Today:  10/22/2019

Review: '3 from Hell' is a Zombie celebration

Posted October 15,2019 - 03:39 PM


There are two camps of people in the world: those that love Rob Zombie films and those that do not. Fair warning, I am firmly planted in the first group. So, when the opportunity to review his latest Firefly family adventure 3 from Hell come to fruition, I jumped at it.

This time around, Baby, Otis, and Captain Spaulding find themselves behind bars after barely surviving their shootout with police at the end of The Devil's Rejects, but their stay in the clink is short-lived. Now on the run from the authorities, the gang heads down to Mexico where they unleash their special brand of terror to an unsuspecting small village.

First and foremost, no review of 3 from Hell would be complete without praise for the recently departed Sid Haig. He was a character actor that Rob...

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Review: 'Marianne & Leonard: Words of Love' is a story of life, love & no regrets

Posted October 15,2019 - 12:18 PM


Leonard Cohen was one of those singer-songwriters whose name oozes musical talent. Along with the likes of Dylan, Cash, Young, and Bowie, Leonard Cohen was an inspiration to many and his music helped to shape an entire generation - even if they didn't realize it.

Like many creative geniuses, he drew inspiration from a long line of muses, none more important than Marianne Ihlen. The pair met during the early 1960s as expats from Canada and Norway and they quickly fell in love. This time was a pivotal moment in Leonard's life as he finally fully embraced his path as a singer-songwriter and many people credit his affair with Marianne as being the spark that launched his successful career.

While Leonard Cohen didn't shy away from finding inspiration in women (see 'Suzanne' and...

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Review: 'Toy Story 4' is a high point in an exceptional series

Posted October 04,2019 - 04:50 PM

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Pixar has always been the gold standard when it comes to animation. The company got things rolling in 1995 with Toy Story and the rest, as they say, is history. While they haven't been shy about making sequels, they have always placed an impetus on telling original stories and only creating sequels when it is appropriate.

The Toy Story films are an exception to the rule though as the audience can't seem to get enough of the lovable toys that spring to life when humans aren't around. In fact, their third film was Toy Story 2 but then they took a long hiatus of over a decade before Toy Story 3 completed the trilogy.

Or at least we thought the story was over, but Pixar had other ideas. Enter Toy Story 4.

Woody, Buzz and the whole gang rally around school project-turned-toy Forky who...

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Review: 'Midsommar' is a visceral punch to the gut

Posted October 04,2019 - 03:49 PM

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There's no question that Ari Aster is one strange dude. He also happens to be one of the most impressive storytellers shaping the future of horror films. He, along with Jordan Peele and Jason Plum, is pushing the envelope of conventional horror and forcing the audience to redefine their expectations from this genre.

With his first two films, Hereditary and now Midsommar, Ari Aster is quickly establishing himself as the king of what I like to call visceral horror. Back when I wrote about Hereditary, I described this new sub-genre of horror and now I have a name for it: visceral horror.

But here, I'm not referring to the traditional visceral horror films where the images are so graphic and disturbing that they elicit a visceral response, no, these are films that are so twisted that they...

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Review: 'Zombieland' on 4K is a double tap of awesomeness

Posted October 01,2019 - 04:59 PM


There are few films that truly sneak up and surprise you these days. What with the constant information overload of the Internet and social media, it's practically impossible to be blown away by an unknown entity. This is especially true for movies where a subversive spoiler culture exists that gets some sort of perverse joy out of ruining films for the uninitiated.

If you couldn't tell, I really don't like spoilers. It's really a hazard of the job though and it's something that I try to avoid whenever possible. One film that completely blew me away and came out of nowhere debuted in theaters a decade ago and is now, finally, available on 4K UHD. That film is, of course, Zombieland.

With the sequel due out in theaters later this month, this week is a perfect time to pick up the 4K UHD...

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Review: 'Doom Patrol' is a breakout hit for DC

Posted October 01,2019 - 12:49 PM


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this news story. The opinions I share are my own.

With "cutting the cord" becoming an ever-increasing reality when it comes to TV and entertainment, every single content provider is racing to join the streaming wars. While $7.99 or $9.99 per month might not sound like a lot of money, trust me, it adds up rather quickly.

So, taking into consideration budgetary concerns, it's necessary to make difficult decisions. With two kids and my undying obsession with all things Star Wars, Disney+ is a no-brainer, but I'm not the biggest Star Trek fan, so CBS All Access was an easy pass for me.

One streaming option that I was really on the fence about was DC Universe. I mean I like Batman and Superman as...

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Review: 'Anna' is Luc Besson's next great female assassin

Posted September 24,2019 - 04:52 PM

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Stop me if you've heard this one before. An unassuming young female projects a timid front, but is really a sharp killing machine in sheep's clothing.

You may have seen her in The Long Kiss Goodnight, Point of No Return, Red Sparrow, or Salt. Heck, you've seen it many times within Luc Besson's own filmography such as La Femme Nikita, Lucy, The Fifth Element or Leon, the Professional.

The point is that Luc Besson has sort of cornered the market on badass hitwomen for hire and just like we never get old of seeing copious amounts of blood in a Quentin Tarantino film, we will get tired of strong, kickass women in a Luc Besson movie.

This time around, a woman's striking beauty belies her ruthless nature as one of the world's more feared government assassins. Trained by the KGB and turned...

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Review: 'Legends of Tomorrow: Season 4' is a raucous ride through time

Posted September 24,2019 - 03:55 PM


Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this news story. The opinions I share are my own.

It's funny, for every misstep that DC makes on the big screen, they continually deliver satisfying entertainment on the small screen. A lot of that success certainly falls in the hands of uber producer Greg Berlanti and his Arrowverse stable of TV shows on The CW, but it's like he has the Midas touch and it doesn't appear to be dissipating anytime soon.

In Season Four, the Legends of Tomorrow join the Time Bureau to travel through time to save the world and their legacy from magical creatures that have been unleashed onto the timeline. As the Legends time-travel across historical events and meet famous figures, they have to contend with an...

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Review: 'Pavarotti' is the perfect encore

Posted September 24,2019 - 03:11 PM


Director Ron Howard is quickly creating a rather impressive cottage industry in music documentaries with the Beatles' Eight Days A Week and now with Pavarotti. I mean it's not like the multi-hyphenate prodigy is hurting for money, but he's proving to be quite adept at his new endeavor.

All I really knew about Luciano Pavarotti before sitting down to watch this film was that he was one of the famed Three Tenors and those in my parents' generation absolutely adored him. To be fair, during his heyday, I was more into punk and rock music, but I have come to appreciate his unique talent as I have gotten older.

In this film, Howard deftly weaves performance film with previously unreleased footage to create an accessible portrait of the larger-than-life performer. Known as one of the most...

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Review: 'Dead Water' is a shipwreck waiting to happen

Posted September 17,2019 - 04:42 PM


I knew I shouldn't do it, but I fell for it again anyway. There's just something about seeing Judd Nelson's name that makes me want to see whatever film it is attached to. This time his name graced the cover art for Dead Water.

Do you know the old saying about judging a book by its cover? Well, it cuts both ways. Sometimes the cover is simply amazing only to lead to frustration when the film/book fails to live up to your heightened expectations.

And that's exactly what happened with Dead Water.

In the film, a relaxing getaway turns deadly when a mysterious pirate shows up to disturb the tropical bliss of a former Marine, his wife, and his rich yacht-owning friend. Of course, things aren't what they first appear and a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse unfolds over the clear waters of...

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