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‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Takes You Back 2 The Future (Movie Review)

Happy Death Day 2UHappy Death Day 2U is the sequel everyone saw coming.  The Universal cash gods demanded it.  You know you wanted it too.  Now you got it!  Quite frankly I couldn’t be happier having been assigned to cover this feature.  Truth be told though I initially dismissed the first Happy Death Day off its theatrical trailer as a modern day ripoff of Groundhog Day, which coincidentally I guess you could say the same thing about the time loop flick Edge of Tomorrow (also known as Live Repeat Die).  However, I digress as I never said I make the best decisions in life.  While Happy Death Day does utilize the familiar Groundhog Day formula it does so with a slasher twist to it all that us horror moviegoers eat up like buttered popcorn and sugary Twizzlers.  Need I say more about why it was made and for whom?  I think not.  Instead let’s allow my review of it all down below do the talking from here on out. Continue reading ‘‘Happy Death Day 2U’ Takes You Back 2 The Future (Movie Review)’

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Widows (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Widows 4K ReviewI’m probably alone in this way of thinking, but I cant help myself. When I first saw the artwork to click on for playing the Widows trailer I instantly thought of another Viola Davis movie she did a few years back with Jennifer Lopez. That movie was called Lila & Eve, but had what I originally thought a similar motive…revenge. While there are very much aspects of a revenge genre film in the making here make no mistakes about it Widows is very much a heist movie. It’s also an incredibly good one if do say so myself. The Steve McQueen directed film was released this past week on your favorite home media formats.  Aaron Neuwirth brought you the Blu-ray review earlier in the week here and now its time to tackle the Widows 4K Ultra HD package.  Follow me down below. Continue reading ‘Widows (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Bohemian Rhapsody (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

Bohemian Rhapsody 4K ReviewWhile I never was a huge Queen fan growing up I was never ignorant to their musical place and historical significance and in the world of rock.  That much was never lost on me.  I was a fan of most of their songs and like many from my generation completely smitten by “Bohemian Rhapsody” when it was resurrected in the 1992 Wayne’s World film.  However, when the first trailers of Bohemian Rhapsody, the musical feature we’re all gathered here to talk about today, first came out I had little to no interest in it.  I had no doubts that I wouldn’t love it, but instead focused my thoughts on other urgent priorities.  Then all those positive reviews came pouring in and like usual try as I might I could never get myself to the theater to see this one during its run.  Today’s viewing is my first. Continue reading ‘Bohemian Rhapsody (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)’

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Overlord (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Overlord 4KNow this is a “Brian” film!  I started off last year believing Overlord was a fourth installment in the J.J. Abrams Cloverfield universe.  By mid year we were all aware that was not true.  Boo!  Overlord is so much better than that direct to Netflix Paradox feature.  If you don’t take my word for it, look no further than the highly reputable Rotten Tomatoes site the lay people of this nation perceive as gospel.  It’s Certified Fresh at 81%, yo!  The website’s critical aggregated consensus reads, “Part revisionist war drama, part zombie thriller, and part all-out genre gorefest, Overlord offers A-level fun for B-movie fans of multiple persuasions.”  I couldn’t agree more, but I know some of the peeps close to me in life surprisingly didn’t feel feverishly the same.  I hope I can convince you.  I giddily love this film! Continue reading ‘Overlord (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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First Man (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

First Man 4K ReviewIf I didn’t know any better, I’d think this was a movie about the first “caveman” given its “primitive” sounding title.  I know that’s a complete stretch, but for some reason First Man came as a surprise to me.  I initially knew nothing about it, but given the success and my adoration of 2016’s Hidden Figures I was instantly onboard upon seeing the first trailer last 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 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 (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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Fragile ‘Glass’ Handle With Care (Movie Review)

Glass Movie ReviewI can’t say I ever thought the day would come where we’d be living in a world in which an exists a sequel to 2000’s Unbreakable whether lone two of them.   I knew there was always interest in the property, but given the downward spiral of M. Night Shayamalan’s career for awhile I never thought we’d see anything spectacular from him again.  A movie he wrote in 2010 called Devil semi peaked my curiosity, but imagine my surprise when early reviews of 2016’s Split came with mentions of a tie-in to the Unbreakable universe.  That news practically broke the Internet (I’m exaggerating) and even further Split was actually a really great film to boot.  James McAvoy got robbed of an Academy nod for his exceptional performance, but I digress.  More importantly M. Night was suddenly back!  People were instantly in his corner and from the looks of it as we’re gathered here today the third film in the trilogy, Glass, was fast-tracked for our viewing pleasure.

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Creed II Punches It Out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray This March!

Creed II 4KFight for legacy, destiny and family when Creed II arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital. From Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures (MGM), Warner Bros. Pictures and New Line Cinema, Creed II stars Michael B. Jordan (“Black Panther,” “Creed”) and Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, the “Rambo” movies), reprising their roles as Adonis Creed and Rocky Balboa. Also returning are Tessa Thompson (“Thor: Ragnarok”), Phylicia Rashad (“Steel Magnolias”), Wood Harris (“Remember the Titans”), Andre Ward, Florian Munteanu (“Bogat”), Russell Hornsby (“The Hate U Give”) and Dolph Lundgren (“The Expendables” movies), returning to the franchise as Ivan Drago. Continue reading ‘Creed II Punches It Out on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray This March!’

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Bad Times At The El Royale (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Bad Times At The El Royale (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)Bad Times At The El Royale was one of those movies that evaded me during its theatrical run in 2018.  Try as I might there was never a good time to check it out.  I regret not doing so having seen the film on many Top 10 lists as of late, but like always in life I digress.  When it was initially announced for a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release I took solace in the fact knowing I was going to experience Bad Times At The El Royale for the first time in its finest presentation possible.  I mean what more can you ask for, right?  So here we are.  It’s the beginning of 2019 and with it we have on our first 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray releases, Bad Times At The El Royale on the format of choice here.  Let’s take a closer look below at not only how everything looks and sounds on this 4K disc, but also how it was the first time around for me.  Here’s to me for popping my Bad Times At The El Royale cherry!
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Brian’s Top 10 “Brian” Films of 2018!

Top 10 Brian FilmsEvery year this Top 10 movie list gets harder and harder to write.  As the years go by I get the chance to see fewer and fewer movies theatrically.  Because of work, life and other commitments I feel like I’m constantly trying to play catch up and/or seeing most films some 3-4 months after they left the theater in my home.  It just is what it is and I’m doing my best to accept it as the norm growing up becoming a responsible adult.  I’m not trying to make excuses for any poor selections below, but instead instead I’m level setting expectations here and now.  I’m telling you all of this so you’re not expecting the usual Top 10 list of films that most critical reviewers will pump out this year.  The list as it reads below is a very unorthodox view of theatrical features culled from my simple mind, which were all released in the U.S. within the calendar year of 2018. Continue reading ‘Brian’s Top 10 “Brian” Films of 2018!’

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Night School (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Night School 4K ReviewYou know that old saying don’t judge a book by its cover?  Well that’s exactly what I did here with 2018’s Kevin Hart comedy Night School.  I thought the trailer looked putrid and I honestly wanted nothing to do with ever seeing the film.  Evidently the rest of my team shares those sentiments as when I received this title no one was clamoring to do the needful with.  Therefore, I thought I was taking one for the team.  What shocked me though is what I really found was a good time.  The comedy I wanted nothing to do with won me over.  Now don’t get ahead of me.  It’s not going to win any movie of the year prizes or anything like that.  However, unlike the majority of critics out there I found Night School to not only be above average, but one that I’m stoked about adding to my personal home media collection for future viewings of. Continue reading ‘Night School (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)’

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The Adventures of Aqua Shark Man and Lava Hair Girl (Movie Review)

Aquaman Movie ReviewIt was only a matter of time I suppose, but here we are winding down on 2018 and low and behold we unbelievably, finally have an Aquaman movie.  The masterful James Wan pulled off the what was almost deemed the impossible.  He defied the odds and marvelously brought to the big screen an absurd superhero project, which has been in development hell since 2004.  That’s right we finally get the Aquaman!  Now I have never been that big on the character like most hardcore DC Comics fans, but Wan has my full attention now.  The character of Aquaman for me amounted to very little in both Batman v. Superman and Justice League.  However, here he finally has a spotlight shining brightly upon him and actor Jason Momoa and his larger-than-life charisma seized the opportunity.  As a result I was made not only a fan of Aquaman, but ultimately a believer in this property. Continue reading ‘The Adventures of Aqua Shark Man and Lava Hair Girl (Movie Review)’

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Brian’s Top 10 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases of 2018!

Brian's Top 10 2018 4K ReleasesFor me the highlight of 2018 on the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format were the great catalog releases we received.  We expect our 2018 theatrical releases to look pristine and sound great on 4K UHD Blu-ray (with some Disney ones being the exception to that rule).  However, it’s the catalog releases that always manage to surprise and delight the film “collecting” (that’s for you Brandon Peters) folks like me on the 4K format.  Sure it sucks having to double dip on titles you already own sometimes on multiple formats, but like my 4K collector peers J.G. Molina and Robert Jaros always say “I want to own the best version of the movie.”  Although I will debate forever with anyone that says Oblivion is better on the 4K format compared to Blu-ray, but I digress.  So yeah that ultimately means sucking it up and laying your hard earned money down on titles you probably own on VHS, DVD and Blu-ray already.  We all do it.  It feeds our passions!  That’s who we are. #NoExcuses Continue reading ‘Brian’s Top 10 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Releases of 2018!’

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Peppermint (Blu-ray Review)

Peppermint Blu-ray ReviewI’ve been a Jennifer Garner fan ever since her days on television’s ALIAS so many years ago.  Call me a glutton for punishment, but I’m here to give her the benefit of the doubt.  Peppermint didn’t get much love in its theatrical release from critics or the moviegoing Rotten Tomatoes crowd.  However, our own reviewer, Gregg Senko, praised the film as potential Top 10 material.  So I have taken it as my duty to either prove the world or Gregg wrong by tackling the Blu-ray review of Peppermint here.  If you know me well, then you’ll know the one thing this film has going for it with me is its R-rating.  So there’s always a possibility I walk away from this review unscathed and a fan of Peppermint.  Stranger things have happened, right? Continue reading ‘Peppermint (Blu-ray Review)’

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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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