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Super-Sized Top Ten: Aaron’s Finest Blu-ray Picks For 2016

960Time to kick off some lists! First up we have the Blu-ray list. Like previous years (2013, 2014, 2015), I have decided to tackle every aspect of what I enjoyed about this year in Blu-ray. This list consists of what I consider to be the best 2016 had to offer for the Blu-ray format based on what I’ve seen, with a few rules to go with it. Going by the same standards as before, 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. I may not have a fancy 4K setup like Brian and Brandon, but this works for me, so here we go:

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Jason Coleman’s Top Five Movie Posters Of 2016

top Five Posters squareIt’s that time of year – a look back at the the best of what 2016 has to offer.  This time out posters are the subject of the day, but first a little past history insight.  I’ve been a movie geek for a long time, but been a movie poster collector since I could walk.  Sharing the passion for posters with my equally film obsessed father, we were so cinematically dedicated that we were even featured in The Financial Post Magazine way back in October of 1990 for our crazed and comprehensive collection.  We were photographed in front of two of our favorites (Hitchcock’s The Man Who Knew Too Much and the rare style one-sheet of the original Die Hard) for the mag spread – two generations of movie art love on proud display.

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Gregg’s Top 10 Blu-rays of 2016

top tenIt’s been a while since I amassed a favorite Blu-rays of the the year list. There was one final title I wanted to check out before concocting my ten favorites. I enjoyed Suicide Squad in the theater earlier this year, but just in case I enjoyed it even more after a second viewing, I had to see if it was going to make my list. It did not. While entertaining, it just doesn’t possess greatness, but I digress.  Alright, enough rambling.  It was all for the sake of filling space here in the opening paragraph anyway.  I’ve kept Hollywood holding its breath long enough. Onto the list!

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Gerard’s Top Blu-ray List of 2016!

Top Blu-rays of 2016Another 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!’

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Brian’s TOP 10 Favorable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles of 2016

Top 10Unlike last year, this was a brave, bold, new world for me in terms of Blu-ray collecting.  I upped my game as I stepped into the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray arena.  I took on the combatants (HDMI handshake and audio sync issues being most problematic) like a champion and came out unscathed.  You can read all about my trials and tribulations with my new 4K Ultra HD gear (my first setup) right here.  Being the only reviewer on the staff here for a long time with 4K Ultra HD compatibility has been both a blessing and a curse.  It put me in a situation of being the proprietary reviewer of all 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray titles (see an archive of reviews here).  I have to admit though, it enables me to grow my 4K collection cost-effectively and an accelerated rate.  So there’s always that.  However, it does mean regardless of what title it is, you’re stuck with reviewing it no matter how painful the viewing experience is.  I’m looking at you Ice Age: Collision Course (thank you Brandon), Independence Day: ResurgenceWarcraft and The Huntsman: Winter War.  You have to be able to take the good with the bad and appreciate what you have in life.  So that’s what I do! Continue reading ‘Brian’s TOP 10 Favorable 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Titles of 2016′

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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!’

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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!’

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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′

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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′

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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!’

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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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