, a sarcastic street-wise black cat named Mittens, and a wildly energetic hamster named Rhino who idolizes Bolt and travels around in a see-through plastic ball.

These three must journey from New York to Hollywood to make sure Bolt gets back to Penny, the girl he saves in all his TV and film adventures, which he assumed were real. Along the way, lots of exciting and humorous things happen to the trio as Bolt discovers he doesn’t have superpowers after all -- but he’s found something more important, two loyal friends.

The voices of John Travolta, Miley Cyrus, Susie Essman and Mark Walton fit these characters perfectly. BOLT gets my vote as one of the best animated films of the year. It’s a highly entertaining film for both children and adults.

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Friday, November 21, 2008


Debate about Quantum of Solace, the latest James Bond movie, takes center stage on my November 25th Movie Addict Headquarters show. Mad Movie Man A.J. Hakari will represent the affirmative and I plan to take the negative side in this verbal battle. Co-host Jazz Shaw has agreed to referee the heated discussion.

A.J. Hakari, a popular guest on Movie Addict Headquarters, is the founder and editor of Passport Cinema and writes film reviews for and Classic Movie Guide. He also hosts “The Mad Movie Man” talk radio show for the University of Wisconsin at River Falls.

Movie Addict Headquarters airs on BlogTalkRadio each Tuesday at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. During the live show, listeners are invited to call the show and to participate in a chat. The call-in number is 646-478-5668. An archived segment is also available.

Click the link below on or after November 25th to hear this special James Bond debate show. .

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Monday, November 03, 2008

AUSTRALIA Arrives for Thanksgiving

One of the most eagerly awaited films of 2008 opens on Wednesday, November 26, the day before Thanksgiving. Titled simply Australia, it’s an old-fashioned sweeping epic co-starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman (be still my heart).

The film’s previews look absolutely gorgeous, just like its two megastars! In fact, the Hollywood Film Festival has already named Mandy Walker “Cinematographer of the Year” for Australia. Set in northern Australia during the 1940s, the story focuses on a member of the English aristocracy, played by Kidman, who inherits a huge cattle station and tries to foil a plot to take over her land. Jackman’s character, a rough-hewn drover, agrees to help her. Unfortunately, they face bombing by Japanese forces as they struggle to survive. And, of course, love blooms between these two very different people.

Wow! Action, adventure, romance -- plus direction by Baz Luhrmann, who did such a great job helming Moulin Rouge! Here’s hoping Australia doesn’t turn out to be a turkey.

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