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Review: Paradise has a dark side in 'Extortion'

Posted May 16, 2017, 3:05 PM

Most people first discovered Eion Bailey in the HBO series Band of Brothers and enjoyed his performance on Ray Donovan, but I first encountered in a small indie film A Better Place. The film was written and directed by Kevin Smith friend Vincent Pereira and I was able to enjoy it during one of Kevin's Vulgarthon film festivals.

The lead actor in the film was a really young Eion Bailey and his talent was evident even then. While he plays a dark character in A Better Place, his later roles have tended to be more mainstream and while that has certainly made him a more likable actor, I always felt that he was best when his character had an edge.

At the beginning of Extortion, Kevin Riley has anything but an edge. In fact, this character seems to be just another in...

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May the 4th: Happy 'Star Wars' Day

Posted May 4, 2017, 4:05 PM

Let's see, did anything go down in the Star Wars world since last we talked in April? Nope, can't really think of anything.

Oh yeah, there was that whole Star Wars celebration thing that happened in Orlando. We tried to hold most of the news from the convention for this story, so we apologize if some of this is old news to you, but given that it is Star Wars day, there's so much stuff out there to discover.

Yes, the biggest news out of Celebration last month was the official release of the first poster and trailer for The Last Jedi. If, somehow, you haven't seen them, then I've taken the liberty to add the poster over to the right and the trailer down below.

If you did see it, are you really going to be upset to see it again? Once...

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Review: Matthew McConaughey is pure 'Gold' in his latest film

Posted May 2, 2017, 4:05 PM

You know, it's still hard to say Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey because whenever I think of him, I can't get his stoned persona from Dazed and Confused out of my head. Obviously, the actor has come a long way since his early days in the business, but I still want to believe that deep in his heart, he will forever be Wooderson.

Since winning his Oscar for Best Actor in Dallas Buyers Club, his career choices have taken a very particular path to ensure that his win won't be known as a one-hit wonder. The results are mixed at best, but one thing is pretty clear, McConaughey is a much better actor than anyone believed capable in the 1990s.

In this week's Gold, McConaughey plays Kenny Wells in a mostly true account of a Calgary mining company Bre-X Minerals and its boss David...

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Review: '3:10 to Yuma' proves that 4K was made for westerns

Posted May 2, 2017, 3:05 PM

I have a confession to make. Until last week, I had not seen 3:10 to Yuma. In fact, I had not seen the original version either. It's not that I have some sort of great aversion to westerns, it's just that sometimes films tend to fall into the cracks of life and before you know it a decade has gone by.

Yes, it has been 10 years since 3:10 to Yuma debuted in theaters, but this week the film gets a new lease on life thanks to 4K UHD Blu-ray. Where does the time go?

3:10 to Yuma is also one of my wife's favorite films, a film that she actually owned on DVD before we met. I realize that you don't know, but this is a huge compliment from my wife as she didn't own that many movies before we...

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Review: 'La La Land' is La La Lavish

Posted April 27, 2017, 3:04 PM

I have now seen La La Land four times and for anyone that has two young children can attest, that is the highest compliment that I can possibly give a film. With increasing time constraints, it's really difficult to re-watch a film once, let alone four times.

And yet, I can't wait to watch La La Land again.

That is the true power of La La Land and the reason that it deserves to be remembered as a truly great film, not just a punchline about award show flubs. I'm fairly confident that in five years from now we will still be talking about the impact of La La Land and the resurgence in musicals.

I have watched my fair share of musicals over the years and yes, I do count White Christmas as one of my favorite Christmas movies of all time...

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Review: 'Underworld: Blood Wars' proves that the franchise should die

Posted April 24, 2017, 10:04 AM

There's an old saying in rock n roll, would you rather burn out or fade away? The general idea is would you rather die at the peak of your game like Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Jim Morrison or to live out a long life where you come to realize that you have become a has-been?

There are merits to both arguments, but when it comes to movies, sometimes you just need to know when to call it quits. Entertainment properties only retain value when they continue to entertain their audience. As time goes by, the quality of the product predictably deteriorates for any number of reasons and the end result shows on the big screen.

I will admit, I loved the first two Underworld films. I mean, what's not to love? Kate Beckinsale in tight-fitting leather outfits. Don't judge...

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Review: 'The Girl with All the Gifts' is a unique take on zombies

Posted April 21, 2017, 4:04 PM

You know what's weird? The fact that the notion of zombies have become so widespread that my young children know what they are and often play "zombies," a game that comes quite close to mimicking what you would see weekly on The Walking Dead.

And no, before you start blaming me, we don't let our children watch The Walking Dead or any other non-age-appropriate programming, but the reality is that we live in a world where the concept of a zombie permeates everything. For the record, they see zombies all the time on their cartoons and now that I think about it, I'm sure I was introduced to the concept on Scooby-Doo back in the day.

No, whether it's Frankenstein or Lazarus, the idea of bringing the dead back to life is one that goes back a very long time. Given that...

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