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Monday Mixer: First looks at a couple awards contenders

Posted September 12, 2016, 11:09 AM

I woke up this morning and did a double take when I checked the weather on my phone. It said that the temperature outside was 56 degrees. I couldn't believe it. I didn't believe.

This could explain why I followed my dog outside a few moments later and the excited horrific dance moves that my poor early-rising neighbors were forced to watch.

Fall is here.

Well, more specifically since I live in Nashville, Fall is here for one day. The oppressive heat and humidity will return tomorrow, but for one glorious morning, I woke up and got a sneak peek at my favorite time of the year. It really shouldn't be that surprising as this weekend also marked the return of the NFL which means that big blockbuster Summer films are officially done for the year, or are they?

It seems that the previously...

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Exclusive: Kevin Smith's 'Yoga Hosers' invades DVD & Blu-ray on November 22

Posted September 7, 2016, 10:09 AM

If you're a fan of Kevin Smith and are looking for something extra to give thanks for this Thanksgiving, then you're in luck. His latest film Yoga Hosers is set for a November 22 release on DVD and Blu-ray Combo Pack from Invincible Pictures.

Yoga Hosers debuted in theaters last week with a special Fathom event that included an introduction from the filmmaker and is currently enjoying a limited theatrical run in the United States. Billed as a female take on Strange Brew, Yoga Hosers follows the exploits of yoga enthusiasts Colleen Collette and Colleen McKenzie who must battle the Nazi bratwurst demons that stand in the way of them going to a party.

The Colleens are strong female characters from the guy who popularized the term "poopy trim," but Yoga Hosers is unlike previous Kevin Smith films in that it is...

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Review: 'The Jungle Book' knocks it out of the jungle

Posted August 30, 2016, 4:08 PM

I haven't heard much lately about Andy Serkis' Jungle Book adaptation, but after Disney's live-action/CGI remake of The Jungle Book, the competition might be over before it even begins. That is how impressive Jon Favreau's take on the classic Rudyard Kipling tale is.

I sat down this weekend with both of my kids and we watched The Jungle Book in one sitting. Now, this wouldn't normally be newsworthy for adults, but my daughter is four and my son just turned three, so for both of them to sit through almost two hours of non-animated entertainment, well, we might as well call Guinness. As in the book of world records, not the beer, but if you happen to get them on the line, send me some, will ya?

My kids have yet to watch the classic 1967 animated Disney film adaptation of the...

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Review: 'The Night Manager' is must see entertainment

Posted August 30, 2016, 3:08 PM

You know the old NBC slogan, "Must See TV"? Well, some might see it as a bit antiquated by today's standards, but I would argue that it has never rung truer. Sure, we find ourselves in the midst of a digital revolution where the very concept of entertainment is changing. The lines of entertainment are blurring and it's becoming increasingly more difficult to differentiate between TV and movies.

Case in point: this week's new entertainment option The Night Manager. While technically, it is a TV miniseries, the scope and feel of this nearly six-hour journey place it more squarely in the film category. The reality is that as we navigate this new paradigm shift, the cost of producing high-end entertainment is becoming so reasonable that TV product can often look and feel like a Hollywood blockbuster.

You only have to look as...

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Monday Mixer: 'Don't Breathe' opened up a bunch of eyes

Posted August 29, 2016, 10:08 AM

So, as you probably noticed, we were dark last week here at the Monday Mixer. That was a necessary side effect of spending the weekend in Chicago. I apologize for the lack of a Mixer last week, but I won't apologize for the awesome weekend I had in the Windy City.

I live in Nashville and while it is a city on the rise and sort of a nouveau destination spot, it's not even on the same playing field as Chicago. Of course, it didn't hurt that the greatest band of all time, Pearl Jam, was playing Wrigley Field.

The concert was phenomenal and Chicago was hospitable as always which wasn't the case at the box office last week. None of the new releases were able to crack the top two spots and Ben-Hur, in particular, failed so spectacularly that I don't...

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Review: Castle's final bow will leave you in tears

Posted August 23, 2016, 4:08 PM

As an avid fan of a TV show, the last thing you ever want to read is "Final Season." For fans of Castle those words became reality when Castle: The Complete Eighth and Final Season debuted on DVD this week.

My wife and I loved this series and we were quickly turning our young children into diehard fanatics with us, so this one hits a little close to home for my liking. For the uninitiated, the show follows roguishly handsome and charming writer Castle who shadows his local NYPD murder department to get inspiration for a new novel.

He finds his inspiration in Beckett, who is quickly transformed into the ultra sexy Nikki Heat, a thinly veiled literary invention that is never able to quite live up the mystique of her inspiration. The series takes this simple concept and the fact that...

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Review: 'The Duel' provides a fresh take on a western cliché

Posted August 23, 2016, 4:08 PM

When I say western and Duel, there's probably a very distinct image in your head. Two guys facing each other in the middle of the street of an old western town ready to draw their guns and end the other fella's life.

This was precisely the image I had when I put in the new western film The Duel. With prominent pictures of stars Liam Hemsworth (no not that one) and Woody Harrelson on the cover, I was sure that they would be assuming the position during the film's climax.

Thankfully, I was wrong.

For some reason, the number of really good western films has gone down tremendously since Clint Eastwood's Unforgiven came out in 1992. Sure, there have been half-hearted attempts (mostly by Quentin Tarantino) to revive the genre, but it's pretty much dead as we steam forward into the dystopian future...

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Undiscovered Picks

Upcoming movies worth watching that you may not have heard of.

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  • Kickboxer: Vengeance
  • Uncle Nick
  • The Night Crew
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