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One for the Money (Blu-ray Review)

After [intentionally] missing the theatrical release of One For the Money, I finally got around to watching one of 2012’s least-talked-about movies! I’m saying all of this due to the underwhelming 2% approval rating from Rotten Tomatoes and the many poor things I heard. Aside from that one film I liked of hers (Knocked Up), Katherine Heigl gives one of her worst roles, even topping her flop a few years ago, Killers. Enough of that, let’s get on to the goods: One for the Money, based on the best-selling book written by Janet Evanovich, is about a normal woman becoming a fake officer to do well on her cousin’s bail bond assignment. I guess she’s looking for a few not-so-good-men (wonderful tagline, folks)! Does One for the Money make the big bucks? Read on for more.  Continue reading ‘One for the Money (Blu-ray Review)’

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The Wicker Tree (Blu-ray Review)

Two minutes in The Wicker Tree, and already I’d rather have the bees. Labeled as a sequel to the 1973 cult classic The Wicker Man (while clearly being a sequel to the god-awful 2006 remake with Nicolas Cage), The Wicker Tree does no good, entertainment-wise. Not only is The Wicker Tree horribly written – it takes about fifteen million years to get into motion – and when it does, you’ll already be dozing off. While those are some pretty harsh reasons, my biggest gripe with the film was our two leads, Brittania Nicol and Henry Harrett, who do absolutely nothing to capture the audience’s attention. The Wicker Tree is massively un-entertaining that rightfully deserves to be shelved in the $2.99 section of Best Buy and never visited again. This is a rather pointless retread of the first. Does the film have a worthwhile Blu-ray presentation? Read on to find out.  Continue reading ‘The Wicker Tree (Blu-ray Review)’

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54 (Blu-ray Review)

Sex, drugs, and disco is what 54 is all about. 54 was an odd experience for me, particularly due to how the subject material was handled. The film constantly switches it’s tone from incredibly serious to incredibly silly. The film does in fact feature an all-star cast including Mike Myers (Austin Powers), Neve Campbell (Scream), Ryan Phillippe (Flags of Our Fathers), and Salma Hayek (Grown Ups). Does 54 make the cut? Is it as crazy as I’m making it out to be? Read on to find out.  Continue reading ’54 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Jack and Jill (Blu-ray Review)

Razzie® Award Nominated Actor/Actress Adam Sandler is Jack and Jill, a pair of identical twins who gather around for the holidays to spend some family time together. Let me start off by saying that it is not easy for me to dislike a film, but when it comes to Happy Madison produced films, I cannot help but want to shoot my Blu-ray player. Jack and Jill is officially the worst Happy Madison-produced motion picture, which takes the place of the Grown Ups reboot. Just how awful is Jack and Jill? Read on to find out…  Continue reading ‘Jack and Jill (Blu-ray Review)’

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Shark Night (Blu-ray Review)

I would have been much more pleased had they released Jaws in 3D. Instead, we got the opposite: a PG-13 movie about vacations, bikinis, and sharks, which is totally devoid of what I loved about Piranha; the blood, the guts, the nudity, and excitement that made that film great. With Shark Night, we are given a handful of awful performances (even with the appearance of freaking Joel David Moore). We have a football player, a druggie, an explorer, and a wimp. Just those four aspects make this film average. The only redeeming aspect I could think of was the sharks; which had the best performances of the film. There is no real reason for Shark Night to exist. What time is it? Razzie time!  Continue reading ‘Shark Night (Blu-ray Review)’

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Apollo 18 (Blu-ray Review)

In an attempt to get audiences to believe in a conspiracy, they went ahead and released Apollo 18. When it comes to “found footage” films, I always seem to be at a crossroads. On one hand, I find it to be an inimitable idea, if exploited correctly. On the other hand, it can become a bit monotonous. While I neither agree nor disagree with those statements concerning Apollo 18, I still found this movie to be run-of-the-mill at best. While I did jump a few times, Apollo 18 is nothing but an unnecessary money-grubbing flick. Even though the film wasn’t made to look glamorous, the Blu-ray presentation is still decent.  Continue reading ‘Apollo 18 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Matt’s Top Ten Films of 2011 and Awards

Just like our fellow reviewer Brian White, I waited to see the highly anticipated The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (you can read my review HERE). Turns out I could have written it a week ago and not much would have changed. Anyway, I’m injecting some spice into thee ol’ top ten list; with a mini “Why So Blu Awards” included. I can only imagine the reactions I am going to receive from this list. What some may call “forgettable”, I call “instant classic”. While there are four major films I would have loved to see before making this list (Young Adult, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Martha Marcy May Marlene, and The Artist), I guess we’ll do with what we have. So sit back, relax, and enter Matt’s top ten films of 2011.  Continue reading ‘Matt’s Top Ten Films of 2011 and Awards’

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Usher: OMG Tour, Live From London (Blu-ray Review)

Usher OMG Tour Live From London opens with a black screen, where multi-million dollar R’n’B artist Usher  is praying to some sort of bible passage. Immediately after, his first song entitled Monstar plays, followed by an astounding, very well-choreographed dance number. Aside from the catchy song Yeah, I have never been a huge fan of Usher. I found his music almost as annoying as hearing the Black Eyed Peas singing Boom Boom Pow for the hundredth damn time. However, that is not the case here. I quite enjoyed Usher OMG Tour, I didn’t find it too irritating (aside from a few songs towards the end) and the film had really good technical aspects about it, which I’ll get into soon. If you are a fan of Usher, this is a must-buy.  Continue reading ‘Usher: OMG Tour, Live From London (Blu-ray Review)’

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Silent Night, Zombie Night (Blu-ray Review)

Silent Night, Zombie Night opens in suburbia, and has the same looking opening scene in vain of Zack Snyder’s Dawn of the Dead. It starts off all slow, with two people having a normal conversation. Seems normal, right? Not really, because one of the human’s immediately gets bitten by a zombie, followed by a hilarious opening montage giving the viewer the impression that this will not be a serious film. I just reviewed Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption here at WSB, and I have to say, this beats it by a longshot. Silent Night, Zombie Night is funny, well-written, and is an enjoyable film throughout. Yes, this is one of those instances where a film is so mediocre that it’s widely entertaining.   Continue reading ‘Silent Night, Zombie Night (Blu-ray Review)’

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A Madea Christmas: The Play (Blu-ray Review)

Tyler Perry seems to be the king of mediocrity. In 2002, almost a decade ago, Tyler Perry became a well-renowned director, who is known best for his portrayal of cross-dressing, religious mongol Madea. In fact, that character become so popular with worldwide audiences who have a taste for films that teach a lesson and [usually] ends on a high note, built a big enough fanbase for Perry to create a franchise of films including the Madea character, in films including Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Madea’s Family Reunion, Madea Goes To Jail, and Madea’s Big Happy Family. Now we have A Madea Christmas, which is yet another lackluster film from Perry, but is not as irritating as it’s predecessors. Hellur!  Continue reading ‘A Madea Christmas: The Play (Blu-ray Review)’

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Matt’s Top 10 Blu-rays of 2011

Here we go. My first annual top ten list for Why So Blu. It may surprise you, make you laugh, make you cry, make you hate, yet if you actually take the time to thoroughly view each of these Blu-ray’s, you will surely be on my side. To be honest, it was quite difficult choosing for the number one spot, but I knew in my heart that it was one tasty burger! So sit back, relax, and enter Matt’s top ten Blu-rays of 2011.  Continue reading ‘Matt’s Top 10 Blu-rays of 2011′

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Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (DVD Review)

This movie is not very good. That’s a good way to start off something like this! Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption is a very lackluster flick, and ultimately fails in giving the viewers anything new or exciting. Hell, the zombies in the television show Community (in a Halloween themed episode) had richer makeup. Is this movie Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) terrible? Not at all, but the concept of zombies has been an interest of mine since Boyle’s 28 Days Later, so watching a bad zombie movie is not a delight! To put it in more simple terms: if this had a wide release, it would receive one to two lukewarm reactions, with thousands of hater reviews.   Continue reading ‘Zombie Apocalypse: Redemption (DVD Review)’

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West Side Story (Blu-ray Review)

If only we could solve all our problems through interpretive dance. In this modern day adaption of Shakespeare’s classic tale Romeo & Juliet, which was adapted from Ernest Lehman’s Broadway production, it’s a singing and dancing group of gangs. There are two gangs pitted against each other in this town, first being the Jets, a group of hard-banging American-teens, and the Sharks, a group of Puerto Rican immigrants. For the time it took place/was filmed in, West Side Story looks, and sounds fantastic, and that was BEFORE the Blu-ray conversion. And I thought my trashy old DVD copy sounded great… West Side Story is a massive achievement in American cinema, so much so that it won ten Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director. When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way!   Continue reading ‘West Side Story (Blu-ray Review)’

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Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People (DVD Review)

Sometimes it’s nice to forget everything, and watch something totally farfetched and profoundly entertaining. That is exactly what the television show Adventure Time is to me. Granted, these 12 episodes are the only ones I’ve seen, but based off of the good time I had watching them, I can’t imagine myself missing the upcoming episodes on Cartoon Network. So enter the tripped out world of Finn the human (Jeremy Shada, Team America: World Police), Jake the dog (John Dimaggio, Futurama) and Lady Rainicorn as they embark on countless epic adventures together, involving magic, love, and action. Adventure Time has been nominated for two Emmy’s for Outstanding Short-Format Animated Program. Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People features fantastic video/audio quality, especially for a DVD, but falls apart in the special feature department. Chances are, if you are a fan of the show, this DVD is a must-buy.   Continue reading ‘Adventure Time: My Two Favorite People (DVD Review)’

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Set Up (Blu-ray Review)

Just when you thought Bruce Willis (Pulp Fiction, Cop Out) couldn’t sink any lower, he goes ahead and stars in this abyssal straight to dvd movie with Curtis ’50 Cent’ Jackson. What this basically is, is a failed attempt at a heist movie, with borderline terrible performances. In my honest opinion, there was no way this film had any chance to turn out well. Aside from a killer video/audio quality, the special feature department is laughable. A true waste of time. Keep reading to see what a real “paycheck” film looks like with the Set Up… hey, where you goin’?  Continue reading ‘Set Up (Blu-ray Review)’

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Scary Movie 3 (Blu-ray Review)

There are countless reasons why I should think of this movie as low-brow, stupid, and idiotic attempt at a spoof film. However, I found myself laughing out loud throughout the entire movie, from the side-splittingly hilarious opening titles to the “twist” ending. Along with being a major improvement over the painful Scary Movie and Scary Movie 2, Scary Movie 3 manages to produce sincerely comical laughs. You can further experience the laughter of this with Scary Movie 3.5, the all-new extended cut of the original, packing in more laughs and “scares” into an already fun film.   Continue reading ‘Scary Movie 3 (Blu-ray Review)’

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Procol Harum: Live at the Union Chapel (Blu-ray Review)

So, I sat down to watch the latest Eagle Rock concert movie sent to me, which is Procol Harum: Live at the Union Chapel, and was skeptical about this one. I had literally no prior knowledge to who Procol Harum was, or what there style of music was (which is actually a great tactic going into something fresh), yet was pleasantly surprised with this British rock band. Aside from the lack of special features, Procol Harum: Live at the Union Chapel is a great Blu-ray.  Eagle Rock continues to impress with their amount of Blu-ray output – they seem to have a genuine support for high definition, and we like that.  Continue reading ‘Procol Harum: Live at the Union Chapel (Blu-ray Review)’

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Yes: Symphonic Live (Blu-ray Review)

The thing about the hypnotic band Yes is that it is a love-it or hate-it type of band. I wouldn’t classify myself as a hater per say, but I’m not at all a fan of their style of music. I find the whole “hippie” style of music quite irritating and way oversold to an extent that it becomes even unbearable (especially at its insane running time of 194 minutes). However, I did enjoy a couple of their songs and the Blu-ray features great video and audio, but again, with all of these Eagle Rock Blu-rays, it lacks in the special features department.  Continue reading ‘Yes: Symphonic Live (Blu-ray Review)’

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