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Push Blu-ray Review

7 July 2009 1:28 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

About midway through Push (2009), I lost interest in trying to figure out exactly what was going on with the ever growing roster of psychic characters and multiplying plot threads and turned my mental faculties off to wallow in the vibrant visuals and well executed action sequences. Director Paul McGuigan (Wicker Park, Lucky # Slevin) has attempted to capitalize on the comic book/super hero craze that has gained hold of Hollywood as of late seemingly taking inspiration from NBC's Heroes (the X-Men movies are another obvious influence). Unfortunately he also appears to have inherited some of the show's impenetrable plot and the notion that if a few participants are good, more must be better. The following is a high level recap though considering the amount of convolution, I very well may have gotten something wrong: Kira (Camilla Belle) is a "pusher" (able to implant memories in other's minds) and the only »

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The 2008 Cyber Horror Awards

9 March 2009 1:34 PM, PDT | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

In the spirit of the recent Academy Awards, Brian Solomon from The Vault of Horror blog put together The 2008 Cyber Horror Awards ballot, which was sent out to the usual group of horror bloggers as detailed here.

Out of all of the nominated films, the only one I haven't seen is Martyrs (and some of Repo! - more on that in a bit). From what I've heard, I may have voted very differently had I been able to see this film. With this in mind, I suggested that the French film Inside (with it's 2008 DVD release in the U.S.) should be on this year's ballot and Martyrs (with it's U.S. DVD release coming up in a few weeks) should be on next year's ballot, but I was overruled.

With that, here are my selections, the nominees and the winners from the 2008 Cyber Horror Awards Ballot.

Ray Harryhausen Award »

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9 February 2009 10:30 AM, PST | | See recent PasteMagazine news »

Release Date: Feb. 6

Director: Paul McGuigan

Writers: David Bourla

Cinematographer: Peter Sova

Starring: Dakota Fanning, Chris Evans, Camilla Belle

Studio/Run Time: Summit Entertainment, 111 mins.

Listless superpower flick can't sort out story

By turns frantic and somber, the resolutely convoluted thriller Push dashes from genre to genre in search of a reason to exist. Directed in a rush by Paul McGuigan (Lucky Number Slevin), the movie follows a vaguely superheroic clan of misfits pursued through Hong Kong by a government agency—American, of course—that seeks to assemble them into a dream army. Enter nominal dude protagonist (Chris Evans, pretty and vacant) as he teams up with a precocious teen (Dakota Fanning) after Uncle Sam comes calling for an escaped test subject (Camilla Belle) with the ability to control minds. »

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