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AFI Fest 2016: Rules Don’t Apply (Movie Review)

rules dont apply posterIt is pretty fitting to see this year’s AFI Fest kick off with a film that tells the story of maverick filmmaker and business tycoon Howard Hughes. Produced, written and directed by Warren Beatty, nearly twenty years after his last directorial effort, Bulworth, the film serves as a semi-fictional biopic, a screwball comedy and a drama all rolled into one. Coming from an idea Beatty started developing 40 years ago, the film is a clear passion project and despite all the various issues involving tone and narrative construction, I dug it. Beatty and his four editors have assembled a messy film out of what is likely a ton of footage, but it was never uninteresting, features some terrific performances and even buries some interesting themes amidst all the Hughes-focused chaos.

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Free Horror Premiere “The Harvesters” in L.A. Tomorrow 10/18!

harvesters squareReady for a little LA premiere action – FREE for the little guy?  Well, for those in the city of angels tomorrow Tuesday, Oct. 18 get ready for a little frightful film fun with the premiere of the new horror film The Harvesters – and everyone is invited!

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De Palma On Blu-ray – A Father/Son Chicken Finger Trip Tribute

De-Palma-bluray-160x160Today is the day film fans!  The illustrious five-star career dissection doc De Palma all about the master of suspense hits Blu-ray today and even though there’s no formal fanfare via Lionsgate (no review copies here!) I’m still properly paying tribute.  (I give cinematic credit where its due people!)  So to celebrate the release I’m taking fans on a slightly related journey.  As any big Brian fan would know Raising Cain, starring John Lithgow as a wacko with multiple personalities, is one of Brian De Palma’s underrated gems.  So is a little (well, maybe not so little!) emerging fast food watering hole that puts its focus on quality food at a reasonable price – Raising Cane’s Chicken Fingers!  (My Texas Toast!)  So me and my kid Will decided to combine our love of both by braving the super long, days ridden, overnight sleeping, multiple person line waiting (and yes there were weirdos with odd personalities to keep the Lithgow legacy alive!) event at a new location opening in Downey, California all in the name of De Palma and chicken.  The prize for the first twenty people in line?  Free food for a year!  So check out the picture tour below to see if we scored in our Mission: Impossible or if we failed like Mission To Mars – enjoy!

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Lunch With The ‘Don’t Think Twice’ Gang!

Don't Think TwiceWhat makes a good interview even better?  How about the addition of some good grub with a good group for good times!  Such is the situation recently when WhySoBlu was invited to celebrate the release of the second film by Sleepwalk With Me writer/director Mike Birbiglia called Don’t Think Twice (currently playing in New York and opening in LA & Chicago on July 29 from The Film Arcade) at a fantastic food spot known as Vintage Enoteca.

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SDCC 2016: Marvel & Netflix Have A Luke Cage Trailer And More

luke-cage-sdcc-trailerAudiences were given an introduction to Marvel’s Luke Cage already on the Netflix series Jessica Jones. This allowed Mike Colter to already make an impression as the character. However, this September, Luke Cage arrives on Netflix and looks to be kicking plenty of butt. That’s just one of the things Marvel and Netflix showed off at Comic-Con however, as there was also a first look at Iron Fist, as well as a teaser for The Defenders, which will combine all of these Marvel heroes from Netflix series into one team-up series. Check out all the trailers below.

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SDCC 2016 – The Walking Dead

walkingdeadtrailerThe second of two Comic-Con Hall H panels focused on The Walking Dead universe tool place on Friday, following what fans saw at the Fear the Walking Dead panel. Of course, many were far more excited about getting a look at the upcoming season of The Walking Dead, with the continuation of the Negan storyline, the introduction of The Kingdom and King Ezekiel, and of course a foll0w-up to who was killed by Negan’s barbed wire-wrapped baseball bat at the end of last season. The cast and crew were on hand, despite being very secretive about the upcoming season, but the first trailer for season 7 certainly set things up right.

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SDCC 2016 – Fear The Walking Dead

fear twd thumbFriday at Comic-Con presented fans with not one but two Walking Dead panels back-to-back and we get to start things off with Fear the Walking Dead, which will continue the second half of its second season starting this August. As you could expect, Talking Dead’s Chris Hardwick was on hand to moderate the panel, which featured the debut of the official trailer for season 2B as well as discussion from the cast and crew.

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Fox Home Entertainment at San Diego Comic-Con 2016

Deadpool Comic-Con 2016The day is finally upon us!  It’s Comic-Con 2016, baby!  And it starts today with this news!  Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will cater to San Diego Comic-Con 2016 film fans of all ages and genres with a top-tier and wide-range of Comic-Con exclusives including a unique challenge room at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con.  Content and programming will include the following below.  Exciting stuff! Continue reading ‘Fox Home Entertainment at San Diego Comic-Con 2016’

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OUTATIME Blu-ray Day Part 2 – The Interviews

Outatime Bluray squareWelcome back….to the future film fans!  We’re continuing our cool and comprehensive coverage going in Part Two of our OUTATIME Blu-ray Day Coverage celebrating the release of the new documentary OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine out today on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD with some filmmaker and head restoration team member insight via our own Q&A.  From their own fondness of all things Back to the Future and DeLorean Time Machine related to their thoughts on the restoration itself we’re chatting one-on-one with the guys who made it all happen doc Director/Producer Steve Concotelli and Head of Restoration Joe Walser – hit 88 and take it away guys!

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OUTATIME Blu-ray Day Part 1 – Restored DeLorean Photo Tour

Outatime Bluray squareFor all Back to the Future fans big or small, the famed DeLorean DMC-12 is by far one of the most recognized movie vehicles worldwide.  As the machine of choice for Doc Brown’s famed time machine, the DeLorean with its stainless steel body and futuristic gull-wing doors has been a symbol of fantasy and science fiction come to life.  A new documentary chronicling the restoration of the original A-car (one of three used the most in the original film) after years of being on display outside at Universal Studios called OUTATIME: Saving the DeLorean Time Machine is coming to Blu-ray (with tons of extras courtesy of Virgil Films!), DVD and VOD on July 19 and it gives fans a front row seat to the amazing reconstruction of one of the most beloved cars of all time.

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DEADPOOL 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Demo Event

deadpool 4kA week after the release of Deadpool on Blu-ray (review) and 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray, I was invited by 20th Century Fox to attend a demo event at the Fox Innovation Lab that would help explain the process of delivering what is currently the best possible home viewing experience for new releases. The result was an interesting look at another side of the hit superhero film, which allowed for a better appreciation in all that goes into crafting the film in its life both before and after its theatrical release.

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NBFF 2016 Review: Winter Light And Lightning In The Hand

WINTER_LIGHT_film_still_RaymondJBarry_barFor this last post concerning my coverage of the 2016 Newport Beach Film Festival, I wanted to take the time to dig into some of the short films presented. Thanks to a lovely programmer, I was able to attend a couple shorts programs. A few in particular really stood out and while it is great to see short films in general, I want to specifically get into the two shorts that functioned as westerns; each of a different sort.

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NBFF 2016 Review: Call Of The Void

Steve (Mojean Aria) - 4It can be fun to learn a neat fact from a film. Call of the Void is a solid neo-noir whose title is translated from the French psychoanalytical term l’appel du vide, which refers a person having a self-destructive impulse. Armed with a camera and a desire to make a film hearkening back to an older time and genre, writer/director Dustin Kahia has made an interesting, stylish effort.

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NBFF 2016 Review: The Fixer

the fixer 1For closing night at the Newport Beach Film Festival, right after winning a Best Actor prize at the Tribeca Film Festival, The Fixer was screened. The film is a fish out of water mystery tale set in a small town, with a colorful cast of characters. Some interesting thematic angles are at play and while the film may not be quite as impactful as it could have been, there is enough strength from the actors and in other various elements that make it a story with plenty of intrigue.

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NBFF 2016 Review: Fare

fare thumbImagine the worst possible cab ride of your life and then take it to the next level by going weird with it. That’s what Fare is. This nifty 75-minute thriller from writer/director/star Thomas Torrey takes a single-location concept and allows for unexpected turns that build into a radical third act that pushes the nature of relationships to a true zenith of filmmaking imagination.

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NBFF 2016 Review: UNindian

unindian 1Here’s an innocent enough romantic comedy that plays up a culture clash angle and mostly comes out on top. UNindian follows many of the tropes you’d expect, but brings in a Bollywood element that certainly helps to establish an identity for it. Familiar or not, the film is effective enough given the cast chemistry and features a display of Indian culture in Australia that I was unfamiliar with.

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NBFF 2016 Review: Being George Clooney

being clooneyIt is fun to see a connection that ties together actors from all over the world. For the case of Being George Clooney, the connection is international voice dubbing. The process may be understood at surface level, but there are a lot of interesting things that go into being the voice of another actor. This documentary has fun checking in on the actors who have established themselves as the voice of the movie star, among other things, as well as taking a look at this little-talked about profession in Hollywood.

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NBFF 2016 Review: Remember Me

remember meA film like Remember Me makes me wonder why EGOT-winner Rita Moreno is not appearing more frequently in feature films. The veteran actor may be in the role of wise-cracking grandmother, but she plays it quite well and many should know she is capable of more. For now though, here’s an enjoyable film that gets a little too caught up in some raunchier humor at times, despite working well enough as a fun road trip movie with some emotional pull.

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