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Bron’s Top-ish Ten-ish Films of 2016

Bron top filmsI likely saw more films in theaters in 2016 than I have any other year. And that includes when I used to work at a theater. Even with that, making a top 10 list still feels strange to me, as there are just so many films that I didn’t see that I really think I would enjoy. So, to avoid the perception of expertise, let’s consider this more of a Top-ish Ten-ish films/film-going experiences of 2016 that I had the opportunity to see. We will be starting off with a few worsts to set up a little contrast, then I will briefly discuss some honorable mentions, the films I didn’t get to see that appear to be things I would enjoy, and then the main course. Let’s go! Continue reading ‘Bron’s Top-ish Ten-ish Films of 2016′

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Bron’s Criterion-Heavy Top 8 Blu-Rays of 2016

My adventures in Blu-ray purchasing/obtaining did not find me with a treasure trove of stellar finds this year, so I was able to craft a list of pretty much the only 8 Blu-rays I got that had a little bit of thought put into them and some care for the product. Though, having had the opportunity to read the lists of my colleagues on this site has certainly given me some good recommendations for my list of things to add to my collection. It is a treat to be in league with such robust cinephiles, even when we disagree about Batman V Superman. Anyway, list time! Continue reading ‘Bron’s Criterion-Heavy Top 8 Blu-Rays of 2016′

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Criterion Collection Flash Sale on Now!

CriterionIf you, like I, are a lover of great cinema, but sometimes look at those price tags on Criterion Collection releases and think “well, maybe someday,” then today is that day! Until 9:00 AM (PDT) tomorrow, the Criterion Collection is having a 50% off sale on their own website. If you are still reading this instead of following the link below, you are already missing out on great deals. Continue reading ‘Criterion Collection Flash Sale on Now!’

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Criterion Collection January 2017 Blu-ray Releases Have Been Announced

CriterionCriterion will ring in 2017 with a diverse lineup of films, including three whose directors are joining the collection for the first time. January will feature the films His Girl FridayFox and His FriendsSomething Wild, and Black Girl. All of these releases will come replete with the treatment and features we have come to expect from the Criterion Collection. Start to make some new year’s resolutions to watch great films as you check out all the juicy details below. Continue reading ‘Criterion Collection January 2017 Blu-ray Releases Have Been Announced’

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Blood Father (Blu-Ray Review)

 

Blood Father thumbIn Blood Father, which comes out on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on October 11th, Mel Gibson (Maverick, Payback) effortlessly transcends his troubled public persona to portray a gruff semi-racist man trying to escape his past by telling the only woman is his life to shut up and follow his instructions lest she find herself facing physical violence. Additionally, it has some pretty brutal and fun action scenes and doesn’t take itself too seriously, so it might just be worth a watch. Continue reading ‘Blood Father (Blu-Ray Review)’

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Celebrate 50 Years of Zappa with EAT THAT QUESTION on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital September 27th

Eat That Question thumbEAT THAT QUESTION, Frank Zappa In His Own Words is a riveting documentary in which rock era icon Frank Zappa, in a series of interviews, shares his candid, often saucy, worldview on music and everything else. It debuts on Blu-ray, DVD and digital on September 27 from Sony Pictures Classics and Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. The film’s main focus is on Zappa’s uninhibited and entertaining media dealings. Told solely through rare and never before seen historic footage of Frank Zappa’s highly acclaimed 30-year career, this unique 90 minute documentary is an energetic celebration of an often outspoken but brilliant musician. Unforgettable Zappa interviews and performances from one of rock and roll’s most legendary self-taught musicians have been painstakingly gathered across decades by director Thorsten Schütte (Namibia Generation X) from the obscure vaults of TV stations around the world to create this unparalleled look at one of the brightest minds popular music has ever witnessed. Continue reading ‘Celebrate 50 Years of Zappa with EAT THAT QUESTION on Blu-ray, DVD, & Digital September 27th’

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All the Way (Blu-ray Review)

All the Way thumbAll the Way exists in a strange space for films where it is packed on with talent and amazing performances, but was made for HBO to be shown on the premium channel instead of in theaters, where its message, cast, writing, and brilliance would have a greater chance to be celebrated by a larger audience. Lucky for viewers, it was recently released on Blu-ray by HBO Films for people without a subscription to find and enjoy. And, well, if possible, viewers should find and enjoy this wonderful look at some key points in the presidency of Lyndon B. Johnson, as portrayed by the outstanding Bryan Cranston (Trumbo, “Breaking Bad”). Continue reading ‘All the Way (Blu-ray Review)’

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Check Out the Criterion Collection Blu-rays Coming in December!

CriterionThe Criterion Collection will be releasing a number of films this December and below you can see the list of what great, important, beloved, or underappreciated films they have coming to Blu-ray. December’s releases are pretty much a film-lover’s treat, with directors Federico Fellini, Luis Buñuel, Laurie Anderson and John Huston all getting releases. See all the details about special features and release dates here. Continue reading ‘Check Out the Criterion Collection Blu-rays Coming in December!’

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South Park The Complete 19th Season (Blu-ray Review)

South Park 19 ThumbAlright everybody, listen up. The best full season of “South Park” in the 20 years of the show’s existence has arrives soon on Blu-ray and it is a must watch for fans, ex-fans, and non-fans of the series alike. Making their first foray into a serialized style, where the season has a full arc and things are carried over from one episode to another, Trey Parker and Matt Stone have crafted a work of hilarity and thoughtfulness. There is so much to like about what this season means for the series and for the four foul-mouthed little boys from that sleepy Colorado town. Continue reading ‘South Park The Complete 19th Season (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Immortal Story – Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)

Immortal Story thumbNewly released on Blu-Ray by The Criterion Collection comes The Immortal Story, the first color production directed by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane, Touch of Evil). As can be expected by the curators at Criterion, this release has been cleaned up, freshly transferred and given a ton of love by way of commentary, interviews, an included documentary about Welles, and an essay on the film. If, like myself, one is met with the thought “The Immortal Story? I have never heard of that,” then what a delightful opportunity to discover something worth treasuring we have been given. Continue reading ‘The Immortal Story – Criterion Collection (Blu-ray Review)’

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Lucifer: Season One (DVD Review)

Lucifer ThumbFrom WB Home Entertainment, based on the DC/Vertigo comic book series comes the first season of “Lucifer,” which originally aired on Fox earlier this year. The series stars Tom Ellis (“Rush”) as the titular character Lucifer Morningstar, the literal devil, who is taking a bit of a vacation from running hell in order to explore the pleasures of an earthly existence as the owner of a posh club in Los Angeles. When he is encountered by police detective Chloe Decker, played by Lauren German (“Chicago Fire”), as she investigates the murder of a pop star friend of his, Lucifer becomes intrigued by the detective’s ability to resist his normally irresistible charm. When Lucifer is deemed useful, Detective Decker invites him to help her solve murders over the course of the season. Continue reading ‘Lucifer: Season One (DVD Review)’

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Mel Gibson Gets Boiling in BLOOD FATHER on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 11th

Blood Father thumbComing to Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on October 11th from Lions Gate Entertainment, Blood Father is directed by award-winning director Jean-François Richet (Assault on Precinct 13) and written for the screen by Peter Craig (The Town) and Andrea Berloff (Straight Outta Compton) from Peter Craig’s novel. The high-paced action film premiered at the 2016 Cannes International Film Festival. Mel Gibson is accompanied by Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks, and Oscar® nominee William H. Macy (Best Supporting Actor, Fargo, 1996) in the nonstop thrill ride. The Blood Father Blu-ray and DVD include a behind-the-scenes featurette. Continue reading ‘Mel Gibson Gets Boiling in BLOOD FATHER on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD October 11th’

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Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (Blu-Ray Review)

Scooby Doo thumbIf one collaboration between the superstars of WWE and the gang of Mystery Inc. wasn’t enough, here comes a second one roaring onto Blu-ray from Warner Bros. Animation and WWE Studios. In Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon, Stephanie McMahon’s big new business idea, The Muscle Moto X Off-road Challenge is fraught with more obstacles than the superstars bargained for when a demon that haunts the track begins threatening the racers with his fire-spewing rig of doom. It is up to Scooby and the gang to get to the bottom of the mystery while simultaneously helping The Undertaker win the race and subsequently the big million dollar prize. Twists and turns await our heroes along the way – and not only on the race track. Continue reading ‘Scooby-Doo! and WWE: Curse of the Speed Demon (Blu-Ray Review)’

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The Nice Guys Mondo Poster (News)

The Nice Guys Poster ThumbMondo Gallery is at it again with a new poster set to go on sale this Thursday (5/19) on their website. This time the film being given that trademark Mondo treatment is the upcoming Shane Black-helmed comedy The Nice Guys. Featuring artist Matthew Woodson, this 24″ x 36″ print will come in a limited run of only 275. Check out the details and the link to Mondo’s Twitter below to make sure you are made aware of the moment this beautiful print goes on sale! Continue reading ‘The Nice Guys Mondo Poster (News)’

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WSB? Podcast Episode 4

image1The fourth episode of the Why So Blu? Podcast is now live and ready to be heard. Topics for this discussion include a very Spoilerific look at the recent release The Invitation, some discussion about the new trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and a few nods toward upcoming blu-ray reviews. If you haven’t already, find a way to watch The Invitation and listen to these WSBers talk about it.

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WSB? Podcast Star Wars: The Force Awakens Commentary

image1The crew at the Why So Blu? Podcast have recorded an audio commentary track to be enjoyed while watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which is out today on Blu-Ray. Sync that brand new Blu-ray up to the Lucasfilms logo, and enjoy some jokes, thoughts and speculation about the film. Continue reading ‘WSB? Podcast Star Wars: The Force Awakens Commentary’

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SXSW Review: TOWER

SXSWOne of two documentaries about mass shootings premiering at SXSW, TOWER pieces together stories from a few survivors and witnesses of the UT Tower shooting that took place in Austin in August of 1966. The film uses roto-scoped animation (think films like Waking Life, or A Scanner Darkly) on top of archive footage, to create a unique storytelling mechanism, which allows for playful recreation of the events without diminishing any impact. TOWER takes its time with the events of that day and provides an avenue for the viewer to empathize with each person’s story as the terrifying and unsettling nature of the shooting and the eventual aftermath become clear. Boxes of tissues should have been handed out to people entering this screening, particularly after we were told that some of the survivors were in attendance. Continue reading ‘SXSW Review: TOWER’

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SXSW Review: Miles Ahead

SXSWCan we just give Don Cheadle all the awards right now? Miles Ahead, Cheadle’s directorial debut, which also showcases his talents as co-writer and lead actor, is a unique and moving biopic about a unique and moving individual, Miles Davis. Not satisfied to just check off the boxes of events in Davis’ life, Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Boogie Nights) has crafted a masterpiece of cinema, jarringly jumping around in time to show events that help the audience better understand the complexity of a troubled, but genius mind. This is a perfect blend of scenes that fold in on each other with quiet subtlety and simultaneously explode outward with grandiose vigor, mirroring the effect that the music of Miles Davis had a tendency to create. Combining all those elements with a virtuoso acting performance from Cheadle, a soundtrack that spans Davis’ long career as a musician, surprisingly adept comedy beats, tight, gripping editing, and stellar support from Ewan McGregor (Trainspotting, Big Fish) and Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Hand of God”) creates a triumphant, striking work of art. Continue reading ‘SXSW Review: Miles Ahead’

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