5/28/2004 -- The Earth gets a lot cooler — and the cheesy dialogue a lot thicker — in Roland Emmerich's latest disaster epic, The Day After Tomorrow.

5/25/2004 -- After two days of technical problems that were out of our control, we're back with two new DVD reviews: the simple yet beautiful Never Cry Wolf, and the terrible and sloppy, Windtalkers.

5/16/2004 -- Okay, after a brief break, we're back. And boy do we have some updates for you! First, a slew of DVD reviews: The crazy and fun Looney Tunes: Back in Action; a look at the John Wayne classic, The Quiet Man; the not-so great Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!; the dark yet powerfully acted The Shape of Things; the “unfunny” Calendar Girls; and the VERY unfunny Duplex. On the film side, we offer two drastically different movies: the dark and unique The Saddest Music in the World, and the bubbly yet dull New York Minute. Finally, we feature a terrific Q&A; with documentary filmmaker Shola Lynch regarding her film, Chisholm '72.

5/3/2004 -- Two new film reviews join the ranks: 13 Going on 30 and Mean Girls. On the DVD side, we have a look at the dark drama, 21 Grams. Then, the charming Darisa Diaz gives us a comparison between the 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and it's 2003 remake.

The Day After Tomorrow
New York Minute
The Saddest Music in the World
Mean Girls
13 Going On 30
Never Cry Wolf
Calendar Girls
The Shape of Things
Rebel Without A Crew
Making Movies
In the Blink of an Eye
The Film Director
Q&A; with Shola Lynch
Past and Present
Ray Harryhausen: An Animation Legend
Drive-In Monsters
The Passion of Gibson

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Cast of Characters:

Michael Sheridan
A New York-based writer, director and editor of more than a dozen short films, Sheridan has worked on several feature film sets, been a writer for the New York Daily News, the Queens Chronicle and Digital Imaging magazine.

Joshua Grover-David Patterson
This professional screenwriter from Oshkosh, Wisconsin will have his first film, "Searching for Mr.Right.Com," released in Australia this year. In addition to scriptwriting, Patterson has also written for college radio and penned an award-nominated music column.

Sharon Wyly
Line Producer/UPM
Based in Orlando, Florida, Wyly has more than 10 years of experience in low budget independent features.

Monica Wilder
Freelance Writer
An Atlanta, Georgia-based freelancer, she has co-wrote and produced a play, "Celebration of Love."

Adam Werner
A graduate of Penn State, Werner is a professional database programmer and web designer from eastern Pennsylvania.

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