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Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series

Tue, 26 Sep 2017 04:16:09 PDT

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It's always a gamble to revisit some of your favorite shows from decades ago, since it might shock you with not only how dated they have become, but how much your taste has grown since. This is doubly the case with sit-coms. Humor is very subjective and dependant on the culture within the time period it exposes. What you once thought to be funny might not be the case a couple of decades later. My guess is that those who were genuinely tickled by The Brady Bunch in the 70s might have had trouble arguing its relevance and overall quality during the 90s when groundbreaking sit-coms like Seinfeld and Friends were making the rounds.

Just Shoot Me is a sit-com I frequently enjoy...Read the entire review




The Glass Coffin

Mon, 25 Sep 2017 04:47:50 PDT

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(image) The Glass Coffin (El ataud de cristal) arrives a little late to capitalize on that short-lived burst of interest in one-location survival thrillers from a few years back, but if the context of such a film possesses a strong hook, then the innovation and claustrophobia involved with the concept still holds the potential to strike a chord. Where others explored themes like the worth of a single civilian caught in the throes of war or the ways in which preparation and rudimentary medical knowledge can come in handy during dire situations, this tale of survival tackles a cultural, more metropolitan critique, focusing on the seedy corners of the filmmaking business and the objectification of actresses. Brash neon visual language and a willi...Read the entire review




Alive and Kicking

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 10:02:22 PDT

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Like a few other people, the 90s films Swing Kids and Swingers introduced me to the world and machinations of swing dancing. But little did I know that the swing community has been sustaining itself nicely since then past the wave of nostalgia, as the Susan Glatzer documentary Alive and Kicking shows us.

Glatzer herself is a swing enthusiast of almost two decades, so she has a familiarity with and passion for her subject, and she is comprehensive in her approach to it, looking at it from its origins in the early 20th century to its rise through the years, and the various substyles of swing dancing that exist (the film focuses primarily on the Lindy Hop, for the record). Interviews with some of those who have made an impact on the dance...Read the entire review




Britney Ever After

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 06:50:29 PDT

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(image) It's easy to scoff at the idea of a Britney Spears biopic for various reasons, but it makes sense. Spears' "Hit Me Baby (One More Time)" is arguably responsible for the current era of pop music, reflected today in the similarly bubblegum-colored, sexy-sweet stylings of Katy Perry and Carly Rae Jepsen. There's also something a bit more intriguing about Spears, who lived a tabloid-friendly life just before the era of TMZ. Spears' career has been back on track and going smoothly for awhile now, but the moment where Spears abruptly shaved off all of her hair and swung an umbrella at paparazzi still lingers in the public consciousness as a crack in the veneer of music stardom. Sadly, Britney Ever After, a cheap Lifetime movie about the singer's career, isn't even good trash, lazily breezing through some of the star's greatest personal hits with only a hint of a purpose in mind.

The film uses the ...Read the entire review




How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 18:33:50 PDT

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Manipulating your way to the top--in song!

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: The look of classic cinema, musicals
Likes: Absurdity, Kino Lorber's Studio Classics Line
Dislikes: Robert Morse's mugging
Hates: Old accepted corporate sexism

The Movie
The problem with a film where the plot sees its hero push forward with success through either luck or favor is the lack of genuine conflict. That's exactly the issue when it comes to J. Pierpont Finch (Robert Morse) and How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Starting out as a window washer guided by the titular book, Finch climbs the corporate ranks by either manipulating those above him by appealing to their greed, self-absorption o...Read the entire review




Phantasm - 5 Movie DVD Collection

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 05:05:26 PDT

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(image) In April, Well Go USA finally brought all five Phantasm movies to Blu-ray in a swanky six-disc package stuffed to the gills with bonus features. Now, five months later, Well Go has a second set on offer. This standard-def DVD set may not be a satisfying replacement for Blu-ray owners who wanted the new remastered presentations in their HD glory, but is an affordable alternative for casual fans, and features a reasonable chunk of the content produced by Well Go for the Blu-ray edition.

As a franchise, Phantasm is a unique and bizarre beast. Following the exploits of Mike (A. Michael Baldwin...mostly), Reggie (Reggie Bannister) and Jody (Bill Thornbury) in a battle with the evil Tall Man (Angus Scrimm) across the country, through various time periods, and even into other dimensions, the films are a unique blend of horror, science fiction, and fantasy that constantly reinvents its own ...Read the entire review




Killing Hasselhoff

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:38:09 PDT

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I'm not sure at what point we arrived to in film and/or television where David Hasselhoff was the latest entry in the rare land of famous people who are the center of films about them in fictional settings, but it's 2017 so anything can happen. And here we are, in a film where the former Baywatch star plays himself, similar to films (I think) that were done on Carrot Top and Pauly Shore. Strangely though, this film (called Killing Hasselhoff has a familiar face or two associated with it.

Written by Peter Hoare and directed by Darren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman), Hasselhoff isn't the star and is more of the background, with Chris (Ken Jeong, The Hangover)...Read the entire review




Diamond Cartel

Fri, 15 Sep 2017 13:38:09 PDT

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Director: Salamat Mukhammed-Ali
Starring: Karlygash Mukhamedzhanova, Armand Assante
Year: 2017

Diamond Cartel is what you would get if you combined Sharknado with The Expendables and set it in Kazakhstan. I'm not kidding, it's that horrible of a concept, and how anyone in their right mind could want to turn it into an actual movie is beyond me. The director is Kazakh, this is his second attempt at a feature film, and his first also writing and producing the flick. It's safe to say that he might not know exactly what he's doing, although the same can surely be said about the minds behind the worst cinema in history, and that might not always be accurate. Regardless, this is 100 minutes of pure torture to...Read the entire review




Cop and a Half: New Recruit

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 14:06:07 PDT

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I remained oblivious, perhaps blissfully so, to the 1993 buddy cop/family film Cop & A Half with Burt Reynolds in a prime hairpiece era for him. I know it's out there, but there was never an urge to see it. Now for some reason, someone has decided to reboot? remake? Make another installment to the franchise. And great news! It's about what you'd expect it to be.

Titled Cop and a Half: New Recruit, the cop in question is Simmons, played by Lou Diamond Phillips (La Bamba), a grizzled cop whose enthusiasm tends to have him break a rule or two in the department and run up against his captain. The half in question is Karina (Lulu Wilson, Deliver Us From Evil), a only child to a single mother, but she has a nose for dete...Read the entire review




The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series (6 DVD Set)

Wed, 13 Sep 2017 04:44:53 PDT

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(image) We have no idea why Time-Life chose to send us a screener of The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson: The Vault Series (6 DVD Set Collector's Edition). It appears to be a very slight repackaging of a set they released three years ago, but this reviewer is nonetheless more than happy to sing its praises.

After Carson left the program in 1992, excerpts have turned up on places like YouTube, and there have been DVD clip show releases. This, however, is altogether different, a boxed set of 12 complete shows (along with some bonus clips) running more than 17 hours.

Although Tonight Show episodes have turned up on "cable television" in recent years, those programs are, so I hear, heavily edited, mainly due to music licensing issues. However, the 12 shows collected here not only include all the musical guests and their complete performances, but also everything else, including film clips f...Read the entire review




Betting on Zero

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 07:51:18 PDT

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Director: Ted Braun
Starring: William Ackman
Year: 2016

In a time when one of America's favorite national arguments has reared its bitter head with renewed energy (capitalism vs socialism, free market vs big government, cutthroat competition vs equal protection), Betting on Zero is a documentary that will slide into the conversation with ease. It's specifically based on Herbalife; the company, the court cases, the sanctions, and the famous Ackman short. But it can't help also being about politics, using this bizarre story to highlight the two polar viewpoints that fight against one another and make our entire country spin. In case you don't know much about Herbalife, this documentary is here to fill you in, and it's a...Read the entire review




Cinematic Titanic: The Complete Collection

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 06:24:34 PDT

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(image) Between the cancellation of the original show in 1999 and the Kickstarter for its revival in 2015, there have been three major attempts to revive the format of "Mystery Science Theater 3000" for a new generation, all by people who worked on the original program. Two of them, one successful and one unsuccessful, feature the team of Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (arguably the "second generation" cast, even though Murphy voiced Servo for nine out of ten seasons of the "official" original series run, and was a writer and crew member from the beginning). The successful iteration is Rifftrax, which uses .mp3 files to allow the team to direct their zingers at big studio blockbusters without paying any licensing fees, and the failure was The Film Crew, a series of direct-to-DVD programs where they mocked the usual public domain schlock. The other major effort, Cinematic Titanic, came from t...Read the entire review




Behind the Mask: The Batman: Dead End Story

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 04:32:08 PDT

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Might seem hard to believe at this point, but there was a time in the late- 90s to early- 00s where big-screen Batman underwent something of an identity crisis. The creative folks behind the character's live-action iterations were unsure of whether to explore the character's dark, brooding elements from the comics -- something embraced by the wildly successful Batman: The Animated Series -- or return to the vibrant campiness of the 60s show, resulting in Schumacher's Batman & Robin and a period of silence afterwards. Sandy Collora knew what to do with the character, though, which led to his semi-independently-financed "fan film" Batman: Dead End, a moody and well-crafted ode to...Read the entire review




Dracula in Vegas

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 19:22:58 PDT

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Filmmaker Nick Millard has had an interesting career. He started off making softcore skin flicks in the sixties and then made the switch to hardcore once the seventies rolled around. But once 1975 hit, he turned his back on smut and made a few horror films: Satan's Black Wedding and Criminally Insane being the two most popular. A few years later he'd churn out .357 Magnum and then take a break for a while but once the eighties rolled around and camcorders became readily available, Nick made a comeback! Not only did he make a sequel to Criminally Insane (wisely bringing Priscilla Alden back) but he churned out the two Death Nurse films, Cemetery Sisters and a few others including 1999's Dracula In Vegas, the last of his feature filmmaking efforts until 2003's The Turn Of The Screw.

Millard's shot on video epics were ...Read the entire review




My Little Pony: Equestria Girls: Magical Movie Night

Mon, 04 Sep 2017 11:49:58 PDT

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A trio of shorter, interconnected Equestria Girls adventures

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: My daughter
Likes: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, the Equestria Girls films, Equestria Girls music
Dislikes: oversaturation
Hates: Spike

Note: In the interest of full disclosure, I am friends with one of the writers involved in this release, and have made every effort to not allow that to influence my review.

The Movie
So, a little under a year after the release of Legend of Everfree, and my now 11-year-old daughter has less interest in the My Little Pony franchise, which mens for this release, I was on my own, armed only with the knowledge gained having reviewed at least se...Read the entire review




PAW Patrol: The Great Pirate Rescue!

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 07:58:30 PDT

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PAW Patrol is one of Nick Jr.'s most popular shows in years, packed with all the harmless action and cornball jokes that kids and most parents can't help but snicker at. The Great Pirate Treasure is the newest themed collection of PAW Patrol episodes on disc; it doesn't really change anything about the show's formula or characters, and doesn't have to. Most episodes go like this: the six PAW Patrol canines (klutzy firefighter Marshall, aquatic expert Z...Read the entire review




Tales of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Wanted - Bebop & Rocksteady

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 20:14:14 PDT

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Nickelodeon's 2012 revamp of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is slowly winding down after five seasons of action and adventure, and the show's been much better than its treatment on DVD thus far. With only one or two stretches of below-average episodes to its name, TMNT has done an excellent job of appealing to old and new fans alike with a strong mixture of comedy, action, danger, and no shortage of drama during some of the series' darker moments. It's been a fun rid...Read the entire review




Liar's Dice

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 17:32:58 PDT

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(image) Liar's Dice, India's unexpected submission to the 2014 Academy Awards for Best Foreign Film, is admirable in its combination of ambition and unwavering devotion to a specific vision, but the ambition is frequently stunted by a lack of resources, and the vision is more frustrating than rewarding. Making her debut as a feature writer/director following an acclaimed short film (Kelkkunnundo, aka Are You Listening?), Geetu Mohandas, strives to craft an unusual, uncompromisingly bleak road movie. Dice achieves that bleakness, but also a heavy dose of tedium as well.

It has been five months since Kamala (Geetanjali Thapa) has heard from her husband, who has taken a job in a city far from the tiny village where they live. She has a cell phone, and calls his number, but he does not answer. Desperate to determine his whereabouts, she bundles up her daughter Manya (Manya Gu...Read the entire review




From Noon Till Three

Fri, 18 Aug 2017 15:07:48 PDT

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Director: Frank D. Gilroy
Starring: Charles Bronson, Jill Ireland
Year: 1976

From Noon Till Three is one of the oddest films I have ever seen. It's definitely the weirdest Western I have ever seen, and somehow barely fits the category. It would be like calling Barbarella the strangest sci-fi flick you've ever come across, when really it's not science fiction at all, it's a fantasy/comedy/acid trip that just happens to be set in space. The same goes for this movie, something I had never heard of, accidentally stumbled across, and watched with no forewarning. It's not entirely a Western, it's more a wacky story set during the same time period but only following the necessary sign posts up until the point that it...Read the entire review




Rugrats: Season One

Tue, 15 Aug 2017 06:51:36 PDT

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The first complete season of the 00s favorite baby adventurers

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Animation
Likes: Klasky-Csupo, Rugrats
Dislikes: Not getting extras
Hates: TV series best-of collections

The Show
Animation duo Arlene Klasky and Gabor Csupo and producer Paul Germain took the world into a universe of naivety and imagination when they introduced the Nickelodeon cartoon Rugrats and it's lead cast of babies in 1991 and the response allowed the show to live on for over 13 years and 172 episodes--an immense run for any kids animated series. But despite the popularity and the sheer number of episodes created, there has been a rather paltry selection of episodes released o...Read the entire review




Brannigan

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:49:41 PDT

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Director: Douglas Hickox
Starring: John Wayne, Richard Attenborough, Judy Geeson
Year: 1975

I consider myself a fan of 70s movies, at least for someone who was born a decade later and so never had the opportunity to see them as they were meant to be seen, to love them as they came out instead of twenty years later when I had grown up enough to appreciate them. Not to be too clustering, but 70s films have a certain vibe, a dated atmosphere, a specific style that of course doesn't apply to each one, but that is apparent enough in enough of them that you can pick one out of an era lineup at a hundred paces. But although I really enjoy the time frame in general, some duds do happen, and Brannigan is one of them. It's the ...Read the entire review




Frantz

Mon, 07 Aug 2017 07:32:20 PDT

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Director: Fran ois Ozon
Starring: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney
Year: 2016

It's amazing how ethnocentric we can become, even those of us who feel we are above such petty distinctions and who would call ourselves completely open-minded. After I watched Frantz and realized that it was perhaps the best film I'd seen all year, I caught myself acting surprised that a few foreign films always make it to the top of my annual list, as if they were a genre all their own and I was paying them far too much attention. I had to take a step back and remind myself that there was no reason that another country couldn't make a singularly excellent movie, that nations all over the world are producing startlingly good theatre, that their bein...Read the entire review




Under the Dome: The Complete Series

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 14:24:38 PDT

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(image) With more than 50 novels published at the time of this writing, and more no doubt on the way, Stephen King has been widely regarded by his peers and contemporaries as one of the greatest novelists to put pen to paper. Though known primarily for his work in horror, King's works span a catalogue of award winning novels and short stories spread across numerous genres. It's no wonder many of his stories have served as the basis for small and big screen adaptations. As is the case with so many page-to-screen adaptations, studios have had varying degrees of success in translating the author's work. Despite a spotty record, Hollywood can't seem to get enough of King's works.

Under the Dome is one of King's more recent novels. A mammoth of a book at over 1,000 pages in length, the novel harkens back to themes found in many of the author's earlier works. Due to its length, the decision was made to ...Read the entire review




Beauty's Worth

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 07:44:17 PDT

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Though Marion Davies is best known as the William Randolph Hearst'smistress, she was also an excellent actress. A trio of her lesserknown films are begin released by Undercrank Productions including WhenKnighthood was in Flower [reviewhere], The Bride's Play, and this film, 1922's Beauty'sWorth. A light comedy, the film is enjoyable and fun andMarion Davies is delightful.

Prudence Cole (Davies) is a young girl who is being raised by hertwo maiden aunts. Her guardians are strict Quakers "to whom thewhole Twentieth Century is a work of Satan." Needless to say, it's aquiet lifestyle.

When Prudence's childhood friend, Henry, comes for a visit with hismother the two have a great time catching up after being apart foryears. At the end of the visit Henry's mother invites...Read the entire review




T.J. Hooker: The Complete Series

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 04:48:08 PDT

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(image) I'd never seen an episode of T.J. Hooker, the 1982-86 police action-melodrama, until preparing this review. But when Shout! Factory announced The Complete Series I decided to give it a go, mainly because of the actor playing the title role, William Shatner.

I'd long admired Shatner as an actor and for his amazing longevity. Coming from the Canadian theater scene, he first made a name for himself as one of the main go-to guys on American television of the late-1950s through mid-1960s, on shows like Studio One, The Naked City, Twilight Zone and many others. He was not only one of the finest actors on television at that time, he was roguishly handsome to boot, and a big break in movies and/or TV seemed inevitable.

It was Star Trek, of course, that made him truly famous, but like many 60s TV leads, after his series was cancelled Shatner struggled for a time....Read the entire review




All Nighter

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 05:52:25 PDT

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No, this isn't a remake of the 1987 movie with Susanna Hoffs, but its premise is quite familiar. Banjo-playing Martin (Emile Hirsch) and his girlfriend Ginnie (Analeigh Tipton) have been together a while and the time comes for him to meet her father- the hard-nosed, rich "man's man" Frank (J.K. Simmons). They meet him at a restaurant for dinner and of course Martin has to make a good first impression, but he pretty much blows it- first making him laugh at his choice of a vegetarian dinner instead of a nice steak, then the old movie classic mistake of spilling a drink on him. Ginnie doesn't mind this though, as she and her dad haven't really been close- he spends a lot of time traveling the world for business and pays her little attention, already having divorced her mother years ago.

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Absolutely Anything

Sat, 29 Jul 2017 17:55:00 PDT

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(image) The Fermi paradox puts into words one of the common considerations someone might have regarding the presence of alien life: if they're out there, why haven't we directly interacted with them? Much debate can be had over the nuances of the topic, but one of the most interesting and amusing rebuttals to the thought exercise boils down to, simply, "Why would they?", as if humanity's so insignificant in comparison to their advanced way of being that we may not be worth their time or effort. In a roundabout way, Absolutely Anything plays around with the idea of the Fermi paradox, making a collective of aliens so ambivalent of other planets and species that they simply decide whether to annihilate other lifeforms, after they stumble onto a...Read the entire review




Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 05:47:22 PDT

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Although "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" may have been the tenth of thirteen films helmed by Sam Peckinpah, compared to his final three big screen efforts, it is in many ways the last film with the Peckinpah style. Arriving on the heels of the troubled "Pat Garrett and Billy the Kidd," "Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Garcia" sees Peckinpah in the director's chair as well as the co-writer's seat, telling the timeless tale of morally questionable characters engaging in often amoral behavior. Set in the dusty underworld of Mexico (an underworld that is far more romantic than the modern cartel influenced settings as portrayed in "Traffic" and "Sicario"), Peckinpah's tale follows Bernie (Warren Oates in a career highlight), a hard-lived former soldier, crooning with drunk tourists in a grimy Mexican bar who sees a chance at quick cash by tracking down the titular character.

Peckinpah has gone...Read the entire review




Kansas Vs. Darwin

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:50:41 PDT

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Living less than 30 miles away from Dover, Pennsylvania (and having family from the area, even), I'm somewhat familiar with the concept of rural areas embroiled in national controversy. The 2004-05 Dover case for teaching intelligent design in public biology classrooms ended well, thanks to a judge's ruling that upheld separation of church and state. For obvious reasons, this Decem...Read the entire review




Absolutely Anything

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 20:50:41 PDT

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(image) Arriving on American DVD almost two years after an underwhelming box office performance in the UK, Absolutely Anything is a laundry list of disappointments. Not only is it a startlingly unfunny movie given the talent appearing in it (Simon Pegg, Eddie Izzard, and the entire surviving cast of Monty Python), but it also marks the final efforts of at least two prominent participants: director/co-writer/actor Terry Jones, who was diagnosed with dementia about a year later, and actor Robin Williams, who has a key supporting role as the voice of a dog.

Neil Clarke (Pegg) is a prototypical movie schlub, a sensitive but perpetually lazy man who claims to be toiling away at a novel but spends most of his time scraping by in his day job as a schoolteacher and pining for his gorgeous neighbor, Catherine West (Kate Beckinsale). Unbeknownst to Neil, a Galactic Council of alien creatures (voiced by John ...Read the entire review




Alone in Berlin

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:29:16 PDT

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Director: Vincent Perez
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Emma Thompson, Daniel Br hl
Year: 2016

The rise of the wonderful and incomparable Daniel Bruhl has been well-witnessed, at least among those who have been paying attention. The German/Spanish actor has been hitting more home runs than not with his film choices, or perhaps his talent level helps lift each lucky movie he appears in. Inglourious Basterds, Rush, A Most Wanted Man, Woman in Gold, Read the entire review




American Wrestler: The Wizard

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:53:02 PDT

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There have been a few films that include a metaphoric fish thrown into new, sometimes hostile waters, and on the heels of HBO's fascinating miniseries The Night Of, we now get American Wrestler: The Wizard, a similar story in its broadest strokes, based on true events.

Written by Brian Rudnick and directed by Alex Ranarivero, American Wrestler tells the story of Ali Jahani (George Kosturos), an immigrant who left Iran during the Khomeni overthrow to live in California with his uncle Hafez. Hafez is played by Ali Afshar, producer of the film and the subject on whom the movie is based. Ali grows up dealing with bullies at school and is ostracized due to the events of the day, but he decides to take up wrestling. The coach (William Fichtner, ...Read the entire review




Bones The Complete Series

Sat, 08 Jul 2017 08:59:04 PDT

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Like Castle or White Collar, Bones isanother in a long line of crime show that pair two unlikelypartners. While they don't get along at the start, over the courseof the show the two learns about each other, grow closer, and put alot of murderers behind bars. That's pretty much what happens inBones, and after a very impressive 12-season run the program hasfinished its time on the small screen and that means it's time for acompete series set. This massive 64-disc collection includes all 245episodes and some decent bonus material (unfortunately all of itpreviously released) in a nice new case. It's a decent show thatstarts off slow but builds steam as it goes along.

Based on a series of books by Kathy Reichs, the show revolves aroundDr. Temperance Brennan (Emily Deschanel), a brilliant forensicanthropologist with little-to-no social skills, and Seeley Bo...Read the entire review




8 Bit Generation: Commodore Wars

Thu, 06 Jul 2017 04:45:47 PDT

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8-Bit Generation is a project called "a labor of love" by those behind it, documenting the rise of consumer computers and video games of the 70s and 80s. "The Commodore Wars" is their first documentary release, focusing on the Commodore computer company. I'm in a bit of a strange place on this subject as during that time I was a video game nut and we also had (and still do) an Apple II computer, but by 1985 I had pretty much lost interest in computers and never did much with them until the internet came along. The big video game crash lessened my interest in those as well, and even though I was one of the first in my area to get a Nintendo Entertainment System (which I didn't even expect to be successful) I never got back into them as hugely as I was before and by now current games don't even appeal to me enough to buy any of the latest game consoles. I remember Commodore's home computers being simp...Read the entire review




Ray Donovan: Season 4

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 05:06:21 PDT

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At the end of Season Three of Ray Donovan, following a shootout with Russian mobsters that left our antihero (played by Liev Schreiber) wounded and his father, Mickey (Jon Voight), on the run, Ray received absolution for his past sins from a Catholic priest who had taken an interest in him in a powerful season finale. Now it's time for Season Four to get underway, and Ray's going to walk the straight and narrow now, right? Think again.

Ray's descent back into his old ways begins when he begins an association with boxer Hector Campos (Ismael Cruz Cordova), which soon turns south when Ray needs to use his "fixer" skills to get Hector out of a mess that has to do with Hector's half-sister, Marisol (Lisa Bonet), and the fact that Hector has been having an on-aga...Read the entire review