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Today:  10/23/2021

Review: 'The Colony' explores beyond the 'happily ever after'

Posted October 21,2021 - 03:06 PM

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Hollywood has a fascination for all things "happily ever after." Many of their offerings focus on the struggle and pathos that lead up to the clichà ending above, but for some people, that's not enough.

I am one of those people.

As it relates to the film The Colony, a traditional Hollywood film would focus on the lead-up to the catastrophic event and the heroic and heartbreaking decisions that have to be made to ensure humanity's survival. See Greenland. Deep Impact. The Day After Tomorrow.

You get my point.

Far less celluloid is spent on what comes after that proverbial ending, but that's the part that I'm always fascinated about. Humans have a way of adapting and finding a way to survive. If our planet is decimated to the point of needing to find another home, will those left...

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Review: 'Smallville' has never looked better than on Blu-ray

Posted October 20,2021 - 03:57 PM

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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.

The first superhero movie that I ever recall watching as a child was Richard Donner's 1978 film Superman. At five years old, this film introduced me to the world of comics as Christopher Reeve, Margot Kidder and Gene Hackman thoroughly entertained me.

It wasn't perfect, but it was darn near as close to perfection that we will see for many, many years. But even as I watched this thrilling film, I was left with a bit of longing in my young heart for the "lost years" in Superman's journey.

Decades later, enter Smallville.

I get it. I quickly learned that film's old trick of the montage is a valuable tool to communicate large chunks of plot and...

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Review: Paramount rolls a winner with 'Snake Eyes'

Posted October 19,2021 - 05:15 PM

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Snake Eyes is precisely the type of film that will anger critics and make action junkies drool. As someone who finds himself stuck in the middle of both worlds, I was intrigued to see which side of the fence I would end up on.

As it turns out, I enjoyed Snake Eyes thoroughly and I'm left wondering why critics are unable to shut off their brains and enjoy movies for what they are.

Technically, the third film in Paramount's live-action G.I. Joe universe, Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins is a more serious take on the subject matter and a bit of departure from the two films that preceded it. Focused on the origin story of one of the team's fan favorites, Snake Eyes is almost like a soft reboot of the series and as such, the future looks quite bright indeed.

Snake Eyes: G.I. Joe Origins stars...

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Review: 'Superman & Lois' breaks new ground for the comic book hero

Posted October 19,2021 - 04:12 PM

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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.

Welcome to Superman week on the site. I jest (a bit), but this week really does feel like a celebration of all things Kal-El with the Blu-ray release of the complete series of Smallville and the first season of Superman & Lois.

While this timed release probably isn't a coincidence given that they are both being handled by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, they do provide the perfect bookends of life as a superhero away from the hustle and bustle of Metropolis.

I will offer my thoughts on Smallville in a bit, but this review is centered on Superman & Lois: The Complete First Season. This new show enters the Greg Berlanti universe on The CW...

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Review: 'The Green Knight' will change you

Posted October 12,2021 - 05:22 PM

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There are very few films that truly change you. Most of them these days merely seek to entertain you for a couple of hours and are forgotten by the time you make it back to your car.

The Green Knight is not one of those films.

No, the movie takes the audience on a visceral journey every bit as harrowing and enlightened as the one taken by Sir Gawain. Much like he did in his earlier directorial effort A Ghost Story, David Lowery presents a visually stunning film that is a pleasurable assault on all of your senses.

He presents a familiar tale in a way that most audiences will swear they've never seen before. His visual style is unique and as he continues to grow as a director, we can expect similar results as The Green Knight proves that A Ghost Story was no fluke.

An epic fantasy...

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Review: 'The Flash' returns to family values in Season 7

Posted October 12,2021 - 04:31 PM

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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.

While Arrow was the progenitor of CW's highly successful "Arrowverse" slate of TV shows, there is little debate that The Flash is the show with the most mainstream appeal. Perhaps, it has something to do with the whole being a full-fledged member of the Justice League or having his own set of underoos, but there's no denying the drawing power of The Flash.

It also doesn't hurt that they hit a home run when they cast the show either. Grant Gustin has become a household name thanks to the success of the series and surrounding him with established acting stars such as Danielle Panabaker and Tom Cavanagh is just further proof that a strong cast can...

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Review: 'Inglourious Basterds' is a piece of cinematic art on 4K UHD

Posted October 12,2021 - 03:14 PM

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I think I've bought Inglourious Basterds at least three times over the years. When it was announced for a 4K UHD release, I chalked it up as a foregone conclusion that I was on the hook for another version.

Thanks to the good folks over at Universal Home Entertainment, I didn't have to pony up my own money this time, but I would have paid double the retail price to own this Quentin Tarantino masterpiece in the best format available.

It's that good.

In case you've been living in a cave for the last decade, here is the synopsis of Inglourious Basterds. In German-occupied France, Shosanna Dreyfus witnesses the execution of her family at the hand of Nazi Colonel Hans Landa. Shosanna narrowly escapes and flees to Paris, where she forges a new identity as the owner and operator of a...

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Review: 'The Titans That Built America' is a patriotic tale

Posted October 12,2021 - 11:54 AM

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Let's face it, we live in a rather bizarre and precarious time. The political divide in this country is at a point that we haven't seen since the Civil War. And yet, America has faced internal squabbles before and emerged from them stronger than ever.

Will we look back upon this moment in history in much the same way we look back at the time between World War I and World War II? Not as a moment where America stood upon the precarious precipice of our defeat, but as the defining moment of a generation where we put aside our differences for our country?

Only time will tell but it's with this backdrop that I recently reviewed the wonderfully produced docudrama The Titans That Built America. The latest in an impressive run of event miniseries programming from the History Channel, The...

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Review: Universal's 'Icons of Horror' come to life on 4K UHD

Posted October 11,2021 - 03:51 PM

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Long before the Marvel Cinematic Universe existed, or color TVs for that matter, Universal enjoyed a lucrative run with their "Classic Monsters" series of films. These films are the classics upon which an entire genre sprouted. If you are a fan of today's horror films, then you must pay homage to the trailblazing films and filmmakers that led the way.

There's only one slight problem with that. In today's ever-increasing digital streaming world, finding these older classic films on services such as Netflix or Amazon Prime is next to impossible. That's because these streaming services tend to ignore anything created before 1980.

On one hand, I get it. Their user base is made up mostly of millennials and, quite frankly, most of them have no idea what "Rosebud" even means. And if they do,...

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Review: 'Naked Singularity' just hits a little different

Posted October 01,2021 - 05:01 PM

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The eternal question is, how do you adapt a 700-page book into a two-hour movie?

The answer, of course, is that you don't.

But that hasn't stopped numerous filmmakers from adapting Victor Hugo's 1,462-page opus Les Miserables every couple of years with various degrees of success. It didn't stop first-time director Chase Palmer from adapting Sergio De La Pava's debut novel into Naked Singularity and for that, we are thankful.

Naked Singularity is many things: ambitious, visually stunning, raw. But it's also a bleak look into a broken judicial system and the moral decay that surrounds us every day. It paints the world in wonderful shades of gray where the boundaries between right and wrong are forever blurred.

The film is a reflection of the breakdown happening in society right now,...

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