Happy New Year! Here we are together again, and as promised, my Top-tastic films of 2016! Please keep in mind that I did not see as many films as I wanted to after August of this year due to several traveling commitments. I did catch up on a few more within the last couple of weeks but they may or may not have made it onto my list. I published my Top Blu-ray list a few weeks ago and none of those films made it onto this list either due to different scales of grading. You may notice a theme in this list and that’s what I went for this time out. It’s a more “fun” oriented list of flicks that captured my attention and made me have a good time – as crappy of a year as we had – I needed to laugh and be blown away. In any event, let’s get on with the show! Continue reading ‘Gerard’s Top-Tastic Films of 2016!’
Legendary filmmaker Paul Schrader directs this “sordid and engaging crime drama” (The Hollywood Reporter) starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas) and Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe (Platoon). Ex-cons Troy (Cage), Mad Dog (Dafoe) and Diesel (Christopher Matthew Cook) are hired by an eccentric mob boss to kidnap a baby for a large ransom. When the abduction goes awry, the trio find themselves on the run from the mob and the cops. Vowing to stay out of prison at all costs, getting away with the crime is literally a matter of life and death.
Another year-end Top Blu-ray list is upon us. Again, like last year’s Top Blu-ray list, I have removed the order of titles in terms of numbering system, with the exception of the #1 spot. We have a clear winner in that department and it is a doozy. All of the other titles are placed in no particular order. I should also clarify and say that if you don’t see a Blu-ray or Blu-ray set on this list it that you may think deserves to be on here – it may be because I have not watched it. I have a backlog of titles that I’ve yet to watch, so it’s nothing personal. Without further ado, I present my Top Blu-ray list of 2016! Continue reading ‘Gerard’s Top Blu-ray List of 2016!’
Set in and around Memphis in the early 1970’s, Season 1 of this thrilling series centers on Mac Conway, a stigmatized Marine who finds himself lured into a lucrative offer from The Broker, a shady criminal involved in a network of killing and corruption. Continue reading ‘Quarry: The Complete First Season (Digital HD Review)’
Mike Regan (Pierce Brosnan) is a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a beautiful teenage daughter and a sleek, state-of-the-art “smart home.” But he soon finds himself in a deadly, high-stakes game of cat-and-mouse when his I.T. consultant, Ed (James Frecheville), starts using his skills to stalk Mike’s daughter and endanger his family, his business, and his life. In a world where there is no privacy, and personal secrets can go viral by the click of a mouse, Mike needs to rely on his old connections to defeat a new kind of nemesis.
In the wake of the burning of Charles Town, all the New World lives in fear of Captain Flint. But when his campaign of terror crosses over into madness, and new threats emerge to challenge his supremacy, it falls to John Silver to locate the man within the monster, before Flint’s war against the world consumes them all. Meanwhile, on the pirate island of Nassau, it’s a new day. With Eleanor Guthrie facing judgment in London, Jack Rackham sits atop a fortune in Spanish gold, hoping to secure his legacy as a king among thieves. To do so, he’ll have to compete with the return of one of history’s most notorious captains, who holds a different vision for their home, as well as a complicated past with Rackham’s chief ally, Captain Charles Vane. All will be tested when a new opponent arrives to claim Nassau, one the pirates could never have anticipated. It knows them. It understands them. And in the blink of an eye, it will do the one thing they never thought possible… turn them against each other. Continue reading ‘Black Sails: The Complete Third Season (Blu-ray Review)’
Fourth and final season of Cinemax’s gritty action series, as Lucas Hood (Antony Starr) returns to Banshee without his badge, but with a new motivation: to hunt for a vicious serial killer and track down a long-lost ally. Season 4 begins two years after Lucas and Carrie (Ivana Milicevic) orchestrated a multimillion-dollar heist that went bad leaving Carrie’s husband dead and Job (Hoon Lee) in the hands of a criminal gang. After a bender, during which he finds an unlikely savior in Rebecca (Lili Simmons), Lucas emerges from a self-imposed exile and goes back to Banshee to find it a drastically changed town that’s facing multiple threats on many levels. Continue reading ‘Banshee: The Complete Fourth Season (Blu-ray Review)’
The story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off and his own personality changing in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger. Continue reading ‘Clown (Blu-ray Review)’
CINEMAX PRESENTS Season 2 of the Emmy-winning drama, directed by Oscar-winner Steven Soderbergh and starring Oscar-nominee Clive Owen as John Thackery, a brilliant but drug-addled surgeon who pushes the boundaries of medicine, morality and race in 1900s New York. Thackery’s absence (hospitalized for cocaine addiction), a lack of affluent patients and financial missteps have led to a decision by the hospital’s board to shutter the downtown location and move uptown. Algernon Edwards (André Holland) jockeys to become Thackery’s successor as Chief of Surgery, while fellow doctors, nurses, nuns and others grapple with personal and professional challenge Continue reading ‘The Knick: The Complete Second Season (Blu-ray Review)’
The story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off and his own personality changing in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger. Clown will be available on Blu-ray™ and DVD from Anchor Bay Entertainment on August 23, 2016 for the suggested retail price of $26.99 and $22.98, respectively, and includes “Making Clown Featuring Producer Eli Roth.” Continue reading ‘Master of Terror Eli Roth presents CLOWN / Available on Blu-ray & DVD August 23rd’
A high-octane action film featuring 90’s movie heroes, explosive action and international espionage, Vigilante Diaries revolves around a team of black-ops agents turned crime-fighters led by a brooding anti-hero known only as The Vigilante. Missions of rescue and revenge take us from the mega-mansions and underbelly of Los Angeles to far away places like Iraq, Armenia, Russia, and the United Kingdom to introduce us to a cast of colorful, dangerous, and hilarious characters – Beverly Hills filmmaker Mike Hanover (Jason Mewes), a trio of Asian femme fatales, ruthless Armenian mobsters, and at the top, a pair of deep cover super spies hell bent on throwing the world into chaos. Continue reading ‘Vigilante Diaries (Blu-ray Review)’
Minnesota, 1990. Detective Bruce Kenner (Ethan Hawke) investigates the case of young Angela (Emma Watson), who accuses her father, John Gray (David Dencik), of an unspeakable crime. When John unexpectedly and without recollection admits guilt, renowned psychologist Dr. Raines (David Thewlis) is brought in to help him relive his memories and what they discover unmasks a horrifying nationwide mystery. Continue reading ‘Regression (Blu-ray Review)’
As New York City Detective Scotty Galban (Keanu Reeves) investigates the death of his partner, he begins to unravel clues about disturbing police corruption and a dangerous secret leading him to a troubled young woman (Ana de Armas), who holds the key to solving his partner’s murder. Continue reading ‘Exposed (Blu-ray Review)’
A beautiful secretary steals her boss sports car to go joyriding in this stylish psychological thriller. She goes to visit a seaside town she swears she’s never been to, but everyone knows her name. And when a body turns up in the trunk of the car, she is suddenly the lead suspect in a murder she knows nothing about. Based on a novel by Sébastien Japrisot (One Deadly Summer, A Very Long Engagement). Continue reading ‘The Lady in the Car with Glasses and a Gun (Blu-ray Review)’
The French psychological thriller, THE LADY IN THE CAR WITH GLASSES AND A GUN, drives its way to Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital Rental/Download on April 12 from Magnolia Home Entertainment. Headlined by Freya Mavor (“Skins”), Benjamin Biolay (Stella), Elio Germano (A Magnificent Haunting) and Stacy Martin (Nymphomaniac Part 1 & Part II), and directed by Joann Sfar (Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life), the stylish remake of the mind-bending original 1970s drama brings sex appeal, sophistication and suspense.
A unique dramedy that explores the human psyche driven by drugs, sex, and obsession, CREATIVE CONTROL debuts on digital April 12 and on Blu-ray™ and DVD May 10 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Set in the near-future, CREATIVE CONTROL follows a tech-obsessed ad exec whose reality blurs when he starts using augmented reality glasses. Directed by, co-written and starring Benjamin Dickinson (First Winter), the film also features Nora Zehetner (“The Astronaut Wives Club”), Dan Gill (The Wedding Ringer), Alexia Rasmussen (The Missing Girl), Reggie Watts (“The Late Show with James Corden”), Gavin McInnes (founder of Vice magazine) and Jake Lodwick (creator of Vimeo). CREATIVE CONTROL won a special jury award for visual excellence at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival and was released theatrically by Amazon Studios and Magnolia Pictures.
In this chilling found footage style horror film, a masked man breaks into a family’s home and unknowingly takes refuge in their attic. Unaware of the intruders’ presence the sadistic stranger slowly begins to terrorize the suburban family, watching their every move before eventually killing them off with no clear motive, or end, to his madness. Continue reading ‘Hangman (Blu-ray Review)’
Donnie Yen (upcoming Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon 2) ignites the screen in a return to the role that made him an icon – as Ip Man, the real-life Wing Chun grandmaster who mentored Bruce Lee. In this explosive third installment of the blockbuster martial arts series, when a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer (Mike Tyson) make a play to take over the city, Master Ip is forced to take a stand. Fists will fly as some of the most incredible fight scenes ever filmed play out on film in this soon-to-be genre classic. Continue reading ‘‘Ip Man 3’ on Blu-ray & Digital HD April 5th’