Our newspapers are filled with stories about them. The airwaves announce their actions on a daily basis. But who exactly is what we call a “terrorist?” While they share the same methods, do all terrorists have the same goal? Remember us talking about this film/subject on April 11th over here? Go ahead. I’ll give you a moment to check. Dum…dee…dum…dee… You back? Oh good! Yeah…that’s what I’m talking about…some Ben Kingsley “Mandarin” sized action. And you wanna know a secret? Sure you do! Thanks to Anchor Bay, I have 3 copies of the below film, A Common Man, to give away on Blu-ray. Check out the trailer and read on for more details on how to win! Continue reading ‘‘A Common Man’ Blu-ray Giveaway Bonanza!’
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Following The Mist, I was also able to attend another very entertaining scheduled event at the Hero Complex Film Festival, a back-to-back screening of the The Devil’s Backbone and Pan’s Labyrinth. Both are films written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, who provided an hour-long Q&A in between features. For anyone who is familiar with Guillermo del Toro, they would know that he is one of the most entertaining directors to listen to, as he is always full of passion for his projects and isn’t one to censor himself (not to mention his wonderful Mexican accent). This entire conversation has been recorded and provided in a link. Read on to learn more about what he had to say about his past films, his career as a filmmaker, his personal life, and his upcoming feature films, most notably Pacific Rim (Post Updated with latest Pacific Rim trailer).
I was happy to be able to attend the Hero Complex Film Festival in Hollywood this year and check out a few of the events that were on the lineup. For me, the first scheduled event that I took part in was a screening of The Mist (an original 35mm print) followed by a Q&A. Initially I was led to believe that only writer/director Frank Darabont would be in attendance, but I was happy to see that star Tom Jane was also on hand to discuss this 2007 horror film. As a big fan of The Mist, I was very excited to check out the film with an audience, my first time on the big screen since Thanksgiving 2007 (an amazing release date for this of all films). Read on to learn more about what went down at this Q&A, as well as find the entire recording of this conversation.
Hey, it’s a special Mother’s Day video from Pixar and their monsters, because why not? Every mom deserves something special for Mother’s Day and Pixar has provided a little something: A new Mother’s Day video featuring Ms. Squibbles and the rest of the Monsters University characters is now available! It is not very long, but enough to tide people over for this upcoming Pixar release, which is sure to delight many. I mean, c’mon, Monsters going to college, what’s not to love about that? Continue on to check out this little video, brought to you by Monsters University, which opens on June 21, 2013.
Ever see something so confusing that looks so mind-bending that you just had to see it with your own eyes despite what your better judgment and gut told you? Well, that’s exactly how I felt about Cloud Atlas and its many bizarre, but very bold and ambitious trailers out there. Much like the story within Life of Pi and the pursuit of whether there’s a God or not, going into Cloud Atlas I had hoped all my questions and curiosity on the subject matter of what’s beyond this life would be answered. After all, that’s what the movie was about, or is it? Wait! Hold on. Are you telling me you don’t know what Cloud Atlas is about or what to expect? How could you? Well anyway, welcome to the club. That’s what we’re here to talk about today and if I go off on a tangent please forgive me as I just got done watching a time/globe spanning near 3-hour amazing, high concept journey so I’m a little taken aback right now to say the least. Come on. We have a long and winding path to embark upon here in this review. We best be moving along with little to no haste. Continue reading ‘Cloud Atlas (Blu-ray Review)’
A Baz Luhrmann-directed adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s acclaimed novel “The Great Gatsby” is either the summer blockbuster for everyone else or the obscure one that joins the fold of all the others. Everyone that has gotten their fill of superheroes, disaster films, alien invasions, and other high concept ideas, now has the option of seeing the big budget drama that is filled with lavish production values and emotions that sit right on the surface of the characters. Instead of actions sequences, there are extravagant party scenes, with an aggressively modern soundtrack. Instead of tough one-liners, there are flippant asides. Instead of the destruction of city blocks, there are explosions of champagne bottles amidst the CG rendered New York of the 1920s. All of this can be exciting to the right viewer. Luhrmann has attempted to make the ultimate film version of ‘Gatsby’, but for all the style and excess, it still has the core romantic drama that takes hold in the second half and ends the more frenzied excitement that propels the first half. It is fortunate, however, that this is perhaps the most entertaining adaptation of the story overall, given the less successful attempts from the past.
Frances Ha is the latest feature from Noah Baumbach, who is a filmmaker that I sometimes really enjoy and other times find to be hard to not be frustrated by. His films always tend to have very strong and natural performances, but as strong as the writing may be, the tone always tends to be more on the sorrowful side, with a lot of meanness seeped in for good measure. Frances Ha is a nice change in pace. Along with his co-writer and star Greta Gerwig, Baumbach has made a film that has a lot of old-fashioned screwball energy, with a healthy dose of sensibilities akin to the films of a 70s Woody Allen (shooting in black & white is the most obvious nod in that regard). As a result, while the characters can still be frustrating to watch, the film has a bouncy energy that seems to effectively reflect the lives of bewildered twentysomethings living in New York.
Before entering Tuesday evening’s press screening of The Great Gatsby, I strongly held the opinion that this was either going to be one of those films you’d love or you’d hate with uncompromising passion, no middle ground in the equation. I know I found myself seriously conflicted in how I felt about it these past several months. The first trailer did nothing to persuade me that this was a film I must-see. Other than my infinite love for Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge masterpiece, I had not one ounce of desire to partake in a viewing. And then came the second theatrical trailer and it totally erased all the negativity I had surrounding the picture. Despite not being the biggest fan of Carey Mulligan, I found myself longing to see this spectacular unfold on screen. And then boom! A third trailer was released and I felt a little uneasy again until I saw a preview for the film on the Cloud Atlas Blu-ray I was reviewing…talk about indecisiveness. Haha. All I knew was that Tuesday night was going to be an interesting night to say the least. Which way did I teeter? Well, you’ll have to read on to find out, won’t you?
The Sanzu River is rising! Master Xandred’s monsters grow stronger! And the new mysterious Nighlok Serrator emerges! How will the Samurai Rangers fight these stronger opponents? By unlocking the power of the Black Box and becoming Super Samurai! Experience all 20 episodes of this super season as the Power Rangers continue their quest to master the ancient Symbols of Samuria Power, harness the ancient might of the BullZord, morph into Shogun Mode and pprotect humanity from Master Xandred and the Netherworld’s most vile villains! Continue reading ‘Power Rangers Super Samurai: The Complete Season (Blu-ray Review)’
The Walt Disney Studios proudly celebrates the heartwarming animated classic that started it all – “The Many Adventures of Winnie The Pooh.” Experience the very first time Tigger “pounces” Pooh; laugh out loud when Pooh’s rumbly tumbly gets him stuck in a hilariously sticky situation… All your favorite Hundred Acre Wood characters come alive in this timeless motion picture overflowing with rich animation, masterful storytelling and unforgettable songs. Once again reuniting audiences with Pooh, Tigger, Rabbit, Piglet, Owl, Kanga, Roo and last, but certainly not least, Eeyore (who has lost his tail), “The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” Blu-ray Combo Pack release has been sweetened to include a robust list of extras including a groundbreaking Disney Intermission activity, the beloved theatrical short “A Day for Eeyore,” five all-new “Mini Adventures of Winnie the Pooh” short films, and….an exclusive free in-pack kite.
Ender’s Game has continued to seem like one of those things that would just never happen. I am a huge fan of the award-winning novel by Orson Scott Card, but given the challenge that the story represents in creating a film that could really work, I can see why the film has remained in development hell for so long. Well, now the wait is finally over, as the film is set to come out this November and now we have the first trailer for the film. As always, anything could happen, but given the look of the film and the cast involved, I am quite pleased with being excited for this upcoming feature. Continue on to check out the first official trailer for the film.
As much as I had my reservations about seeing this film in the theaters, I actually enjoyed it for what it was. It never took itself too seriously and it had a little something special at the end that put a grin on my face. Say what you want about The Call…it just ain’t that bad as all you naysayers who haven’t seen it make it out to be. So with that being said, why don’t you join Oscar Winner Halle Berry, Abigail Breslin and Morris Chestnut this June 25th when The Call makes its Blu-ray and DVD debut. Make sure you pre-order now and check out the full press release below from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Continue reading ‘Take ‘The Call’ on Blu-ray This June’
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Academy Award-nominated (1993 for Best Picture) The Fugitive on September 3 with a new anniversary Blu-ray edition. The heart-pounding thriller stars Harrison Ford as wrongly-convicted Dr. Richard Kimble and Tommy Lee Jones in his Oscar and Golden Globe winning performance as Kimble’s relentless pursuer. Kimble, who has been unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer, and the reasons for the slaying, before he’s captured thanks to a nationwide manhunt led by tenacious United States Deputy Marshal Sam Gerard. This is one of Harrison Ford’s best films and it also represents the best representation of director Andrew Davis’ career. Tommy Lee Jones’ memorable award winning role as Gerard was also justifiably acclaimed too. If you haven’t seen this thriller, you should correct that right now with this new edition that offers a lot more extras than the previous release! Continue reading ‘The Fugitive: 20th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Arrives on September 3!’
Well, whether you wanted it or not, you got another Texas Chainsaw “Massacre” film. Many say this was to erase the puddle of mud that was Michael Bay’s bastardized attempt back in 2003, but quite honestly…I liked that one, Milo and all. So what’s this latest incarnation about? Good question! And I’m really glad you asked because that’s what we are gathered here to talk about today. Supposedly, this time around this one, Texas Chainsaw without the ‘Massacre” in the title, is a direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 classic. And yeah…if you buy that one I also sell you on the fact that Superman Returns was a direct sequel to the legendary Superman II too. But whatever, toe-may-doe toe-ma-doe, let’s get going here because I don’t have all day, at least not for this fill in the (blankety blank adjective of your choice) title. Continue reading ‘Texas Chainsaw (Blu-ray Review)’
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Two teens stumble upon a small island in the Mississippi inhabited by Mud. Claiming to be a fugitive from the law, he plans to reunite with his lost love. Though skeptical of his plans, they help him making a daring escape.
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Following the fever dream of comic geekery meets worldwide appeal that was 2012’s The Avengers, Marvel Studios is now back to producing a standalone feature for the star that kicked it all off – Iron Man. Taking a step away from his super friends, Iron Man 3 is refreshing in how it does not need to try and work in a grander plot in order to set up films down the line, in the way that made Iron Man 2 suffer. Instead, this is a story that tests all of Tony Stark’s abilities, beyond just having a protective suit of armor. It certainly works as a grand summer spectacle and the re-teaming of Robert Downey Jr. and writer/director Shane Black (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang) certainly makes for a highly entertaining experience. The real question is whether or not this third entry is really able to balance all that it tries to throw at the audience. For now, I would say that it at least does it better than many other third entries in superhero film franchises, but this time around does feel a lot like having a new and improved model of the Iron Man suit on the same sort of material.
I have already reviewed the Closing Night film of the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival (the very entertaining The Way Way Back), but this is my final article in regards to the films I saw on Thursday night, closing out my time covering the festival. It has been an exciting and exhausting experience, but I have been very pleased with the amount of coverage I have been able to provide this year and look forward to continuing to cover the festival next year. The final round of films I will be reviewing here are very different from each other, but have their merits. The Iceman is a crime drama based on true events that recounts the story of one of America’s most notorious contract killers. Ghost Team One is a pseudo-documentary made in the vein of Paranormal Activity, but handled with a very comedic touch. I was looking forward to both of these features and can now delve into what I thought about them.
The closing night film for the 2013 Newport Beach Film Festival is a real audience pleaser. The Way Way Back is a fairly standard coming-of-age story about an introverted boy opening up to others thanks to good-natured people he befriends, away from his family. The film is not breaking any new ground nor is it taking a familiar story to the next level in the way a film like Adventureland did, but it is incredibly likable, thanks to some key performances and a winning level of energy. Not every film needs to be something new and in the case of The Way Way Back, it succeeds by going back to the basics and letting us enjoy a traditional tale.
A wacky pack of mismatched animals takes on the human race as they travel to the big city to protest the destruction of their jungle. How can a leopard cub and his mother, a peace-loving bear, a mischievous monkey, and a wisecracking parrot present their ideas to a bunch of humans? You’ll find out in this hilarious and heart-warming adventure that will have you cheering at the end. Delhi Safari was released in both a Hindi version and an English version. Bollywood stars voice the Hindi version while the English version, reviewed here, is voiced by notable small and big screen actors. In addition, the English Blu-ray version of Delhi Safari is a Walmart exclusive.