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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Blu-ray Review)

While Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was sold as the first “spin off” of the galaxy far far away, its far from the first side stepping project.  Most of it has been through television (Christmas! Ewoks!), books, comic books, video games and other mediums. But, its no stranger to the theatrical front, either. Star […]

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Arrival (4K UHD Blu-ray Review)

Arrival is one of those films that when you first see the theatrical trailer for it just cries out to you.  It screams that you must see me.  Who knows.  Maybe it’s the aliens in the film that called out to me.  I don’t know but whatever it was I was smitten by the very first trailer […]

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‘Rogue One’ Is Disney’s Latest Superweapon (Movie Review)

Right now we are seeing Disney test out a concept. With plans to deliver a new Star Wars film every year, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the result of moving beyond the episodic entries and into new territory. Sure, there have been novels, TV shows, comics and games that have expanded the universe […]

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Arrival Is NOT Your Typical Alien Invasion Film (Movie Review)

Arrival is one of those films that when you first see the theatrical trailer for it just cries out to you.  It screams that you must see me.  Who knows.  Maybe it’s the aliens in the film calling out to me.  I don’t know but whatever it was I was smitten by the first trailer […]

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It’s The ‘Arrival’ Of An Interesting Alien Mystery (Movie Review)

Imagine how the world reacts to multiple spacecraft entering our atmosphere without any warning. Now take away the immediate imagery that has come from years of seeing various blockbusters use this as a way to provide explosive spectacle. Arrival has little interest in adding action-based excitement to its story about how an elite team works […]

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Southpaw (Blu-ray Review)

Southpaw is defined in the sport of boxing as the stance where the boxer has his right hand and right foot forward, leading with right jabs, and following with a left cross right hook.  Southpaw is the normal stance for a left-handed boxer.  Fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, for example, was a southpaw.  Therefore, I think you can pretty much conjure up that Jake Gyllenhaal’s […]

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Dope (Blu-ray Review)

Dope was a film I wish brokeout so much more this past summer. It may seem like a familiar coming-of-age story about kids from the hood, but it really applies to all generations. Writer/director Rick Famuyiwa‘s film studies the life of 90s-obsessed Malcolm (Shameik Moore). He’s just a high school geek, but that’s a simple start, and the film goes […]

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Southpaw Punches & Swings on Blu-ray This October

Hey Rocky fans!  Whoops!  I messed up.  Let me make this official.  Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company are pleased to announce the home entertainment release of Southpaw, a story about the ruin, but moreover redemption of a light heavyweight boxing champion who loses everything he loves in the face of tragedy. Academy Award Nominee Jake Gyllenhaal leads the […]

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This Blu-ray’s Going To Be ‘Dope’!

From Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams and Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker comes a fresh and fun coming-of-age comedy Dope, debuting on Digital HD on September 29, 2015 and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 13, 2015, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. It was nominated for the coveted Grand Jury Prize at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival.  Dope is a […]

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This Ain’t Your Daddy’s ‘Southpaw’ (Movie Review)

Southpaw is defined in the sport of boxing as the stance where the boxer has his right hand and right foot forward, leading with right jabs, and following with a left cross right hook.  Southpaw is the normal stance for a left-handed boxer.  Fictional boxer Rocky Balboa, for example, was a southpaw.  Therefore, I think you can pretty much conjure up that Jake Gyllenhaal’s […]

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TAK3N – Taken 3 (Blu-ray Review)

Here we are again for a third go around, but this time out the hunter becomes the hunted when Liam Neeson returns as former CIA operative Bryan Mills, who this time finds himself framed for the brutal murder of his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) in TAK3N or a.k.a. Taken 3. Consumed with rage, and pursued by a […]

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Look Who’s ‘Taken’ Now (Movie Review)

My favorite scene in A Walk Among the Tombstones, the previous Liam Neeson thriller that found the 62-year-old actor facing up against a number of deadly foes, involved Neeson’s character talking a knife-wielding man out of fighting, because they both knew how it would end.  It showed how much of an intimidating force Neeson can […]

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Brandon’s Blu-ray Wishlist – September 5, 2014

And after a short hiatus, the Wishlist is back!  Today is a special one, too as its sort of a cross-over with my Naptown Nerd blog.  The film I’m talking about today is also the same one I’ve already written about over there today as well.  Currently, I’m doing a retrospective on the filmography of […]

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Ernest & Celestine (Blu-ray Review)

For the past several years, the Oscars hand out nominations to a handful of animated films and while Pixar and DreamWorks tend to be shoe-ins for nominations, there are also a few films that tend to sneak in, despite not being big blockbusters.  Ernest & Celestine is just one of those films.  This French feature, […]

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‘Out of the Furnace’ Blu-ray Giveaway!!!

Now here’s a flick thai I am personally salivating to see having missed it in the theaters.  It’s a tale from Scott Cooper, the critically acclaimed writer and director of Crazy Heart, complete with a gripping and powerful drama about family, fate, circumstance and justice.  Who doesn’t love a tale like that?  It goes a little […]

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Out of the Furnace Ignites on Blu-ray March 11th

Here’s a title I’m excited to check out since there was no press screening in my area.  All I know is from the trailers, things look intense here!  I did a little reading on the background of this production and whatnot so I’m eager to see the final product on the big screen, in my […]

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Lee Daniels’ The Butler (Blu-ray Review)

The Butler tells the story of a White House butler who served eight American presidents over three decades. The film traces the dramatic changes that swept American society during this time, from the civil rights movement to Vietnam and beyond, and how those changes affected this man’s life and family. Forest Whitaker stars as the butler […]

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Strong Performances Heat Up ‘Out Of The Furnace’ (Movie Review)

Seeing so many good actors in a film like Out of the Furnace, which does not suggest a huge budget was in place or that there was a long, labored production (I hear the shooting schedule was about a month), gives me the idea that a lot of people responded to the script and those […]

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