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Bad Santa 2 – Unrated (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Bad Santa 2 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewBad Santa has been a Christmas tradition in my family since 2004.  You see we don’t have any kids of my own and nor do I want any.  We have three dogs and they are enough work, bills and responsibility.  The best kind of kids in my opinion are other peoples’ kids, but I digress.  My reason for telling you all of this is because of my next statement.  I don’t want anyone thinking I’m some kind of horrible person or parent for that matter.  Every year and every Christmas morning Bad Santa is on repeat in my household.  It’s my own Christmas tradition and last year was no exception.  The only odd thing about last year, well last Thanksgiving, was the fact that they came out with a sequel brilliantly called Bad Santa 2.  Much to my surprise I did not get around to checking it out, mostly because of all the negative reviews.  How’s that to sell you on reading the rest of this 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review?  Ha!
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The Legend of Old Man ‘Logan’ (Movie Review)

Logan Movie ReviewLogan is a film that really needs no elaborate setup to whet your appetite for.  If you’re not already, you should be practically dying to see this one.  The mere fact that this even got made with an R-rating is no doubt thanks to the brilliance and success of last year’s Deadpool.  Had it not been for that film, which proved in a world of failed Kick-Ass movies R-rated comic book films can indeed thrive, I’m quite sure Logan would have been slapped with that dread PG-13 rating.  Luckily for us that’s not the case in our present scenario.  So let the bloodshed ensue with glorious reveal and the F-bombs roll off tongues like spit flies when yelling because we’re gathered here to talk all things Logan.  Hell yeah! Continue reading ‘The Legend of Old Man ‘Logan’ (Movie Review)’

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Nocturnal Animals (Blu-ray Review)

Nocturnal Animals (Blu-ray Review)Nocturnal Animals is a flick I knew nothing about prior to seeing theatrically last year.  I had never heard of it before so when the press screening invite arrived in my inbox it was very much a surprise to me.  I saw that Amy Adams was in it and decided to give the trailer a spin.  She has been in everything else last year (BvSArrival) so why shouldn’t I continue rolling with her like we were besties.  The theatrical trailer looked very promising and rather Texan (in reference to the cowboy hats and scenery).  However, what sealed the deal was the fact that Oblivion‘s Vika (Andrea Riseborough) was also in it.  She’s one of my favorites so I signed up without anymore knowledge than that!  Therefore I decided to give it a try and the next slew of paragraphs you’ll spend with me below sums up exactly how my time was with Amy and the rest of the star studded cast of Nocturnal Animals, which arrives on Blu-ray and DVD February 21st. Continue reading ‘Nocturnal Animals (Blu-ray Review)’

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Arrival (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Arrival 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewArrival is one of those films that when you first see the theatrical trailer for it just cries out to you.  It screams that you must see me.  Who knows.  Maybe it’s the aliens in the film that called out to me.  I don’t know but whatever it was I was smitten by the very first trailer I saw of it.  I knew that as soon as I saw Amy Adams trying to communicate with the extraterrestrial visitors that I must see this one.  If she’s good enough for my God, Superman, she’s good enough for me.  Couple that with the fact that we have the mind (Denis Villeneuve) behind Prisoners and Sicario in the director’s chair here and you have an event that I wouldn’t dare miss out on now that it’s finally out on 4K Ultra HD.  As an added bonus it’s of the science fiction genre too.  So in other words Arrival already had me at hello before I even saw it.  Now let’s review this 4K science-fi odyssey that just gets better with every view (my third time now).
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John Wick (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

John Wick 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewI could start and stop my film review section right here with Why So Blu reviewer Aaron Neuwirth’s comments on my theatrical review of John Wick where he left the following remarks.  “A dude with long hair, a dog, and Mustang beats up Theon Greyjoy.  Of course you loved this movie.”  He also went on to add that “and he listens to Marilyn Manson! You must have been in heaven.”  Let the record show, Aaron knows me well.  I was truly in a nirvana-like state throughout the movie’s entire runtime, and I have been salivating ever since for the eventual sequel this February.  This is why I’m a reviewer!  I already have John Wick on Blu-ray, but now in my grubby hands some weeks before anyone else I have it 4K Ultra HD!  I want to shout it from the top of the tallest mountain, I LOVE IT SO! Continue reading ‘John Wick (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Resident Evil Saves The Best For Last With ‘The Final Chapter’ (Movie Review)

Resident Evil The Final ChapterI honestly never saw this happening.  Today I walked out of Resident Evil: The Final Chapter with a giddy smile on my face rather than one of disgust and regret.  After covering Resident Evil: Afterlife a few weeks back here on 4K Ultra HD and rewatching Retribution I wasn’t sure about my decision to check out The Final Chapter.  I debated waiting for the inevitable home media release, but Jordan Grout kind of gave me the courage needed to check it out.  I even spent the eight bucks and change to see it in 3-D.  The latter wasn’t worth it, but the decision to check out The Final Chapter so was.  I had the time of my life.  Okay, I’m exaggerating.  How about this?  I had the best experience in a theater this dreaded month of January.  Is that better?  Who would have ever thunk it?  I am finally able to give a Resident Evil film a score of 3.  I’ll be darn as its the last one too. Continue reading ‘Resident Evil Saves The Best For Last With ‘The Final Chapter’ (Movie Review)’

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Feminists Rejoice! Xander Cage Returns! (Movie Review)

XXX Return of Xander Cage Movie ReviewThat’s right.  I said it.  While I have been completely disgusted by what has been transpiring with the American public these past couple days (rioting, violence, destruction) since the Inauguration there’s no doubt about it, the women very much have the power in XXX: Return of Xander Cage.  Feminists cannot argue that.  Without the many women players in this particular outing our titular hero would not have been the smashing success he is.  You hear that feminists? Equal opportunities are everywhere in this new Paramount outing, which if you’re keeping score is the third film in this wild XXX action franchise.  So now that I have my little political rant off my chest, as I too feel like a piece of meat at times, let’s talk about the good, the bad and the ugly in XXX: Return of Xander Cage. Continue reading ‘Feminists Rejoice! Xander Cage Returns! (Movie Review)’

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Inferno (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Inferno 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Da Vinci Code book was one of those that come around every so often that make non-readers take note of and spend time doing something they normally wouldn’t…they READ.  Yes, I’m one of those suckers too.  While I love to read I often have this problem in life called no time.  By the time I snuggle up with a book it’s like I have taken a large dose of Tylenol PM.  A book, good or bad, usually puts me right to sleep just like a classic X-Files episode does calming my hectic nerves.  Dull reading material is prone to giving me narcolepsy during the middle of the day.  However, every once in awhile that magical manuscript does come along that wildly captivates and fascinates my imagination.  It ceases to let go of me as it manages to keep me engrossed, excited about and invigorated over throughout the read.  Those are the books that I can’t inexplicably put down and just want more of.  The Da Vinci Code was one of these so called “magical” books for me.  It kicked off mad fervor for author Dan Brown.  I fondly remember those moments like they were yesterday.
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Resident Evil: Afterlife (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Resident Evil Afterlife 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Resident Evil franchise is a series I nearly gave up on had it not been for my friend Susan’s advice back to me in 2008.  You see, quite honestly, I take my films very seriously and well, Resident Evil movies just didn’t cut it for me in that department.  I was just not able to take the lunacy, stupidity and over-the-top nature of them.  Resident Evil: Extinction was that final nail in the coffin.  I liked the first film, hated the second outing and just thought the third one was okay.  But what was really wrong with me?  I’ll tell you what it was…I forgot how to have fun in life. I forgot how to not be serious all the time.  I mean after all, I liked Crank, so what was my deal?  Susan opened my eyes up to this world as she encouraged me to take a closer look at these films and to see them how her husband views them…purely as nonsensical entertainment.  I embraced Susan’s encouraging words and took the leap of faith.  The Blu-ray trilogy set eventually became my Valentine’s Day gift in 2008 (isn’t that sweet?) and I never looked back.  I found a way to appreciate these films and have fun with them while looking past everything else (I’m not perfect).  Thanks Susan!
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Jack Reacher: Never Go Back (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jack Reacher Never Go Back 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewJack Reacher is one of those films I had to go back and revisit to not only freshen up going into the premiere of Jack Reacher Never Go Back, but make sure I liked it too.  I honestly could not remember as I hadn’t seen the first film since 2013 when I reviewed the Blu-ray here.  Fret not!  Despite only having three action scenes to write home about I still enjoyed it quite a bit.  I get so confused with the Mission Impossible films that I had to distance myself from them to get into the whole psyche of who the character of Jack Reacher really is.  I’m all good now and ready to tackle the second entry in the Jack Reacher film franchise made possible only because the first flick grossed $200 million worldwide.  That’s not a whole lot of money, but Paramount felt comfortable in it nonetheless to invest in a sequel so who am I to argue.  I love all new 4K Ultra HD releases.  Bring ’em!
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Ballers: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)

Ballers Season 2 Blu-ray ReviewSpencer Strasmore and his boys are back to “ball out” in Season 2 of the hit HBO comedy Ballers.  I couldn’t be more excited about this!  Not only am I a fan of NFL football, which this show revolves around, but HBO’s Ballers also brought me closer to The Rock as an actor.  I love him now even more than I did in the Fast & Furious films (and I did not think that was possible).  Dwayne Johnson takes the reins with his larger-than-life charisma in this series that looks at the whirlwind lifestyles and real-life problems of former and current football players in sun-soaked Miami (a paradise on Earth).  In case you missed it you can read all about my Season 1 coverage over here.  So without further ado  Ballers: The Complete Second Season will be available on Blu-ray and DVD on January 31st and we’ll be talking about it all down below. Continue reading ‘Ballers: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Accountant (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Accountant 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Accountant makes for a stupid film title in my opinion.  I don’t care how good the movie is, I still hate the name given.  I probably couldn’t come up with anything better, but that’s why I am writing Blu-ray movie reviews and not films themselves.  However, you can’t say it doesn’t grab your attention.  Come on!  I don’t know about you, but my mind strays to thoughts of how boring this flick can be with a name like this.  I can’t help it.  I’m high maintenance and like my lifestyle I want a zinger of a movie title to accompany the features I adore.  Whoa!  Stop the press!  This one stars Ben Affleck!  The man brought Batman back to life.  You can Argo F#%* yourselves.  He deserves our undivided attention.  So listen up as here comes the 4-1-1 on The Accountant releasing on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray January 10th.
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The Girl on the Train (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

The Girl on the Train 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewBefore I begin this 4K Ultra HD review I wanted to give a big shout out to all my new Facebook friends on the 4K Ultra HD Home Cinema Group (join all the conversations here) for their support.  So let’s get down to business now.  The Girl on the Train instantly had two things going for it within my brain. It features two actresses that will get me in the theater no matter what the film’s subject matter is about. I’m respectfully talking Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson. Ever since Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation I’m a sucker for both of them. Second, Entertainment Weekly talked so highly of this feature this past fall that it instantly warranted my attention. No. I take that back. Their praise of The Girl on the Train absolutely demanded my undivided attention. Here we are now. The moment is upon us once again and I’m eager to blow this train’s whistle now on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.  So let’s stop this 4K train and get on already!  I’m giving you a ticket to ride down below.

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The Girl On The Train (Blu-ray Review)

The Girl on the Train 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewThe Girl on the Train instantly had two things going for it within my brain.  It features two actresses that will get me in the theater no matter what the film’s subject matter is about.  I’m respectfully talking Emily Blunt and Rebecca Ferguson.  Ever since Edge of Tomorrow, Sicario and Mission Impossible Rogue Nation I’m a sucker for both of them.  Second, Entertainment Weekly talked so highly of this feature this past fall that it instantly warranted my attention.  No.  I take that back.  Their praise of The Girl on the Train absolutely demanded my undivided attention.  Here we are now.  The moment is upon us once again and I’m eager to blow this train’s whistle now on HD Blu-ray.  So let’s stop this Blu-ray train and get on already!
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‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Sucks The Final Blood Out of the Franchise (Movie Review)

Underworld Blood WarsIt wasn’t until I completed my Christmas Eve review of Underworld on 4K Blu-ray (here) that I realized how hated the franchise was in my inner circle of confidants.  I felt like a minority for the first time in my life.  However, that’s not to say there aren’t fans out there because there totally are.  All you have to do is look no further than the endless forums of fans proclaiming their love for the 2003 film now on 4K Ultra HD to realize there’s still a viable fanbase out there.  Although I don’t think any one of them can honestly look me in the eyes without smirking and say 2012’s Awakening was the strongest of the franchise and deserved a follow-up.  I would have been A-okay if that was the final nail in the coffin, but low and behold we have a new entry in the seemingly never-ending franchise, that truly lives up to its subject matter…vampires.  It’s 2016 folks.  Once again the new Underworld film, this time dubbed Blood Wars, sees a spectacular January release date.  We all know what that means for films like these so let’s now take a look at how well it fairs down below. Continue reading ‘‘Underworld: Blood Wars’ Sucks The Final Blood Out of the Franchise (Movie Review)’

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Keeping Up With The Joneses (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Keeping Up With The Jonses 4K UHD Blu-ray ReviewKeeping Up With The Joneses was oddly a selection that made Aaron Neuwirth’s list of 2016 anticipated movie titles over here.  So there’s that going for it.  For me though it means Keeping Up With The Joneses I get to spend more time with Wonder Woman, I mean Gal Gadot.  So there’s also that too.  However, even armed with the knowledge of both these aforementioned items I managed to successfully evade the film theatrically despite the fiancee wanting to check it out.  I knew the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray would inevitably be coming one day and I had more than a feeling that  Brandon Peters would make me the sacrificial lamb.  I do not mind being said lamb for Gal Gadot so proverbially slit my wrists now as we’re here to discuss everything Keeping Up With The Joneses down below.
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Brian White’s ‘Sin’sational TOP 10 Films of 2016

Brian's Top 10 2016 SelectionsIt’s that time of the year again, and I’m not referring to the expensive Holiday season.  I’m talking about the dreaded TOP 10 Favorite Films lists us reviewers annually face.  While some of us love putting these lists together others I know absolutely dread it.  It could be the notion of the extra work involved or just the burdened thought of the controversy and negative, judgemental comments these can carry.  Therefore, Top 10 annual lists like this can be quite cumbersome, at least for me.  The good thing about all of this is you the reader can definitely feel free to disagree with my choices below.  You can also completely dismiss them too.  For me, Top 10 Favorite Films lists are all about instilling and creating controversy in the critical sense.  I don’t expect anyone to whole-heartedly agree with my choices.  After all, the below selections as I’ll go on to explain are all very much personal ones.  However, I believe as a reviewer it is your duty to stir that proverbial pot of controversy.  You should desire to create that insatiable dish of debate that follows in the wake of such a list like this.  That’s what the comments section below are all about.  Down there’s it’s your turn to provide the voice of undeniable reason.  Go for it! Continue reading ‘Brian White’s ‘Sin’sational TOP 10 Films of 2016′

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Underworld (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Underworld 4K ReviewUnderworld is one of those films that I’ll never forget where in life I was when I saw it.  I’ll spare you the details, but I  remember that evening vividly as it was a good one.  It also came out at just the right time when the vampire craze was just ramping up and ironically was both the rise and downfall of Kate Beckinsale’s career.  That’s what happens when you fall for your film’s director.  You’re forced to do sequel after punishing sequel.  Just ask Milla Jovovich how that works out for you.  However, there’s no disputing how fine Kate has always looked filling that tight, black leather corset coupled with those stunning Blu-ray eyes.  Even though we had the pleasure of spending time with the lovely Rhona Mitra in the third film, Rise of the Lycans, no Underworld fan can deny Selene’s (Beckinsale) presence and assets were greatly missed.  On the flip side, I really liked the third entry.  Ha ha.  I digress.  Let’s rewind back to 2003 as we nostalgically discuss the one that started it all, Underworld, which coincidentally sees a 4K Ultra HD release December 27th. Continue reading ‘Underworld (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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