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

Posted September 17,2019 - 04:42 PM

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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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Review: 'Supergirl' finds her stride in Season 4

Posted September 17,2019 - 03:29 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.

If there is any show on TV that has reinvented itself more than Supergirl has in its first four seasons, then I don't know what it is. And yet, despite the constant change in cast, tone, and network, Supergirl continues to set its own course with little detriment from the chaos surrounding it.

A large reason for the continued success of Supergirl lies at the feet of its very talented lead Melissa Benoist. With the exception of a very nit-picky prominent scar about one of her eyebrows (would Supergirl even be capable of being scarred?), Melissa Benoist is perfectly cast as Supergirl and she brings the right amount charm and kickass to a character...

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Review: Disney's live-action 'Aladdin' will surprise you

Posted September 10,2019 - 05:05 PM

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I fully admit that I went into this review intent on hate-watching this movie to an inch of its life, but something interesting happened along the way. I fell in love with Aladdin all over again.

Whether it was the updated story elements or the ever-charming Will Smith tip-toeing the line between reverence to Robin Williams and making the Genie his own character, but there is something undeniably heart-warming about the live-action version of Aladdin that it earns all its own.

The live-action version of Aladdin doesn't stray too far from the animated classic that preceded, but it's in these slight adjustments that Aladdin proves to be a classic in its own right. The lovable street rat is brought to life by upcoming actor Mena Massoud and his relative scarcity in the film world allows...

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Review: 'John Wick 3' is a bloody wonderful film

Posted September 10,2019 - 04:17 PM

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I don't know whose career renaissance is more surprising, Keanu Reeves' or Liam Neeson's. Both actors have enjoyed a little later in life success via the geriatric action route, but I suppose Liam's is more impressive given that he was new to action and full two years older than Keanu is now when Taken came out.

That said, the success of the John Wick films should not be discounted. Keanu Reeves is well into his 50s and he is still very much believable as the indestructible assassin for hire and with no end in sight, I think it's very possible that Keanu may be playing John Wick into his 60s.

This week, the latest entry in the franchise John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum debuts on home entertainment and it pretty much picks up right where Chapter 2 leaves off. John finds himself in a...

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Review: Disney's animated 'Aladdin' resurfaces on 4K

Posted September 10,2019 - 10:59 AM

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Ok, this one is going to be a doozy. This week, Disney has blessed with a double dose of Aladdin on 4K UHD and it's going to be tricky to keep them separate, but I'll try my best.

This first review is for the beloved animated film starring Robin Williams that makes its debut both in the Walt Disney Signature Collection and on 4K UHD. Released to maximize the coattail effect of this week's release of the live-action remake of Aladdin, the animated classic is a welcome addition to our collection whenever it wants.

The 1992 animated film was released during the period of renewal at Disney animation and predated the release of The Lion King by two years. If the The Lion King was the unmistakable earthquake that announced Disney's return to animation dominance, then Aladdin was the early...

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Review: The penultimate season of 'Supernatural' is superb

Posted September 09,2019 - 05:17 PM

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Back when Supernatural debuted in 2005 I was hooked from day one. The show had a certain X-Files meets Scooby-Doo mystique that immediately spoke to me.

Of course, had you told me back then that the show would be around 14 years later, I would have called you crazy. The fact of the matter is that shows these days don't enjoy the long hook from eons past. If a TV show isn't a hit within the first couple of episodes, our disposable attention spans simply move on to the next shiny new thing.

So, the fact that series stands on the precipice of its final 15th season while it releases Supernatural: The Complete Fourteenth Season is truly remarkable. Most marriages these days don't make it to the crystal anniversary, so the fact that series stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles have been...

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Review: Stallone's 'Lock Up' gets paroled onto 4K

Posted September 09,2019 - 04:23 PM

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Look, no one is going to argue that Sylvester Stallone's 1989 film Lock Up will ever be confused with Citizen Kane. Let's be honest, it earned those three Razzie nominations. I'm just surprised that it didn't win a single one.

And yet, this period of Stallone's is a fun one. It's almost like you can see the actor trying to break out of his typecast and show some of the range that he'd later display in Creed. That and my Dad was a massive fan of Stallone during this time, so there's a lot of memories wrapped up in these bad movies.

In Lock Up, Sylvester Stallone's Leone is serving the last few months of a prison sentence in a minimum-security prison just looking to do his time, but Donald Sutherland's Warden Drumgoole has other plans. The Warden absconds Leone to his maximum-security...

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Review: 'Daybreakers' continues to be ahead of its time on 4K

Posted September 09,2019 - 12:43 PM

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Though technically released in 2010, the events that spawned the film Daybreakers took place in 2009. Of course, the majority of the film takes place in a dystopian future a decade later in 2019 where vampires have taken over as the dominant species on Earth.

While it's not hard to imagine this view of 2019 at the time as the world was literally obsessed with everything vampire from glittery ones to hardcore HBO ones. It seemed like it was only a matter of time before the vampires took over. I'm happy to report though that we are all safe and sound here in 2019 with the only vampires around are still confined the imagination of the big and little screens.

So, in its truest sense Daybreakers has always been ahead of its time and now that time has literally caught up with the film, I'm...

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Review: 'Echo in the Canyon' is a blast from the past

Posted September 06,2019 - 04:13 PM

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I love music. I enjoy all types and genres, but naturally being born in 1974, I'm more partial to music that I grew up with. As a child, I was mostly influenced by the pop and rap of the 1980s before I finally discovered Pearl Jam in high school during the summer of 1992. After that, my education in music truly began.

Given my penchant for Pearl Jam, I initially gravitated towards similar acts from the 1970s such as Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. It wasn't until later in life that I really took the time to dig into The Beatles and other artists from the 1960s. This is ironic because I always had a soft spot in my heart for folk music whether it was Dylan or Peter, Paul and Mary. And yet, I'm still a bit of a novice when it comes to the Laurel Canyon sound of the 1960s.

I'll give you a...

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Review: 'Rambo' unleashes a bloodbath on 4K

Posted September 03,2019 - 03:55 PM

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Rambo, AKA John Rambo, AKA Rambo IV: Pearl of the Cobra, AKA Rambo: To Hell and Back, AKA that Rambo movie that came out in 2008 is technically the fourth film in the franchise, no matter what you call it. You can understand the confusion as the second film in the series is also known as Rambo or to help better differentiate it from the others Rambo: First Blood, Part II.

The next film to be released was inexplicably Rambo III, so I've just given up. Anyhow, the third film in the franchise came out in 1988 and it figured to be the concluding chapter, but we should have known better. Once Sylvester Stallone was able to resuscitate life back into Rocky Balboa with the 2006 film by the same name, old Sly figured it was time to dig up his Vietnam War vet gone rogue antihero series.

The...

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