The Pros and Cons of International TV Programming Packages

Whether it is Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, Russian or even French or German, these United States are comprised of a wide variety of peoples and languages. And while having a common tongue like English to help us all communicate easily, it is nice for our entertainment and news to be in our native language.

Terminator Salvation

First the good stuff. Some of the robots / terminators are cool. There are some big explosions. Arnie’s in it, for about 3 seconds. Ummm, that’s about it.

“Can You Whistle, Johanna?” Starring Tobias Sward and Jimmy Sandin

“Kan du Vissla, Johanna?” (Can You Whistle, Johanna? or Wanted: Grandfather) is a classic tell of innocence, childhood, and friendship.

Chuck – The Complete First Season

Chuck Bartowski is an unsuspecting Nerd Herder working at the Buy More. His life suddenly changes when his college roommate emails him files for a super computer that gets stuck in his brain. All of a sudden Chuck finds himself immersed in the spy world.

Avatar Episodes – Some of the Best of Our Time

In a time before our time their lived four nations who existed in harmony and peace. The Earth Kingdom, the Water Tribes, the Fire Nation and Air Nomads. Each nation had a few men and women known as the ‘benders’ who could learn to harness and control their talent and manipulate their Native Element.

The Hangover – “Never Has Feeling So Bad Felt So Good”

Let’s be honest, the plot alone is a surefire winner – four men. A bachelor party (stag-do to us Brits). In Vegas. What could possibly go wrong?

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Bourne Ultimatum, the 3rd but possibly not the last, Bourne film, picks up the story of amnesiac psycho Jason Bourne, right where the Bourne Supremacy left off. This time it’s Paul Greengrass directing, bringing a fresh and off the cuff style that instantly imparts an immediacy to the films proceedings.

Lust Caution (Se, Jie)

This time the story is set around a series of events in Shanghai during WWII. Based on a short story by Eileen Chang, Any Lee’s film tells the tale of Wong Chia Chi, a Chinese student caught up in a plot to kill Japanese collaborator, Mr Yee. When the original plot falls through, years pass before Wong gets a 2nd chance.

Cornhole Stars in Movie Debut

Not long ago “Let’s play Cornhole” was a whisper among the most intimate of friends. Cornhole was a backyard game only played with someone you knew and hardly mentioned to those you did not know. Slowly Cornhole has made its way to the National scene.

The Golden Compass

Bringing Phillip Pullmans “kids book” trilogy to the screen was never going to be an easy task. The concepts in the Northern Lights are pretty weighty to begin with, so transferring them to the screen successfully was going to take a lot of careful handling. So it’s with great regret that I have to report The Golden Compass doesn’t quite manage it.

The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford

The 10 word title is not the only brave and unusual step taken by director Andrew Dominik when making ‘The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford’. This is a Western that defies all of the usual requirements of the genre. With a running time of nearly three hours and with less than a handful of gunshots fired this is very much a character piece; the Old West setting itself being pretty much the main star.

Inglourious Basterds

This review is dedicated to those readers of a certain vintage who grew up under the influence of Reservoir Dogs and Pulp Fiction. If you happened to spend your formative years with Tarantino movie posters on your bedroom wall and Jungle Boogie ringing out your speakers, then I have three words which you’ll be overjoyed to hear… Tarantino is back.