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Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2017!

Wishlist ThumbBarring some sort of super late rush surprise announcement, 2016 for the year of Blu-ray is pretty much in the books.  And as always, looking back, it was another terrific year.  Many more Wishlist films from years’ past were granted on Blu-ray and some that were being prepped for this list got announced before it was time to write it and publish it (Punch Drunk Love and Duck Soup, for example-yes, I have this article in mind year round).  There were also many other great surprises.  2016 also brought us a new format, 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray, which I’ve been fortunate to have been able to dabble with in year 1.  Its far too early and easy to do a wishlist for that format, we’ve still got plenty to do for good ‘ol Blu-ray.  This year’s list will be only 10 films because I had to scale back at some point, the years are counting up too high!  While the picks aren’t all this way, I found myself getting slightly more filmmaker focused this year.  Some great directors are missing films from their filmography on the format and would be a great addition to work to complete their catalog and just good movies in general to have on the format. Continue reading ‘Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist For 2017!’


Aaron’s Top Ten Films of Summer 2016 & More

Captain America Civil War 1The summer of 2016 was a weird one.  While there was plenty of anticipation for potential big hits, more than a few of the supposed blockbusters ended up underwhelming. Some of the expected hits delivered as well, but there was plenty of disappointment among the big hits. As usual though, many of the smaller films and arthouse fair ended up being the most satisfying. Now it is time to take a look back at what the summer had to offer and which films stood the highest (and the lowest). Of course, feel free to add your own thoughts in the comments as well!


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Top 10 Lone Wolf Movie Characters

Lone Wolf SquareWhat makes for a memorable movie lone wolf – what are the defining cinematic characteristics?  Are they quiet, bitter, emotionless, focused or perhaps just plain mean?  The one thing they do all have in common is a lone wolf likes to work alone, embodies a sense of isolation and stays firmly in control by doing things their own way.  So while some favorites may not have made the list for one reason or another including the article namesake (Lone Wolf McQuade is cool but not top ten!), iconic turns (Charles Bronson’s Paul Kersey did have hope with each new film!) and characters fed up with the status quo (Falling Down’s mayhem minded D-Fens was trying to get home to his estranged family!), the below represents the essence the hard men – or women – who just love the idea of all things alone.  Anti-heroes, fed-up folks, burnt out warriors, revenge seeking psychos and strong women who outmuscle their male counterparts – love them or hate them, agree or disagree these are my….Top 10 Lone Wolf Movie Characters! (In no particular order!)

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Staff Picks For 2016’s Best Films Of The Year So Far

hail caesar 6Happy Fourth of July! We’re halfway through the year, so it’s time for the Why So Blu crew to put forward their thoughts on the best films of the year so far. With lots of offerings ranging from big superhero films to smaller indies, the guys have all certainly managed to assemble an eclectic list of films they felt stood out above the rest. Be sure to have fun taking in which films landed on top for each Top 5 list. Also, feel free to add in your own thoughts on which films have been the best for you in the comments section. Now, without further ado, let’s start off with our fearless leader.

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Aaron’s Most Anticipated Films Of 2016 (Based On What’s Scheduled)

panther-001This is always a tough list to put together. I see over a hundred movies a year and a lot of those films are ones I’ve been anticipating to some degree, while many others are smaller films that randomly arrive on the calendar months after the start of the year. I am aware there are a lot of directors I admire who have films being completed in time for Cannes and other film festivals and are expected to be in theaters sometime this year as well, but I’ve decided to only go with what has been scheduled so far and go month by month. I am curious to hear what others have to say as well, so feel free to add thoughts in the comments.


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Gerard’s Top Films of 2015!

70mm2015 was a great year for movies and it seems that most of them, or at least most of the good ones, are saved for December. I was busy catching up on films right up until New Year’s Eve. I may be a week late but better late than never when it comes to film. This list is technically my “Top 11 or 12” but I could have made it bigger but then that wouldn’t be efficient. There are quite a few surprises in store, as well. In any event – I give you my favorite films of 2015!  Continue reading ‘Gerard’s Top Films of 2015!’


Gregg’s Top 10 (and worst 3) of 2015

Gregg's Top 10 of 2015 - Why So BluThis year I probably got to see the least amount of films I wanted to at the theater. Such is the case with a full schedule of work, school and an Irish dance show.  So what did the year bring us?  We got revisits from popular franchises like Mission Impossible and Avengers, though for only the second in the series, Avengers: Age of Ultron felt tired and rather boring. Meanwhile, Tom Cruise keeps chugging away putting out better spy films than the famed Bond series. As for the bottom feeders, although I did miss out on the often criticized Fantastic Four reboot, I do have plenty to talk about as far as the duds that hit cinemas this past year. Without further fluff and rambling dialogue, I give you my best and worst of 2015.

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Brandon’s Top 10 Films Of 2015

Brandon Top 10 Films ThumbWelcome to my version of the Top 10 Films Of 2015!  No matter the year, whether it be considered a “good” or “bad” one, I still find it hard to whittle the thing down to 10.  Last year I skewed it a bit, going for cute with 14 films in 2014.  This year, tough as some of the cuts were, I was able to get it down to 10.  The year had some very emotional highs for me, and every one of the films on the list grasped at me in some certain way.  They left me with some good thought or appreciation while others exhilarated and had me very amped up after seeing them.  With 2015, the typical Oscar bait didn’t really impress me too much and I’ve also decided I’m going with my gut and the films I’m going to revisit most after this year.  Those really are the ones that are “best” to me.  I look back at my previous Top 10s lists and there are ones I haven’t even touched since making the list.  I’ve given up doing a Worst films list for my own reasons, but if you’re wondering The Human Centipede 3 was the worst film I saw this year and the worst film I saw at the theater was Terminator: Genisys (And yes, I did see Fantastic Four. But is it worth arguing which of those is more awful?).  Now, onto my picks! Continue reading ‘Brandon’s Top 10 Films Of 2015′


Aaron’s Top Ten Films Of 2015

doof warrior2015 has come to an end and now I get to post my favorite films of the year. This is never an easy list to put together and having seen 150+ films theatrically this past year, it was a challenge, but it is always fun to do and I’ve come up with a ranked list of 30 films. I am very satisfied with this final list I have put together, mainly because it is a reflection of my own opinions that I am happy to share.  So here we go with my picks for the Top Ten films of 2015 and the runner-ups. (As per usual, I placed lots of Easter Eggs hidden in all the pictures).


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Shohan’s Top 10 Movie List for 2015

Shohan's Top 10 Movie List for 2015So concludes this year of movie adventures!  There have definitely been some surprising highs along with a few soul crushing lows, (cough) Fantastic 4 (cough).  But through it all, we have persevered to reach the truly great films of the past year that keep giving us a reason to leave our cozy homes in favor of the Multi-plex.

This year Marvel didn’t exactly knock it out of the park like they did last year with the likes of “Captain America: Winter Soldier” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”. This year we got “Age of Ultron” and “Ant Man”.  Both were decent enough.  But compared to what we’ve seen in the past, they didn’t quite meet the high standard that Marvel established for themselves.  “Ultron” had so many elements and characters that it was actually hard to follow what was happening on screen!  Ant Man had some ground breaking shrinking effects that we haven’t seen since “Honey I Shrunk the Kids”.  But it somewhat failed to endear you to the characters struggles.  Both Ant Man and Ultron seemed more like place holders to tide us over until the next phase of Marvel awesomeness. And with “Captain America: Civil War” and “Doctor Strange” coming next year, I’m sure they’ll live up to the hype.

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Brian White’s Top 10 Favorite Films of 2015

Brian White Top 10 Films of 2015It’s that time of the year again.  I generally hate this time of the year not because of the holidays, but because it means nothing but cold and deadness outside and in a reviewer’s world, the dreaded TOP 10 Favorite Films lists as well.  Last year there was an influx of good movies released theatrically (IMO) making my 2014 Top 10 list a very easy one to fill up. However, this year I saw a lot less movies (stupid life) and in doing so there were many that I didn’t care for.  To complicate matters even more for my below selections, I saw only mostly big, mainstream movies this year.   The good thing about all of this is you can definitely feel free to disagree with my choices below.  That’s what these Top 10 Favorite Films lists are all about, to create controversy.  As a reviewer you want to stir that proverbial pot of controversy every so often and create that insatiable dish of good tasting debate that follows in the comments section below, at least I do. Continue reading ‘Brian White’s Top 10 Favorite Films of 2015′


Brandon’s Best Blu-rays Of 2015 Across The Globe!

Brandon Top 25 ThumbThe Why So Blu top Blu-rays of 2015 wheel has spun and landed on me.  Once again, I’m honored to close this out and go last.  2015 was a game-changer year for me with Blu-ray personally.  For years, my colleague Gerard has been nagging at me to get a region-free player.  I would complain about awesome UK releases and such that would be locked and I couldn’t get them.  He would have such sage words of advice like “If you’re complaining and not going region-free, then you’re part of the problem.”  Or “You know a solution to this, its nobody’s fault but your own.”  So, for my birthday (and to start the year, its in January) my amazing wife got me a region-free mod’ed player.  Life has not been the same since.  It unlocked a whole new crazy world of awesome editions and more independent distributors.  My wallet has also shrunk in size too, haha.  If you’re a film fan or collector, I highly recommend doing this.  With this new aspect and more releases coming my way, I’m expanding my list of 20 to 25 this year.  Most of all, thanks to Gerard for getting me to go region-free.   Continue reading ‘Brandon’s Best Blu-rays Of 2015 Across The Globe!’


Gerard’s Top Blu-rays of 2015!

Top Blu-rays of 2015Wow, so it’s already that time of year again when some of the Why So Blu? writing crew get together and compile their Top Blu-ray lists of the year. Generally, it’s a “Top-10” list but as you can see I have omitted the “10” part, because there were tons of new releases, that while not necessarily being good films, their Blu-ray counterpart was exceptional. That, and I may go over ten, so being non-specific helps. If you want to know what my Top films of 2015 are in general then you’ll have to wait a couple of weeks for that list to drop. This is strictly a top Blu-ray list – whether the film sucked or not – how was the Blu-ray? Keep reading and find out!

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Super-Sized Top Ten: Aaron’s Killer Blu-ray Picks For 2015

Whiplash-ScreamI have gone and done it again with this Blu-ray list. Much like last year, I have decided to tackle every aspect of what I enjoyed about this year in Blu-ray. This best-of list consists of what I consider to be the best 2015 had to offer for the Blu-ray format, with a few rules to go with it. Much like the previous years, I have to have actually watched the movie on Blu-Ray, recognize the quality of the video and audio transfers, delved into the special features, and attempt to keep off any film that may also be on my “Top 10 Films of the Year” list in the final top ten for Blu-rays.  I followed these rules for the sake of keeping my list interesting, along with creating some extra sections to provide even more highlights of the year, so here we go:

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Brian White’s Top 10 Most Treasured Blu-rays Released In 2015

Blu-ray Treasure ChestLike last year, I really didn’t acquire as many Blu-ray titles in 2015 as I typically do in a 12-month calendar.  Also like last year, there are Blu-ray titles that I reviewed personally and held onto, but the others made their way into my collection when they were either priced exceptionally well (most recently this Ultimate James Bond Collection here) or “Day 1” titles that I just couldn’t live without (Marvel titles Avengers: Age of Ultron and Ant-Man for instance come to mind).  So once again, for this year’s TOP 10 list, I’m gonna make things super simple with the following three criteria.  The below mentioned Blu-ray titles, whether they be films or television series, were all released on Blu-ray in the calendar year of 2015 and are all in my personal collection, but for one reason or another whether it be replay value, presentation, packaging or whatnot, they are my favorite Blu-rays of 2015.  Ready to get started?  I am! Continue reading ‘Brian White’s Top 10 Most Treasured Blu-rays Released In 2015′


15 Reasons Why ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Will Bewitch You

Avengers- Age of UltronDo my words here really even matter?  In all honesty, it makes no difference if I write this Avengers: Age of Ultron review lazily or as proper and refined as I possibly can.  You want to know why?  It’s because regardless of what I conjure up here, you’re still all going to put your money down at the ticket window this weekend and see it.  Like comparing the size of the Hulk to a mere mortal man, Avengers: Age of Ultron will be a colossal cash cow and not you, me or anyone else can argue that point.  That check has already been taken to the bank, cashed and deposited as it’s on track for the biggest opening ever and it very well just might claim that honor.  That’s why I’m keeping this review very simple.  However, all that said and done is great, like Cyndi Lauper or Sheryl Crow in life, all I wanna do is have some fun with the Avengers again.  Did I have some?  Read on and find out… Continue reading ’15 Reasons Why ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Will Bewitch You’


Kori’s Top 10 Films of 2014

Top 10Well another year has come and gone, leaving in its dust quite a year in Hollywood. We had the tragic and shocking deaths of Philip Seymour Hoffman and the beloved Robin Williams. Sony released, pulled and re-released the controversial film, The Interview, due to cyber threats and their systems getting hacked by North Korea. This move by Sony threw us all into a fury, making us as Americans wonder why we are negotiating with such a terrible person (Kim Jong Un). I am sure glad that Sony came to their senses because The Interview was HILARIOUS!! Continue reading ‘Kori’s Top 10 Films of 2014′


Gregg’s Truly Top 10 Films of 2014

I had one final film to see before I felt I could compile an accurate list for the recently departed 2014.  Boyhood was a popular title amongst my fellow writers here, though that wasn’t showing in my area, thus escaping my viewing grasp.  Gone Girl came highly recommended though the trailer never attracted my interest enough to shell out money for the movie.  The film in question, however, was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.  After thoroughly enjoying last year’s Desolation of Smaug, I must admit that Five Armies ended up being a bit of a disappointment.  It was not a bad film, but it certainly did not soar either.  So, to my list it did not make.  With Tolkien’s tales at a cinematic close and Gone Girl gone from the cinema, I present you with my top ten films of the year as well as a couple notables.

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