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Night Has Settled

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 04:34:45 PDT

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The subject of "troubled youth" in Night Has Settled interested me, as most of my teenage years were rather boring and I now think of both the good and bad points of not having been more adventurous then. A review quoted on the DVD's back cover compares it to the films of Larry Clark (best known for 1995's controversial Kids), which is a somewhat fair comparison though this film from Steve Clark (no relation) doesn't seem intended to shock audiences as much.

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Our main character is 13 year old Oliver (Spencer List), who first appears innocent and childlike. He lives in a rather nice New York apartment with his free-spirited mother Luna (Pilar Lopez de Ayala) and older sister Adriana (Courtney Baxter), al...Read the entire review




Vitaphone Varieties Volume Three

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 08:25:42 PDT

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After a long wait, Warner Brothers, through their direct-to-consumerprogram The Warner Archives, have released the third volume of VitaphoneVarieties. It's been over four years since the second volumewas released, and it's great that they are continuing thecollection. This single disc (the previous installments weremulti-disc collections) contains 16 rare shorts with appearances byperformers who are great, not so great, and just weird. It's a funand entertaining collection that's sure to amuse.

Most of these one-reel shorts feature performers that were recruitedfrom the vaudeville circuits. (One performer didn't even bother tochange the patter in his act, and discusses how everyone came out tosee a vaudeville show.) At the time these were surely just a quick...Read the entire review




The Bureau: Season 1

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 05:23:28 PDT

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(image) Following the introduction of James Bond to movies in the 1960s, the spy genre has slowly polarized itself into two camps: the over-the-top thrill ride with the gadgets and the dashing hero, and the gritty, realistic approach with an eye for detail (Bond never got too close to the latter, but the current run of Daniel Craig movies are certainly attempting to have their cake and eat it too). To this pile, we can now add "The Bureau", a decent French spy series that never exactly catches fire but delivers some well-orchestrated thrills.

The series is comprised of three central threads. The primary storyline is about agent Guillaume Debailly (Mathieu Kassovitz), codenamed Malotru, who has just returned from a six-year undercover information gathering mission in Damascus. His mission seems to have gone smoothly, but his cover included a major wrinkle: within his alias, Paul Lefebvre, he fell for a woman ...Read the entire review




Mifune: The Last Samurai

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 12:31:51 PDT

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As perhaps the most globally recognized Japanese film star of all time, the legendary Toshiro Mifune (1920-1997) was featured in nearly 200 films during a career that spanned almost 50 years. Largely remembered for his collaborations with director Akira Kurosawa between 1948 and 1965---which include such classics as Rashomon, Read the entire review




Circle

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 11:03:31 PDT

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Sci-fi, ethics, psychology, disappointment...this one's got it all

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Smart sci-fi, psychological film
Likes: Bottle episodes, indie films
Dislikes: Obvious button-pushing
Hates: Disappointing endings

The Movie
All due respect to the people involved in making Circle, but I hate this movie. That's not a judgement on the technical effort, which is solid. It has nothing to do with the performances, which are uniformly good. And it's not a problem with the story. The reason I came away from this film with a negative opinion about Circle is solely the ending, which has to be one of the most disappointing finales I can remember. After discussing the movie...Read the entire review




Archer: Season 7

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 06:14:16 PDT

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Season Six of the animated show Archer found the characters and show in what has been termed an unreboot' of sorts, bringing Sterling Archer back into more of his spy realm for longtime fans and admirers of the show. Creator Adam Reed has felt the urge to tear down arcs and some mythologies of the show and built them back up in other environments. Consider it akin to Louis C.K. and his redoing his standup material every so often, keeping him lean and hungry. That's perhaps what Reed's going for.

Season Seven isn't the Miami Vice backdrop of Season Five, but it does put the characters into a new setting without completely letting go of past associations with their spy agency or in the case of Season Six, the CIA. Archer (H. Jon Benjamin, Read the entire review




Baby, Baby, Baby

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 16:35:15 PDT

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Director: Brian Klugman
Starring: Brian Klugman, Adrianne Palicki
Year: 2015

Perhaps his family is owed a few favors, because that's the only way I can understand how Brian Klugman gets so many celebrities to pop up in his indie films. He is the nephew of the late Jack Klugman (Odd Couple, Quincy), but the guy himself has absolutely nothing under his belt. In 2012 he writes and directors The Words, his first attempt at anything, and it bombs, but wow does it have star power: Bradley Cooper, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Jeremy Irons, Olivia Wilde, Michael McKean, J.K. Simmons. How he got all those actors in his debut film is beyond me. And then he turns around, writes/directs/leads a new feature called Baby Ba...Read the entire review




For the Love of Spock

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 21:19:48 PDT

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(image) Such an industry is Star Trek that it supports not only various television and film series, but a growing number of documentaries about it. The first seems to have been Trekkies (1997), directed by Roger Nygard and starring Denise Cosby, with affectionate humor it explores the world of Star Trek fandom. It's funny but not condescending, introducing its audience to fans whose obsessions never hurt anyone but often do good or are empowering, and it's even rather touching at times. A 2004 sequel ventured outside the U.S., in search of international fans.

In between came Mind Meld (2001), a My Dinner with Andre-type conversation between Original Series stars William Shatner and Leonard Nimoy. What might easily have been a vanity project (Shatner co-produced) instead proved to be a highly engrossing dialogue between two actors uniquely positioned in this pop culture lexi...Read the entire review




The Americans Season 4

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:41:55 PDT

Highly Recommended

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The third season of the FX show The Americans found Philip (Matthew Rhys, Burnt) and Elizabeth (Keri Russell, Waitress) with perhaps their most challenging conflict yet that touched both their professional lives as spies for Russia and in America within their home, so the question presumably became how they would handle such a thing, and as it turns out they handled it well.

The thing in question was whether or not their daughter Paige (Holly Taylor) could reconcile her parents' true backgrounds with everyday life in America. Where other shows would perhaps lean towards more sensationalism, or simply put Paige in a position that has her turn on her parents in a surprise, poor...Read the entire review




London Town

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:41:55 PDT

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Director: Derrick Borte
Starring: Daniel Huttlestone, Nell Williams, Jonathan Rhys Meyers
Year: 2016

When I first saw the trailer, I thought that you'd have to love The Clash to love London Town, that it would be a sort of tribute movie that I couldn't appreciate since I don't appreciate the band. But by the end of the film, I realized that wasn't the case at all. Instead of being a music movie, it was a Hallmark original, a British version of the cheeseballs we're served far too often over here in the States. I didn't know that other countries produced such low-impact features that only a mother could love, films that you have to adore like a long-lost puppy in order to enjoy. London Town wasn't at all what I...Read the entire review




The Devil Lives Here

Wed, 05 Apr 2017 11:41:55 PDT

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From the works of Lynch and Jodorowski to less widespread indies, filmmakers have ensured that their genre creations can have a lot of impact and resonance without, well, making a whole lot of sense. Particularly, when one reaches deep into the well of the supernatural and psychological, there are elements beyond fathom and comprehension that can be used to grasp onto explicit and innovative moods that could unsettle the audience on a deeper level. Brazil's The Devil Lives Here (O Diabo Mora Aqui) gets half of the formula right for making a functionally bizarre piece of work, engineering a raucous descent into supernatural collisions and worsening psychosis as a foursome of teenagers meddle...Read the entire review




Mystery Science Theater 3000: Volume XXXVIII

Sun, 02 Apr 2017 11:20:16 PDT

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Shout! Factory keeps churning out more Mystery Science Theater 3000collections, and the latest one is Volume XXXVIII (or 38 for thosewho've forgotten their Roman numerals). This set contains anotherfour episodes, all from the Mike era of the show, and while none ofthese are classic installments, they all have their moments. Thisset is well worth picking up for fans of the classic program.

The shows included in this set are:

Experiment 602 - Invasion, U.S.A.:

"Will somebody please invade something!" - Tom Servo

This experiment starts off with a great short, A Date with YourFamily. ("The Woody Allen Story!" - Crow) This short was alsoincluded on the compilation disc Shorts Vol. 1 which can be found inRhino's release of Mystery Sci...Read the entire review




Sons of Ben

Sat, 01 Apr 2017 04:08:59 PDT

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I think I haven't made secret my love of soccer and Major League Soccer in the US. There is a fraternity, a bonding between its fans and its players, perhaps borne out of its low fidelity origins, that isn't found in a lot of locations in American sport. I've found myself next to players of the team I support in the stands, cheering together with them, or watching them banging a drum to lead a chant. It's not because it's an attention seeking thing, they like the passion, they know what some fans have done to get to support the team they do, and respect it quite a bit.

Then you have the Sons of Ben. This supporters group, based in Philadelphia, was formed and cheered for a team that had not been originated beforehand. Thus, the purpose of the group was to support endeavors around the city, but more importantly help serve as a caucus to bring soccer to Philadelphia, a city ...Read the entire review




Ali & Nino

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 15:27:48 PDT

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Director: Asif Kapadia
Starring: Maria Valverde, Adam Bakri, Homayoun Ershadi
Year: 2016

First, a little history behind the tale of Ali and Nino, since this film is, first and foremost, a fictionalization of history, as well as a metaphor for actual events. It's based upon a 1937 novel by the same name, written by the mysterious Kurban Said, a pseudonym for an author whose real identity is still up for debate to this very day. Said wrote the story approximately 20 years after the events on which it is based: WWI and the relationship between the budding country of Azerbaijan and its dictator, Russia. Some 30-40 years after its publication, the book would catch the attention of millions, becoming the national novel of Azerbaij...Read the entire review




Five Nights in Maine

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:48:42 PDT

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(image) Following the unexpected death of his wife Fiona (Hani Furstenberg) in a fatal car accident, Sherwin (David Oyelowo) retreats into an isolated depression, his days consisting of drinking and mourning. His sister and business partner Penelope (Teyonah Parris) finally forces Sherwin out of the house in order for him to make an obligatory but nerve-wracking trip up to Maine, to bring the ashes to Fiona's mother Lucinda (Dianne Wiest), with whom Fiona had a notably contentious relationship.

The study of grief through a narrative art like filmmaking is always tricky, in which the filmmaker must find the right balance between messy real-life human emotions and the demand of the audience for a story that has, at the very least, an emotional beginning, middle, and end. With Five Nights in Maine, writer/director Maris Curran attempts to lean further toward the messy reality, but in doing so, creates ...Read the entire review




News From Planet Mars

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 04:48:42 PDT

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(image) Philippe Mars (Francois Damiens) has a good job, a pleasant relationship with both his kids and his ex-wife, and appears comfortable with his own direction in life. His obstacle comes in the form of others -- anyone who is unpleasant, unpredictable, or rude. Little does he know that a reassignment at work to look over a colleague's code will turn out to be a hat trick of all three. Jerome (Vincent Macaigne) is a strange man, clearly lonely, struggling with some sort of emotional problem. Before Philippe knows what to make of Jerome, he finds himself among a group of onlookers as Jerome hacks apart his boss' computer with a meat cleaver he keeps in his bag for comfort. The incident ends with Jerome accidentally slicing off a chunk of Philippe's ear. Even more incredibly, a few days later, Philippe reluctantly finds himself allowing Jerome, freshly escaped from a psychiatric hospital, to stay at his apar...Read the entire review




Resistance

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 18:13:29 PDT

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Director: Amit Gupta
Starring: Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wlaschiha, Michael Sheen
Year: 2011

I can't use the term "alternate history" without thinking of "alternative facts", so there goes that innocence, thanks Trump. It's ironic that both terms mean fiction when one of them is supposed to mean truth, but to avoid getting political, I'll attempt to slide past what my mind wants me to focus on and stick to the film at hand. Alternate history is an entertaining genre, re-imagining the past and reshaping it into what might have been. It's almost a form of science fiction, minus the science, or at least has a multi-dimensional feel that I enjoy, an other-worlds-than-these atmosphere that I like woven into a historic drama, which ...Read the entire review




Tales Of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Super Shredder

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 12:05:45 PDT

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It's easy to forget that TMNT is not exclusively for children. Originally created as a hyper-violent satire of then-popular comics like Daredevil almost 35 years ago, the series amassed a cult following and exploded in popularity once action figures and the Read the entire review




Drunk History: Season Four

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:17:05 PDT

Highly Recommended

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More drunken history lessons, now with bonus Hamilton

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Ridiculous stuff, comedy, the majority of the series' recreators
Likes: Derek Waters, the majority of the narrators
Dislikes: History, alcohol
Hates: Drunks

The Story So Far...
Starting life as a web series, Derek Waters and Jeremy Konner's Drunk History builds on a brilliantly simple concept: people who are drunk love to tell stories and they usually have trouble doing so. So, if you focus that idea, and have those drunks only tell historical stories, and then recreate those stories, using the actual inebriated ramblings as the dialogue and big-name comedy guest stars, you get an ingenious little se...Read the entire review




Mudbloods

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 06:17:05 PDT

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(image) Even to those dedicated fans of the Harry Potter series who have read every book and seen every movie, it can be tough to imagine how a magical sport like quidditch could operate in the real world without flying golden balls with wings and players soaring around on broomsticks. Some might be inclined to view it from the same perspective as they would with live-action role-playing, or LARPing, where spells and other mystical elements are "imagined" into existence. However, those who have seen this game in action know that the creators have condensed quidditch into a practical, physically taxing sport, where players cope with holding a shortened broom between their legs as a limitation or challenge instead of something fanciful. Explaining th...Read the entire review




Sabrina Down Under

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 17:28:18 PDT

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I have no earthly idea why this DVD is being released now, nor why I chose to review it. (If that doesn't set you up with confidence, reader, then I might need to turn in my reviewer's cap.) Sabrina Down Under is not the greatest. It feels like a made-for-TV movie, which indeed it it. Is Melissa Joan Hart nostalgia so pitched in 2017 that we need to see this lackadaisical 1999 effort? And even if it were, do we still need to see this? Do we?

Sabrina is a teenage witch, (of Archie Comics fame) portrayed with preternatural perkiness by the aforementioned Melissa Joan Hart. With little discernable reason, we find Sabrina vacationing in Australia with her English witch buddy Gwen (played with only slightly less preternatural perkiness by Tara (Strong) Charendoff). While taking in the sights and mooning over a marine biologist, Sabrina discovers a merman. Before you ca...Read the entire review




Sneakerheadz

Sat, 18 Mar 2017 05:29:40 PDT

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Greed, style, obsession and sneakers

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Reviewer's Bias*
Loves: Documentaries
Likes: Learning about niches
Dislikes: Expensive sneakers
Hates: Sneaker-based crime

The Movie
I was in an elevator in Boston one night, and a guy asked me about the brown and tan low-top sneakers I was wearing.

"Nice sneakers," he said. "Where'd you get them?"

I looked down, thought for a moment, and replied. "Target."

The revelation that I was wearing mass-market Mossimos resulted in obvious disgust on the man's part, and he departed when the doors opened, while I pondered my fashion faux pas. I have never cared much about the shoes I've worn, as happy with the expensive Nikes my wife bought me shortly...Read the entire review




The Defenders: Season 1

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 05:07:33 PDT

Highly Recommended

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Long out of circulation, the legendary legal series The Defenders makes its belated arrival on DVD with a new Season One set from Shout! Factory. Starring E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-son team of defense attorneys, the show displays the intelligence and idealism of the best early television drama, even though it hit the airwaves in 1961 (technically after TV's original Golden Age).

Created by 12 Angry Men writer Reginald Rose, The Defenders is not a mystery show in the Perry Mason/Matlock mold (although season one features a few different episodes where one of the hero attorneys gets a witness on the stand ...Read the entire review




Sad Vacation: The Last Days Of Sid And Nancy

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 15:14:48 PST

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Danny Garcia continues telling the history of the punks in his important, shaggy documentaries, works which might illuminate viewers on the real story behind their t-shirt heroes, or which might make viewers feel: warm, fuzzy, old, conservative, loose, irritated, or invigorated. Maybe even all of the above. Music fans of a certain bent might find this DVD inevitable, or at the very least a bonafide rental.

The titular vacation refers a little bit to a song by notorious New York junkie Johnny Thunders, and to the lightning-fast rise and fall of Sid Vicious, former scenester, one-time bass player for the Pistols, and lovesick idiot brought to ground by Nancy Spungen, the famous climber. It's a sad story, no matter how you look at it, and one already told to expert effect by Alex Cox in Sid & Nancy. (Devotees of that film, of which I am ...Read the entire review




Maximum Ride

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 08:28:50 PST

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Director: Jay Martin
Starring: Allie Marie Evans, Patrick Johnson, Gavin Lewis
Year: 2016

Maximum Ride might very well be the worst movie I have ever seen, which is saying something, given the terrible films I have watched over the course of my critical career. Any of us who have sat through the four Sharknado flops know just how bad cinema can be, but at least there's a way to defend that franchise, at least you know they were making their movies solely for entertainment purposes, with no desire to be taken seriously in the least. After seeing Maximum Ride, you get the sense that someone worked with intention, with a purpose, with a thought that what they were creating might actually be good. Well, it i...Read the entire review




Addicted to Fresno

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 06:45:01 PST

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(image) Film and television fans have had more reason than ever to lament Hollywood's underutilization of the great Judy Greer, what with a number of small and sometimes thankless roles in big-budget blockbusters like Jurassic World, Tomorrowland, Ant-Man, and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Another set of film and television fans have had reasons to celebrate, in seeing the renaissance of character actor Natasha Lyonne's career through "Orange is the New Black". Anyone who fits in the part of the Venn diagram where those two types of people cross over may like to know, if they don't already, that an obscure 2015 indie comedy by Jamie Babbit (director of Lyonne's LGBTQ cult classic But I'm a Cheerleader) attempts to resolve the first and support the second, by casting Greer and Lyonne as sisters working in a hotel who get wrapped up in trying to get rid of a body th...Read the entire review




Neither Heaven Nor Earth

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 08:47:40 PST

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Director: Clement Cogitore
Starring: Jeremie Renier, Kevin Azais, Finnegan Oldfield
Year: 2015

A war drama with a religious backdrop, Neither Heaven Nor Earth is part reality, part fantasy, and completely devoted to shedding light on the fragility of the human spirit. On the surface, it's a look at the lives and fears of the modern soldier, but in its depths, it's a peek into his soul, revealing the doubts that lay so tenuously there. Director Clement Cogitore, who makes his feature-length debut with this film, uses the harsh environment of war to bring the spiritual world to life, putting the stories on top of each other in a unique fashion in order to make several points. That the movie itself can't stand completely...Read the entire review




Manson's Lost Girls

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 04:26:41 PST

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There have been a number of filmed depictions of Charles Manson and his followers, but the makers of "Manson's Lost Girls" have figured we could use at least one more. This one sells its uniqueness as being told from the point of view of one of the women at Manson's "family retreat" at Spahn Ranch, an abandoned Western movie set. Linda Kasabian, played here by Mackenzie Mauzy, was the only member of Manson's "family" to not serve a life sentence in prison, and "Manson's Lost Girls" tries to show her mostly as a by-stander who didn't see what would happen until it was too late.

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Made for the Lifetime cable channel, the narrative here is much more straightforward than the movie The Manson Family th...Read the entire review




The Wonder Years: Season 6

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 05:22:00 PST

Highly Recommended

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With the sixth and final season of "The Wonder Years" receiving its individual release officially marks the end of an era for many DVD collectors. Long anticipated but thought to be an impossibility, it's still stunning to realize Time Life was able to release the seminal series given the multitude of music rights issue surrounding it; save for a few unobtainable songs, the sixth and final season of the series arrives with little fanfare (truth be told, most fans likely snagged this as a complete series release a few years back). In the 22-episodes that make up the release, the saga of Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage) winds to an end, marking a journey from middle school through high school for a character who represented the average American teen of the 1960s.

A large theme running through the final season of the series is bidding farewell to old memories and embracing the unknown; the series beg...Read the entire review




Blush

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 15:26:39 PST

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(image) The pleasures of Michal Vinik's Blush (aka Barash) are potent but subtle, captured with a certain delicacy. Through its low-conflict, naturalistic, small-scale nature, the film will likely alienate a number of viewers who will see it as boring or lacking in substance (volume, not concept). On the flipside, there are moments of authentic teenage triumph and angst, the accuracy of which will only allow those moments to resonate fully with those who are on the film's wavelength.

Naama (Sivan Noam Shimon) is a typical moody teenager. She and her friends don't appear to do much at school but watch others, and she has an uneven home life thanks to her military secretary sister Liora (Bar Ben Vakil), who has a tendency to disappear for weeks at a time. There is constant tension between her mother Michel (Irit Pashtan) and her father Gidon (Dvir Benedek), often about Liora's disappearan...Read the entire review




The Von Trapp Family - A Life Of Music

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 05:09:39 PST

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"The story of the von Trapp family's escape from Austria in 1938 to the United States is well known from The Sound of Music. This film tells the story of those dramatic years through the eyes of the eldest daughter, Agathe."

This text introduces The von Trapp Family: A Life of Music which is based on Agathe von Trapp's autobiographical book "Memories Before and After The Sound of Music". Those familiar with the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical and subsequent movie that's become a perennial favorite might be asking "Who was Agathe?" but it turns out that version of the story not only sugar-coated many details but also changed some of the names- Agathe was known as Liesl in that version. This production tries to tell the story closer to the way it really happened. It us...Read the entire review




Legend of Korra: The Complete Series

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 15:32:27 PST

Highly Recommended

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When Avatar the Last Airbender debuted on Nickelodeon back in 2004, it was met with near universal acclaim from critics and audiences alike. Thanks to its diverse cast of characters, spectacularly choregraphed battles, and exhaustive world building the series resonated with adults and children of all ages. Avatar's widespread appeal wouldn't just be limited to the small screen, having transitioned into a variety of media including comics, consul games, and even a live action movie (the less said about that the better). Though the series told a comprehensive story across three seasons, the world of Avatar was ripe for further exploration.

When the Legend of Korra premiered, it was instantly clear that while both series existed within the same universe, the tone and animation targeted a marginally mature demographic. Set 70 years after the events A...Read the entire review




Blaze And The Monster Machines: Race Into Velocityville

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 11:09:55 PST

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Created by Jeff Borkin and Ellen Martin, Blaze and the Monster Machines is Nick Jr.'s breakout hit aimed at single-digit scamps who like trucks. And who doesn't like trucks, especially sentient ones? The story goes like this: Blaze (voiced by Nolan North of TMNT) and his blank-faced, curiously underage driver A.J. (Dusan Brown) are the best ...Read the entire review




PAW Patrol: Pups Save the Bunnies

Thu, 23 Feb 2017 09:25:00 PST

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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. Pups Save the Bunnies is the newest themed collection of PAW Patrol episodes on disc, and it doesn't really change anything about the show's formula or characters. Most episodes go like this: the six PAW Patrol canines (klutzy firefighter Marshall, aquatic expert Zuma, construction oaf ...Read the entire review




Beavis & Butt-Head: The Complete Collection

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 16:29:55 PST

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(image) Mike Judge has one hell of an impressive career down on paper. He's responsible for bringing the workplace hit Office Space' to the masses, and followed that up with sleeper success flicks Idiocracy, Extract, and 13 seasons of Fox's King of the Hill. The latter of which was no small feat, since that particular network has a frustrating reputation for canceling most of its best programming. I think the mentioned body of work is what Judge should be remembered for, but the masses will probably always peg him as that guy who made Beavis and Butt-head.' That's not necessarily a bad thing, either, but it's a show that tends to make people either grab their torches and pitchforks, or get whisked back to a fun youth when everyone was painfully practicing their worst mm-mm-heh' and uh-huh-huh-huh' impressions while wearing frog baseball' memorabilia. I personally fall into the latter category, and no...Read the entire review