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Review: 'The Unholy' finds new life on Blu-ray

Posted June 27, 2017, 4:06 PM

We have written before about the Vestron Collector's Series and how it has given us a fond trip down memory lane with bulked-up versions of the niche video house's classic films. As someone who grew up on the cheese of 1980s horror films, these films have a special place in my heart and I'm giddy that they are finally being given the special feature treatment that they deserve.

You see, most of these films never got a DVD release, let alone the Blu-ray treatment, so these packed offerings from Lionsgate give us horror fanatics the first taste of bonus materials from long ago films that are standard fare today. The Unholy is a perfect example of a film that fans have been desperately waiting to catch up with the technology of today's home entertainment releases.

The Vestron Collector's Series edition of The...

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Review: Too much turbulence for 'Altitude'

Posted June 20, 2017, 9:06 PM

If you ever found yourself thinking, 'Man, I wonder what Denise Richards is up these days?' then Altitude is the film for you. Other than that, there really isn't anything in the film that moves the needle much.

It's not often that I fail to find a single redeeming quality in a film, but this might be one of them. I mean is there anything more unbelievable than Denise Richards as an FBI agent? Well, OK, I suppose Denise Richards as a spaceship pilot is more unbelievable, but this isn't a review of Starship Troopers.

I get it, suspension of disbelief and all, but there have to be limits and 191488{Altitude pushes those limits to the breaking point. I mean, it's like the writers of the film did absolutely no research on the physics of airplanes before setting their film entirely on...

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Review: 'Life' is reborn on Blu-ray

Posted June 20, 2017, 5:06 PM

It's funny, some films are universally beloved while others are unanimously booed, but it is the rare film indeed that seemingly splits crowds right down the middle. Life is a film that is able to pull off that feat.

As a reviewer, I can understand the disparity in opinions because I went through the gauntlet of emotions while watching the film. I had pretty high expectations going into the film with the amazing cast led by Jake Gyllenhaal, Ryan Reynolds and Rebecca Ferguson and for the most part, the film lived up to them.

However, I wasn't so sure that it would. The film is very much in the vein of Alien films and it blurred the line between homage and blatant ripoff before it veers off into its own direction and saves the day as it were. In the end, the...

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Review: 'Everybody Loves Somebody' is a cultural celebration

Posted June 20, 2017, 4:06 PM

While certain people who shall remain nameless spend a lot of their time talking about building walls, Hollywood is finally starting to embrace the culture south of the border. For many decades, the shenanigans of Tijuana encapsulated the extent of Mexican culture in film, but that has gradually changed over the intervening years.

Part of that reason (or maybe most) is the fact that Spanish-speaking viewers are increasing in megaplexes across the country and every other month there seems to be "unexpected" Spanish-language hit in theaters. While this cottage industry is nice, I'm sure studios are desperately looking to find the Mexican version of My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

While Everybody Loves Somebody isn't that film, despite several obvious comparisons, however, it is an entertaining film that lovers of romcoms will gravitate toward as it expands its reach this week on DVD...

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Review: 'John Wick: Chapter 2' is a bloody good time

Posted June 13, 2017, 5:06 PM

Let's face it, Keanu Reeves doesn't have much luck when it comes to sequels to his massive action films. The Matrix was iconic. The two sequels? Not so much. So, after finally seeing John Wick one drunken night on Netflix, I was desperately waiting for its sequel.

Well, desperately waiting and legitimately petrified that they would find a way to mess it up so much that it would ruin the original film for me forever.

Thankfully, that wasn't the case.

Where I did mess up (sort of) is that I was so excited about John Wick: Chapter Two that I convinced my wife to watch the 4K UHD version of John Wick with me. She had never seen it but The Boondock Saints is in her all-time top five movies, so that means a couple of things. First, I totally married a keeper...

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Review: 'Americano' breathes fresh air into crowded subgenre

Posted June 13, 2017, 3:06 PM

You know, I think the proliferation of animated children's movies has reached epidemic levels. I mean, as the father to a pair of kids under six years older, I'm not complaining (too much), but the sheer number of animated fare has skyrocketed in the last decade.

Think about it. We used to simply refer to them as animated films (or cartoons if you're as old as I am), but now that's not nearly specific enough in most casual pop culture conversations. You have to be more specific. "My favorite Pixar film is..." "The worst post-traditional animation Disney film is..." "Here are my top five animated films starring birds..."

You might think that last one is pure hyperbole, but let's think about it for a minute. You've got Rio and Rio 2. The Angry Birds, Storks, Chicken Little and Free Birds. Oh, and...

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Monday Mixer: 'Wonder Woman' continues its domination

Posted June 12, 2017, 11:06 AM

If you follow the NHL like I do, today is usually the worst day of the year. The hockey season is officially over and the long summer months officially begin. The next season doesn't officially start until October, which seems like so far away from now.

I have come to learn this morning that it's even more painful when your team loses in the Stanley Cup Final. Sure, this run was a bit unexpected and premature, but it doesn't make it hurt any less.

I grew up a Red Wings fan, but mostly lived in Detroit when they were better known as the "Dead Things." So, this is my first, true Cup run that I got to enjoy day in and day out. When Detroit finally broke through in the late 1990s, I was already in Indianapolis and it's different to be...

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