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Phantom of the Theatre

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:30:01 PST

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(image) The influences of Phantom of the Theatre are there, inside the mind. It's difficult to overlook the similarities that Raymond Yip's production share in common with Gaston Leroux's novel, and, of course, Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical: a cloaked, masked figure looms in the haunted hallways of a ornately-adorned theatre, turning his attention to a young female performer brought to the venue for her talents. Unofficial riffs on classic stories like this can work if the things it does differently have enough substance, either in the look and feel of the setting or the actual dramatic mechanisms that the deviations put in place. Alas, Phantom of the Theatre never pulls back the curtain to reveal enough unique traits to justify the pr...Read the entire review




Men Go to Battle

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:33:06 PST

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Director: Zachary Treitz
Starring: Timothy Morton, David Maloney, Rachel Korine
Year: 2015

While Men Go to Battle is a major step up from other, low-budget, Western-style, dramatic history lessons, its ladder only reaches so high, without the length to become an actual, solid, notable, memorable, big boy feature film. Director Zachary Treitz takes his first stab at a full-on movie with this period piece, and there's potential there if you're willing to look for it. He has an eye for the subtle moment, but too many subtleties only make a long evening, and his film definitely feels longer than its 90 minutes. He's just getting his feet wet, as are the stars of his project, so a few missteps are understandable and accept...Read the entire review




Final Combination

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:39:53 PST

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Final Combination, from 1993, is yet another movie with an alternate title behind it, never receiving a theatrical release in the US and released to VHS under the title Dead Connection (the title on this disc appears to be the original). With a front cover picture showing a headline that reads "Phone Sex Killer Strikes Again," it looks like the sort of movie you'd see on late-night cable in the 1990s and possibly good for a laugh. Across several states, young women are being found dead in motels, killed and raped in that order. The perpetrator also runs up a huge phone bill each time from calling a phone sex line- "The 69 Line" at 555-6969 (ha! And don't try calling that, kids, as phone numbers beginning with 555 only exist in the movies and other fictional worlds.) After this happens in Los Angeles (since that's the easiest place to shoot a movie) to two girls, one placed by Parker Po...Read the entire review




Chicago P.D.: Season Three

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:19:36 PST

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(image) Chicago P.D. (2014-present) steadily improves as it enters its third (2015-16) season. Spun-off from Chicago Fire, and part of the same TV universe that now also includes Law & Order: SVU, Chicago Med (which debuted in November 2015), and the upcoming Chicago Justice (which began as a backdoor pilot on a May 2016 episode of Chicago P.D., the series is a bit edgier than Chicago Fire, with marginally more emotionally complex characters and dramatic situations. Though still morally murky in some respects, it's also undeniably compelling, slickly produced, and boasts a strong ensemble cast.

The program introduced star Jason Beghe (as the leader of Chicago P.D.'s intelligence unit, Hank Voight) as a morally reprehensible bully during a major story arc on Chicago Fire's first year. When P.D. debuted, scripts danced around this quandary, gr...Read the entire review




Deep Web

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:34:11 PST

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(image) On October 2nd, 2013, Ross Ulbricht was arrested at the San Francisco Public Library, as the result of a lengthy investigation into an online community known as the "Silk Road." The community had become a go-to for people looking to buy drugs online, transactions that took place using a digital currency known as Bitcoin, attracting the attention of federal law enforcement agencies. Ulbricht, who was accused of being the person behind the site admin handle "Dread Pirate Roberts", was charged with money laundering, computer hacking, conspiracy to traffic narcotics, and even -- in a leap that many, including Ulbricht's family and friends, strenuously deny -- attempting to have six people killed who supposedly posed a threat to the site's privacy and security. Deep Web is the second documentary by actor-turned-filmmaker Alex Winter, examining both the philosophy behind Silk Road, and the details o...Read the entire review




Shopkins Chef Club

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:25:00 PST

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Why am I reviewing Shopkins: Chef Club? Is there a club like the Bronies for dudes who like Shopkins? Bropkins?

Yo, it's really not like that, bro. However I am fascinated by the concept of the toy line: miniature consumer items with smiley faces, teaching girls, urging them, to shop. The characters are shopping personified. It's very 'meta' if you think about it, which you shouldn't, because it's rather depressing. And now they're branching out into the Animated Advertising world, where the Cups of Noodles and Lipsticks will team up with the human Shoppies to solve someone's problem. Let's see if it's worth it. Full disclosure: I have a ten-year-old daughter.

Chef Club is a ruse cooked up by new Shoppie in town Peppa Mint, who doesn't have any friends and doesn't know how to get them. The other Shoppies, whose names I don't care to know, take Chef Club ...Read the entire review




Vampyres

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:21:25 PST

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Director: Victor Matellano
Starring: Veronica Polo, Christian Stamm, Marta Flich
Year: 2015

When lesbian vampires are the base of the premise for your movie, you know you've done something ...right? I mean, of course that's ridiculous, but it's actually so insane that it just might work, one of those campy ideas that's so incredibly stupid it might just be genius. And this concept has been carried out before to cult success, in Joseph Larraz' original 1974 version of Vampyres by the same name, a much-loved horror flick that doesn't pretend to be the next great Oscar winner. What's funny is that these women aren't really lesbians, nor are they strictly vampires, but rather some odd, sexual, undead, mash up of legends a...Read the entire review




Mystery Science Theater 3000: XXXVII

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:48:40 PST

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It's hard to believe that Shout! Factory is putting out the 37thcollection of Mystery Science Theater 3000 shows. While most of thebest shows (that don't have rights issues) have been released, I'mpleased to say that this set has four good shows. While none of themare classic episodes, these three Mike and single Joel 'experiments'are well worth watching and adding to your collection.

The shows included in this set are:

Experiment 420 - The Human Duplicators:

Crow: This is Beverly Hills Cop, only the slow, whiteversion.

Season four had Joel and the bots at the height of their game, butthere are still some so-so installments, such as this one. The filmitself features Richard Kiel as an alien who has arrived on Earthwith the purpose of creating robot duplicates of humans to wreakhavoc on the planet and soften it up for an invasion...Read the entire review




Penny Dreadful: The Final Season

Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:53:06 PST

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Sometimes, it's hard to know when the time's right to close the lid and bury a television series, coming down to whether the story has the longevity to thrive across more seasons and, on a more practical level, whether the audience will remain engaged enough to keep it alive. That's a conversation not so easily had about Penny Dreadful, the horror-themed serial from Showtime. Along with a ravenous cult fanbase, the show appears to have seemingly infinite narrative possibilities within its grasp, considering how it can continue pulling character from the annals of classic horror literature into the hazy space of 19th-century London. With that in mind, there's also a tricky threshold invo...Read the entire review




The Childhood of a Leader

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:49:25 PST

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When we look at the relentlessly narcissistic and sociopathic qualities of any dictator, it's hard not to think about how they became who they are. Just like a lot of other defining personal qualities, their destructive tendencies are usually rooted in their childhood. That's why, especially during this period in our world when autocratic and fascist leaders have been making an oh-so-delightful comeback, Brady Corbet's The Childhood of a Leader is an important film the seek out, regardless of whether or not I think it fully succeeds in its vision (Or if its vision was the right approach for this story to begin with).

The film is a character study of Prescott (Tom Sweet), an entitled brat who the film states will grow up to be a dictator. He lives in the French countryside right after World War I with his somber mother (Berenice Bejo). His father (Liam Cunningham)...Read the entire review




The Midnight Swim

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:03:22 PST

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(image) Following the death of their mother, Dr. Amelia Brooks (Beth Grant), three half-sisters return home to collectively grieve and consider what to do with her house. Annie (Jennifer LaFleur) is the oldest and arguably the most responsible. Isa (Aleksa Palladino) is more free-spirited, exuding a flirty energy and carefree attitude. Finally, June (Lindsay Burdge) is the quiet and reserved one, who hides behind a video camera that she uses to document everything. Upon arriving, they quickly settle into their expected roles: Annie starts thinking about what a realtor would need to get rid of the house as quickly as possible, Isa invites their high-school acquaintance Josh (Ross Partridge) over (luring him in using his long-standing crush on Annie to get his attention for her own ends), and June observes from a distance. Josh tells them a famous local ghost story about the seven sisters who drowned in the lake...Read the entire review




Jane Wants a Boyfriend

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:34:13 PST

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Having been diagnosed with Asperger's Syndrome at age 26 and never hearing about it before then (after about 26 years of wondering why exactly I felt so "different" from most people) it's been interesting to see it gradually getting the attention of the general public. The way some media talk about it you would think Asperger's was a new phenomenon, but I think the only "new" thing is that it's been given a name and finally acknowledged. The best way I've been able to describe it to people is that I see a lot of things differently than most people usually do, but there are plenty of differences even among those who have been diagnosed. I've been fortunate enough in that I can at least fake' a normal appearance most of the time and be able to hold down a job, but a big problem...Read the entire review




PAW Patrol: Pups Save Christmas

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 13:04:18 PST

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Probably my favorite part of reviewing DVDs and Blu-rays is that one day, I'm gushing about a visually ambitious film from Japan's all-time greatest director...and less than 24 hours later, it's talking dogs saving Christmas. Chalk it up to my high threshold of pain for kids' entertainment...or wait, don't, because Nickelodeon's PAW Patrol is actually a lot o...Read the entire review




IT Crowd: The Complete Series

Wed, 16 Nov 2016 04:39:40 PST

Highly Recommended

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Even though it's a fairly typically executed three-camera sit-com about geek culture like The Big Bang Theory, The IT Crowd is nowhere near as condescending, obvious, and obnoxious as that American show that's still a major hit for some godforsaken reason. In fact, the reason behind The IT Crowd's cult status lies is in the way that it sympathized with the many plights of geeks, without catering to that audience with empty pop culture references, while managing to find a mainstream tone that maintained the boisterous and cynical approach of the best that Brit sit-coms have to offer.

Technically, the show has a very typical three-camera sit-com set up: Brightly lit video of obvious soundstages, simple setups and punch lines accentuated by the laughter from the live audience, the whole shebang. What makes the show stand the test of time lies in the perfect ...Read the entire review




75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 10:04:54 PST

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I have a space in my heart for Pearl Harbor. No, not the dopey Michael Bay film from 2001 with flavor of the month Josh Hartnett, the actual events of 1941. I spent a few of my young years stationed at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii, protecting America from marauding invaders, but mainly doing a lot of smoking and drinking. But it's hard to not look around and be reminded of the attack in various spots in Hawaii, even 20 miles away from the memorial where I was.

Bullet holes can be found on base, but once one makes the half hour drive to the memorial and experiences it, you get an even deeper appreciation for the tragedy. The USS Arizona, still underwater, slowly leaking oil for more than a half dozen decades. For more than 1,100 (almost half of the dead on the day), the Arizona remains their final resting plac...Read the entire review




Accidentally Preserved Volume 4

Sat, 12 Nov 2016 10:45:25 PST

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Undercrank Productions has gone back to the vaults once again andhas emerged with Accidentally Preserved Volume Four. Theseries presents movies that only exist thanks to the home market,movies that were sold (or rented) directly to consumers on smaller(and therefore less expensive) gauge film. Sometimes these reductionprints are the only versions that survive, with no examples to befound in film archives around the world. This time the disc presentseight movies that only exist on 9.5mm prints. While these offer lessresolution that 16mm the images are still clear and all of the filmspresented here look decent.

While the 9.5mm film was never a leading format in the US, they werevery popular in Europe and England. Since three strips of 9.5mmcould be derived from a single reel of 35mm film, the larger gaugefilm was used to imprint three side-by-side images, processed...Read the entire review




Steve McQueen - The Man & Le Mans

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 09:42:21 PST

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We know a lot about Steve McQueen by this point; great looking guy, appeared in several tent pole films, and succumbed to cancer far too early. But he was also a racing devotee of both motorcycles and cars, getting into racing discussions and occasional activities with co-star James Garner on the set of The Great Escape in the early 60s. McQueen wanted to eventually make a movie about racing (and eventually did make one about motorcycle racing with documentary filmmaker Bruce Brown with On Any Sunday). Garner beat him to the punch with the Monaco-set film Grand Prix, but McQueen eventually did one on Le Mans, which this documentary attempts to touch on.

Subtitled The Man & Le Mans, the film chronicles McQueen's attempt to ma...Read the entire review




Listening

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 15:19:09 PST

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It's been the center of conspiracy theories and running jokes for many decades now: the idea of the government using wireless communications and implanted electronic devices to control the thoughts and actions of its citizens. There remains a hitch in that thinking, though, and that comes in the development and universal implementation of devices that could actually accomplish this, which still exists in the realm of science-fiction. Listening, the indie production from Khalil Sullins, attempts to bridge that gap with relatively hard science built from a pair of young, ambitious minds, delving into the logistics and ethical concerns of developing mental communication ... and, ultimately, manipula...Read the entire review




Being Canadian

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 17:59:49 PST

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What is it to be Canadian?

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Canada, hockey, documentaries
Likes: Travelogues
Dislikes: Documentaries starring the director
Hates: Beer

The Movie
I love America, but I harbor a secret (well, not that secret) love for our neighbor to the north. I can name all of the provinces. When I was looking at colleges as a high-school student, I actually gave serious consideration to attending the University of Manitoba at Winnipeg or McGill University in Montreal. I actually enjoy going to Ottawa. Part of it is my long-term love of hockey, but there's so much to Canada to admire (and I beli...Read the entire review




Chicago Fire: Season Four

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 08:07:08 PST

Highly Recommended

(image) Chicago Fire (2012-present) returns for a fourth season, its run now inexorably tied to executive producer Dick Wolf's vast television universe. There have been crossover episodes with Law & Order: SVU, while the series has itself inspired two spinoffs, Chicago P.D. and Chicago Med. Characters from those shows turn up in almost every Chicago Fire episode, and this season on Chicago Fire there's a three-episode story arc spanning all three shows.

Chicago Fire itself remains interesting but is already starting to feel a little tired, with storylines from its first three years reworked with minor variations: characters with jobs on the line from IAD, the Internal Affairs Department (which had already been milked dry on SVU to seemingly every character on that show at one time or another); a rescue worker becoming too personally involved with a...Read the entire review




The Meddler

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 13:50:53 PST

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Director: Lorene Scafaria
Starring: Susan Sarandon, Rose Byrne, J.K. Simmons
Year: 2015

In the vein of I'll See You in My Dreams and Hello, My Name is Doris, The Meddler is another take on what it might be like to be a lonely female baby boomer searching for a new live after the death of a loved one, trying to maneuver a new era, connecting with younger people in awkward ways, trying pot because, why not. There's definitely a strange genre starting here, or perhaps there always has been, I was just too young to notice it. But as this generation of actresses age, they e...Read the entire review




The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson The Vault Series

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 05:03:00 PDT

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A random sampling of early Johnny Carson's late-night reign

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Nostalgia, Old TV
Likes: Late-night TV, Johnny Carson
Dislikes: random TV collections
Hates: Disc filler

The Show
As an infant, I would take my evening bottle while watching Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show, the late-night talk show featuring celebrity interviews and performances that became the template for most that followed. (This is based on what my parents have told me, not some crazy early memories.) I don't have any particular loyalty to his version of the show, and have very little knowledge of th...Read the entire review




Spaceman

Sun, 30 Oct 2016 20:23:18 PDT

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Director: Brett Rapkin
Starring: Josh Duhamel, W. Earl Brown, Ernie Hudson
Year: 2016

Coming out in the middle of and at the same time as a ton of other baseball movies, I expected Spaceman to fall smack dab in the center between the good and the bad, to finish as a passable sports biography performed by mediocre talents. Turns out I gave Spaceman too much credit. Director Brett Rapkin is a documentarian who loves baseball; fine, but that doesn't give you the green light to make your own movie about the sport you enjoy, to think that you can manage an entire feature project when so many other professional filmmakers have tried and failed. Applaud Rapkin's tenacity if you will, but he had no business making this...Read the entire review




NCIS: Season 13

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 05:06:59 PDT

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NCIS (shortfor Naval Criminal Investigative Service) is one of the most successfultelevision series ever made with a wide audience spanning differentbackgroundsand countries. It is no surprise the show is as popular as it is. Theseriesfeatures continuing story-arcs from time to time but the bulk of theseries isepisodic and the characters are some of the best written and acted onanynetwork show...Read the entire review




Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 05:52:19 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) Shot on videotape with a $250 budget, distributed via Canadian community cable, and supported by local businesses in exchange for free ads during the credits (all of which remain intact), Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments is a legitimate cult gem. Slotted into MacLean-Hunter's lineup whenever there was airtime to fill, the film garnered a following across Canada over the years since its initial broadcast thanks to heavy airplay, and is now arriving for the very first time on home video as a special edition DVD. It's an extremely entertaining movie, one which blends elements of Star Wars, Predator, and The Terminator (among other things) while still forming a fully distinct personality of its own. Even better, the movie's unique pleasures are a potent reminder (in the age of trash like Sharknado) that true cult brilliance can't be artificially manufactured.Read the entire review




Nickelodeon Favorites: A Very Nick Jr. Christmas

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:21:12 PDT

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Themed DVD collections have been Nick Jr.'s bread and butter for almost a decade now: they've all but abandoned chronological season sets, so the recent appearance of A Very Nick Jr. Christmas on store shelves is hardly surprising at this point. Six episodes are included on this one-disc release: Blaze and the Monster Machines' "A Monster Machine Christmas", Shimmer and Shine's "Santa's Little Genies", Dora & Friends' "Shiver the Snowman", Bubble...Read the entire review




Approaching the Unknown

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 09:21:12 PDT

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Director: Mark Elijah Rosenberg
Starring: Mark Strong, Luke Wilson
Year: 2016

It's not that Approaching the Unknown is bad, it's that it's a knockoff. Most recently of The Martian, but of many other films as well. Sci-fi is a difficult genre to create original content in, since so many ideas have been broached already, but it's up to the director/writer to imagine something new that will astound audiences. Rosenberg is a complete first-timer, this being his only attempt at writing, directing, or, well, anything. And you could tell, if only in the way that amateurs always fall back on what they've seen done before when they run out of things to say...Read the entire review




Chicago Med: Season One

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 23:49:38 PDT

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The latest of a continuing series, where my wife Nicole steps up to offer her thoughts.

By Nicole Rizzo

In 10 Words or Less
It's not Grey's Anatomy, but it's worth watching.

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Loves: Medical dramas, the Natalie/Will dynamic, Oliver Platt
Likes: Budding romances, ride-or-die friendships
Dislikes: Over-dramatized situations
Hates:

The Show
First there was St. Elsewhere, then ER and my all-time favorite, Grey's Anatomy. Medical dramas have come and gone with few having the ability to capture the viewer and not let go. As a first season newbie to the medical community, Chicago Med has done a fantastic job of setting itself...Read the entire review




Complete Unknown

Fri, 21 Oct 2016 07:01:31 PDT

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(image) Tom (Michael Shannon) is supposed to be celebrating his birthday, but he's got too much on his mind to truly relax. His wife, Ramina (Azita Ghanizada) has just scored a really rare two-year academic opportunity across the country in California, which would be great if Tom and his co-worker Clyde (Michael Chernus) weren't on the verge of a minor legal triumph in their low-end government office. More importantly, he's just spotted the woman (Rachel Weisz) Clyde has brought to his party, who is introduced as Alice, a woman who studied frogs in Tasmania and now works across the street from Tom and Clyde, and eats in their cafeteria. She is beautiful, but what's distracting Tom is that he knew her, years before, as an entirely different person.

Complete Unknown is a fascinating movie, one which remains engaging even as it struggles to transform thematic or conceptual ideas into a film that is als...Read the entire review




Pele: Birth of a Legend

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 12:51:43 PDT

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There are two perceptions of Pele, one is widely known, the other perhaps less so. There is the one we know, the ebullient soccer star who exploded on the world stage in the 1958 World Cup, winning the first of three trophies for Brazil. The guy who was one of the icons as part of the North American Soccer League for the New York Cosmos and is at the top (or just before it) of every list of the top soccer players in history. There is another Pele, a little lesser known, who I'll elaborate on in a bit, but it seems strange that a movie hadn't been made about Pele's life, or one that I know of at least.

Pele: Birth of a Legend was written and directed by Jeff and Michael Zimbalist, who directed the excellent The Two Escobars documentary on Colombian soccer player Andres Escobar a...Read the entire review




Therapy for a Vampire

Thu, 20 Oct 2016 11:26:31 PDT

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(image) Over the past couple of decades, vampire cinema has dedicated a lot of energy to breaking away from stereotypes, warding off the garlic and crucifixes while telling innovative stories about immortal beings who, y'know, so happen to have to drink blood on a regular basis. Often, this results in the filmmakers focusing on the more introspective and existential aspects of living such long-lasting yet morbid lives, delving into the conflicts involved with feeding, maintaining their longevity, and existing among humans. With that, they always risk rubbing horror fans the wrong way, dodging claims that vampires who aren't bloodthirsty monsters can't be "real vampires" and so on. German import Therapy for a Vampire attempts to channel both c...Read the entire review




The Wonder Years: Season 6

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:08:28 PDT

Highly Recommended

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The sixth and final season of The Wonder Years brings to a close the story of Kevin Arnold and his family, friends and other assorted characters from his to this point. Those new to the series are best to start with the first season, as obviously a lot of the storylines here have played out to a certain degree in the five seasons prior. The twenty-two episodes that make up this series are spread across four DVDs and are presented unedited (not that there was all that much to censor but certain TV channels have shown these in syndication with the odd mild cuss bleeped).

When this last season starts, Kevin is starting eleventh grade. With Paul (Josh Saviano) now class president and things getting kind of hum-drum for Kevin, he starts hanging out with Jeff Billings (Giovanni Ribisi) more often. He and Winnie (Danica McKellar) are still an item but when Kevin takes a j...Read the entire review




Highlander - 30th Anniversary Edition (2-Disc Set)

Wed, 19 Oct 2016 05:08:28 PDT

Highly Recommended

(image) It's generally pretty easy to write off the modern obsession with the pop culture of the 1980s as shallow. For one thing, that passion is frequently co-opted by corporations looking for something to remake, reboot, or sequelize that audiences are already familiar with, and it's also omnipresent, a go-to that seems to take up every bit of space, especially in movies, not currently being occupied by superheroes. Another factor, however, is just that some of the films that people tend to love -- sorry, not sorry -- are still popular for nostalgic reasons rather than artistic merit.

With those concerns in mind, I had my reservations as I sat down to watch Highlander for the first time. Although the franchise was a legitimate phenomenon, spanning six films, 10 novels, two comic books, three television series, and several games, video and otherwise, and yet I'd managed to miss out on it. Thankful...Read the entire review




Iverson

Mon, 17 Oct 2016 11:47:39 PDT

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I'll admit that, despite living just over 100 miles from Philadelphia, I've never followed the 76ers or one of their most memorable players of the modern era, Allen Iverson...but unless you've been consciously avoiding basketball during the last 20 years, chances are good that you've at least heard of him. At less than six feet and well under 200 pounds during his entire 15-year career, Iverson never looked your typical NBA player, let alone a highly decorated superstar who was ind...Read the entire review




The Good Wife: The Final Season

Fri, 14 Oct 2016 09:27:23 PDT

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Through the exposure to it by my wife, I have a strange affinity for the CBS show The Good Wife, so much so that I've reviewed the last three seasons of it for DVD Talk, with varying degrees of anticipation. And after a strangely bizarre end to Season Six, the show creators Robert and Michelle King declared Season Seven to be the last, so the question became whether it went out with a bang or a whimper.

When last we left the show, the proverbial good wife, Alicia Florrick (Julianna Margulies, ER) had recently been ousted from a campaign for State's Attorney in Illinois, and was in the beginning phase of looking to start her own firm. Making this decision doubly tou...Read the entire review