Wed, 07 Dec 2016 10:30:01 PST
(image) The Film:
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 18:33:06 PST
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
Sun, 04 Dec 2016 05:39:53 PST
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
Thu, 01 Dec 2016 05:19:36 PST
(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
Wed, 30 Nov 2016 05:34:11 PST
(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
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 22:25:00 PST
(image) Shopkins: Chef Club:
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
Mon, 28 Nov 2016 17:21:25 PST
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
Sat, 26 Nov 2016 09:48:40 PST
(image) The Movies:
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
Thu, 24 Nov 2016 04:53:06 PST
(image) The Season (Finale):
Tue, 22 Nov 2016 17:49:25 PST
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
Thu, 17 Nov 2016 06:03:22 PST
(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
Wed, 16 Nov 2016 18:34:13 PST
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