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Christmas Comes Early! An Exclusive Interview w/ DIAMANTE!

Diamante Coming In HotIt was like any other day of my life.  I drove the usual route home after a hard day at the office and was flipping through my favorite Sirius XM channels trying to find a familiar tune to God speed the way home with.  I do all of this on autopilot, just pressing pre-programmed favorite buttons onscreen, not paying attention to the particular channel names or whatnot. Then it hit me like a wall would eventually if you ran blindfolded indoors.  I heard these raspy, authoritative, take-no-prisoners female vocals, which I have never heard before. Immediately this singer had my full undivided attention. I looked at my radio unit and saw I landed on XM’s Octane and the song playing was called “Haunted” by a rock star named Diamante.  Right then and there I wanted to know all I could about Diamante. Thank the maker for instant gratification. Before I knew it Diamante’s album, Coming in Hot, was downloaded on my phone and my car ride home was all the sudden NOT just another day of my life.  It was an elated experience! Continue reading ‘Christmas Comes Early! An Exclusive Interview w/ DIAMANTE!’

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Westworld Season 2: The Door (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Westworld Season 2: The Door (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)Yours truly originally covered the first season of Westworld, also known as The Maze, on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray over here.  Truth be told it’s a very boring, but also thrilling watch at times.  Admittedly so I fell hard asleep the first time I attempted to watch the first episode of the second season during its initial airing on HBO.  Try as I could I had a hard time remembering what happened in the first season and for the life of me I could not stay awake for the duration of the initial hour I tried to invest.  It was as yawn inducing as the Comic-Con panel for the show I suffered through here.  When this one got offered to us I initially asked my resident 4K reviewer peer on the site here, Brandon Peters, if he had any interest.  Smartly he declined.  Therefore, I’m back, made to suffer at times, and hoping for some gratuitous female physiques to at least capture my attention throughout this second season of Westworld.  Ha!  Sometimes you just need to be careful with what you wish for as you just might get…the OPPOSITE. Continue reading ‘Westworld Season 2: The Door (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Mission: Impossible Fallout (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Mission Impossible Fallout 4K ReviewHaving revisited the Mission: Impossible franchise this summer on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format (our reviews here, here, here, here and my favorite one here) I was pumped to theatrically take in the latest one dubbed Fallout.  My giddy excitement for this latest installment was further fueled by the early reports of reviewer peers of mine that hailed this as one of the best action films of all-time.  That says a lot when you can make a bold statement like that.  In the olden days we would have said you have big you know what to make such a declaration, but we’re so politically correct nowadays I just have to digress for the best and safest results.  So without further ado ladies and gentlemen I give to you Mission: Impossible Fallout, which is coming out on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format December 4th.
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‘Creed II’ Knocks You Out with Heart & Perseverance (Movie Review)

Creed II Movie ReviewWhere do I even begin here?  I don’t want to bore my readers talking about how much these Rocky franchise of movies adoringly mean to me.   They are absolutely everything to me!   They are my main sources of both perseverance and inspiration in life.  One could even them call them my soundtrack for success, but I digress.  If you’re interested in knowing the full story, you can catch up here and here on all that monkey business.  Instead I want to keenly focus on the continuing storyline of Adonis Creed (Jordan), which coincidentally also involves the legendary character of Rocky Balboa (Stallone).  However, the latter is just the icing on the cake.  Whereas the first film in the “Creed” series, also titled Creed, was very much an origin film of this character Creed II plays out as a throwback to an older Rocky sequel (we’ll get to that down below). Continue reading ‘‘Creed II’ Knocks You Out with Heart & Perseverance (Movie Review)’

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Meg (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Meg 4K UHD ReviewI know The Meg is based off a book, which we’ll cover in a moment, but one look at its insane trailer, crazy cast and cute name had me instantly at hello many months ago.  I didn’t even care if the movie was a turd or a shipwreck of events.  I had to go see it if for nothing else than to get my DC Batwoman err I mean Ruby Rose fix, but I digress.  I just like saying Ruby Rose for some reason.  It flows off your tongue effortlessly and it’s fun to say and count all her tattoos too.  Didn’t I say I digress a second ago?  Well this time I really do mean it.  More importantly The Meg is really just a movie about a big @$$ shark.  It was released in my favorite summer month of August.  It features something that I never see here in Austin, TX…beaches and water.  What was not to love about it already?  Am I right?  Damn right I am!
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First Blood (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

First Blood 4K ReviewWhenever I hear the name Sylvester Stallone my mind is instantly wired to think of both the fictional heroes of Rocky and Rambo.  Sure the guy has had many other great roles over his career, but in my opinion these two are absolutely iconic.  His face is the symbol of hope, motivation and obviously the hero of these two franchises.  Let’s table Rocky for a few weeks though as he’ll get enough coverage with the upcoming Creed 2 feature later this month.  Instead let’s focus all our attention on the war machine…err should I say character…of the hour, Mr. John J. Rambo.  First Blood back in good ole’ 1982 is where it all started for this iconic action hero and that’s exactly where we’re going to start down below.
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The Matrix Trilogy (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The Matrix Trilogy 4K ReviewWarner Bros. Home Entertainment has gone and done it!  They officially hit the ball out of the proverbial ballpark by releasing one of the Holy Grail of sci-fi trilogies of theirs on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format the day before All Hallows Eve.  Of course I’m talking about The Matrix Trilogy, which features the Wachowski Brothers’ (Andy and Larry Wachowski) 1999 acclaimed sci-fi action classic The Matrix along with their two sequels The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions (both from 2003).  Now they could have taken the easy route like Fox did with the Predator releases for example and stopped right there by not giving us a complete upgrade in the audio department.  But oh no!  They went above and beyond with both new video transfers and Dolby Atmos surround tracks to boot!   All three 4K Ultra HD presentations of the films featured here within this review are from a new scan of the original camera negative and is officially the first remaster of the films in nearly 15 years.  The 4K UHD remasters were supervised by director of photography Bill Pope (The Matrix Trilogy, Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man 3, Baby Driver).  How’s that for upping the ante in this hotly anticipated release?  Let’s take a closer look down below at all three of the aforementioned titles housed in this 4K collection.

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Halloween II Receives A Fresh Facelift (Movie Review)

HalloweenGoing into this one I was iffy.  It’s not because I don’t love Halloween.  I’m a huge fan of Michael Myers.  He’s my favorite fictional slasher.  It’s because of the X-Men-like way, albeit without time travel or a flux capacitor, the filmmakers want us to shrug off the former Halloween sequels ever happened.  Now I can easily do that when talking parts 3-6, but I’m quite fond of the original sequel to Halloween not to mention H20.  I know I’m in the minority here, but I’d much prefer a glorified reboot with Carpenter’s assistance then be forced to forget some of these great horror moments never happened.  You see my conundrum?  I’m forcing myself to accept this latest chapter because of my undying devotion to The Shape.  Ladies and gentlemen…we’re breaking new ground here, onward and upward from here on out.  It’s a whole new playing field wiped clean and ready to smear. Continue reading ‘Halloween II Receives A Fresh Facelift (Movie Review)’

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‘First Man’ Is An Emotionally Satisfying Rocket Ride (Movie Review)

If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this was a movie about the first “caveman” given its title.  I know that’s a complete stretch, but for some reason First Man came as a surprise to me.  I knew nothing about it, but given the success and my adoration of 2016’s Hidden Figures I was instantly intrigued upon seeing the first trailer this year.  My love for space and interstellar voyages knows no boundaries, but my debunking of what’s true and what’s not gets the best of me every single time.  That’s why First Man kind of had me at hello.  Truth be told, the initial positive reviews of it also helped as well.  Let’s go on this voyage together and take a closer look down below at what First Man is all about. Continue reading ‘‘First Man’ Is An Emotionally Satisfying Rocket Ride (Movie Review)’

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The First Purge (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

The First Purge 4K ReviewI wasn’t completely sold on Universal’s first Purge film back in 2013, but the acting of Frank Grillo in the second 2014 outing made me an instant fan.  The third installment, 2016’s Election Year, was pretty good, but nothing in my opinion can top that “you killed my son” moment in Anarchy.  However, I digress.  We’re not here to measure sequels, but instead to talk about the all new Purge prequel titled The First Purge.  It was officially released everywhere nationwide this year on our Nation’s Birthday, July 4th.  This one tells the story of how it all began with the New Founding Fathers of America testing our Nation’s first ever Purge out in one isolated community.  I think y’all knows what happens next, but the getting there part is what makes this sociological experiment at least worth a watch.
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Skyscraper (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Skyscraper 4K ReviewSkyscraper, which we are gathered here to discuss today, is NOT the rousing Demi Lovato song.  Instead, Skyscraper is the newest Dwayne Johnson action vehicle, which is now on home media.  I mean how much lull can we have without a new Rock movie packing retail shelves?  That was of course a very rhetorical question.  The answer to that is simply not much at all.  The Rock is back and this time he’s playing Die Hard in a very tall building occupied by terrorists with a slight “twist.”  He has a twist off lower left leg!  Now you cannot say this is the same old kind of movie The Rock is always in or they didn’t give his character a flaw.  If nothing else, Skyscraper is the film that puts The Rock at a slight physical disadvantage, but not too much where he can’t make huge, gaping horizontal/vertical leaps or use his artificial stump as an effective prop.  There are limits, people.  If nothing else, think San Andreas 2.0 with a happier marriage.
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American Psycho: Uncut Version (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

American Psycho 4K ReviewIs it wrong to admit that when I sat down to write my very first screenplay American Psycho was a huge influence?  It’s true.  To this day I’m so mystified by the character of Patrick Bateman.  I find his motives, thoughts and crazy action undeniably intriguing.   The one universal truth remains that you’ll never think of Huey Lewis’ song “Hip To Be Square” any other way after watching this zany, psychological horror film.  The movie like its choice in sound cuts turned out to be quite the controversial satire.  Many people watch this and they dismiss everything they saw and never have any desire to return.  However, there are enough folks like me who find the good in black comedies like these and that’s why whether its uncut version or R-rated one American Psycho is very much a bonafide living, breathing cult classic thriller.  Let’s talk more about this September 25th 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release by Lionsgate down below.
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Sideshow Exclusive Edition Harley Quinn Premium Format (Review)

Sideshow Exclusive Edition Harley Quinn Premium Format (Review)If you knew me only by the ornaments decorating my work office, then you know it’s no surprise how much I loved Harley Quinn in 2016’s Suicide Squad.  Her character was the best part of it in my opinion, but I digress.  Also, it’s not any secret how much I adore actress Margot Robbie as said character.  In the past year I have been very fortunate to review Harley Quinn DC Collectibles merchandise such as the DC Comics Designer Series: Harley Quinn by Amanda Conner Action Figure Set here, Amazon Exclusive Harley Quinn Statue – Suicide Squad Blu-ray Combo Pack here and the DC Collectibles Suicide Squad Harley Quinn and Joker statue over here.  I mention these three reviews only because compared to the next collectible we are gathered here to talk about today they are all small fries.  I mean that in both stature and price.  That’s right ladies and gentlemen I’m stepping up to the “Big Leagues” with the following Sideshow Exclusive Edition Harley Quinn Premium Format collectible. Continue reading ‘Sideshow Exclusive Edition Harley Quinn Premium Format (Review)’

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‘The Predator’ IS Absurd, Goofy & Fun 80’s Cheese (Movie Review)

The Predator Movie ReviewThe Predator is a sequel that feels like it was a long time coming.  Like Alien it’s such a lucrative franchise and almost a guaranteed success for Fox, but regardless all we really have is four of them now to enjoy.  And yes, this is the fourth installment in the film franchise, which succeeds Predator (1987), Predator 2 (1990) and Predators (2010).  Notice I did not say anything about the two Alien vs. Predator films, and rightfully so.  They were for the most part awful.  The first one was rated PG-13 and the second was so bad that I’d like to forget much like they do with the bad entries in the X-Men series.  Time travel solves everything!  Speaking of time travel how do these various Predators (at least from the two first entries) get here?  Hold that thought as I utilize it to segue into my next talking point. Continue reading ‘‘The Predator’ IS Absurd, Goofy & Fun 80’s Cheese (Movie Review)’

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom 4K ReviewJurassic World: Fallen Kingdom…just what the world needed, eh…another Jurassic Park film?  One could say that yes Jurassic World came with little new to offer longtime fans of the franchise and left us in a very familiar fashion as well.  One could also say the only thing it really did right was left us with two bankable stars, Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, and one hell of a likable Velociraptor, Blue.  Regardless of how you felt about it I was still a fan of the fourth entry and I can honestly say after four viewings I still have fun with it.  And for what it’s worth you can see how I personally rank the previous four films in this franchise here in my 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review of the collection.  So getting back to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, hell yes I was excited to see where they were going to take this one.  I purposely read no reviews prior to my first watch of this and all I knew before going in was the trailers pretty much only showed Acts 1 and 2 meaning they saved the good stuff for inside the theater…the way it should be.  Count me in.  I am all about that!
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The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray Review)

Yahoo!  It’s time for my annual September ritual!  The Big Bang Theory returns once again to the Blu-ray format.  Truth be told I’m excited to be covering the release for now the fifth year in a row.  You can find Gregg Senko’s Blu-ray review coverage of Season 3 here and I took over in season seven here, eight here, ninth here and the tenth over here.  I also provided exclusive coverage from last year’s Hall H San Diego Comic-Con panel here, but sadly missed out on the festivities this year.  However, that 2017 panel is an extra here now so bonus!  Now it’s time for the complete eleventh season on Blu-ray right here baby.  Warner Bros. always does a bang up job on these seasonal Blu-ray releases in terms of a great looking presentation.  That’s why I’m overjoyed to be tackling this again and hopefully for years to come (please don’t end it despite the show’s contract only currently providing a twelfth season and Jim Parsons killing it all).  They can never end the Big Bang Theory and that’s that.  Ha!  I just want to be appreciative for what I have here and I need these guys in my life.  They make me smile.  Therefore, let’s celebrate this upcoming Blu-ray release and talk all about The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season. Continue reading ‘The Big Bang Theory: The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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Summer of 84 Delivers 80’s Nostalgia w/ a Dark, Delicious Twist (Movie Review)

Summer of 84 Movie ReviewSummer of 84 garnered a lot of praise coming out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival.  Our own Jason Coleman gave Summer of 84 a P-E-R-F-E-C-T Score over here and called it a “five-star ride that’s righteous.”  Now Jason is more knowledgable than I can ever pretend to be in the world of movies so coming from him that’s a ringing endorsement that I MUST-SEE this film whatever the costs or stakes may be.  That’s just what I did too.  Given the fact that I’m stuck in Austin, TX for the unforeseen future I had to wait my turn for its iTunes’ 4K debut on the platform this past Friday the 24th.  The movie, which saw a limited theatrical release back on August 10th, never made it down here.  I digress though as I am used to it.  Austin is no Los Angeles or Hollywood.  Now let’s talk about this teenage, retro 80’s thriller. Continue reading ‘Summer of 84 Delivers 80’s Nostalgia w/ a Dark, Delicious Twist (Movie Review)’

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Deadpool 2: Super Duper $@%!#& Cut (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Deadpool 2 4K ReviewDeadpool 2 should be a happy review for me considering the very first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray I bought back in 2016 way before I even had a set up was the first Deadpool movie.  So with that train of thought I’m very honored to be covering the second.  The sole reason, however, I’m not flipping doing cartwheels over it all is because I just think of the film as average.  It was not as memorable as the first film was to me, which I put on a pedestal.  Deadpool 2 felt stale to me.  Were my expectations too high?  That’s what I was hoping to prove given this 4K UHD review of Deadpool 2 marks my second viewing of it.  Everybody else loved it so why didn’t I?  Low and behold Fox’s marketing had a disclaimer for me, which I’ll sum up here.  “If your second time wasn’t enough, your second, second time will blow you away. The Deadpool 2 Super Duper $@%!#& Cut gives you even more of everyone’s favorite red-spandexed superhero now with 15 minutes of brand-new action and jokes lovingly inserted throughout. That’s a whole lotta D in a surprisingly small package!”  Let’s get started! Continue reading ‘Deadpool 2: Super Duper $@%!#& Cut (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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