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Podcast # 41 – Zombie Deaths/Cult Films/Sin City 2!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 3rd, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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The Multi-Media Men are back with the 41st episode that covers all things in the entertainment industry. We had a full house this time around and had tons to discuss before Labor Day Weekend. Joining me is Adam Conway from the Angelika Film Center, Gadi Elkon from Selig Film News, Andrew Conway, Gwen Reyes from Fresh Fiction TV and Susan Kamyab from This Chix Flix. It was a lot of fun to say the least. We discuss how we would each kill a zombie, the best cult films, Sin City 2, and much more.. Let us know if you agree or missed anything. And please let us know what you think by going to our FACEBOOK page and TWITTER page, which you should visit to catch up on all the latest information. And don’t forget to visit iTunes and Stitcher to subscribe to our podcast. Enjoy the show.

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Film Review: ‘Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 21st, 2014

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Second verse, same as the first. It’s been almost ten years since Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller brought us the noir-soaked graphic novels known to comic book fans around the world as ‘Sin City‘, which was created by Miller himself. This seedy, ultra violent, and nasty underworld, where crime is rampant and the bad guys end up on top of this booze drenched and drug induced city is the backdrop for some of the most entertaining characters in ever to come out of a graphic novel.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

 

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Comic-Con gives and it just keeps giving. This time they gave us the red-band trailer for ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For‘. ‘Sin City‘ from 2005 and based on Frank Miller’s graphic novels, was a groundbreaking hit. Now Co-directors Robert Rodriguez and Miller have joined forces once again to give us the next chapter in the tale of the inhabitants of Basin City. ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For‘ gives us more of Miller’s riveting storytelling and a lot more of the stylized violence the first installment was packed full of.

 

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Enjoy the Trailer for ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 11th, 2014

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It’s been a long time in the making, but we finally have Robert Rodriguez’s first trailer to the sequel of ‘Sin City‘. ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For‘ was my favorite story out of Frank Miller’sSin City‘ story arc, and it looks like almost everyone is back in the sequel along with a few newcomers including Josh Brolin, Eva Green, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. They join Bruce Willis, Jessica Alba, Mickey Rourke, and Powers Boothe. The film opens August 22nd.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller have hired Joseph Gordon-Levitt for their sequel film ‘Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For‘, which just happens to be my favorite story out of the ‘Sin City‘ series.  Gordon-Levitt will take on the role of Johnny, which is pretty much the lead character that overlaps a few of the stories that will be featured in the film.

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Unfortunately, the late great and wonderful actor Michael Clarke Duncan will not be able to reprise his role as Manute in Robert Rodriguez‘s sequel of ‘Sin City‘ due to his untimely death.  However, actor Dennis Haysbert (President Palmer on ‘24‘) will replace Duncan in that role for the ‘Sin CIty’ sequel.  And if you haven’t seen Haysbert as President Palmer, it might just be the greatest president of the USA ever portrayed on television.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

I wrote a story last month on Robert Rodriguez talking about his plans for the much awaited ‘Sin City’ sequel and ‘Machete’ sequel.  You can read that story HERE.  Well, today Dimension officially announced the ‘Sin City’ sequel which will be titled, ‘Sin City: A Dame To Kill For’.  This is going to be great.  Frank Miller’s story is fantastic and might be my favorite one of the series.  The other stories are being kept under wraps and casting is expected to start next week with most of the original cast returning.  Shooting should being this summer and 3D is a big possibility.  I’m also curious to see if Tarantino will guest direct a scene or two like he did in the first film.

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Hi, Bryan Here…..

Austin native Robert Rodriguez gave a little bit of info on some of his much anticipated sequels to some of his cult hits at SXSW thisyear.  He talked about his production company Quickdraw Productions, getting into the animated field with a couple of projects on the schedule as well as the long awaited ‘Sin City’ sequel and ‘Machete’ sequel.

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Hi Bryan Here….

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for six years for the sequel to ‘Sin City’.  My favorite book out of the ‘Sin City’ series is ‘A Dame To Kill For’.  And it seems like every time the subject of the sequel to ‘Sin City’ comes up, not much is said.  It seems like nobody wants to talk about it.  Well the good folks over at WE GOT THIS COVERED sat down with director Robert Rodriguez and one of the questions that was asked was about the Sin City sequel.

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Film Review: ‘Oklahoma City’!

by Red Zeppelbon on Dec 7th, 2017

Hey guys, Jana here,

Oklahoma City‘ is a documentary about the tragic bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City in 1995. It comes from writer/director Barak Goodman (‘American Experience‘, ‘Frontline‘) and was nominated for an Emmy along with the other producers on the project, Emily Singer Chapman, Mark Samels (a previous winner of several Emmy’s and three times as many nominations), and Susan Bellows (also an Emmy winner and multiple time nominee). PBS aired the doc at the earlier part of 2017 but it made the festival circuits this summer and was an Official Selection for the 2017 Sundance Film Festival where it met positive reviews.

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Written By: Bryan Kluger….

 

A couple of very cool, indie horror movies are making their way to Blu-ray on November 7th from Scream Factory and IFC Midnight. They are ‘Killing Ground‘ and ‘Darkness Rising‘, which you can read about below. Both films are terrifying and very well made, and I hope the filmmakers are on their way to make more movies. I even got to talk with the director of ‘Killing Ground’ – Damien Power a while ago about his process and inspiration in the horror genre. He’s a director to watch out for. I can’t wait for you all to see these.

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Enjoy the Trailer For ‘Pacific Rim: Uprising’!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Oct 6th, 2017

Hey guys, Jana here, 

In 2013, Guillermo del Toro gave us ‘Pacific Rim‘ –  As a war between humankind and monstrous sea creatures wages on, a former pilot and a trainee are paired up to drive a seemingly obsolete special weapon in a desperate effort to save the world from the apocalypse. For ‘Pacific Rim: Uprisingdel Toro stepped down as director Steven S. DeKnight, mainly a small-screen director, takes on the challenge of of helming his first blockbuster.

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Hey guys, Jana here,Luc Besson’s visually groundbreaking epic, ‘Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets‘, arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on November 21. Digital HD Available on November 7, the 4K Ultra HD will include both Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.

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Varèse Sarabande will release John Carpenter’s classic score for ‘CHRISTINE‘ on LP available September 29, 2017. The ‘CHRISTINEOriginal Motion Picture Score‘ has been fully remastered and is being released on blue vinyl. The album features fantastic new art from award-winning movie poster artist Gary Pullin (“Ghoulish Gary”).

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Based on Valérian et Laureline, a French comic book spinoff series from another French comic series, Pilote, Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets explodes in radiant color and abundance onto theater screens.  The crime fighting agents, Valerian (Dane DeHaan) and Laureline (Cara Delevingne), first appeared in Pilote in 1967. The creators of the Valérian et Laureline, Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mézières have worked closely with Luc Besson to bring this world to life. Read the rest of this entry »

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HBO’s Game of Thrones is Coming to a City Near You!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 6th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Winter is coming in a big way in the next year. HBO has set up a giant exhibition of their flagship show Game of Thrones, which is a brand new interactive exhibition where fans of the show can enter the Seven Kingdoms and get an up close and personal look at the props, costumes, and sets from the show. This new fun exhibition will be highly interactive and span 10,000 square feet of space. This will be a worldwide tour that will kick off in Europe later this year. All the dates and cities will be announced very soon. Below are some of the activities and sets you’ll be able to see and interact with.

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‘Gotham City Sirens’ Will Rock Theaters Soon!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Dec 15th, 2016

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Margot Robbie and director David Ayer are back together, the last time this happened, the world received ‘Suicide Squad‘. The next venture is even more of a daunting task, and that is ‘Gotham City Sirens‘. I’ll assume that not everyone eats, sleeps and breathes DC comics and I’ll slow it down. DC is the comic book world I prefer to live in, I like dark, deep, broody, melancholy atmospheres, and I’m not entirely certain the sun ever hits the center of Gotham City, but I’m ok with that. Marvel is too bright and flashy and, just not me.

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Dead Rising: Endgame‘ is based on the videogame phenom and is coming to Blu-ray, DVD & Digital on December 6. The project comes from director Pat Williams (‘Continuum‘) and writers Tim Carter (‘Dead Rising: Watchtower‘) and Michael Ferris (‘Terminator Salvation‘) and stars Jesse Metcalfe, Dennis Haysbert and Keegan Connor Tracy, Billy Zane and Ian Tracey.

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LEGO sure has the market on DC films for kids. This film as the past direct-to-video films have incorporated almost all of the DC heroes to satisfy all fans for all ages. Packed with some great voice-talent that is recognizable to fans, this 78-minute ‘Justice League‘ story is quite entertaining, despite the chaotic pace and silliness. The full title of this film is ‘LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League – Gotham City Breakout‘ and has just about every DC superhero and villain showing up here, along with some new characters.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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How To Be Single‘ hit the box offices just in time for Valentine’s Day which meant the singles crowd could celebrate their love life, or lack thereof, too. Now the Blu-ray and Digital copies will be available for your personal movie collections at the end of May.

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In a union of Marvel and Fox TV Networks with FX, there is more to the X-Men franchise coming our way. These are two serial dramas that are set in the same world that we’ve come to know since the X-Men burst onto the screen in 2000.

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Rose McGowan is probably best known from her work on ‘Charms‘ and actress is the occupation we’re used to seeing her fill but she’s decided she’s ready to direct and is sharing her freshman effort behind the camera with her YouTube fans.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you want your ‘Wizard of Oz‘ as a NBC drama, you’re in luck! Granted, NBC canceled the primary effort that was in the works for a 10-episode straight to series order, but they have since redeveloped the project with a new writer and executive producer, David Schulner.

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Run-Down of Planet Comicon in Kansas City!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 16th, 2015

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This weekend held a pretty great event, no I’m not talking about the most epic Pi day to end all Pi days, but the Kansas City Planet Comicon!!! Celebrities, creators and throngs of fans made the trip to KC to revel in the glory that is and will always be a celebration of all things pop culture and all things très geek. Celebrity guests consisted of Cary Elwes (‘The Princess Bride‘), Michael Rooker (‘The Walking Dead‘), Karen Gillan (‘Doctor Who‘), Stephen Amell (‘Arrow‘) and Scott Wilson (‘The Walking Dead‘) among many others and was a serious draw for fans. Not everyone goes to a con just to see celebs, others view it as a networking event, a place to share their craft or just as a reason to go all out with the cosplay and know they will be among others doing the same. Whatever the reason, fans congregated en masse at Bartle Hall for the weekend.

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KANSAS CITY COMIC CON COMING IN AUGUST!

by Justin Cline on Feb 28th, 2015

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For those of you in or near the Kansas City area looking for a new venture this summer, might we suggest Kansas City Comic Con?

This brand new comic book convention debuts on Friday, August 7th, and runs through Sunday, August 9th at beautiful Bartle Hall, located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, MO. No matter whether your interests lie in finding the best in back issues or shaking the hand of your favorite comic book creator, dressing as your favorite character or meeting him/her live and in person, you and your entire family are sure to have an amazing time.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Disney is tapping into the lucrative market that is ‘Star Wars‘ with a second standalone film from the franchise. We’ve hard report that Josh Trank is developing ‘Chronicle‘, but this one comes from director Gareth Edwards and already has a starring actress, Felicity Jones.

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Jana B. here,

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Bryan Singer is one busy dude in the entertainment industry, he’s known for the ‘X-Men‘ movies, ‘Superman Returns‘, ‘Jack the Giant Slayer‘ and of course he burst onto our radar with 1995’s twisted crime flick ‘The Usual Suspects‘ that made Singer and Keyser Söze common names. In addition to all the movie titles he has under his belt, he was also the director for the pilot of David Shore’s hit medical drama series ‘House‘ on Fox. Shore and Singer worked together to executive produce the accolade-accumulating series for the entire eight–season run.

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HBO has been pushing the envelope with series television like Sex and the City, Oz, True Blood and The Sopranos. Former Sex and the City writer, Jenny Bicks is adapting the French porn comedy “Hard” for the premier cabler.  Stephen McPherson pitched the adaptation to Bicks and she agreed to the partnership instantly, being familiar with McPherson due to their working together at ABC when she helmed the dramedy “Men in Trees” starring Anne Heche. Bicks and McPherson are joined by Vin Di Bona, that’s right, the name we all see as executive producer of “America’s Funniest Home Videos“, are executive producing the comedy. Bicks is coming off her association with Showtime running “The Big C“. Currently, she is writing a pilot for NBC and executive producing a comedy pilot, “Works With Jerks” for ABC.

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Film Review: ‘Broken City’

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 17th, 2013

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I was majorly impressed with Allen Hughes of the Hughes brothers ‘Broken City‘. I’ve seen a lot of political crime dramas before, but none like this.  This particular story dives into the deep dark corners of politics and the police force in New York City at the end of a big mayoral election. I’m calling it now. Brian Tucker’s debut screenplay deserves at least an Oscar nomination for next year.  This multi layered drama and its intense characters made this film shine above the rest in its genre.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

Here is a trailer for ‘Mortal Instruments: City Of Bones’, based on one of Cassandra Clare’s novels.  The novel is a horror fantasy and is slated to open in August of next year.  Cast includes Lily Collins, Jamie Campbell Bower, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Lena Headey, Kevin Zegers, Jared Harris and Godfrey Gao.  Harald Zwart will sit in the director’s chair with I. Marlene King and Jessica Postigo writing the script.

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Classic Waxxx: Jimmy Reed “At Soul City”

by NapkinArt on Jan 5th, 2012

With the start of a new year at Classic Waxxx HQ there are large stacks of incredible vinyl to sort through that was obtained over the holidays. Rock n’ Roll, Jazz, Country, Bluegrass and the like all wait to be played and shared. It’s such a treat to discover new music by groups loved and practically unknown, and with another year come and gone it means there is just more music out there that needs some attention.

It was a difficult decision to pick the new year’s first record review, but Jimmy Reed’s “At Soul City” LP snuck in from left field for several reasons. First of all, I love blues records. Maybe more than most other records in the CW collection. I also love live recordings, and especially live blues records. But, I do have a little bone to pick with Vee-Jay Records for their release of “At Soul City.” Read the rest of this entry »

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‘City State’ to Be Remade in English!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 17th, 2011

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I’m resigned. Originality in Hollywood will never return. But, if it has to give up on novelty, at least it’s giving us good stuff.

City State is an Icelandic crime drama centered around four people caught up in the underworld. When a foreign mafia takes over the drug market, their lives intersect. There’s a bad cop in love with a whore, a revenge-seeking female cop, an aging crime boss with a heart condition, and a mechanic-turned-avenging-angel. Even a remake could be completely engrossing. It sort of sounds like Sin City meets Crash.

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Hi Bryan Here….

I am just loving these musician documentaries.  The first half of the George Harrison doc has been amazing.  Looking forward to the second part tonight.  And now  Harry Belafonte is getting a documentary on his life and career.  Most of you might know Belafonte as the guy who sang ‘The Banana Boat Song’ which features the lyric “DAY-O”.  It was featured in the film ‘Beetle juice’.  I’m very excited for this doc as I am a huge fan of Belafonte.  I remember watching the making of Michael Jackson’s ‘We are the World’ music video and during the rehearsal, all of the singers and musicians just randomly started singing ‘The Banana Boat Song’ along with Harry Belafonte himself.  It was magical.

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Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe are teaming up to star in  an Allen Hughes-directed independently financed noir drama ‘Broken City’.  “Wahlberg plays an ex-cop-turned-private detective who is hired by the mayor (the role Crowe will play) to see if his wife is cheating on him. The private eye confirms those suspicions, and when the mayor’s wife’s cheating partner ends up dead, the private eye immerses himself in the mayor’s business and uncovers a real estate scandal that involves the poll dealing himself choice city-owned properties.”

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Today’s geek deal of the day is the complete series of HBO’S Sex and the city!  Not the films.  Just the television series.  It is the complete deluxe edition collection on DVD.  Sorry no bluray on this one.

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Ethan Hawke has ’24 Hours To Live’ on Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 12th, 2018

Why did this movie not get a major theatrical release? I have no idea. This movie called ‘24 Hours To Live‘ stars Ethan Hawk and produced by the guys who helped make ‘John Wick‘. I mean, this has gold written all over it. Not sure what bonus features will be available, but there is none listed at the moment. Let’s hope that changes. You can currently see the film On Demand, but the Blu-ray will be available on February 6th.

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Celebrate The Life of Powers Boothe!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on May 15th, 2017

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When great entertainers pass away, it’s difficult to come up with the right way to mourn a life that still lives on for us in so many ways. The one way we can not just respect the life, but continue to enjoy the life they lived is with re-watching their movies that cement their presence in our lives.

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Guess Who’s Playing Cable In ‘Deadpool 2’??

by Red Zeppelbon on Apr 12th, 2017

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One of the most desirable roles in comic book movies has finally been cast. The curiosity is at an end. We finally know who will play Cable in ‘Deadpool 2‘, and it’s Josh Brolin. I’ll admit his casting doesn’t sit quite right with me, when I think of Cable, I think of Stephen Lang, but I’m certain Brolin will make the role his own and win over the fan base.

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4K UHD Announcement: ‘The Expendables I & II’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 21st, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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Official Release: Experience the explosive adventures of Sylvester Stallone and his tight-knit team of rogue mercenaries in the most amazing picture quality available today when The Expendables and The Expendables 2 both arrive on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) on May 2 from Lionsgate. The Expendables features an all-star cast including Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Jet Li, Dolph Lundgren and Terry Crews. Together, the elite team embarks on a mission to overthrow a Latin American dictator, but they soon discover a more formidable threat.
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Film Review: ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 11th, 2015

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The latest Hollywood remake to hit theaters is the hit tv show from the mid-60’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E.‘, which lasted four seasons and was partially developed by Ian Fleming just as the James Bond franchise was taking off. If you were alive during the mid-60s, you would have known that this ‘U.N.C.L.E.‘ television series was one of the best things on tv at the time, as it centered on an American spy and a Russian spy, working together to take out the bad guys in a very 007 kind of way.

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Pierce Brosnan has had dozens of roles in his film career. He’s been James Bond, a master criminal, Robinson Crusoe, he sung for us in ‘Mamma Mia‘ and a wise centaur in ‘Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief‘. He can now add to that list designer drug creator. Brosnan inked a deal with Aaron Kaufman in his directorial debut, ‘Urge‘.

 

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Rosario Dawson Joins Netflix’s ‘Daredevil’ Series!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 20th, 2014

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More good news is coming from the ‘Daredevil’ series for Netflix. In addition to Charlie Cox (‘Boardwalk Empire‘) playing Daredevil and Vincent D’Onofrio (‘Full Metal Jacket‘) playing Kingpin, Rosario Dawson (‘Clerks II‘ and ‘Sin City‘) will add her amazing talent to the new show.

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Jana B. here,

 

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The most glamorous night in Hollywood is coming up quick.We see our own version of American royalty dressed to the nines, and walking the red carpet.  Producers of The Oscars, Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have given us a rundown on the list of stars that will be presenting the Academy Awards of Merit. Ellen DeGeneres is hosting the live event on Sunday, March 2 on ABC.

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Bruce Willis set to star in ‘Vice’!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 23rd, 2014

Jana B. here,

 

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Bruce Willis is looking like a safer bet for casting than Sylvester Stallone or Arnold Schwarzenegger are these days. News of a new venture from the Lone Survivor producer of Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films is up to produce and finance ‘Vice‘. The story of a city in which humans can enact their most perverse fantasies onto androids. One becomes all Sonny-self-aware, ala ‘I, Robot‘, bent on shutting down the system.

 

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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Univision Networks has announced that it will spawn a new network called the El Rey Network, which will be led by Robert Rodriguez and John Fogelman. El Rey will start towards the end of the year through Comcast, while Univision will handle the sales and distribution aspects. Rodriguez, who directed the ‘Spy Kids‘ films, ‘Sin City‘ and ‘Desperado‘ has just announced that one of their first shows that will air on the new El Rey network will be a TV series adaptation of one of his first films ‘From Dusk Till Dawn‘, which was written and worked on by his good friend Quentin Tarantino.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

Here is the new trailer for the remake of ‘Maniac’ starring Elijah Wood as the maniac.  I can’t wait for this.  For those of you who think Wood is a poor choice for a sadistic killer, then think again.  Didn’t you see him in ‘Sin City’.  He was phenomenal in that role and I don’t think he even had lines.  Plus, Wood is a huge horror movie fan as his new production company is set to develop several new horror films.

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Check Out the First Image from ‘Last Vegas’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 5th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

Remember, we reported a while back that Morgan Freeman, Kevin Kline, Robert De Niro, and Michael Douglas would be starring in a ‘Hangover’ type of film?  Well, here is the first image of that film titled ‘Last Vegas’, which has all four gentleman in nice clothes in Sin City.

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Elijah Wood Leaves The Shire To Make Horror Films!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 1st, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

Elijah Wood, most known for his role as Frodo, in the Lord of the Rings trilogy has teamed up with Josh C. Waller and Daniel Noah to form  an indie film company called ‘The Woodshed’.  The Woodshed will focus on horror/sci-fi films mostly according to  Deadline.  If this sounds weird to you, it shouldn’t be.  Elijah has been an avid horror and genre fan for a long time.  Don’t forget he was the sadistic killer and cannibal in ‘Sin City’, he was in the horror film ‘The Faculty’, and he is the sinister killer in the remake of ‘Maniac’.  His horror chops are very strong, plus he loves the genre.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

‘Donnie Darko’ director Richard Kelly is prepping his new indie film with director Robert Rodriguez (Sin City/Machete/Spy Kids) and is to be titled ‘Corpus Christi’ with Richard Kelly directing and Austin, TX. native Rodriguez in a producing role.  Kelly and Rodriguez have cast Edgar Ramirez to star in ‘Corpus Christi’.  Edgar was seen in ‘Carlos’ as of recently which was one of the better mini series of the last few years.

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Hi Bryan Here….

HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ is easily one of the most brilliant and engaging series to air in the past decade.  It is full of colorful characters, gripping story lines, and tons of violence and sex.  And all of the series is based on actual people and events from the roaring 20’s in Atlantic City.  You can tell that everyone involved with the series has a passion and love for the show.  This bluray release is incredible.  The video and audio are top notch while the extras are a lot of fun for any fan of the show.  This gets my highest recommendation.  So let’s have a glass of scotch and be secret about it.

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Hi Bryan Here….

This is great news.  I can’t wait to read this.  Anything by Frank Miller is gold.  We got the press release a little bit ago.  Enjoy.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Sorry for the lack of this column over the past few weeks.  Been so busy with the holiday season, the website moving to different bigger servers, planning on some big contests and info to dish out to yall, and a few other surprises here and there.  But alas, the Bluray/DVD column is back on track and will be out weekly again.  So i hope you enjoy this abundance of releases.  Tons of great stuff here.

As usual, 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.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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FX has picked up a tv show called Wilfred, which will star Elijah Wood and is about a guy and his relationship with his beautiful neighbor’s dog.


Elijah has not done much since Lord of the Rings or Sin City with the exception of a couple of small movies.  He has mostly been doing animated shows and movies.


The full press release for the show is available after the jump.

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I’m on my way to New Vegas. Fallout Review

by Cowdefender on Oct 25th, 2010

CowDefender Here…

I was an addict of Fallout 3. I loved roaming a huge blasted landscape while listening to old time music. I loved choosing between being good, warm and kind and dastardly evil. At times getting to make decisions where either way your hands are dirty. I was excited by the notion of taking that game engine and those game elements and throwing it from DC to the vicinity of Sin City.

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TOP 133 FILMS OF THE LAST DECADE (#100 – #85)

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2010

Here we are in the Top 100 films of the last decade.  There are some great titles on here.  Enjoy.  As usual, there is the movie title name along with the date it was released, a mini review/memory of the film and a link that takes you to AMAZON where you can purchase the flick for a great price.

100_ Signs – August 2, 2002

I really enjoyed this Alien film from M. Night.  Total Hitchcockian throughout.  That scene with the alien stuck in the pantry of and Mel Gibson tries to get a glimpse of it with the  reflection of a butcher knife is so tense.  If aliens do come to Earth, hopefully they are not hostile.  A very good solid alien film.  Very tense.

99_ Garden State – July 28, 2004

Zach Braff shows the world he is a very talented director, not just a comedic tv actor.  This film has tons of heart and soul in it.  You really feel for the characters. Nothing is forced and it moves along nicely.  Natalie Portman is so lovely in this film. The soundtrack is one of the best of the decade as well. Go Shins.  I wish more films were like this. I look forward to more directorial efforts from Braff.

98_ A Serious Man – October 2, 2009

The latest film from The Coen Bros.  A very dark comedy.  The story follows a Jewish man who has a family, a job, and everything else but respect.  Everyone shits on him.  I can say that if you are NOT jewish or you do not have any jewish friends then you most likely wont get a lot of the film, but this film is hilarious.  This is suppose to be the Coen Bros. Biopic piece about themselves growing up.  I can relate.  Pretty funny.  A must see.

97_ Dawn of the Dead – March 19, 2004

The only complaint I had about this film is that I wish it wasn’t called Dawn of the Dead, which tells people it is a remake of the Romero classic.  It is not, although same story line in a way, but no.  This zombie thriller is BALLS TO THE WALL awesome.  It has got some of the best deaths, chills, and survival scenarios ever.  The scene where they shoot zombies that look like famous people is priceless.  Love this film.  Go James Gunn and Zach Snyder.  Some of the best head shots in cinema history.

96_ Match Point – January 20, 2006

Another Woody Allen film.  This marks the first in a set of films that Woody filmed in England.  This certainly does not play out like a typical Woody Allen film.  It is not funny whatsoever.  It is a serious drama.  So well played out and acted and directed and written.  Everything really.  This film follows a young man who meets a girl from a wealthy family.  The family takes him in as one of their own, buying him and their daughter a house and getting him the job of a lifetime.  This guy has a long affair with the beautiful Scarlett Johanssen.  When our main character wants to break off the affair he does so by murder.  What a film.  A must see.

95_ Hard Candy – April 14, 2006

What a brutal film this was.  A young Ellen Paige is the star in this film.  I literally had the flop sweats when I saw this in the theatre because I was so tense.  Wheww.  Just thinking about it gives me shivers.  Tons of twists and turns in this film. I do not want to give anything away, but seriously….see this film.  It will make you sweat.

94_ Super Troopers – February 16, 2001

Broken Lizards first feature film hit the jackpot and changed our lives forever with the immediate cult icon Officer Rod Farva.  This film follows the Highway patrol team and their hilarious antics with civilians.  People still today quote this film and will for some time.  I remember laughing out loud in the theatre for fifteen minutes straight at the biker line.  If you like comedy, then get off your ass and see this film if you have not already.  You will love it.

93_ Best In Show – September 29, 2000

A wonderful mockumentary from Chris Guest about Dog Shows and the people who take their dogs there.  We all know these types of people.  Dog People.  And it is all sorts of funny to watch all of their worlds crumble.  Oh the nut rant is prime.  This is dry humor at its best and your gut will hurt from all the laughter throughout the film. Stellar performaces all around.  More please.

92_ Fahrenheit 9/11 – June 23, 2004

An amazing documentary about the 9/11 attacks and the events leading up to it and all the questions we had about it.  We just didn’t know the truth, but we do now, and it was not pretty.  Michael Moore was the first to show us the truth on this.  This documentary will anger you and make you laugh and cry.  This is what I think is the start of the fall of George W. Bush.  You see who he really is in this film.  Go M.M.

91_ Black Snake Moan – March 2, 2007

I really did enjoy this little film.  I believe this film was loosely based on the great blues legend R.L. Burnside’s life.  It definitely has the great music to back it up.  Sam Jackson plays a old genuine God Fearing man who comes across a beaten up tramp played by the gorgeous Christina Ricci and takes her in to his home to get her well.  She was left for dead.  She gets all better and Sam Jackson chains her to his heater and he aims to cure her of her wickedness and make her a better person.  It is really good.  See it.

90_ Grindhouse – April 6, 2007

Oh yes. Tarantino and Rodriguez pay homage to the 70’s grindhouse experience by making a double feature of badassery, exploitation, and violence.  An allstar cast in both films.  One film deals with zombies and the other film deals with a crazed killer in a kick ass car.  The soundtrack is out of this world.  If you want to get a group of your friends together and pound a ton of beer and eat tons of junk food, then put this double feature on and enjoy the hell out of it.  So much fun.  I look forward to another double feature in the future from these two brilliant filmmakers.  Thank you for giving me this pleasure.

88_ Thirst – July 31, 2009

A really fantastic Korean Vampire film from the director of OLDBOY.  I like this one so much for its way of showing you every aspect of being a vampire and the guilt it causes and your need to feed.  More vampire films like this.  This director is amazing.  Not too much gore but just enough.

87_ Burn After Reading – September 12, 2008

I loved this Coen Brothers comedy.  Not a lot of people did.  It grows on you.  It is a comedy dram about the US government.  Starring George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Frances McDormand, Richard Jenkins, and John Malkovich.  If you liked Big Lebowski, you will like this film.  Tons of laughs.

86_ Night Watch – February 17, 2006

The first film in this Russion Horror trilogy.  This film is pretty epic and I believe is the biggest budget film Russia has ever done.  There are shape shifters, ghosts, murders, robots, monsters, vampires and much much more.  The visuals are stunning.  I highly recommend these films.  Classic Good vs. Evil here.

85_ Sin City – April 1, 2005

Finally the comic book of hardcore comes to the big screen.  I love these comics and the fact that Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino brought in Frank Miller to make this shows me just how brilliant they are in filmmaking.  Pretty much shot for shot and the same dialogue as the comic.  It is beautiful.  I love this modern Noir style.  Mickey Rourke as Marv is genius.  This is gruesome, funny and action packed.  Brittany Murphy does a stellar job in this too.  Cannot wait for the rest of the comics in comic book form.

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Bryan Has A Ball With Machete (Machete Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 5th, 2010

Just a warning before you read this review.  This review has a few minor spoilers in it so stop reading if you do not want to know anything about “Machete”.

Ever since Grindhouse was released and the world was given the ever so small glimpse of “Machete”, I knew I wanted to  see it as quickly as possible.  After hearing about the casting decisions, I wanted even more to see this film with Robert De Niro, Michelle Rodriguez, Steven Segal, Jeff Fahey, Jessica Alba, and Don Johnson lending themselves to this “fun as hell film.

Now I really enjoy most the films of Robert Rodriguez including: El Mariachi, Desperado, Sin City, Dusk Till Dawn, and his segment of Four Rooms, but I really do not care for Once Upon a Time in Mexico, or the Spy Kids films, Sharkboy, or Shorts all that much.  So I was just a tad bit uneasy that “Machete” would fall into the latter category of films I did not like.  Well safe to say, that “Machete” falls into the films I love.

It’s time of release has been coincided with Sylvester Stallone’s “The Expendables”.  Now Sly made Expendables with trying to make it realistic and true to nature whereas “Machete” is far from that.  It is a work of complete off the wall awesomeness and far from reality which makes it that much better.

Now you should know that “Machete” has balls to the wall gore throughout the film and naked women.  One of those naked ladies is Lindsay Lohan.  But you will get to see tons of decapitations, bloody head shots, tons of entrails, amputations, and a gigantic heap of machete kills.  Even at one point “Machete” guts an evil doer and pulls out his intestines and jumps out the 4th story hospital window and swings into the 3rd story window on the intestines.  That was an “OHMYGOD!”  and there are plenty of those.

Danny Trejo was born to play this role.  He moves through each frame with such a cool swagger that it looks like the whole film was shot in slow motion.  Trejo just owns this movie.  And his surrounding supporting cast is just as good.

Steven Segal plays the evil man which is out of the ordinary for Segal, but Segal plays this role so easily and it makes me wonder, why he hasn’t been a horrible villain more often.  He is great as a villain.  I must say that Segal’s death is one of the best and funniest deaths I have ever seen in a film.  It made me laugh hysterically.

Cheech Marin well is Cheech Marin and has the best dialogue exchange with Trejo in the entire film.  Cheech is just a great character actor and it shows along with Fahey’s evil republican role.  They just do such a great job of it.

Now what would a Rodriguez film be without the us of make-up artist legend Tom Savini.  Yes.  Savini might have the best cameo roles ever.  Right up there with Bill Murray in Zombieland.  You might remember Savini as “Sex Machine” from Dusk Till Dawn.  The character with the gun attached to his privates.  Well Savini in this film plays “Osiris”.  A very skilled hardcore hitman.  Every scene with “Osiris” is gold.  Let us hope they make a spin-off movie of “Osiris” or at least a sequel to “Machete”.

This film’s reason is to make an excellent exploitation or should I say “Mex-ploitation” film that takes one hardcore badass seek his vengeance and justice through the evil people of the world.  Simple as that.

Loved it and am looking forward to more.

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Film Review: ‘Rampage’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 11th, 2018

There really isn’t any point in denying that Dwayne The Rock Johnson is the biggest movie star in Hollywood right now, but he might also be the best. Nobody, except early Will Smith, can star in, sell, and market a movie the way he can. His power to entertain audiences with ridiculous premises is undeniable. Rampage is stupid, big, and insane, but it’s also obnoxiously entertaining and a joy to watch.

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Film Review: ‘A Quiet Place’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 4th, 2018

Comedians have routinely had a tough time shaking their labels as depthless clowns, but lately some are rejecting that type-cast in cinema and using their own material to change the minds of the public. Breaking away from his best known work as Jim in ‘The Office’, John Krasinski followed Jordan Peele’sGet Out‘ lead by taking the director’s role for the opposite end of the spectrum: Horror. His cleverly silent debut thriller ‘A Quiet Place’ has inexorable intensity, satisfying character development and bona fide heartbreak. Not since ‘Signs’ has there been such a fascinatingly atmospheric creature feature!

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WWE: Braun Strowman Goes to Wrestlemania 34!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 22nd, 2018

With Wrestlemania 34 just a few weeks out, the city of New Orleans is preparing for a tidal wave of wrestling superstars and their many rabid fans of all ages to partake in the cajun food, festivities, and even some good old fashioned wrestling on the grandest stage of them all – Wrestlemania. WWE is quickly stacking the card with matchups leading up to the big day, which I thought would be a good time to discuss some of the wrestler’s storylines and what we can expect on the big day. Enter Braun Strowman.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Disaster Artist’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 8th, 2018

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(This film portion was written by Fernando Martinez)

By now you must know about the “The Room.”  If by some chance you don’t know what it is, I would highly recommend viewing before watching “The Disaster Artist,” although it is by no means required.  Just as a cliff’s note, “The Room” is a cult film known as the best worst movie ever made.  It’s a melodramatic poorly acted mess, but it has hit a chord with enough people to gain midnight movie status, along with audience participation a-la Rocky Horror Picture Show.  It is a beast all of its own and it has drawn the love from college stoners to A list actors alike.  Naturally, in the center of the Venn Diagram of these fanbases, lies James Franco.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Manhattan Murder Mystery’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 6th, 2018

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What if I were to tell you that Woody Allen basically made his own version of Alfred Hitchcock’sRear Window‘ that starred himself and Diane Keaton? You’d be excited, right? Well, it happened in 1993 and is kind of light a 1st cousin to ‘Annie Hall‘ as Allen and Keaton play a couple in their mid-life who thing their neighbor killed someone. The film is called ‘Manhattan Murder Mystery‘, and is a comedic film that served to alleviate the pain of Allen’s divorce from Mia Farrow.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 26th, 2018

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Thor is starring in his third stand-alone film called ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ and brings a much needed change to the character in the best possibly way. Thor now has a fun personality and great comedic timing, mostly due to Chris Hemsworth amazing acting chops here. In addition to that, the film is steeped in a hypnotic, yet hyper-active color scheme that looks like Willy Wonka and Andy Warhol got together and decorated a city. In fact, Wonka’s theme ‘Pure Imagination’ is a song that plays in the film. It’s not all cold and stiff dialogue here anymore with brown or earth toned aliens and robots that Thor has to use his hammer to fight. Everyone and everything is covered in bright primary and pastel colors that creates a breath of fresh air in this stale universe. That’s all thanks to filmmaker Taika Waititi for giving his unique vision on this big budget film ($180 million). In previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, particularly with Thor, things have been sour and gloomy.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘COCO’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 26th, 2018

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(This film portion was written by Beka Perlstein.)

If you’re like me, you’ve seen the previews for Coco and thought, what is this movie and how is Disney going to make a movie all about death translate to kids. It didn’t stop me from jumping at the chance to preview the film and now I submit my apologies to Disney and the world that I ever doubted their creative genius. I’m loco for Coco and you will be, too.

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Dan Moran’s ‘Black Panther’ Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 16th, 2018

Admittedly, the easiest narrative for Black Panther reviews is that it is a “game-changer”, “important”, “redefines hero”, etc. Those narratives and feelings aren’t wrong. I think Black Panther is one of Marvel’s best stand-alone hero films. It is right behind The Winter Soldier and the original Iron Man for me. In a few years it may even eclipse those two as the distance and impact it has going forward is felt. I believe the cultural and racial themes of this film are well thought out, focused, bold, and sobering. To be perfectly honest I don’t feel comfortable writing about that aspect of the film in depth. I’m a 32 year old goofy white guy who is not a good enough writer to navigate that territory, plus I lack the experiences that would make my take worth reading. There are some incredible writers who have written on the overall cultural impact of (essentially) an all-black cast superhero film and I encourage all of you to seek those pieces out because they are worth your time. My review is going to focus on just how badass this movie is.

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Top 10 Moments in the Marvel Cinematic Universe Thus Far!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 15th, 2018

 

Black Panther is debuting very soon and in 3 short months, we will witness Infinity War on the big screen, which is the culmination of all 18 Marvel movies that came before it. I love the Marvel movies, at a minimum they get how to entertain and present their characters in the most appealing way possible. I’m sure that Black Panther will have an incredible moment or two and without a doubt the spectacle that Infinity War HAS to be will present us with some memorable scenes. Until then I figured I would share my 10 Favorite Moments from the MCU so far.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Wonder’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 8th, 2018

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Back in 2012, author R.J. Palacio released her novel ‘Wonder‘, which caught on worldwide quickly and became one of the most heartfelt and dare I say it “wonderful” stories of recent memory. It was only a matter of time before it was optioned into a movie. Luckily Lionsgate picked it up where author/director Stephen Chbosky (Perks of Being a Wallflower) signed on to take on the task in adapting this fantastic story for the big screen. ‘Wonder‘ follows a young boy named Auggie (Jacob Tremblay) who was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, which is a genetic disorder that causes facial disfiguration at birth, which can cause problems with hearing, eyesight, and breathing.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Geostorm’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 29th, 2018

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Natural disaster films will always have a special place in my heart. Most of the time, they are over-the-top, ridiculous, and never make a lick of sense. Still, there is something entertaining in watching giant cities fall due to an alien invasion, a giant lizard, or is with the case of ‘Geostorm‘, extreme weather. No matter what the premise, these films usually have the same intentions and plot structure, which usually involves one hero guy to save the day, millions of casualties, hilarious one-liners, and enough insane plot tangents that would cause you to have a headache.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Blade Runner 2049’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 17th, 2018

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(Portions of this “film” review are written by Dan Moran)

Sequels should never be this good. Blade Runner 2049 is Blade Runner adjacent. It is packed with so many themes and things to discover on repeat viewings. The connection to the original is blatantly there but this movie pushes so far beyond the original and expands the World.

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Film Review: ‘The Road Movie’ (2018)!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 16th, 2018

Big budget action blockbusters don’t have shit on this documentary, simply titled ‘The Road Movie‘. Russian filmmaker Dmitirii Kalashnikov has expertly edited a treasure trove of what acts as the ‘Best Of” YouTube videos of Russian dashboard vehicle cameras that showcase the crazy, sick, and depraved of the Russian highways and city streets. We’ve all seen a few short 10-second clips of a car crash or some crazy Russian guy getting out of his car with a weapon over small traffic dispute.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Jigsaw’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 16th, 2018

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Wait, what? He’s back? He’s really back with his infamous contraptions that kill people? Of course he’s back, even after a seven year hiatus, which was the last time we watched the Saw franchise on the big screen. Jigsaw marks the 8th film in the series since 2004 and with an eight film combined budget of $77 million, the box office gross of all eight films is a hair-line under $1 billion. So if you think there will be more Saw films with more Tobin Bell, the answer is a hard “yes”. The Spierig Bros. (Undead, Predestination, Daybreakers) are in the director chairs this time around as they put Jigsaw/John Cramer (Bell) in the center of the story.

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Film Review: ‘Paddington 2’!!

by Janet White on Jan 13th, 2018

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

Clouds part to reveal beautiful waterfalls and Uncle Patrizio and Aunt Lucy having a meal aloft on a rope bridge.  A cry is hear below and an adorable little cub is struggling to stay afloat.  The birth of Paddington’s family.  Fast forward to present day.  Life is grand; Paddington has it all. He lives with his wonderful family, the Browns, in beautiful London, and is surrounded by a neighborhood full of new friends. Up to his usual, calamitous antics, Paddington is in search of the perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. Armed with his trusty red hat complete with, of course, a fresh-ish marmalade sandwich, Paddington is ready to steal your heart again. Paddington 2, in typical sequel fashion, reveals key elements of the past, particularly the origin of Paddington’s family.

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‘Flight of the Conchords’ are coming back to HBO!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 11th, 2018

In the daytime of the night, Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement, who make up the duo that is the hilarious ‘Flight of the Conchords‘ are coming back to HBO for a one-hour special of music and comedy later this year. The comedic pair will perform new and old songs on their upcoming comedy tour, which will be filmed in front of a sold out audience in the UK. This is just excellent news and I hope the two will have future specials and even a new show after the success of this upcoming one. I wonder if there will be a new Bowie song or a sequel to ‘Business Time’. I hope so.

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Eli Roth (The Bear Jew and director of ‘Cabin Fever‘) has remade the 1974 violent revenge film ‘Death Wish‘. Instead of Charles Bronson, we now have Bruce Willis. This film was originally slated to release in theaters over the Thanksgiving holiday of last year, but the studio decided to push it now to March 2, 2018. The guy behind ‘Narc‘, ‘Smoking Aces‘, and ‘The Grey‘ (Joe Carnahan) has written the screenplay too. I’m sure this movie will be fun with some hardcore carnage and one-liners, or at least – let’s hope. Below is a ton of info about the film and of course the trailer.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Dark Knight Rises’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 2nd, 2018

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The threats of terrorism, war, chaos, and financial ruin are all too real these days.  ’The Dark Knight Rises’ dives into these issues on a massive scale, which makes any film in the Marvel universe look like mere “child’s play” (no reference to a knife-wielding murderous doll).  Compared with the other Batman movies, everything is bigger in ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ and there is so much more at stake.  Not one second of this film is wasted, the writing and direction is straight to the point, cohesive, and comes across as totally fulfilling in its 164 minute run-time.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Batman Begins’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 2nd, 2018

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Since 1989, we were thrilled to have Batman movies. In 1989, we received are first big budget Batman film from newcomer director at the time Tim Burton. It went onto be a box office sensation and spawned three more sequels, which became increasingly worse and silly. By the time the 4th film got around, it was more like watching a slapstick cartoon than anything good or resembling Batman. In fact, the franchise became a joke. Then came along Christopher Nolan who made his trilogy of Batman films, starting with ‘Batman Begins‘, which told a much darker and realistic side of the Dark Knight. The results were astounding on both critical and box office fronts.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Dark Knight’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 2nd, 2018

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The Dark Knight‘ is one of those rare instances where the sequel is even better that it’s previous original movie. I would say that this film is perhaps one of the greatest, if not the greatest superhero film of all time so far. In addition to that, it’s just a fantastic film itself that can compete with any movie out there. This sequel picks up with Batman in the prime of his justice restoring and bringing criminals to jail. Christian Bale is better than ever here as Batman and we see how him being the caped crusader is taking a toll both physically and mentally on him. He still manages to come through though each time. But soon enough, comes The Joker, played flawlessly by Heath Ledger.

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Favorite Movies of 2017!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 27th, 2017

Was 2017 a great year for movies? Of course it was. There were some excellent films to be released in 2017. There were also some bad ones for sure, but the focus on this article are some of the Best films that stuck with me long after viewing. Most people will give you their Top 10 list, but this is no Top 10, because there are just so many movies that I loved and feel passionate about, that I find it difficult and unpleasing to rank them.

Instead, these are my favorite movies of 2017, which I hope you’ve seen already. If you haven’t yet, you’re in for a real treat and I can’t wait for you to see them. Some of these films are still in theaters, while some are on Netflix, 4K UHD, and Blu-ray, so you’ll be able to quickly see any of these if you haven’t. I watched over 270 movies that were released in 2017 and these are my absolute favorites. I hope you get to see all of these, because I know you’ll love them. In no particular order…..

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Film Review: ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’!!

by Janet White on Dec 21st, 2017

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Oh, we got fun…and the game! Coaxing and soaring over the tails of its predecessor, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle will rock your world. In 1995, Jumanji, centered on a board game, turned a home and a city inside out with adventure stampeding over the bounds of the silver screen. Picking up from where the first film left off, the board game is found on a beach. Jumanji ensnares new victims, so let the ride begin. Read the rest of this entry »

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4K UHD Review: ‘Dunkirk’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 19th, 2017

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There’s never been a war film like ‘Dunkirk‘, which I’d say is a masterpiece in filmmaking, lead by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy). Even though Dunkirk cost $150 million to make, you really wouldn’t know it, as it’s simplistic, yet grand view of the Battle and Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 is perfectly captured here. Dunkirk is why we still go to the movies. It’s one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen and is one of the reasons to get out and see it in IMAX. Other war films try add sweeping music to add an emotional effect or certain camera angles to drum up more dramatic suspense.

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‘Geostorm’ is Coming to Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 14th, 2017

You know you’re gonna want ‘Geostorm‘ on Blu-ray to watch every single detailed death, brought upon by hardcore weather. It’s basically ‘Independence Day‘, but with weather instead of aliens. Who doesn’t want to see that? The Blu-ray comes out January 23rd, but you can watch it digitally on January 16th. There will be behind the scenes extras, visual effects, and more included here too. Dolby Atmos sound is also included, which is damn good for this type of movie. Below are the full details for the release.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 22nd, 2017

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On paper, ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard‘ sounds like a solid gold winner. You have Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson in a violent action-comedy with enough “motherfucks” for two films, that is directed by the guy who made ‘The Expendables 3‘ – Patrick Hughes. Those looking for a ‘Deadpool‘ style character from Reynolds will be disappointed, as he’s the straight arrow here, or as straight as Reynolds could possibly be. Samuel L. Jackson on the other hand is amped up to 11, as he plays Kinkaid, an assassin for hire who will testify in a global crime ring against a foreign mad man, played by Gary Oldman, complete with a hard Russian accent.

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If you’re like me, then you have grown to love filmmaker Christopher Nolan over the years. Come December 19th, most of his films will be released on 4K UHD for the first time ever. The films include the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy‘, ‘Inception‘, ‘The Prestige‘, ‘Interstellar‘, and the recent ‘Dunkirk‘. Each film will come with HDR as well, meaning a richer and deeper looking image for each movie. Each film will feature extras, the standard Blu-ray Disc, and Digital Copies of each movie. The whole collection will retail at about $150 with the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy‘ retailing at around $70. Of course with the holidays coming up, expect big discounts everywhere for these.

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Blu-ray Review: The Glass Castle!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 11th, 2017

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You probably have heard the name Jeannette Walls. She is a journalist that was known for her Gossip column for MSNBC, but she is now known world-wide for her amazing novel ‘The Glass Castle‘, which was a memoir about her life growing up with her dysfunctional family. Her novel stayed on the Best Seller list for 261 weeks. If you think about that’s about four years and yes, it’s that good. Of course, Hollywood made a movie about it, which was directed by the amazing Destin Daniel Cretton (Short Term 12) and starred Brie Larson, Woody Harrelson, and Naomi Watts.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Atomic Blonde’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 9th, 2017

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This film portion is written by Dan Moran.

Atomic Blonde isn’t a perfect movie. It has an overly complex plot and is about 20 minutes longer than it needs to be, but all of that is overcome by some of the best action sequences in recent memory with an absolutely badass performance by Charlize Theron.

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Robert Pattison will have a ‘Good Time’ on Blu-ray!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 7th, 2017

Good Time‘ is coming to Blu-ray and Digital Streaming on November 21st, and is a hardcore violent film that stars Robert Pattison and Jennifer Jason Leigh. When the movie premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, it was met with critical praise and a big standing ovation, much to the appreciation of the filmmakers – The Sadie Brothers. Expect an audio commentary and some other cool bonus features with this one.

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Scooby Doo and Batman are coming to Blu-ray Together!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 7th, 2017

I’m gonna go ahead and say it. There won’t be a better film than this all year. On January 9th, 2018, Warner Bros. is releasing ‘Scooby-Doo & Batman: The Brave and the Bold‘ on Digital Streaming. How can Warner Bros. team up this duo? Well, the villains of the Batman universe have partnered up with the villains of the Scooby Doo universe to terrorize the city. Batman then decides to join the other detective agency of Mystery Inc with Scooby, Shaggy, Fred, Daphne, and Velma to fight crime. There are so many scenarios I want to see played out here. I want to see Batman slap Fred. I want to see Velma and Daphne fight over Batman. I want to see Shaggy try to unmask Batman. I want to see Scooby wear a Bat-Dog costume. I want the Joker and Ghost Clown to torture civilians. I don’t think this is asking for too much.

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Film Review: ‘Thor: Ragnarok’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 31st, 2017

Thor is starring in his third stand-alone film called ‘Thor: Ragnarok‘ and brings a much needed change to the character in the best possibly way. Thor now has a fun personality and great comedic timing, mostly due to Chris Hemsworth amazing acting chops here. In addition to that, the film is steeped in a hypnotic, yet hyper-active color scheme that looks like Willy Wonka and Andy Warhol got together and decorated a city. In fact, Wonka’s theme ‘Pure Imagination’ is a song that plays in the film. It’s not all cold and stiff dialogue here anymore with brown or earth toned aliens and robots that Thor has to use his hammer to fight. Everyone and everything is covered in bright primary and pastel colors that creates a breath of fresh air in this stale universe. That’s all thanks to filmmaker Taika Waititi for giving his unique vision on this big budget film ($180 million). In previous Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, particularly with Thor, things have been sour and gloomy.

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Written by: Bryan Kluger…..

The world of pro-wrestling has been around for many years and has certainly seen its ups and downs, most noticeably being the WWE. There have been many promotions through the decades, which have made a lot of people very successful and it continues to this day. At some point down the road though, there was one company that surpassed everyone by leaps and bounds and brought the pro-wrestling arena into the mainstream. Of course I’m talking about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), or the artist formally known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in its teenage angst years. For a long while, there were two major companies that featured the best of the best in the pro-wrestling world. WWE and WCW. They didn’t play well together at all on and off screen.

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Written by: Bryan Kluger

Get ready for ‘The Only Living Boy in New York‘ because it will be available on Digital HD on your favorite streaming service on October 20th from Lionsgate. The film is directed by Marc Webb (500 Days of Summer, Amazing Spider-Man) and written by Allan Loeb (The Space Between Us) and stars Jeff Bridges, Pierce Brosnan, Kate Beckinsale, and Cynthia Nixon. The film is a coming-of-age story set in New York about a young man who finds out his father is having an affair.

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Film Review: ‘Rebel in the Rye’!!

by Janet White on Oct 14th, 2017

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

 

The Catcher in the Rye took the U.S. by storm nearly from its initial printing. The author, J.D. Salinger, transformed from obscurity to magnified limelight causing him to retract from the world. The more the public wanted to know him or be his infamous character, Holden Caulfield, the more withdrawn Salinger became which increased the mystery. In the past 66 years, the novel has been printed, re-printed, translated and massively distributed throughout the world. Schools have both required and banned the reading for reasons of profanity and its message. Rebel in the Rye details Salinger’s (Nicholas Hoult) life and progression as a writer. From his early years as a willful, smart mouth to an obsessed literary giant. Read the rest of this entry »

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Short Film Review: ‘Creswick’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 5th, 2017

Audrey E., here….

Step aside, Los Angeles. Austin is quickly becoming the new city of stars. From SXSW to the Austin City Limits, and just this past month, the annual Fantastic Fest (the nation’s most diverse film festival), the city is bursting with art! This year there was a plethora of strange and unusual films waiting to make their mark, and I’m here to tell you about two that might be short in length, but tall with impact!

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4K UHD Review: ‘Kick-Ass’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 2nd, 2017

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Back in 2008, Mark Millar and John Romita Jr. created a new comic book that was kick-ass, that they in fact named it ‘Kick-Ass‘. It was basically Spider-Man if Spider-Man had no superpowers and was had a hardcore R rating. The amount of creative energy, violence, comedy, and character development that went into the comic was magical as it was entertaining and wonderful. Millar just had a way with words and story plot that made this comic book called ‘Kick-Ass‘ solid gold. It was to nobody’s surprise that only two years later, we got a feature film directed by Matthew Vaughn (Layer Cake, X-Men: First Class, Kingsman) and produced by Brad Pitt, that ignited a new breed of R rated superhero films.

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Film Review: ‘The Mountain Between Us’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 29th, 2017

Rebecca S., here….

In modern terms, a unicorn is a sought after item of idea that you can never have; a fabled creature and impossible to capture. The perfect date night movie is the unicorn of our times. Speaking in stereotypes, men are said to want comedy, death defying action-adventure, and it would be great if someone got shot or maimed. Women are said to want lighthearted flirting, sincere laughter and a beautiful backdrop in which a woman is swept off of her feet by a gorgeous man. Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you The Mountain Between Us. The answer to your date night woes. A unicorn.

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Film Review: Dan Dream!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 26th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

From the creative duo that brought us ‘Klovn’ and ‘Klown‘, comes their next twisted comedy with a ton of heart called ‘Dan Dream‘, that tells the true life story of the world’s first electric car. If you’ve ever had the privilege to watch ‘Klown‘, then you know about the off-beat humor of the Danish team Casper Christensen and Frank Hvam have owned since they stepped into the film world. With their silly bodily humor, they still manage to tell engaging and heart felt stories. Dan Dream is no different and has shades of ‘Little Miss Sunshine‘ throughout. Casper and Frank, who also star in the film, have perfectly captured this small moment in history with all its glory and warts in their unique brand of of comedy that includes butts and poop.

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Hey guys, Jana here, 

The New York Latino Film Festival (NYLFF) is the premier Urban Latino film event in the country. Since its founding in 1999, the NYLFF produces culturally relevant and entertaining experiences that build audiences for Latino cinema, support the film community with professional development and foster relationships for Latino talent. Programming includes the flagship film festival in New York City, competition programs and community programs. Full Schedule and Tickets Now Available at NYLatinoFilmFestival.com or you can just click here.

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15th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival Lineup!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Sep 25th, 2017

Hey guys, Jana here, 

The 15th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival is set to run from October 18 – 22 in Wichita, KS. The weekend boasts the inaugural presentation of the L.M. “Kit” Carson Storyteller Award to Larry Gross (‘48 Hours‘), and Ad Astra Award presentation to Rose McGowan (‘Charmed‘). Among the throng of films (182!!!) the fest has to offer, there are gala events, after-parties, and enough events to keep anyone, from the most green of festival-goers to the most seasoned pros that binge-watch for a living, entertained, interested, and hell, even relaxed. One of the ticket packages includes a massage.

The festival has given us a complete lineup of films for their 2017 event and since I’m such a nice person it’s my job, I’m giving it to you.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

20th Century Fox has debuted the first trailer for ‘Maze Runner: The Death Cure‘, the final installment of the trilogy from director Wes Ball (‘The Maze Runner‘). All questions are answered as Thomas and the remaining Gladers lead their final charge to save their friends and defeat WCKD in their most grueling maze yet on January 26, 2018!

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Film Review: ‘The Lego Ninjago Movie’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2017

Hello all, Rebecca here with my take on the newest installment from the Lego film franchise.

The Lego Ninjago Movie reminds me a lot of a tossed salad you would buy at the grocery store, meaning lots of classic flavors that you already love, but always having that one inclusion that tastes funny (I’m looking at you radicchio). Ninjago has the same beautiful CGI/stop motion look from Animal Logic that The Lego Movie and the Lego Batman Movie have, and the same quirkiness, but it lacks the heart of its predecessors.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Mummy’ (2017)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2017

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(This film portion was written by Fernando Martinez)

The Mummy (1999) is by far one of the best movies I’ve ever seen.  Written and directed by Stephen Sommers, it works as an homage to classic monster movies, great adventures, and old school “hero of the day” golden age of cinema films. Starring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, and what can only be described as a truly breakout performance by Arnold Vosloo as The Mummy Himself, Imhotep!

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Hey guys, Jana here,

Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse is THE place to be for the avid film-lover. We’ve got  the final wave of programming for Fantastic Fest which also includes world premieres of WHEELMAN and WORLD OF TOMORROW EPISODE TWO: THE BURDEN OF OTHER PEOPLE’S THOUGHTS, screenings of THOROUGHBRED, JUPITER’S MOON and PROFESSOR MARSTON & THE WONDER WOMEN, and the 10-year anniversary of the infamous Fantastic Debates… plus much more!

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