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Feast by John Gulager (Dir.) (Weinstein Company Sept 22, 2006 / ) - The notoriously silly-looking Project Greenlight monster movie utterly belies its unearned advance reputation: this ferociously energetic comic gorefest is a polished, accomplished example of its type.

Cast: Navi Rawat, Krista Allen, Balthazar Getty, Judah Friedlander, Jenny Wade (see review)

Heroes: Episode 1: Genesis by Tim Kring - series creator (NBC September 25, 2006 / ) - Putting together my Hugo nominations I couldn't believe we hadn't reviewed Heroes...somehow I got sucked into the vortex of the characters lives, dealing with suddenly discovered abilities (superpowers for the old school) in the face of a apocalypse only they know is coming. There are a lot of slowly uncovering story lines that I don't care for, but Heroes is superb, blending comics and reality, on and off screen, and offering us tantalizing clues to the future though the artwork of one of the members...and the visions of others. Finally, in what must be an unconscious nod to Neal Stephenson's Snowcrash the star of Heroes is undoubtedly Hiro, a Japaneses salaryman who discovers that if you want a thing badly enough, you may just get it, and Spock's wisdom notwithstanding, sometimes having a thing can be better than wanting it.

In Episode 1 we get to meet the cast, who are all in discovering their abilities. One can paint the future, but only when high, a cheerleader finds that she's indestructible (move over Buffy), a politician discovers he can fly...and our favorite, the Japanese salaryman who teleports himself from a Tokyo subway to Times Square.

Directed by: David Semel, Marcello Daciano (segment director)

Writing credits Tim Kring (creator)

Episode Cast (in credits order)
Santiago Cabrera .... Isaac Mendez
Tawny Cypress .... Simone Deveaux
Noah Gray-Cabey .... Micah Sanders
Ali Larter .... Niki Sanders
Masi Oka .... Hiro Nakamura
Hayden Panettiere .... Claire Bennet
Adrian Pasdar .... Nathan Petrelli
Sendhil Ramamurthy .... Mohinder Suresh
Milo Ventimiglia .... Peter Petrelli
Cristine Rose .... Angela Petrelli
Jack Coleman .... Mr. Bennet
Ashley Crow .... Sandra Bennet
Thomas Dekker .... Zach
Shishir Kurup .... Nirand
James Kyson Lee .... Ando Masahashi
John Prosky .... Principal
Deirdre Quinn .... Tina
Brian Tarantina .... Weasel
Richard Roundtree .... Charles Deveaux
Randall Bentley .... Lyle Bennet

Renaissance by Christian Volckman (Dir.) (Miramax Films Sept 22, 2006 / ) - The Plot: In a future version of Paris, a young woman (McCormack) searches for her kidnapped sister, a genetics researcher for the mega-corporation, Avalon. Joining in on the mystery is a a cop (Craig) who has been dispatched by the missing woman's employer, a man who knows the true value of his employee.

The Science of Sleep by Michel Gondry ( Sept. 22, 2006 / ) - Plot Synopsis: A man held captive by the people in his dreams tries to wake himself up and take control of his own imaginings.

Visions of Suffering by Andrey Iskanov (Dir.) (Anthem Pictures 19 September, 2006 / $29.99) - This outrageously experimental Russian vampire movie is dangerous disturbing film making at its most fascinating, as well as cutting edge dark fantasy.

Starring: Igor Anikin, Alexandra Batrumova, and Andrey Iskanov (see review)

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