Dec/2018

A Retrospective Look Back at the year 2007 in Movies!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 20th, 2017

Written by: Dan Moran

It has been a decade since we have had an overwhelmingly great year of movies. There have been some ‘great movies’ for sure, that have been released since 2007, but a collective year of dominance like 2007 hasn’t been experienced in 10 years. We have to start with the films that people still talk about today from 2007. No Country for Old Men, There Will Be Blood, & Zodiac. I mean what a Top 3 for one calendar year!  The closest we got to this was in 2015 when the Top 3 was, Mad Max: Fury Road, Mad Max: Fury Road, & Mad Max: Fury Road.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Lionsgate releases fan favorite, ‘Dredd‘ on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack June 6. The film stars Karl Urban (‘Star Trek Beyond‘), Olivia Thirlby (‘Juno‘), and Lena Headey (‘Game of Thrones‘). Director Pete Travis (‘Vantage Point‘) took a script from Alex Garland (‘Ex Machina‘) and rebooted the story which began as a classic comic book series in 1977. Sylvester Stallone had a run at playing the title role in 1995 and Urban has given us his own rendition of the character in this film.

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Film Review: ‘Miracles from Heaven’!!

by Janet White on Mar 16th, 2016

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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Miracles from Heaven opens in a beautiful richly colored forest and Christie Beam defining a miracle, an occurrence that “cannot be explained by natural or scientific laws.” Cut to a nice size farm and the interior of a rolling tire as a little girl is giggling and could there be a sweeter beginning. The Beam family has three girls: Abigail (Brighton Sharbino), Annabelle (Kylie Rogers), and Adelynn (Courtney Fansler) and two loving parents Christy (Jennifer Garner) and Kevin (Martin Henderson). Tragedy mysteriously strikes the middle child and thus begins the trial of this family’s strength, love, and faith.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Film Review: ‘Ricki and the Flash’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 5th, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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We’ve all come to know that Meryl Streep is one of the greatest actresses in the world. With each role she plays, she fully immerses herself into her character, which usually leads to Oscar nominations and wins. There almost isn’t a year that goes by where Streep isn’t nominated for something, and truth be told, she usually deserves it. Over the years, we’ve seen Streep play many roles, most of which are dramatic performances with a few comedic and musical roles thrown in for good measure. Hell, she even played a witch in ‘Into the Woods‘, but we’ve never seen Streep like this before in Jonathan Demme’sRicki and the Flash‘.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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I would say I’m a loyal fan. Take Ewan McGregor for example – I’ve seen every film I can find, heard him narrate a piece on polar bears for PBS and watched his motorcycle treks, I even have the book! This loyalty is not spent on McGregor, alone, but a handful of actors/actresses and directors make up my little circle. One of those directors is Martin Scorsese. If he made it, chances are I’m going to love it. So I’m looking forward to HBO’s untitled Rock’n Roll drama series and it’s that series that is making the news with a couple of new actor-commitments.

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Live action movies come in all shapes and sizes and are based on just about anything that can be stretched into a slight struggle with a few quirky side-kicks, maybe an impossible love-interest, the formula seems to remain the same even if the names are changed to protect the innocent. The toy line and unnaturally proportioned ‘Barbie‘ has been the topic of a new film for a bit now with a new draft coming from the most unlikely of sources, Diablo Cody.

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Film Review: ‘The Duff’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 20th, 2015

Janet W., Here…

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The Duff opens with a voice-over introduction by the female lead, Bianca (Mae Whitman), to the stereotypes of high school in true John Tucker Must Die or Breakfast Club style.  Special effects are used to present labels of the different types (tough girl, etc.).  With nearly the same shot composition of Jawbreaker and Juno, we see close-ups of beautiful girls as the narrator announces their qualities and then a quick admission that she was not either of them.  Enter the scary nemesis, Madison (Bella Thorne) just like Not Another Teen Movie and She’s All That.  So many other teenybopper films came to mind as I watched The Duff

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Film Review: ‘Horns’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 29th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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Horror movie filmmaker Alexandre Aja has given us quite a few gems over the past decade, which include the French film ‘Haute Tension‘ and the American remake of ‘The Hills Have Eyes‘. Needless to say, he has made his own unique impact on the horror genre. But where those films tend to be the straight-in-your-face horror films with tons of blood and guts, Aja has transitioned into something with a bit more depth that what he is used to with ‘Horns‘, which is based on Joe Hill’s (Stephen King’s son) novel of the same name.

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Jana’s Film Review of ‘Horns’!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Oct 28th, 2014

Hey guys, Jana here,

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Daniel Radcliffe has distanced himself from the boy wizard he used to be and kicked type-casting in the teeth. He’s taken the theater world by storm appearing nude for ‘Equus‘, he’s led the show singing and dancing in ‘How To Achieve In Business Without Really Trying‘. From there he’s added to his film resume with the creepy ‘The Woman In Black‘, he was cast as Alen Ginsberg in ‘Kill Your Darlings‘ that was taken from true events. Radcliffe was paired with Jon Hamm to play the younger doctor to Hamm’s older doctor in ‘A Young Doctor’s Notebook‘, and grew horns from his head for the aptly titled ‘Horns‘.

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Short Snap Film Review: ‘Men, Women, and Children’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 16th, 2014

Sara O., Here…

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There’s something about Men, Women and Children that was just a little too much. I couldn’t quite put my finger on it after I left the theatre—the only clear feeling at that time was an overwhelming sense of hopelessness in humanity.  So you’re officially warned, this is not the Jason Reitman of the hilariously heartwarming Juno.  This is the Jason Reitman who wants to scare the living daylights out of you by showing every worst-case scenario that comes out of people’s obsession with social media and the Internet.

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Black Mass‘ is going to be an excellent send-off for the summer movie season when it’s released next year on September 18, 2015. There is some major star-power in this flick. Every fangirl in the world is going to be in line for this one as it pairs up none other than the ‘captain of summer-movie revenue’ himself, Johnny Depp with the newer, but no-less glorious to the fangirl scene, Benedict CumberbatchJoining Depp and Cumberbatch are Jesse Plemons (‘Breaking Bad‘), Dakota Johnson (‘Fifty Shades of Grey‘) and Juno Temple (‘Maleficent‘, ‘Horns‘). The film is based on the book ‘Black Mass: The True Story of an Unholy Alliance Between the FBI and the Irish Mob‘ written by Boston Globe reporters Dick Lehr and Gerard O’Neill

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There are a few names in Hollywood that can cherry-pick working conditions. Meryl Streep is among the very top of that list. Beginning her career in 1975 with a total of 74 projects in her resume, she has played every kind of character you can imagine. Her performances are moving, funny, realistic or greatly fantastical. No matter what film she’s in, she’s the top of my list of favorite actresses. I’m in high anticipation of what will surely be, another excellent musical performance in the film version of ‘Into The Woods‘.

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Normally when I hear John Belushi’s name, I smile as I remember Jake Blues from ‘The Blues Brothers‘ ordering four fried chickens with a Coke, or his turn as John Blutarsky in ‘Animal House‘ as he incites a food fight. One thing I didn’t expect to hear in association with his name is that he is the subject of an upcoming biopic.

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Fernando’s Review of ‘Labor Day’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 31st, 2014

Fernando M., Here…

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Jason Reitman, well known for modern classics such as “Juno” and “Up in the Air” takes a drastic turn with his newest film, “Labor Day.”  Though Reitman usually hits us with his own special blend of comedy and misery that is somehow equally lighthearted and cynical, you can expect none of that here.

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Film Review: ‘Labor Day’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 30th, 2014

Hi, Bryan Here…

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In a shift in tone and subject matter for director Jason Reitman (‘Juno‘, ‘Up In The Air‘), his newest film ‘Labor Day‘ is a sweet tale of love and starting over. Originally written by Joyce Maynard with a screenplay treatment by Reitman himself, this gem of a film is a slice of great pie. Sure, this situation would never play out as it did in the film, but is one that we would hope for. With a stellar cast that includes Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, J.K. Simmons, Gattlin Griffith, and James Van Der Beek, ‘Labor Day‘ is a holiday I’d revisit again and feel good about it.

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Diablo Cody & Oprah Winfrey Team Up for HBO Comedy!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 26th, 2013

Jana B., Here…

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HBO, along with Diablo Cody and Oprah Winfrey, under the Harpo Films title are coming together to explore an untitled comedy based on Dr. Julie Holland’s upcoming book, Moody Bitches: The Truth About the Drugs You’re Taking, the Sex You’re Not Having, The Sleep You’re Missing and What’s Really making You Crazy. That is a freaking mouthful for the title of one book. The book will delve into the pros and cons of taking medications and brings the side effects, normally in small print, up to the well-lit surface. Read the rest of this entry »

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Jana B., Here…

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Maleficent is by far one of the most wicked of all Disney villains. She appears at will, places curses on babies and that’s all before she turns into a bloody behemoth of a dragon! I just saw the new poster Disney released for “Maleficent“. This is the big movie we’ve heard of for so long that Angelina Jolie was supposed to be just perfect for.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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I just love the films Jason Reitman has directed. He did ‘Juno‘, ‘Up in the Air‘, ‘Thank You For Smoking‘, and ‘Young Adult‘. Needless to say, he knows what he’s doing, as his father Ivan Reitman has passed down a great gift to him. His next film ‘Labor Day‘ looks incredible. It stars Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet, and is an adaptation from the Joyce Maynard novel.

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The beautiful Evan Rachel Wood ( True Blood, Across The Universe) joins Ellen Page (Juno, Whip It and X-Men:The Last Stand) in Into the Forest. Based on Jean Hegland’s novel about two sisters and their struggle to survive in the Northern California wild after a society collapse. Patricia Rozema, writer and director of 1999’s Mansfield Park is to pen the screenplay and is directing with Page, Kelly Bush Novak and Sriram Das producing. This makes Page’s producing debut.

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Film Review: ‘Lovelace’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 12th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here…

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Here is the first of two films that is based on the porn phenomenon Linda Lovelace (Amanda Seyfried), who rose to superstardom in the early 70s with the film ‘Deep Throat‘. This biopic film of Linda Boreman could’ve been a disaster, but directors Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman made an engaging and entertaining look at Boreman’s life, even if at times her situations are difficult to watch. The acting is spot on for everyone in this film with a killer retro soundtrack. With a surprising wider release than I thought this little film would have, I expect a decent box office draw.

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Official Press Release: The Dallas International Film Festival presented by AutoNation Volkswagen Dealers announced today its full list of features and shorts that will be screened through the Festival’s 11-day run (April 4 – 14, 2013). For the 2013 Festival, more than 160 features, documentaries, shorts and student films representing 28 countries make DIFF truly an international Festival. Of the feature films at the Festival, 11 will see their world premieres and two are North American premieres—all represent some of the best in the art of filmmaking. These films were selected from more than 1,300 submissions from around the world.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘Killer Joe’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 11th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here…..

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I didn’t know what quite to expect from ‘Killer Joe’, but after watching it, I got more than I bargained for.  ’Killer Joe’ was directed by William Friedkin who is most known for directing ‘The French Connection’, ‘The Exorcist’, and the recent film ‘Bug’.  Friedkin has been out of the spotlight for some time now, but his return with ‘Killer Joe’, the 76 year old Oscar winning director proves he has not missed a step.

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See What’s Showing at Sundance 2013!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 29th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is in full preparation mode as it will start January 17-27 and will showcase 113 featur length films, which 98 of them are premieres from over 32 countries.  Here is the full list of films that will be shown in all competitions as well as the non competition films.  Hopefully it won’t be too terribly cold in Utah this year.  Some of these films look AMAZING!

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Bryan Reviews ‘Killer Joe’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 3rd, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

I didn’t know what quite to expect from ‘Killer Joe’, but after watching it, I got more than I bargained for.  ‘Killer Joe’ was directed by William Friedkin who is most known for directing ‘The French Connection’, ‘The Exorcist’, and the recent film ‘Bug’.  Friedkin has been out of the spotlight for some time now, but his return with ‘Killer Joe’, the 76 year old Oscar winning director proves he has not missed a step.

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Woozie Reviews ‘L!fe Happens’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 12th, 2012

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From the beginning of L!fe Happens, we know this film is going to be a bit bawdier than the usual chick flick , as best friends Kim (Krysten Ritter) and Deena (Kate Bosworth) frantically decide who gets to use the last condom in the house. Fast-forward many months later and we find the pair flirting with guys in the car next to them only to be thwarted by baby buzz kill, Krysten’s consolation prize for losing use of the condom. From here the audience is taken on the expected journey of Krysten growing into single-motherhood, looking for love, and holding onto a changing friendship.

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Here is the first casting news from the remake of The Evil Dead.  Yes, to recap, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert will all be producing this remake.  But a new director, Fede Alvarez, is directing who really hasn’t done anything before, and they hired Diablo Cody (writer for Juno) to pen the script.  Now it seems they have cast their Ash.  And it seems to be a girl according to Bloody Disgusting.

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On time for this week.   HOORAY!   Getting these cranked out on time feels oh so sweet.  Well anyway, this is a fucking HUGE week for releases so let us jump right in and get to all the goodies.  Some of the must own blu-rays include ‘Dazed and Confused’, ‘Super’, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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So I went in to this tv series not knowing anything besides that it is on ABC Family and that it has Molly Ringwald in it.  So after reading about it, I thought to myself, this sounds a little like ‘Juno’, but I was very skeptical.  So basically ‘The Secret Life of the American Teenager’ follows a teenage girl named Amy Juergens who becomes pregnant in High School and how she deals with al of the consequences of being a teenage mother.  Sounds like Juno right??

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 2ND WEEK OF JUNE!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 15th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

It’s a fairly good week for releases which includes Hall Pass, Unknown, Jackass 3.5, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 3RD WEEK OF MAY!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 18th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

A pretty fun week for releases which includes Beverly Hills Copand some Rifftrax, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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**UPDATE**


An EW insider who is working closely with this situation says Joseph WILL NOT be playing Alberto Falcone.  So this leaves room for specualtion on which character he will play.  Enigma?? Strange??  Find out the whole story HERE.

Joseph Gordon Levitt (Inception, Brick, 500 Days of Summer) will play Alberto Falcone in the upcoming Batman film called “The Dark Knight Rises”.  The Alberto Falcone character is the son of Tom Wilkinson’s character from Batman Begins.  This all according to Variety.

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TOP 133 FILMS OF THE LAST DECADE #’S 31.5-11!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 30th, 2010

Hi Bryan Here…

And here it is.  The last of the Ultimate Top Films of the Decade List until the Final Top 10.  So many great films are on this list.  I guess the numbering got messed up somewhere down the line so this list starts with 31.5 instead of 30 and goes to #11.  So after this list, I will reveal my Top Ten Films of the last decade.  So you can check out the entire list now and you might be able to guess what would be on my Top 10.  Please feel free to comment and let me know your guesses.  As usual, you will get the title of the film, the release date, a mini review and synopsis by yours truly, and a link to purchase the movie over at amazon for a good price.

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TOP 133 FILMS OF THE LAST DECADE #’S 44-31!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 18th, 2010

Hi Bryan Here…

Hey folks, here are some more films for the ultimate list.  Any guesses what’s in my top 10 films of the last decade still?  Please comment and let me know your guesses.  Any who, here is a small list to continue on this massive inventory.  As usual, you will get the title of the film, the release date, a mini review and synopsis by yours truly, and a link to purchase the movie over at amazon for a good price.

ENJOY!!

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Bluray/DVD Releases for the 1st Week of October

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2010

This week is a MEGA release week for movies.  Tons of great films being released.  As last time, below you will get some information about the upcoming releases and a link/picture to where you can click and be taken to AMAZON to purchase the movie for a very cheap price.  Enjoy this week’s column.

2001 Maniacs

This movie stars Robert Englund from the Nightmare on Elm street movies.  Based on the campy cult classic by the Godfather of gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis, and starring horror legend Robert Englund, 2001 Maniacs is a bloody comedy/spoof that audiences will love. 2001 Maniacs tells the story of a group of college students on their way to spring break. They decide to take a detour through an old southern town – and are soon in for a big surprise. The residents of Pleasant Valley insist the kids stay for their annual barbecue celebration…but instead of getting a taste of the old south, the old south gets a taste of them!

Supplements

  • Two audio commentaries
  • Inside the Asylum Making-of featurette
  • Deleted/extended scenes
  • Outtakes
  • Alternate opening with John Landis

Beauty and the Beast (Diamond Edition) (Blu-ray)

A beloved classic comes back to home video in the form of high def.  This is a must own bluray.  The picture is crystal clear and the sound is nothing short of perfect.  Tons of extras are on this disc, plus you get the DVD copy as well.  The commentary track  is very informative and down to the point.

Supplements

  • Never-before-seen alternate opening
  • Deleted scenes
  • Beyond Beauty
  • Broadway Beginnings
  • Composing a Classic
  • Music video

Exclusive HD Content

  • Enchanted Musical Challenge
  • Bonjour, Who Is This?

The Blair Witch Project (Blu-ray)

This bluray was released  over a month ago exclusively at BEST BUY.  If you have not picked it up yet, then you can pick Blair Witch up anywhere tomorrow.  While this bluray disc is the best Blair Witch has ever looked, it is far from being a demo in your home.  Still tons of grain and just over all sloppy.  But I believe this was the intent of the filmmakers.  To make it look as real as possible.  The sound isn’t really that great on the disc.  Those set aside, if you liked seeing this movie all those years ago, then this is a must pick up to re-live that time and the special features are pretty good.

Supplements

  • Audio commentary
  • Featurette
  • Extra footage
  • Four never-before-seen alternate endings

Exclusive HD Content

  • Bookmarks

The Exorcist: Extended Director’s Cut (Blu-Ray)

Finally.  To start out the month of Halloween, we get the hig-def transfer of the scariest movie of all time, “The Exorcist”.  You get the spider-crawl scene, the extended ending and a few other scenes that were added in that were not in the original.  I saw this at the theater last week on the big screen, and it was fantastic.  Still scary as hell.  I wish they still made films like this still.  Where we grow with a character and see them transform into something TERRIBLE.    This is a 2-dsic set with a booklet with behind the scenes photos and essays about the making of the film.  An absolute must for any collection.

Supplements

  • Commentary by William Friedkin (Disc 1)
  • Sketches & storyboards (Disc 2)
  • Trailers & TV spots from the 1973 version (Disc 2)
  • Trailers, TV spots & radio spots from the film’s 2000 release (Disc 1)
  • Introduction by William Friedkin (Disc 2)
  • Audio commentary with William Friedkin (Disc 2)
  • Audio commentary with William Peter Blatty with Special Sound Effects Tests (Disc 2)
  • The Fear of God: 25 Years of The Exorcist (Disc 2)
  • Additional interviews with William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty (Disc 2)
  • Original ending (Disc 2)

Exclusive HD Content

  • Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist (Disc 1)
  • The Exorcist Locations: Georgetown Then and Now (Disc 1)
  • Faces of Evil: The Different Versions of The Exorcist (Disc 1)

Grindhouse: Special Edition (Blu-Ray)

It is about time we get these two films from Tarantino and Rodriguez in one release.  And YES.  YES.  We will be getting all the fake trailers in this release of Grindhouse.    Now I am a big fan of actual Grindhouse films and Tarantino and Rodriguez did an excellent job in re-creating the atmosphere and feel of this type of film.  I cannot wait to sit down with some friends at midnight with tons of beer and food and watch these two films in a row.

Supplements

  • Faux Trailers (‘Don’t,’ ‘Werewolf Women of the S.S.,’ and ‘Thanksgiving’)
  • Sickos, Bullets, And Explosions: The Stunts of Planet Terror
  • Casting Rebel
  • The Friend, the Doctor, and the Real Estate Agent
  • Planet Terror Poster Gallery
  • Stunts on Wheels: The Legendary Drivers of Death Proof
  • The Uncut Version of “Baby, It’s You” performed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead
  • Introducing Zoe Bell
  • Double Dare Trailer
  • Death Proof Extended Music
  • Death Proof Poster Gallery
  • Quentin’s Greatest Collaborator: Editor Sally Menke
  • The Guys of Death Proof
  • Kurt Russell as Stuntman Mike
  • Finding Quentin’s Gals
  • Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Film School
  • The Badass Babes of Planet Terror
  • The Guys of Planet Terror

Exclusive HD Content

  • Robert Rodriguez’s 10-Minute Cooking School
  • Extended Werewolf Women of the SS trailer (with optional commentary by director Rob Zombie)
  • The making of Werewolf Women of the SS trailer
  • Extended Don’t trailer (with optional commentary by director Edgar Wright)
  • The Making of Don’t Trailer
  • Don’t storyboard/trailer comparison (with optional commentary by Director Edgar Wright)
  • Don’t storyboards still gallery
  • Don’t poster
  • The Making of Thanksgiving trailer
  • New York Times talk with Quention Tarantino and Lynn Hirschberg at Comic-Con 2006 featuring the directors and cast of Grindhouse
  • Grindhouse Trailer Contest Winner Hobo with a Shotgun
  • The Makeup Effects of Planet Terror
  • The Hot Rods of Death Proof
  • From Texas to Tennessee: The Production Design of Death Proof

Hard Candy (Blu-Ray)

This was another film that was released a while ago as a Best Buy exclusive.  This film made me sweat.  I was on the edge of my seat the entire film.  One of the most tense films I have ever seen.  If you have not seen this yet, I really do not want to give anything away, but seriously buy this film if you love uber tense movies.  What a thrill ride.  it stars Ellen Page from “Juno”.

Supplements

  • Two audio commentaries with filmmakers and actors
  • Deleted and extended scenes
  • Making-of documentary
  • Controversial Confection featurette

High Tension (Blu-ray)

This a slasher/horror foreign film from France and it does not Disappoint at all.  A huge twist ending and a whole lot of guts and blood are instore for you.  A great addition to any horror collection and just in time for Halloween.  Marie and Alexia are classmates and best friends. Hoping to prepare for their college exams in peace and quiet, they decide to spend a weekend in the country at Alexia’s parents’ secluded farmhouse. But in the dead of night, a stranger knocks on the front door. And with the first swing of his knife, the girls’ idyllic weekend turns into an endless night of horror.

Supplements

  • Audio commentary with the director and screenwriter
  • Select scene commentary with director and star
  • Haute Horror – The Making of High Tension
  • Building Tension
  • Gianetto De Rossi: The Truth, the Madness and the Magic

The Human Centipede (Blu-Ray)

I saw this film a few months ago.  It really did not get a wide release in theaters.  IFC put it on demand for a couple of weeks and I got a chance to watch it.  WOW.  It is a brutal torture film in which a mad scientist/doctor makes a “Human Centipede”, by kidnapping innocent people and sewing his victims ass to mouth so they have one digestive track.  This is a film to watch with others and watch their reaction.  Much much joy.  This is a must own for all you cinephiles out there.  “During a stopover in Germany in the middle of a carefree roadtrip through Europe, two American girls find themselves alone at night when their car breaks down in the woods. Searching for help at a nearby villa, they are wooed into the clutches of a deranged retired surgeon who explains his mad scientific vision to his captives’ utter horror. They are to be the subjects of his sick lifetime fantasy: to be the first to connect people, one to the next, via their gastric system, and in doing so bring to life ‘the human centipede.”

Supplements

  • Director commentary
  • Making of
  • Deleted scene
  • Alternate posters
  • Trailer

The Karate Kid 2010 (Blu-Ray)

12-year-old Dre Parker (Jaden Smith) could’ve been the most popular kid in Detroit, but his mother’s latest career move has landed him in China. Dre immediately falls for his classmate Mei Ying—and the feeling is mutual—but cultural differences make such a friendship impossible. Even worse, Dre’s feelings make an enemy of the class bully, and kung fu prodigy, Cheng. With no friends in a strange land, Dre has nowhere to turn but maintenance man Mr. Han (Jackie Chan), who is secretly a master of kung fu. As Han teaches Dre that kung fu is not about punches and parries, but maturity and calm, Dre realizes that facing down the bullies will be the fight of his life.

Supplements

  • Chinese Lessons – Learn Chinese!
  • Music Video: Justin Bieber Featuring Jaden Smith “Never Say Never”
  • Just for Kicks: The Making of The Karate Kid

Exclusive HD Content

  • ON LOCATION: The Karate Kid Interactive Map of China
  • Alternate Ending
  • Play All Hosted by Jackie Chan
  • Production Diaries Hosted by Jackie Chan
  • movieIQ+sync(TM)
  • PS3 Wallpaper Theme

The Last of the Mohicans (Blu-Ray)

An epic adventure and passionate romance unfold against the panorama of a frontier wilderness ravaged by war. Academy Award winner Daniel Day-Lewis (Best Actor in 1989 for My Left Foot) stars as Hawkeye, rugged frontiersman and adopted son of the Mohicans, and Madeleine Stowe is Cora Munro, aristocratic daughter of a proud British Colonel. Their love, tested by fate, blazes amidst a brutal conflict between the British, the French and Native American allies that engulfs the majestic mountains and cathedral-like forests of Colonial America.  What a gem of a film in high definition.

Supplements

  • Commentary by Director Michael Mann
  • The Making of the Last of the Mohicans (featuring new interviews with Daniel day Lewis)
  • Theatrical Trailers

Mad Max (Blu-Ray)

Mel Gibson at his best.  In the ravaged near-future, a savage motorcycle gang rules the road. Terrorizing innocent civilians while tearing up the streets, the ruthless gang laughs in the face of a police force hell-bent on stopping them. But they underestimate one officer: Max Rockatansky (Gibson). And when the bikers brutalize Max’s best friend and family, they send him into a mad frenzy that leaves him with only one thing left in the world to live for – revenge!

Supplements

  • Filmmaker Commentary by Jon Dowding, David Eggby, Chris Murray & Tim Ridge
  • Documentary: “Mad Max: The Film Phenomenon”
  • Theatrical trailers & TV spots
  • “Mel Gibson: The Birth Of A Star” Documentary
  • Trivia & Fun Fact Track
  • Photo gallery

The Maltese Falcon (Blu-ray)

A beloved Bogart classic gets the high-def treatment.  A gallery of high-living lowlifes will stop at nothing to get their sweaty hands on a jewel-encrusted falcon. Detective Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) wants to find out why – and who’ll take the fall for his partner’s murder. An all-star cast (including Sydney Greenstreet, Mary Astor, Peter Lorre and Elisha Cook Jr.) joins Bogart in this crackling mystery masterwork written for the screen (from Dashiell Hammett’s novel) and directed by John Huston. This 1941 Academy Awards® Nominee* catapulted Bogart to stardom and launched Huston’s directorial career – all with a bird and a bang.

Supplements

  • Commentary by Bogart Biographer Eric Lax
  • Featurette: The Maltese Falcon: One Magnificent Bird
  • Breakdowns of 1941: Studio Blooper Reel
  • Makeup tests
  • Becoming Attractions: The Trailers of Humphrey Bogart
  • Warner Night at the Movies 1941 – Short Subjects Gallery: Newsreel, Musical Short: The Gay Parisian, Two Classic Cartoons (Hiawatha’s Rabbit Hunt & Meet John Doughboy)
  • Trailers
  • Audio-Only Bonus: Three radio show adaptations – two featuring the movie’s original stars, plus another starring Edward G. Robinson

A Nightmare on Elm St. 2010 (Blu-ray)

This remake of the beloved 1980’s classic by Wes Craven gets the remake over haul and only somewhat disappoints.  You get everything you want out of the film.  Jackie Earl Haley plays Freddy and he does a good job at it and there are even some straight forward shot for shot remake scenes from the original.  But what is missing or shall I say what is NOT missing.  Listen, I do NOT want an “in my face” reason why Freddy is Freddy.  I do NOT want to know when these characters are in a dream or not until creepy shit starts happening.  And I want Freddy to be the same funny one liner Freddy, which I get but only in the end.  Some stuff was done right and some stuff was not.  Overall I still liked it, and will see another sequel if one gets made, but the original still is the best.

Exclusive HD Content

  • In-Movie Experience
  • Focus Points
  • Additional Footage
  • BD-Live Functionality
  • DVD/Digital Copy Combo Disc

The Peanuts Holiday Collection (Blu-ray)

A wonderful set of our favorite comic strip “The Peanuts: featuring Charlie Brown.  In this set you will get “A Charlie Brown Christmas”, “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”, and “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving”.   Can’t wait to watch these in the blu-ray format.

Supplements

  • Bonus Cartoons
  • Featurettes

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (Blu-Ray)

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead’ is the debut feature film of Director Jordan Galland, who also penned the original screenplay, which finds the characters from Hamlet, a tip of the cap to Tom Stoppard, and a two thousand year conspiracy involving vampires and the Holy Grail.   This just sounds BADASS!  Must Get.

Secretary (Blu-Ray)

What a modern classic cult film this was.  I love the fetish world and this films explores quite a bit of that.  In an office setting no less.  A true Love Story at heart.  James Spader and Maggie Gyllenhaal star in the dark comedy Secretary. Praised as “daring, funny and quirkily erotic!” (Glenn Kenny, Premiere) and “sexy and highly stylized” (Gear magazine), Secretary is the story of Lee Holloway (Gyllenhaal), a young woman with a few strikes against her after a brief stay in a mental hospital, who accepts a secretarial position working at the law office of E. Edward Grey (Spader). The work seems normal at first, but somewhere between the typing, filing and coffee-making, Lee and her new boss cross the line of their professional relationship and enter into a Human Resources nightmare!

Supplements

  • Audio Commentary
  • Featurette
  • Still Gallery
  • Trailers

Exclusive HD Content

  • Interactive Bookmark Function

Splice (Blu-Ray)

I really liked this film.  It was a very different take into the realm of sci-fi and horror.  It is a bit awkward to watch, but I loved where this move took me.  I have not seen it before done.  Very good and highly recommended.  Superstar genetic engineers Clive (Adrien Brody) and Elsa (Sarah Polley) specialize in splicing DNA from different animals to create incredible new hybrids. Now they want to use human DNA in a hybrid that could revolutionize science and medicine. But when the pharmaceutical company that funds their research forbids it, Clive and Elsa secretly take their boldest experimentation underground—risking their careers by pushing the boundaries of science to serve their own curiosity and ambition. The result is Dren, an amazing, strangely beautiful creature of uncommon intelligence and an array of unexpected physical developments. At first, Dren exceeds their wildest dreams. But as she grows and learns at an accelerated rate, her existence threatens to become their worst nightmare.

Troll 2: Nilbog Edition (Blu-Ray)

Labeled as the Best Worst Film Ever.  Troll 2 does not have trolls in the entire film nor is it a sequel.  If that does not capture you to want to watch this then I do not know what will.  Disguised as friendly country folk, a pugnacious posse of people-eating trolls lures visitors to their town. But a family of four is about to discover this place is a real tourist trap…and they’re the prey! Now, the no-good gnomes must be destroyed before the family gets flambéed…and the world becomes a buffet in this feeding frenzy of fear!  A ridiculous good time.

That is it for this week.  Stay tuned for next week.


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“Super” Footage from James Gunn

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 12th, 2010

James Gunn has been hard at work for quite some time on his new film entitles “SUPER”.  It is in the vein of the year’s movie “Kick-Ass”.  The film has a stellar cast including: Rainn Wilson (The Office) and Ellen Page (Juno) as the main characters with Liv Tyler, Kevin Bacon, Michael “The Rook” Rooker, Nathan Fillon (Firefly) and Linda Cardellini (Freaks and Geeks).

IMDB’s plot synopsis for this movie reads “After his wife falls under the influence of a drug dealer, an everyday guy transforms himself into Crimson Bolt, a superhero with the best intentions, though he lacks for heroic skills.”

Now James Gunn is no stranger to the super hero genre.  He made a little film several years back which I think is one of the funniest movies out there.  It is called “The Specials” and is about the 6th or 7th best super hero team in the world.  It has an all-star cast as well with Thomas Hayden Church (Sideways & Spider-man 3) and Rob Lowe to name a few.  Gunn went on to write the revamp of Dawn of the Dead and make the ever so popular movie “Slither”.

Super looks to be an amazing film and the reviews from the early screenings are stellar.  I am looking forward to this movie.  Check out the clip of Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page below.

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