Oct/2020

Film Review: ’22 Jump Street’!!

by Bryan Kluger on Jun 11th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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The movie theater chains across America are plagued with sequels, reboots, and remakes these days. It seems like almost every film out there is either a sequel or a remake of an older film, leaving the original indie films left out to dry for the more independent theaters or video-on-demand. While you want these sequels and remakes to be just as good as the original or first film, most of them fall a little short, or are down right terrible. There are only a select few sequels that receive the praise and box office power that have audiences across the globe cheering its name. And I’m happy to report that ‘22 Jump Street‘ falls into that category, maybe even being towards the top of that list.

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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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Film Review: ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’!

by Bryan Kluger on Dec 20th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here…

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Even though Martin Scorsese is 71 years old, he has not taken a slower and more cautious path in making films or even the stories he tells. ‘The Wolf of Wall Street‘ is anything but cautious and slow. In fact, during its three hour run time from start to finish, only one hour seems to have passed by, as we are thrown in head first into a drug-fueled, rich hungry, and ultra luxurious life of Jordan Belfort and the sinful synagogue know as Wall Street. I have no problem with saying that this is right up there with the best of Scorsese’s films, and it might be Leonardo DiCaprio’s most intense, layered, and greatest performances yet. Hundreds of millions of dollars are made during the course of this film, and I’m sure the same amount, if not more will be made at the box office this holiday.

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Seems like most of the really important music to come out of the 20th Century was very topical in nature, songs that reflected what was happening in life and society at that time.

Take one of Bob Dylan’s early songs, “The Times They Are A-Changing”, Woody Guthrie’s “Dust Bowl Ballads” and The Weavers’ rendition of “What Side Are You On,” a song originally written for the United Mine Workers Union in Kentucky in the early 1930s, shifted slightly to bring attention to the growing fears of Communism and McCarthyism in the 1950s. All of these songs were powerful then and still very much are today, as well as being important documents of the American fabric of history, how the music has shaped our people as a country, and how change in our society has been brought through by the platform of music. The exact same can be said of John Lennon and his Plastic Ono Band’s “Power To The People” song, written and released in 1971. Read the rest of this entry »



You guys are no doubt getting excited for the new Jimi Hendrix releases hitting the streets next month, am I right?!?

Most notably, I have my eye on the 8xLP box set of “Hendrix at Winterland”, which everyone should too. However, if you need a Hendrix fix right away, here is a deal for YOU!

The limited edition 7″ vinyl single (with the first 5,000 copies individually crash numbered) is available exclusively from AuthenticHendrix.com and select independent record stores throughout the United States. The A-Side track features “Johnny B. Goode,” a blistering live performance captured to tape during The Jimi Hendrix Experience’s 1st show on May 30, 1970 at the Berkeley Community Theatre and included on the album Hendrix In The West. The B-Side features a previously unreleased recording of “Purple Haze” recorded on October 10, 1968 during The Experience’s performance at San Francisco’s famed Winterland Ballroom and is exclusive to this limited edition vinyl single.



Classic Waxxx: James Brown “Think” (Single)

by NapkinArt on Jul 12th, 2011

There’s no mistaking the fact James Brown is indeed the ‘Godfather of Soul’, the baddest mofo to ever ‘funk up’ the airwaves backed with one of the greatest rhythm and horn sections, ever.

Brown originally recorded this Lowman Pauling tune in 1960 with his band The Famous Flames, after the original version by The “5” Royales, however the version featured here is 5th version Brown and his band would record and release as a single. This version of “Think” is typical funky ‘make me sweat’ James Brown, which punches your ear gut with a blast of horns and bass from the get-go. The ditty charges the listener to reminisce and ‘think’ about the good times and bad, and what’s about happening on the streets. Clocking in at just over three minutes, this early 1970s recording still sounds as brilliant and relevant as ever, and holds its own as an authentic stand-alone version from the previous efforts. Read the rest of this entry »



Hi Bryan Here…

Be sure to drop by tonight at the Cameron Gallery from 6pm – 9pm and check out the magnificent and kick-ass artwork of world renowned artist Jonathon Kimbrell.  This will be the closing reception of ‘We Are Modern‘ which there will be a new limited edition print and a BADASS hardcover book of the one-of-a-kind art exhibition.  The book is limited to only 50 copies.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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From Executive Producer Martin Scorsese Comes the Bloodiest Shootout of the Year, ‘Free Fire‘. Starring Armie Hammer, Cillian Murphy, and Oscar Winner Brie Larson on Blu-ray & DVD on July 18.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Scream Factory and IFC are bringing ‘Don’t Knock Twice‘ to Blu-ray and DVD Combo available exclusively at Walmart June 6, 2017. Other retailers will have the film on offer beginning August 1, 2017. The supernatural thriller stars Lucy Boynton (‘Sing Street‘), Katee Sackhoff (‘Battlestar Galactica‘), and Richard Mylan (‘The Upside of Anger‘).

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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I’ve waited all year and finally it’s time!!! Not time for Christmas, you sillies, it’s AWARDS season!!! It’s time to see who has been chosen to attend the Golden Globes ball, who’s going to be crowned King and Queen and then there are some of us just hoping we’ll be asked to dance. The Hollywood Foreign Press Association will issue ballots that will be counted and announced Sunday, January 8, 2017 in a televised event hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

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The Gina-Prince Bythewood & KiKi Layne Podcast!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 10th, 2020

Here is the new episode of the Interview Series on the MULTI-MEDIA MEN podcast network, where the show is related to all things Movies, Music, and Entertainment! Here on this new episode, host Bryan Kluger from Boomstick ComicsHigh Def Digest, and Screen Rant talks with Film Director Gina-Prince Bythewood and actress Kiki Layne.

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Da 5 Bloods – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jun 11th, 2020

 

“Da 5 Bloods is a masterful cinematic journey.”

All of Spike Lee’s unique visual styles and important messages he so eloquently and brutally deploys in his motion picture catalog are evident in his latest feature Da 5 Bloods that follows a group of older friends traveling back to Vietnam some decades after they served together in the war to reunite with their fallen comrade and retrieve something valuable they left behind all those memories ago. With a vital mix of adventure, war, comedy, and an all too important message on the issue of race in America, Lee has perfectly conjured up a beautifully shot film with an amazing script and remarkable performances by all involved.

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Robert Englund Interview Podcast!

by Bryan Kluger on May 3rd, 2020

Here is the new episode of the Interview Series on the MULTI-MEDIA MEN podcast, where the show is related to all things Movies and Entertainment! Here on this new episode, host Bryan Kluger from Boomstick ComicsHigh Def Digest, and Screen Rant join in on the fun. The Feature Presentation this episode is a wonderful and candid talk with the legendary actor ROBERT ENGLUND!

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Bad Boys For Life – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 15th, 2020

“Bad Boys for Life is a blast.”

“Shit just got real.” Bad Boys for Life is the third installment in this movie franchise that has Will Smith and Martin Lawrence partnering up once again, telling jokes, driving fast vehicles, and killing the bad guys. The first film was released 25 years ago with the second film debuting 17 years back, both of them made by Michael Bay. It’s a new decade and era, and even though Will Smith hasn’t aged a day since the Clinton administration, Michael Bay is nowhere to be found behind the scenes here. In fact, two relatively unknown Belgian filmmakers, Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah have taken the reigns and made a thrilling, funny, and somewhat heartfelt Bad Boys film, one that has consequences and brings more development to these two hilarious characters. It’s no wonder Arbi and Fallah are tackling Beverly Hills Cop 4 with Eddie Murphy next. But with Bad Boys for Life, you can expect the usual action set pieces, but with some added heart and soul to the mix, which is a very welcome addition and breathes new life into this film series.

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JOKER – 4K UHD Blu-ray Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 7th, 2020

THE FILM


Todd Phillips is several oceans removed from his usual comedy escapades (The Hangover trilogy) with his brutally dark, yet brilliant film ‘Joker‘. Those of you who are not particularly fond of the comic book genre these days will still find something amazing in this DC universe that takes place in the 1980s. Joaquin Phoenix gives an unparalleled performance as the titular psychopath with a smile like you’ve never seen him before in pages or on-screen. It’s really something to behold, but then again, Phoenix is always magnificent. The real star of the film is director Todd Phillips himself, who for the first time showed that he can hang with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, and Francis Ford Coppola, delivering a picture-perfect account on Joker.

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Dan’s Ten Favorite Movies of the Decade!

by Bryan Kluger on Dec 16th, 2019

Ten years! Ten whole stinkin’ years of wonderful movies to choose from and this list took me forever to settle on! It has been a great decade of movies across the board and narrowing this list to ten was painful. I have to be clear and say that these are MY 10 FAVORITES, not the best, not the most entertaining, not the most groundbreaking. These are Dan Moran’s 10 FAVORITES. Your list may differ and that is awesome because we all have different opinions! Enjoy my list.

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ONCE – US Tour Stage Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Nov 23rd, 2019

Two strangers in Dublin, Ireland meet by chance on the street, where they realize they are both talented musicians and end up falling in love with each other. Based on the hit 2007 film of the same name, ‘Once‘ is a raw and emotional tale of music, love, and heartbreak that won many awards more than a decade ago. After the film’s success, a stage version was made and hit Broadway by storm, also earning numerous achievements. Now, the play is touring North America and has stopped in Dallas, TX at the gorgeous Winspear Opera House for the Thanksgiving holiday, and what better way to celebrate than to visit the pub and listen to some fantastic Irish folk music with ‘Once‘ live on stage.

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SHAFT (2019) – Blu-ray Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 21st, 2019

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We need more heroes like Shaft. Even if he breaks a few of the rules in order to take out the bad guys, he gets the job done and makes the world a better place, all while having a smile on his face and consistently makes us laugh. Thank you Shaft or shall I thank Samuel L. Jackson who looks like he’s having the time of his life in this film. Either way, this sequel to the 2000 film along with the original Shaft movies from the 1970s is Pitch Perfect Shaft, and I couldn’t be happier about it.

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GEMINI MAN – Film Review!

by Janet White on Oct 10th, 2019

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

A solid yet original action film is hard to find. Leave it to master cinematographer, Ang Lee, to fill the void. With Gemini Man, the virtual pot o’ gold at the end of the rainbow, viewers will be wowed by the uniquely choreographed and shot action sequences. When Henry Brogan (Will Smith) can no longer view his visage in the mirror, it is definitely time to hang up the sniper rifle. However, when you are the best assassin in the world, can you just stop? Henry thought so. His employer, the Defense Intelligence Agency, and someone he doesn’t suspect beg to differ. Read the rest of this entry »



The Saddest Moments in TV History!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 17th, 2019

Days are getting shorter and it’s starting to feel slightly cooler outside. It’s the end of summer and the beginning of autumn where leaves start to fall and orange spiced everything is available for mass consumption. This new season also signifies going back to school, starting something new whether it be a different job or living in another city. Whatever the case may be, it’s for sure an emotional ride.

Thank goodness for entertaining television though, right?

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Fantastic Fest 2019 – Second Wave Announcements!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 21st, 2019

Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 19 and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 15th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Mexican movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Mexico, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

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I wonder how many streaming services we can get before 2020 is here. It seems like every production company and movie studio – no matter how big or small is releasing its own streaming app. Remember the days when it was just Netflix and Hulu? Seems like ages ago. For the hardcore horror movie fans of grindhouse, gore, and cult films – comes Midnight Movie Society.

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‘Good Boys’ – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 14th, 2019

“‘Good Boys’ is so f#*kin’ funny!”

Three young friends find themselves banning together in the R-rated misadventure of a lifetime in ‘Good Boys‘. When you have Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg, Jonah Hill, and the producers/writers of ‘The Office‘ work on a movie together, you know you’re bound for big laughs, and that’s exactly the case with this movie. ‘Superbad‘ could be a close relative to ‘Good Boys‘, but replace the three high school friends trying to get laid with three elementary school kids who want to hit up a make-out party and finally kiss a girl. The underlying themes of friendship, growing up and moving on are all on display here, where the charm and innocent vulgarity mix perfectly with each other. ‘Good Boys‘ is so fuckin’ funny!

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Halloween is just several weeks away and that means ‘The Simpsons‘ will be debuting a new Treehouse of Horror episode. This will be the big-ass 30th Treehouse of Horror episode, making it XXX. I only hope the writers play into that in some fun ways. Not only that, this will be the show’s 666th episode, which I have to believe they’ve been planning this since episode 1.

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Vice Squad – Blu-ray Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 25th, 2019

So a pimp, a prostitute, and a police detective walk into a bar. It sounds like the start of a bad joke or what could be a really good time with names like Princess and Ramrod, but in the case of 1982’s action film Vice Squad, that’s not always the case. In fact, this is a super sexualized crime thriller with some hardcore violence and one rough bad guy. This movie is the culmination of the late 70s and early 80s that brought together a ton of top-tier talent, which is funny because this movie is so over-the-top violent, that you can’t believe it was ever made and released. Gary Sherman directed this pic, who previously just came off Dead and Buried and went onto make Poltergeist III. He was joined by producing partner Robert Rehme (former president of Avco Pictures who helped make a ton of John Carpenter movies, including The Fog and Escape From New York). Also collaborating with this duo was cinematographer John Alcott, who had previously worked on four of Stanley Kubrick’s best films, including 2001: A Spacy Oddessy, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, and A Clockwork Orange. Rounding out this stellar crew of talent is composer Joe Renzetti (Child’s Play). While the story may be your standard grindhouse B-movie affair, the visual style, camera angles, and score are out of this world.

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The Last Black Man in San Francisco – Film Review!

by Janet White on Jun 13th, 2019

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

 

“The Last Black Man in San Francisco is not perfect in its execution, but the story is moving despite its disjointed structure and flow.”

An interesting story comes out the U.S. capitol of “in your face.” In The Last Black Man in San Francisco, Joe Talbot, the director, teams up with Jimmie Fails (Jimmie Fails) for a second time to bring you seemingly Fails’s own story of the journey of living with loss. Orphaned from a drug addict mother and deceased father, Jimmie has lived with a friend, Montgomery Allen (Jonathan Majors) for some unrevealed amount of time. Each day, Jimmie and Mont take the bus to his childhood home. Much to the chagrin of the current owners, Jimmie touches up his ancestral homestead. When ownership of the property suddenly is in flux, Jimmie seizes the moment. What followed enlightened Jimmie’s world and hopefully the viewers in the audience. Read the rest of this entry »



Dragged Across Concrete – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Apr 19th, 2019

Dragged Across Concrete is the third film from S. Craig Zahler that focuses on two police detectives (Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn) who are put on suspension and are looking to make some extra money to support their families, even if it means doing something dangerous off the grid. It’s a fantastic film for sure. The 1080p HD transfer, DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix, and two excellent bonus features are all worth your time. Highly Recommended!

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