Credit goes to writer/director David O. Russell for building a film around Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop. It may be a surprise for some going into the film Joy, given how vague the marketing was for the film, but that’s a tricky subject to tackle. This clearly proved to be true, […]
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American Hustle, more recently famous for being nominated for a whopping 10 Oscars, and winning none. Is that indicative of it not being a good movie? Absolutely not and we will squash those rumors down with our DVD review. American Hustle stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper, and Jeremy Renner. It’s the story of the […]
Alright, you knew this moment was coming and I cannot wait to ring the new year in officially now that we are in it with a Blu-ray screening of American Hustle! You know what I be saying? That’s right! In my world, the coveted picture of the year is going to come down to this, […]
We’ve come to it at last…my Top-10 film list for the year 2013. I’ll be upfront about it and say that I did not see most of the major and non-major films of 2013. I am only listing the films that I saw that made an actual impact in my life, for better or for […]
I remember the first time I saw Bradley Cooper on the hit ABC television show Alias opposite Jennifer Garner circa 2001 I proclaimed out loud that this cat is going to be a big star. My ex at the time scoffed at me and said whatever. She never believed in me. Therefore, that’s why she’s […]
A lot of times I see films that seem to ooze a lot of cool and pizazz, regardless of substance, from directors I enjoy. My go-to example of this tends to be Steven Soderbergh and Ocean’s Eleven. What helps is how that film and others like it also have a collection of actors turning in […]
Just Seen It is now on National PBS! Check your local listings or PBS website for day and time and if they don’t carry us, ask them nicely if they can! On this episode, we take a look at the nominees for BEST ACTOR and ACTRESS, BEST DIRECTOR and BEST PICTURE and pick who SHOULD […]
Leah, Kevin and Brenna discuss their picks and predictions for Best Director for the 2013 Academy Awards and pick who SHOULD win and predict who WILL win.
Silver Linings Playbook is a film by writer/director David O. Russell (Three Kings, The Fighter), which is much better than one would believe it to be. From the outside, it looks like a story of good-looking people with problems, who may inevitably end up together. In lesser hands, this material could seem trite, but the […]
Paramount Pictures brings the critically acclaimed film The Fighter starring Mark Wahlberg and Academy Award winning actors Christian Bale and Melissa Leo to Blu-ray. Funny enough, Christian Bale and Melissa Leo won the Oscar for their performances in The Fighter. Very cool! This is an advance review of The Fighter. It will be officially […]
The Fighter will be coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and VOD (Video on Demand) on March 15th. The Fighter stars Mark Wahlberg and Christian Bale and is directed by David O. Russell (Three Kings). Paramount Pictures will be releasing the highly acclaimed The Fighter in separate editions along with a Blu-ray/DVD/Combo pack. The one way to […]
Sometimes it is not easy to come up with titles. I could have easily said, “The Fighter is a knockout,” but that would have been way too cliché. I mention this, because in The Fighter, Mark Wahlberg stars as a boxer who did not have an easy path to getting a chance at a title shot. So you see the titles…oh nevermind. My poor attempt at a humorous connection aside, this is a strong biopic that features some very good performances, particularly by Christian Bale. It is a movie that features boxing, but much of that aspect comes second to the more highlighted family dynamic, with two brothers coming to terms with who they are and what they can hope to achieve. While the film may be a bit unfocused in terms of its overall drive, I found the story to be handled in a very entertaining manner, which tends to happen when I watch boxing movies.
1999 was a great year for movies! On one side of the spectrum you had garbage like Star Wars: Episode I and on the other side of the spectrum you had great films like Three Kings which were moderate budgeted made films that made a moderate return on their investment. Three Kings was also one […]