‘The Wall’ Signed Poster Giveaway Contest!

In addition to American Made, director Doug Liman also released The Wall earlier this year. It was a tense, low-budget thriller that I quite enjoyed. The story involved two soldier pinned down by an Iraqi sniper and the psychological battle of wills that unfolds during this conflict. The film did its job in mounting a level of suspense, while also showing what Liman could do under stripped down circumstances, which called to mind some of his earliest efforts. The Wall is currently available on Blu-ray and will be making it’s Amazon Prime Video debut on October 20th. In the meantime, you could enter to win a poster of the film signed by director Doug Liman and actors Aaron Taylor-Johnson and John Cena.  Continue on to find out how!
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Screamfest 2017 – Four Feature Film Reviews

The horror wares of the yearly Screamfest Horror Film Festival 2017 (go to www.screamfestla.com for more details!) taking place right now October 10th-19th at the TCL Chinese 6 Theatres in LA at the Hollywood and Highland Center are still creeping cinema goers out as we speak.  (Thursday Oct. 19 is George A. Romero tribute night –  free screening y’all!)  So we’re keeping up with the hounds of hell with our own review coverage that checks out four features from this year’s cryptic crop.  Underground German lab experiments gone awry, extreme horror themed outings taken too far, two girls with an affinity for murder and iconic character origin stories make up the films dissected below!  Check out the review skinny on the Screamfest 2017 films Trench 11, Ruin Me, Tragedy Girls and Leatherface below.

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Girls Trip (Blu-ray Review)

Here’s something to remember: 2017’s most successful comedy was Girl Trip. Made from a relatively low-budget and crossing $100 million domestically, as well as garnering plenty of praise from critics, this was a film that hit big. People can talk about it being a surprise, but that’s nonsense. Make a good comedy with broad appeal (especially when it concerns people you don’t generally see as the leads in a film) and the response will be great. Thanks to this strong cast and a simple comedic premise that doesn’t let up in the laughs, Girls Trip got the acclaim it needed from all and the only question is how much will this success pay off for all involved in the years to come. For now, check out how this Blu-ray stacks up.

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‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer’ Has Dark Delights (Movie Review)

I find it fascinating when a filmmaker uses their very deliberate style and applies it to all of their films. Yorgos Lanthimos has found great acclaim in a few of his previous films (The Lobster, Dogtooth), which relies on a sense of detachment on the part of the actors to make the premise work. The Killing of a Sacred Deer is no different. This is a film that functions as a psychological horror film, but due to the nature of the characters and how Lanthimos and co-writer Efthymis Filippou scripts their dialogue, a strange sense of humor is also layered over the film. The results are a finely crafted thriller with plenty of idiosyncratic qualities.

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Batman Vs Two-Face (Blu-ray Review)

Last year brought some excitement when the DC Animated Universe turned its sites to a sort of resurrection of the 1960s television era of Batman with their Return of the Caped Crusaders movie. Said film returned Adam West, Burt Ward and Julie Newmar to their roles of Batman, Robin and Catwoman respectively. Of course, other villains (Done in the style and vocal likeness) showed up as well. Now, we get the focus on a A-list Batman villain that never popped up on the show, with a known 1960s acting commodity that never guest starred on the program either. William Shatner will enlist his vocals to bring to life a 1960s version of Tw0-Face in the sequel to Return of the Caped Crusaders which makes its debut on Blu-ray, October 17th. Continue reading ‘Batman Vs Two-Face (Blu-ray Review)’

The Irish Do Revenge Right With ‘Bad Day For The Cut’ (Movie Review)

Nobody does movie revenge quite like the Irish!  Hot off the Sundance circuit midnight series and out this week in select cinemas and On Demand from the great Well Go USA, it’s time for a little powerful picture payback in the form of the five-star film Bad Day For The Cut.  Below is a reposting of my Sundance film review to remind folks why it’s not only a flick in full contention for my Top Ten Films of 2017 but also well worth seeking out.  (Plus for those who require more insight check out an interview with Director Chris Baugh…HERE!)  So don a bad attitude, grab a weapon of choice and get ready to kick some serious ass as we revisit the Irish import…Bad Day For The Cut!

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Spider-Man: Homecoming (3D Blu-ray Review)

Hey there, look out for Spider-Man! Summer of 2017 gave audiences the unofficial “Save Spider-Man” project that has come from Sony teaming up with Marvel Studios to produce Spider-Man: Homecoming. It’s one of the several superhero movies releases in 2017 that proved to be worthwhile in a variety of ways. Not hurting was the tremendous success the film enjoyed both at the box office and critically. Now the web head’s first MCU adventure has arrived on Blu-ray with a 3D release, along with a fun selection of extras.

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Red Christmas (Blu-ray Review)

Are we seeing Holiday Horror becoming “in” or something. Like, is a quick little fad beginning to start? It seems not too long ago we were delivered a splendid little gift in the shape of Krampus, which has become an annual watch come Christmas time for me (Well, okay, for like 2 years, but IT WILL CONTINUE!). Last week saw the streaming release of Better Watch Out, another twisted Christmastime tale. Here, we have Red Christmas (Yes, Black Christmas has already been taken now-TWICE). This one boasts a little bit of comedy and genre icon Dee Wallace behind the wheel of this mayhem. You’ll be able to sink into it when the film arrives on Blu-ray October 17th. So, its gets here in time for Halloween and you’ll be able to revisit it for the holidays. Perfect! Continue reading ‘Red Christmas (Blu-ray Review)’

The Breakfast Club, Young Mr. Lincoln & More Coming to The Criterion Collection in January 2018

In January, the Criterion Collection will ring in the New Year with John Hughes’s generation-defining high school movie The Breakfast Club, in an edition packed with special features, including extensive new and archival interviews with the film’s iconic cast and fifty minutes of never-before-seen deleted scenes. That’s just the beginning of a month that will also see the releases of two revelatory films by G. W. Pabst: long unavailable and newly restored, Westfront 1918 and Kameradschaft are thrillingly realistic, socially engaged landmarks of early sound cinema. In another rediscovery, our Eclipse line returns with Claude Autant-Lara – Four Romantic Escapes from Occupied France, a quartet of sophisticated, slyly subversive romances from an unsung master. And there’s more: a defiant individual takes on uncaring bureaucracy in I, Daniel Blake, the Palme d’Or-winning drama from veteran British rabble-rouser Ken Loach, in an edition featuring two documentaries surveying the director’s career and working methods; and Young Mr. Lincoln, John Ford’s poetic biopic starring Henry Ford, on Blu-ray for the first time in a new 4K restoration.

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Warrior (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Warrior 4KI don’t mean to steal anyone’s thunder so please don’t think that of me here.  However, what I want to do is call attention to a quote on the cover of this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Warrior.  I typically hate these unimaginative one-liners, but this one stands out to me because it’s more than three words and it accurately sums up my opinion of Warrior in a mere tagline.  It simply reads “As Powerful and Unforgettable As Rocky” (Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net).  That’s exactly how my first viewing of Warrior back in 2011 went down.  I remember it like it was yesterday.  I recall living up in cold Cleveland, OH and my local Cinemark holding free screenings of this film.  I had no idea what it was and like the ignorant prick I can be towards things I know nothing about I did not take advantage of it.  Around this same time I bought my first Apple TV and for some reason or another Warrior was a free rental one cold weekend.  I thought to myself what do I have to lose.  I hit play and I remember laying there in front of my television never wanting the drama unfolding on the screen to ever end.  That’s exactly how I feel about another legendary sports drama film, Rocky, each and every time I watch it.  Therefore, this announcement of Warrior on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray October 24th left me absolutely speechless in a good way.  Read on to learn more about this 4K catalog release from Lionsgate.
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‘Wonderstruck’ Presents A Wondrous Journey (Movie Review)

There is always a joy in seeing narrative puzzle pieces lock into place. Wonderstruck is that sort of film. It presents such a specific depiction of its setting that a viewer can be instantly locked in with the characters we are following and only later realize the full story has evaded us. Relying on a dual narrative with some connection, this is a film that opens as a drama, only to reveal it’s an adventure. Many classical elements make it a visual joy, but there is an overriding sweetness that urges viewers of all ages to push back any cynical thoughts and give in to the mystery within.

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The Bridge On The River Kwai: 60th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Finally, The Bridge on the River Kwai is making its debut on 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray which also comes the year it is celebrating its 60th anniversary in its existence. “Finally?” you ask? Well, last year it had been noted that this one was being done and ready to go and then…nothing. Now we are toward the end of the year, which it was almost exactly a year ago that it was spotted. Also on that list was Lawrence of Arabia, which PLEASE make that one soon. The Bridge on the River Kwai nabbed Best Picture and Alec Guinness an Academy Award, taking home seven total  (Out of eight nominations, not too shabby) and pretty much sweeping away the major categories. You can order yourself a copy below from the Amazon link (Which they site, as always, says “thank you” with each click), to have when it arrives on the format October 3rd. Continue reading ‘The Bridge On The River Kwai: 60th Anniversary Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Encapsulated Movie Reviews – Seven New Indie Titles

Keeping up with indie film is hard indeed – but somebody’s gotta do it!  Up for encapsulated dissection this week is crop of seven new indie outings that cover any and every genre the avid film fan might be seeking.  Tales of child trauma revisited, the past enlightening dangers of sleepwalking, inspiring stories of survival, monster movies on a small scale, revenge seeking lethal ladies, the woes of finding money and old horror yarns revisited all make up the flicks covered in this weeks Encapsulated Movie Reviews.  Check out the skinny on Una, Sleepwalker, 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, M.F.A., Blood Money and Dementia 13 below!


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Peanuts Holiday Collection: Deluxe Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Just in time for the first final quarter of the calendar year holidays we are getting, once again, all of the Peanuts TV specials! But this time, Linus, Lucy, Charlie Brown, Woodstock, Peppermint Patty, Snoopy…all of them, they are coming to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray. Yeah, crazy, I know, right! But, Warner Bros feels that you need to have these in the most pristine, tip top presentation you can possibly get. So, the question is…how much of an improvement will it be on these old 2D hand drawn animate film cells. Well, read on and we’ll find this out together. This release will be available (Or may be already available, depending when you’re reading this) on October 10. You can also go ahead and pre-order yourself a copy (Which helps the site, as well) by clicking the Amazon logo below. Continue reading ‘Peanuts Holiday Collection: Deluxe Edition (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

Forgotten Friday Flick – “The Collector”

My previous stomping grounds Starpulse.com has streamlined and simplified their content and as a result years of my column Forgotten Friday Flick has been taken down.  And while there is no shortage of films to cover in the future, there were a few movie notables really near and dear to me that I didn’t want to get lost in the shuffle.  So over the next month or so I’m going to be resurrecting and reposting a few now deleted past picture gems in an effort to keep their lesser-known movie legacy alive.  We’ll begin with a scary piece of cinema that ran on October 12, 2012 in an effort to keep the theme of Halloween front and center – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick!  Today’s film is so much more then a simple tale of horror, even though it carries the moniker of being from the writers of the Saw sequels.  It’s an engaging mixture of the thriller and serial killer genres, but told with distinctively creative character flair.  One house.  A killer.  A thief.  Let the games begin.  We’re jumping headfirst into the box of…The Collector!

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Blu-ray Roundup – 3 Past Picture Titles (Blu-ray Reviews)

The column for the penny-pinching film fan is once again in full swing, only this time around we’re scouring the bargain bin for bare bones Blu-ray’s to see if they cut the collectable movie mustard.  Titles that may already have lush editions or perhaps not, but that come in on the less expensive side and as a result won’t break your wallet.  But are these past notable nuggets worth investing merely for the movie and menus alone?  We’re gonna provide the answers including film dissection and quality in skinny form (dog ratings here represent the film and the disc quality together!), so check out the Blu-ray Roundup reviews of the recently released Flatliners (Steelbook), Night of the Living Dead and Vice Versa all below!  (Tech specs are at the end as always for those who demand it!)

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The House (Blu-ray Review)

You may not have known it, but Will Ferrell and Amy Poehler starred in a comedy together this year. It was The House, the kind of film that takes a fun premise and drowns it in extended takes that yield the funniest isolated results but don’t do much to make the film gel together as a whole. Not screened for critics and released with no fanfare, the film was a bomb and fell on the lower end of the spectrum for comedies headlined by Ferrell in particular. Now it is available on Blu-ray and the film is as suspected – perfectly fine for watching once, because of how many funny people are involved.


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‘The Foreigner’ Finds Jackie Chan Taken To A Dark Place (Movie Review)

I suppose it was inevitable to see Jackie Chan enter the ‘old man action’ phase of his career. More specifically, The Foreigner finds Chan entering this part of career when it comes to his English-speaking roles in films given a wide release in America. Chan has maintained a steady level of popularity as an international action star in both dramas and comedies, but here’s a film that gives his American fans a chance to look at Chan in the kind of role that has given actors like Liam Neeson and Denzel Washington a career surge. Chan, of course, excels at the action, but his gravitas helps as well, along with a strong counter role offered up by Pierce Brosnan.

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