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Life Of Crime (Blu-ray Review)

Life-Of-CrimeLife Of Crime interested me because it features characters from Jackie Brown.  On any given day, Jackie Brown is either my absolute favorite Quentin Tarantino film or at the very least Top 3.  Life Of Crime takes place with Ordell, Louis, Melanie and brief appearance from Ray in the year 1978.  This was a festival touring film that wound up playing in theaters finally around the end of August.  A side note, I’m just curious, but the film takes place in 1978 and features a scene with Will Forte trapped in a closet and he begins smashing his way out of the door just like Michael Myers did in the original Halloween.  I’m wondering if this was intentional, as Forte strangely knocks the pieces of the door out in the same manner that Michael did even.  Oh well, the Halloween season is upon us, so I thought I’d take note of that. Continue reading ‘Life Of Crime (Blu-ray Review)’

Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (Blu-ray Review)

Street Fighter One of the most recognized video game franchises in the world, Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist tells the origin story of some of the series’ most beloved characters: Ryu, Ken, and Akuma. Delivering top-notch, martial arts action with visual effects that rival major Hollywood studios, this will be a must-see for Street Fighter and action cinema fans, alike.  Continue reading ‘Street Fighter: Assassin’s Fist (Blu-ray Review)’

Earth To Echo (Blu-ray Review)

Earth-To-EchoRemember that huge 4th of July weekend this past summer that everyone overly criticized, yet didn’t realize no “majory” blockbusters or anything were released?  You know, that the film Tammy got most of the blunt negativity from?  There was another film that showed up, the found footage kids sci fi movie Earth To Echo.  Earth To Echo was deemed a disappointment, but a further look at it…it was actually a pretty nice success story.  The film only had a budget of $13 million and wound up taking in $38.9 million domestically.  Factoring in overseas money, it made an additional haul for a total of over $45 million dollars.  That’s almost four times its budget back.  A very very very good investment.  So, this movie was actually a pretty darn big success even if it was huffed at by “experts”.  The film is hitting Blu-ray to the possibility of just adding to that financial success and possibly bringing in some more fans. Continue reading ‘Earth To Echo (Blu-ray Review)’

Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (Blu-ray Review)

Wrong-Turn-6Don’t look now, but apparently we are on Wrong Turn number 6.  Personally, I haven’t seen any of them past the original.  That one had Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui and Desmond Harrington and was the only one of these released theatrically (Others played at events like ScreamFest and the like).  When I signed up for Vudu I got Wrong Turn 2 for free but I’ve not watched it.  That one was directed by Joe Lynch and actually was critically acclaimed with a unanimous approval that its better than the first film.  I’ve still not had a chance to check it out, but I want to.  Every one following has been reviled though.  So, of course I’m going into part 6 with the lowest expectations.  And I hope I can keep up having missed the 4 previous installments. Continue reading ‘Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort (Blu-ray Review)’

The Prince (Blu-ray Review)

The-PrinceThe Prince is brought to us from producers behind last year’s films Lone Survivor and Escape Plan.  That’s a weird balance as I really enjoyed one of those quite a bit and sort of despised the other.  And if you want a clue as to which, lets just say its the one that wasn’t based on a true story.  The film boasts an impressive one-two punch of actors for me as I’ve never seen two of my favorites, John Cusack and Bruce Willis in a film together before.  According to my research this film did play in theaters, but seems to be more of a straight to video or Video OnDemand kind of film.  And no, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that as there have been some truly terrific films going by way of VOD over the past couple years and sort of the replacement of sorts for an outlet for independent genre films. Continue reading ‘The Prince (Blu-ray Review)’

Good People (Blu-ray Review)

Good-PeopleMillennium Entertainment brings us the home entertainment release of the crime-thriller, Good People.   The film feature plenty of prestige and award respect flaunting talent in front of and behind the camera.  Let’s just start listing off shall we?  Academy Award nominee Henrik Ruben Genz directs the all-star cast lead by Academy Award nominee James Franco, Academy Award nominee Kate Hudson, Academy Award nominee Tom Wilkinson and Omar Sy of Gregg Senko’s favorite film that he loves The Intouchables. Written by Kelly Masterson (Same person who wrote Snowpiercer!) and adapted from the book of the same title by Marcus Sakey, Good People. Continue reading ‘Good People (Blu-ray Review)’

Planes: Fire And Rescue (Blu-ray Review)

Planes 2Well, I never saw the original Planes, so right out of the gate know that my only experience with the Disney Planes films is this one here today.  The original film really didn’t catch my interest as it looked like it was a cash in of Cars, which I’m not too big a fan of.  And also it came and went and nobody really seemed to care or craft any buzz or praise for it.  I didn’t even think it took the box office too big, but apparently it did good enough to get this sequel.  That, or like Cars, the toys were just selling like hot cakes and they needed another go round.  Even being a novice going into a sequel blindly without knowledge of the first, I was still open to this Dane Cook-led film to surprise me.  Sometimes lowered expectations can help in situations. Continue reading ‘Planes: Fire And Rescue (Blu-ray Review)’

Top 10 Creepiest Slasher Masks

See-No-Evil-2In honor of See No Evil 2 releasing this week from Lionsgate and WWE Films, and with Jacob Goodnight donning a mask for the new outing, it seemed fun to look back as some of my favorite or creepier slasher masks of all time.  Here’s a list of 10, but I could have gone further as there are many masks and such that could have made the list as well and maybe you could shed light on them below.  How does one qualify?  Well, you have to don a mask that covers your face for your killing.  No, Hannibal Lector’s restraint does not count, sorry.  He’s not willing loving that masking popping it on so he can kill.  And people like Freddy and Chucky are cool, but they are moreso monsters and we’re looking at their actual faces.   Anywho, here’s my pick of Ten Creepiest Slasher Masks in alphabetical order by film. Continue reading ‘Top 10 Creepiest Slasher Masks’

Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist – October 24, 2014

Brandon's Blu-ray Wishlist THUMBThe month-long horror wishlist continues with the Sawyers!

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‘The Giver’ on Blu-ray & DVD November 25th!

The GiverThe Giver centers on Jonas (Brenton Thwaites), a young man who lives in a seemingly ideal, if colorless, world of conformity and contentment.  Yet as he begins to spend time with The Giver (Jeff Bridges), who is the sole keeper of all the community’s memories, Jonas quickly begins to discover the dark and deadly truths of his community’s secret past. With this newfound power of knowledge, he realizes that the stakes are higher than imagined – a matter of life and death for himself and those he loves most.  At extreme odds, Jonas knows that he must escape their world to protect them all – a challenge that no one has ever succeeded at before. The Giver is based on Lois Lowry’s beloved young adult novel of the same name, which was the winner of the 1994 Newbery Medal. Continue reading ‘‘The Giver’ on Blu-ray & DVD November 25th!’

‘This is Where I Leave You’ on Blu-ray & DVD December 16th!

This is Where I Leave YouWhen their father passes away, four grown siblings, bruised and banged up by their respective adult lives, are forced to return to their childhood home and live under the same roof together for a week, along with their over-sharing mother and an assortment of spouses, exes and might-have-beens. Confronting their history and the frayed states of their relationships among the people who know and love them best, they ultimately reconnect in hysterical and emotionally affecting ways amid the chaos, humor, heartache and redemption that only families can provide—driving us insane even as they remind us of our truest, and often best, selves.  

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Free Fall (Blu-ray Review)

Free Fall TNAkkad is a name that’s been so very familiar to me for many moons.  My very favorite film of all time begins with the words “Moustapha Akkad Presents”.  That name is forever the keeper of The Shape of our nightmares, Michael Myers.  Many know and remember the last Moustapha, but the keys are now in his son, Malek Akkad’s hands now.  Malek began following in his father’s footsteps being a production assistant on Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers.  Beginning with Halloween: The Curse Of Michael Myers, he was a producer from then out and now the main man when it comes to all things Haddonfield.  The series now begins with “Malek Akkad Presents”.  Why all the Halloween talk?  Because he’s now taken to the director’s chair (First time since 2002) for Free Fall.  Free Fall isn’t his first directorial work, but its his first feature film.  I was immediately drawn to the prospect of seeing what he could do here. Continue reading ‘Free Fall (Blu-ray Review)’

‘John Wick’ Is The Bomb! (Movie Review)

john wick whysoblu thumbThis is just great.  In a time where we get a lot of action movies designed to build into some sort of franchise, here comes John Wick, a film most likely designed to be a one-off attempt at showing an older Keanu Reeves kick ass in some very brutal ways.  The film is bound to become an American cult action favorite, but the unexpected, yet the best thing that could happen is to see this film become a breakout success and lead to at least a reteaming of Reeves, writer Derek Kolstad, and directors Chad Stahelski and David Leitch.  While John Wick is straight to the point with its story, there is enough in the way of character and world building (not to mention terrific action) that would make me happy to see these guys continue to make slick action flicks such as this.

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‘Ouija’: Board To Death (Movie Review)

ouija whysoblu thumbSo Ouija is a total bust.  Not that I expected much from a horror film based on the spooky toy, once mass-marketed by Parker Brothers, but it amounts to nothing all that special or entertaining, just laughably dull.  Something interesting to note is how so many old slasher films and even the recent Saw franchise, among other horror franchises, end up receiving similar bad review scores, but will go on to be remembered by cult audiences.  No one will remember Ouija.  That is the kind of movie it is. This is a thing that will come and go.  It may have allowed work for some young actors and a decent job for the filmmakers involved, but that’s about it.  Good on them for getting the film done, but yeah, it’s just a silly horror movie.

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‘John Wick’ Serves Revenge With Heated Attachment (Movie Review)

John WickI normally don’t do this, nor have I ever done this before, but I can’t help it.  I need to start this John Wick movie review off by quickly discussing the plot of the film from a very high level because it’s actually the very reason why I wanted to see this film.  Keanu Reeves plays a former hitman that comes out of retirement to avenge the death of his dog.  Yes, I said his dog!  Now tell me, how awesome is that?  I sound like a little girl here, but I dare to utter the words awesome sauce!  I love animals so much, much more than most people in life, so when I learned of the premise of this film I just screamed YES!  It’s exactly the kind of film I would go pay to see and given the right circumstance I too would totally extract revenge on someone if they purposely harmed one of my dogs.  Let that be a warning to everyone.  Haha.  So what say you?  Y’all ready to talk some John Wick?  I am! Continue reading ‘‘John Wick’ Serves Revenge With Heated Attachment (Movie Review)’

The Doctor And The Devils (Blu-ray Review)

Doctor-And-The-DevilsWhen most people think of Mel Brooks, they always turn to the funny.  Whether it be television with Get Smart or most notably his incredible directorial run of movies like The Producers, Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein and History Of The World: Part 1, that’s what he’s pretty much made his bread and butter on.  However, he was also an active producer as well, and not limited to just comedy.  Did you know Mel Brook produced David Lynch’s The Elephant Man?  He indeed did.  Scream Factory is releasing another film you wouldn’t think of being attached to Mel Brooks, but it is, called The Doctor And The Devils from 1985.  It stars James Bond, Jean Luc Picard and Elliot Carver.  Or Timothy Dalton, Patrick Stewart and Jonathan Pryce. Continue reading ‘The Doctor And The Devils (Blu-ray Review)’

‘Free Fall’ Your Way Down While Winning A Blu-ray In Our Giveaway

Free FallAfter falling in love with the remake of I Spit on Your Grave a few years back I have subsequently fallen for Sarah Butler as a direct result too so while Brandon Peters works on the Blu-ray review of this within the week I look forward to checking this and her out one fine day.  My initial thought is that this movie can either go one of two ways, suck or be decent, but I’m willing to gamble a couple hours of my life on it.  How about you?  Come on horror fans!  It has Sarah Butler AND Malcolm McDowell in it!  That’s like a two for one deal!  So here’s the basics.  They both star in Free Fall and the elevator terror flick will be unleashed on Blu-ray October 28th!  But best of all…we have 2 FREE Blu-ray copies to give away!  Check out the full press release below from Anchor Bay and find out how you can win yourself a copy! Continue reading ‘‘Free Fall’ Your Way Down While Winning A Blu-ray In Our Giveaway’

No Strings Hold Down This Trailer For Marvel’s Avengers: Age Of Ultron

Avg2_Teaser_1-Sht_v3_lgWell, the plan to release this teaser during ABC’s Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. did not pan out the way it was intended, but regardless, here it is, the first full length teaser trailer for the upcoming Marvel epic, Avengers: Age of Ultron.  Those who attended Comic Con will recognize some similarities to the footage presented there, but the biggest change is the increase in visual effects and the lack of any humor.  This is a trailer that wants to show the darker tone that will come from the presence of Ultron and it is pretty exciting to see.  The film hits theaters May 2015 and is easily one of the most anticipated films of next year.  Continue on to check out the trailer and the new poster for the film.

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