May/2018

Dan’s Review of ‘A Quiet Place’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 8th, 2018

I am not a huge fan of scary movies. I’ll see them, but they are definitely very low on my overall ‘Genre I Enjoy’ list. That said, I always appreciate a really well done horror film and ‘A Quiet Place‘ is exactly that. It is one of the most suspenseful and intense movies I have seen in a few years. The awful situations this family finds themselves in naturally grow to such a climax that it is one of the few movies where I can say I was on the edge of my seat.  On the surface, it is just a terrifying creature feature where noise is the enemy, but if you look a little deeper, it is quite simply the most terrifying movie about being a parent ever made.

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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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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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Hi Bryan Here….

“Mimi Leder has signed on to direct All Quiet on the Western Front, an adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque’s WWI novel that was previously turned into the 1930 film that won a Best Picture Oscar and another for director Lewis Milestone.”   Mimi has mostly directed episodes of televison series but she has a few feature films under her belt.  Some of those include:  ‘Pay It Forward’, ‘Deep Impact’, and ‘Sentimental Journey’.

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My Bloody Podcast #2 – ‘Tremors’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 27th, 2018

Here is the 2nd episode of the newest podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new show, Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record Chronicle and myself talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror themed music.  In our second episode, our topics include discussions about ‘A Quiet Place‘ sequel, a horror version of The Avengers from Marvel, and give you “Bloody Recommendations” of two vintage horror films, being ‘Once Bitten‘  and ‘Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile‘. Our big topic is of course ‘Tremors‘, where we discuss the film and its soundtrack. It was so much fun. This episode is guaranteed to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you. 

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My Bloody Podcast #1 – Killer Klowns From Outer Space!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 17th, 2018

Here is the debut episode of the newest podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new show, Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record Chronicle and myself talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror themed music.  In our first episode, our topics include discussions about a brand new Friday the 13th documentary, a new Netflix series about vampires, and the remake of Stephen King’s Pet Sematary. We also dive into the recent film ‘A Quiet Place‘, and give you “Bloody Recommendations” of two vintage horror films, being Troll/Troll 2 movie set and The Doctor and the Devils. Our big topic is of course ‘Killer Klowns From Outer Space‘, where we discuss the film and its soundtrack. It was so much fun. This episode is guaranteed to thrill you, chill you, and fulfill you. 

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Blu-ray Review: Black Panther!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 15th, 2018

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Going into the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’d hope you wouldn’t see the same thing over and over that we’ve been watching since Iron Man debuted a decade ago. As the years have passed on by, watching a Marvel movie became something tedious, even though most of the films are fun and enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, Marvel has done a great job with each and every film they’ve put out, but moving into their 18th film, it seems like we’ve seen almost everything and every action scene is something recycled from the previous, whether it be superheroes jumping from car to car during car chases or aliens come out of the sky and destroying the planet. Luckily for all of us Marvel fans, ‘Black Panther‘ breathes new and creative life into a somewhat stale film series in the best ways possible.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 25th, 2018

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There is always hope for a new ‘Star Wars‘ movie. Two years ago with ‘The Force Awakens‘, Disneyand JJ Abrams reinvigorated the franchise into becoming the #1 movie of all time. Not only was it financially successful, but it brought a new love to the film series, since the prequels almost destroyed all that ‘Star Wars‘ had built up since 1977. It was a new day in the ‘Star Wars‘ universe with new characters crossing paths with our favorite original characters, which made our collective nerdy hearts soar with happiness and nostalgia.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Justice League’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 13th, 2018

 

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(This film portion was written by Dan Moran)

There are several things about Justice League that are good. I think the cast is terrific. Gal GadotBen AffleckJason Momoa, and Ezra Miller are great in their roles. They each have a character moment (earned or not) that makes me interested in seeing their next solo adventure. DC/WB has put some talented filmmakers in charge of the next slate of movies. Justin Lin doing Aquaman sounds great, Patty Jenkins taking Wonder Woman on her next adventure, and Matt Reeves writing and directing The Batman. These are world-class filmmakers who have a great actor in the title role and hopefully that leads to some great story telling. I have no idea who is directing The Flash but I did enjoy him as the comic relief character in Justice League and would like to see if he is more than that in the future. Even Henry Cavill’s “new” Superman was delightful as he is reborn in this film and is no longer a whiney douchebag with terrible parents. Man of Steel 2 is actually on my radar now! But those are the nicest things I can say about Justice League. I loved the cast and I look forward to their solo adventures because having them all together in whatever Justice League was/is/supposed to be was a horrific insult to the fans of DC and moviegoers in general.

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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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Film Review: ‘Black Panther’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 15th, 2018

Going into the 18th film in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, you’d hope you wouldn’t see the same thing over and over that we’ve been watching since Iron Man debuted a decade ago. As the years have passed on by, watching a Marvel movie became something tedious, even though most of the films are fun and enjoyable. Don’t get me wrong, Marvel has done a great job with each and every film they’ve put out, but moving into their 18th film, it seems like we’ve seen almost everything and every action scene is something recycled from the previous, whether it be superheroes jumping from car to car during car chases or aliens come out of the sky and destroying the planet. Luckily for all of us Marvel fans, ‘Black Panther‘ breathes new and creative life into a somewhat stale film series in the best ways possible.

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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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Back in 2009, the brilliant filmmaker Sam Raimi journeyed back to his horror roots and made a fun-as-hell horror-comedy film called ‘Drag Me To Hell‘. For those of you who don’t remember who Sam Raimi is, movies like ‘Evil Dead II‘, ‘Army of Darkness‘, ‘The Spider-Man Trilogy‘, and ‘Darkman‘ are some of his accomplishments. Raimi and his brother and frequent collaborator Ivan Raimi had an idea for a horror film called ‘The Curse‘, but when Raimi booked the ‘Spider-Man‘ gig, that film was put on hold for the next decade. After ‘Spider-Man 3‘ was released, Sam and Ivan went quickly back to their idea to work on a low budget horror film again, which turned into ‘Drag Me To Hell’.

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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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Blu-ray Review: ‘Stronger’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 18th, 2017

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The Boston Marathon Bombing was a horrific tragedy that only happened a few years ago, where a bomb went off at the finish line of the big marathon. People died and even more were injured. Amongst those injured was a young guy named Jeff Bauman, who lost both of his legs at that bombing. We’ve seen a number of films that have dealt with terroristic attacks that involve elite military teams or big action sequences. Other films might tackle a group of police officers or a group of people who have to deal with this attack. That’s not the case with this fantastic and melancholy film called ‘Stronger‘.

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Movies We’re Thankful For!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 23rd, 2017

Tis the season to be thankful for many things. Family, friends, food, jobs, and Bruce Campbell. It’s Thanksgiving time and we here at Boomstick Comics just love movies. We love everything about them. Even the bad ones. While you’re eating those delicious bites of Turkey, watching ‘Charlie Brown Thanksgiving‘ or the Dallas Cowboys Game, we want to share with you some movies that we are thankful for. These movies have touched us in some way and have helped shaped our creative lives. Maybe this list will inspire you to make your own list and share it with us. These are the movies we are thankful for and dearly love.

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Criterion Collection Outlines February 2018 Releases!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Nov 20th, 2017

Hey guys Jana here, 

February 2018’s additions to the legendary Criterion Collection have arrived. See what you need for your collections. Just a hint, but I think you need all of them!

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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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Hey guys, Jana here,

Do you ever wonder who is giving you your entertainment news, reviews and anything else in between? Do you ever catch yourself thinking “I really wish I knew more about the amazing people at Boomstick Comics?” Vanity Fair gives readers the option to get to know their favorite celebs a little bit more by offering the famous Proust Questionnaire completed by someone really successful, talented and funny. Unfortunately, y’all get me “JANA” this time.

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4K UHD Review: Wonder Woman!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 19th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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The Warner Bros./DC Comics Cinematic Universe has been trying to get off its feet for a while now with no success, besides some decent box office money. However, most people would tell you that the new DC Comics‘ films are just not up to par with their rivals over at Marvel for many reasons. These people would be right. Perhaps one of the best moments of Batman v Superman was in fact Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. It was just a shame she only had a few minutes of screen time in that film. The rest was mostly trash. Luckily, Warner Bros. and DC Comics decided to finally make a Wonder Woman movie, which is the first superhero film to feature a female superhero as its main protagonist, as well with a female director with Patty Jenkins. The result is satisfying, making Wonder Woman a damn good film with a few flaws.

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Film Review: The Transfiguration!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 24th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

I’m just in awe at the new indie vampire film ‘The Transfiguration‘. With so many vampire films in so many sub-genres and different interpretations, it’s great to see something so original and heartfelt from first time director Michael O’Shea. I have to think that O’Shea was a big fan of the 1994 film Fresh and had a strong connection to the vampire folklore, because those two ingredients make up The Transfiguration in a new and inventive way.

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Film Review #2 – War For The Planet of the Apes!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 12th, 2017

Dan M., here….

War For the Planet of the Apes is the best movie I have seen this summer. It is astonishingly well done. Every aspect of this movie *at a minimum* worked. Some of the basic moments and scenes would be considered high points for lesser franchises. There is a ton to spoil in this film but I will not be doing that in this review. Hopefully in a few weeks once people have seen the movie we can discuss the moments that made this movie so damn good in greater detail.

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Blu-ray Review: John Wick 2

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 5th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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Ever since Keanu Reeves jumped into the role of John Wick in 2014, we all have wanted a sequel in the worst way. Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch created a monster of a franchise with that film that brought the action genre back to a high point. That first film had a simple story and some of the best action sequences in a long time. Some bad guys steal John Wick’s car and kill his precious puppy dog a few days after his wife dies. Not knowing John Wick is the best assassin in the world, Wick sets out on revenge and literally kills everybody. It was just so good and showed the world what everyone secretly wants to do if some jerk killed your dog. The first film had a modest budget of only $20 million, but ended up making almost $90 million, which leads us to future sequels.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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The upcoming 11th edition of the Dallas International Film Festival, or DIFF, opens March 30 and runs through April 9 for 2017. The festival will celebrate the year of 1967 with a salute to films from that year and we’ve got the full schedule here.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Deadtime Stories’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 6th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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I simply can’t get enough of horror anthology films. It’s like getting three or four horror movies all in one. With films like ‘Chillerama‘, ‘Trick R Treat‘, ‘Body Bags‘, and ‘Creepshow‘, we’ve been exposed to a ton of great little horror shorts that have lived in our lives for decades. Some have been good, while others not so good. One thing is for sure though, all have been entertaining and memorable. Back in 1986, when a lot of these horror anthology films were being released, Jeffrey Delman made his own with ‘Deadtime Stories‘.

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April Additions To The Criterion Collection!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 18th, 2017

Hey guys, Jana here,

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The Criterion Collection has selected their next group of films that will become part of the collection and will debut in April. Read on for the full listing.

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Film Review: ‘Go North’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 13th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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Documentary filmmaker Matt Ogens brings his narrative screenplay to life with ‘Go North‘, which is a post-apocalyptic story with kids. Of course, we’ve seen this genre and story play out time and time again over the past several years with tons of young adult movies that involve kids in a ravaged post apocalyptic scenario. These films all run together, because they are in fact all the same movie with different titles and character names. ‘Go North‘ breaks the mold in one certain aspect, in that it doesn’t take place in a largely dilapidated big city scape in the future with hundreds of millions of dollars going to dumb CGI effects or any big over-the-top action sequences that may involve monsters, robots, zombies, or any combination of the three. Instead, this is a fairly low budget film with none of the above, which is a breath of fresh air in this over-saturated genre.

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Film Review: ‘Storks’!!

by Janet White on Sep 23rd, 2016

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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Addressing the age-old question of where do babies come from is Storks. Although the blessed service once performed by storks has now been discontinued. Hunter (Kelsey Grammer), the BBBBBBOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSS (you’ll get it when you see the film), has converted the stork baby delivery business into a new direction, packages. Junior (Andy Samberg), a high achiever, is up for promotion to BBBBBBOOOOOOOOOSSSSSSSS. One condition looms over his ascension, and it involves a girl named Tulip (Katie Crown, they should have named her Calamity Jane). With this little vixen, Junior’s life will never be the same. Read the rest of this entry »

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Film Review: ‘Roseanne For President’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 29th, 2016

Joel H., Here…

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That laugh. That iconic friggin’ laugh. It’s been awhile. Maybe I’m out of touch with culture, which I don’t think I am, but I have not heard that laugh in so incredibly long. Immediately, I think back to my childhood and the interior of the Connor house, not too far off from my own at the time. The sound of that nasally chuckle takes me back like a song. (*Joel proceeds to smash a Smashmouth record*) Side note on being “taken back”, did anyone else grow up thinking the show “Dinosaurs” was a story-arch/dream-sequence within the Roseanne show? You know, the flannel shirts and all with John Goodman?

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Universal Pictures Home Entertainment is giving us a gift for the holidays in the form of a billion, dancing, laughing Twinkies, err ‘Minions‘ rather. You can get the #1 comedy of the year with three brand new mini-movies on Blu-ray or Digital HD.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Neil Gaiman is one of those authors that everyone has heard of and most everyone that reads him, likes what they find. I was a little late to the Gaiman party only getting interested in his work in the last few years, the one thing I didn’t read when I began my Gaiman journey was ‘American Gods‘. Oh mon dieu! I corrected the error of my ways after our Editor-in-Chief, Bryan couldn’t believe I hadn’t read it, yet. Ironically, I was putting together an article on books that should be made into film and this was his suggestion.  I spent a weekend with the tome and fell in love and agreement, this book SHOULD have a film counterpart. The universe responded with wish granted.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Rob Zombie has been relatively quiet following the release of the less-than stellar ‘The Lords of Salem‘ in 2012. He’s released his first-ever concert video in 2014 and in February of this year the Zombie came out with a new album, sticking in line with the video, it’s a live record. This doesn’t mean that he’s kept away from the film-world, instead he’s got two projects, both of which are in the early stages at the moment.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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The 9th annual Dallas International Film Festival is almost here, folks, and we have just received the entire list of all the films that will be playing at the festival. The fest will take place April 9-19, and you can start purchasing passes now with the links provided below. It looks like there will be some excellent filmmakers and actors in town for the festival as well as a treasure trove of awesome movies, which you can see listed out below with a little bit of information on each film. As usual, we will be at the festival, telling you about all the cool movies we’re seeing and posting some interviews with the talent. Stay tuned as  I’m sure more announcements will be made.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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I can’t believe April is almost here again. It just seemed like two weeks ago we were knee deep in 2014’s Dallas Film Festival, which had some excellent films showcased. But that time of the year is just about to begin and the good folks over at the Dallas Film Festival have announced the first 10 films that will show at the festival. Also, it looks like the fest will be honoring the excellent filmmaker John Landis as well, which is all sorts of cool.

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Comic Con: More Fan Days 2015 Coverage!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 11th, 2015

Taylor E., Here…

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Dallas Comic Con’s Fan Days (formerly “Sci-Fi Expo”) marks the beginning of convention season, and if the rest of the year’s is a great as Fan Days was, we’re in for a 2015! With a great guest list, terrific cosplay, and amazing artists, Fan Days had something for everyone.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Ginger Snaps’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 25th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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I admit, I’m a suck for werewolf films. Ever since I was shown 1941’s ‘Wolf-Man‘ when I was very little by my dad, I knew that I would be hooked on werewolves for life. Then I watched Michael Jackson’sThriller‘ video and ‘An American Werewolf in London‘ soon after that, while all under the age of eight. Needless to say, these werewolf films have had a profound effect on me, and might be the igniting reason why I love the horror genre so much. When I was in college, I came across a film called ‘Ginger Snaps‘, which was only released in Canada at the time, and being a big movie buff, I had to get my hands on any film that wasn’t being released in the U.S. yet.

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Hello, Jana here,

 

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Disney is hoping the golden goose lays another blockbuster with ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales“. We’ve got a release date of July 7, 2017. I’m a big Johnny Depp fan, and I love the Pirates movies. There’s a point where you have to let a good thing end while it’s still awesome. The last film ‘On Stranger Tides‘, seemed to begin digging it’s own resting place in Davey Jones’ Locker. I really think that’s where the franchise jumped the proverbial shark. I kind of think Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley‘s departures started the series in a tail spin.

 

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The Top 10 Perfectly Cast Movie Roles!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 18th, 2014

Paul N., Here…

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Top Ten Perfectly Cast Roles 

The Bard of Avon said it best, “Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” Some actors are great, and shine in everything they do (Leonardo DiCaprio, Gary Oldman, Daniel Day-Lewis). Some actors are smart enough to pick roles that best use their limited skill sets (Keanu Reeves). This list takes a look at the perfect pairing of actor and role. In this list, you will find a pairing of actor and role so great that the actor ceases to be themselves and instead makes the character take on a life of its own. These pairings are so uniquely theirs that you can’t imagine anyone else taking their place should Hollywood have the audacity to try.

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Top 10 List: The 10 Most American Movies!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 4th, 2014

Paul N., Here…

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It’s that time of year again. Time to celebrate the founding of this nation by eating excessively and purchasing enough fireworks to create man-sized craters in the pavement. In honor of this time, here’s a list of the most ‘Murican movies ever. This isn’t a list of patriotic movies (though some of these could be seen as patriotic), so you aren’t going to see Saving Private Ryan or other true patriotic movies on here. This list focuses on those things that make America into ‘Murica – extreme excess and over-the-top…well, everything! [Cue eagle screech]

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Rebecca S., Here…

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I saw “Say Anything…” back in 1989. I was 9 years old. “Jerry Maguire” came out in ’96 when I was 16. So it wasn’t until 2000 when “Almost Famous” hit theaters that Cameron Crowe became a name in my household. I am very excited that he is returning to his rock’n’roll roots (“Almost Famous” is loosely based on Crowe’s time as a writer for Rolling Stone magazine) with a comedy that he will write, direct, and executive produce.

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Paul N., Here…

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 Sequels, while common among movies, are rather unique to documentaries. Korengal picks up right where Restrepo left off, with an unabashed, honest look into the lives of American soldiers in Afghanistan. This sometimes crude documentary follows a handful of soldiers from Battle Company.

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Blu-Ray Review: ‘True Detective’ Season 1′!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 11th, 2014

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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Little did anyone know that one of the darkest and most sadistic shows ever to air on television would grow to be one of the most popular and best shows in television history. HBO’sTrue Detective‘ is a masterpiece of storytelling with stellar performances from Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson who play police detectives who are trying to solve a grisly murder that spans more than a decade.

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Hello, Jana here,

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Peter Jackson is the current go-to-guy for sweeping epics including Dwarves, Elves and dragons. The original ‘Lord of the Rings‘ trilogy was entirely successful and brought to life a story a lot of us grew up reading. I thought the Rankin and Bass animations were pretty awesome for what they were, but Jackson’s film treatment of the series blew away any of my expectations. Before Jackson began the conversion, I had the poorly carried out vision of a little nightmare of a film called ‘Dungeons & Dragons‘ by director Courtney Solomon, stuck in my head as for what Jackson’s films would probably end up looking like. This is one moment where I was beyond thrilled to be wrong. Now someone go back and fix the ‘Dungeons & Dragons‘ movie, please?

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Film Review: ‘Gloria’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 7th, 2014

Hi, Bryan Here….

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Chilean director Sebastian Lelio’s film, ‘Gloria‘ is the poster child for how to make a great romantic comedy. Sure, there are many of these types of movies that have come before it, but none have their main character pushing 60, and none have been executed this well. As we’ve seen over and over again with the rom-com genre, things can get a bit cliched, silly, and just downright dumb.

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‘Serenity’ Takes Flight With New Comic Book!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 30th, 2014

Jana B. here,

 

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Serenity’…yes, THAT ‘Serenity’. Not the calm, peaceful tranquil serenity. Joss Whedon’s  space-western baby, ‘Serenity’. You can’t call yourself a proper sci-fi geek without quieting your outrage at the improper treatment of the genesis television show named after the beloved transport ship that is the Firefly named Serenity. For those of us that memorized insults in Mandarin – Fox programming execs are just BUN tyen-shung duh ee-DWAY-RO, which is to say “stupid inbred stack of meat” – Firefly is the greatest show that never had the chance to burn out on its own. Big nod of appreciation to this site for the translation and pronunciation.

 

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The last episode of ‘The Walking Dead‘ left us with the prison under siege by a deadly flu virus and Carol as the killer of Karen and David. I see why Carol killed them for the greater good. Unfortunately, she was not able to contain the virus and a group is out in the middle of nowhere getting medicine. Lets pick up where we last left off.

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Five middle-aged friends set out to relive a beer-fueled odyssey from their youth, and end up in an epic battle to save humankind in the outrageous comedy The World’s End, available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, including Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD with UltraViolet, DVD and On Demand on November 19, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.   Now fans can truly watch The World’s End anywhere, on any device!

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Film Review: ‘The Patience Stone’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 13th, 2013

Donna W., Here….

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According to Persian mythology, there is a magical black stone that absorbs the plight of those who confide in it. When the stone is shattered, the confessors are free of their woes.

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Suzanne Here,

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After the critical and financial success of J.J. Abrams first installment of the Star Trek reboot, we have been caught in a cycle of anticipation and apprehension leading up to Star Trek Into Darkness. Could Abrams possibly pull off a movie as fantastic or would we be left thinking he was spent after the first? Would he continue to remain true to the geekfest of science talk that places Trek above Wars? Would we get tired of the lens flares? Yes, Yes, and no.

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Film Review: “Oblivion”

by Woozie on Apr 19th, 2013

Suzanne here,

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Sci-Fi action movies always strive to be epic – to catch the same feeling that you had at the end of your first viewing of Star Wars or 2001 – and Oblivion is no exception to reaching for that feeling. Though it doesn’t reach the exact level of these movies, this new feature comes close by borrowing from many of the sci-fi movies we love but assembling them in a fresh way. Oblivion is a great film with wonderful effects, expansive scenery, a moving soundtrack, and a performance that reminded why we love Tom Cruise.

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Misty Here….

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Good Afternoon ‘Walking Dead‘ fans. If you were like me and had not read the comic, then you walked away from last nights episode shocked and a little saddened. There’s a lot of information is this episode so let’s get to it. Outside of the prison, Rick and Hershel are telling Darryl about the deal with the Governor to trade Michonne for peace. Daryl ask if Rick is going to tell the others and he says he will after it’s over with. He asks Daryl to keep it quiet. The plan is to lure her away from the others and then ambush her.

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Bryan’s Review of ‘Sinister’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 11th, 2012

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Over the past few weeks, I have been hearing that this new horror movie, ‘Sinister’ delivers the scares and is finally a decent horror film.  Something we haven’t seen in at least a year or two.  Needless to say, me being the horror maven that I am, I was super psyched when I heard some fellow critics talk about how much they liked ‘Sinister’ and how scary it was.  This mix of the paranormal, occult, and solving a murder case has its moments of good, but feels forced in the scare department.

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The Rolling Stones, the rock ‘n’ roll icons who have defined creativity, daring and durability, are to be chronicled in a kaleidoscopic new film that will debut Nov. 15 on HBO, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, HBO’s president of Programming.  The film documents the key periods in their career and their incredible adventures.

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Hi , Bryan Here…

Alright, all caught up now.  There are some AMAZING releases this week.  Damn, Ausgust and September are going to be great months for new blurays.  JAWS!!!   Anywho, let’s jump right in and get to all the goodies.  As usual in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and bizarre tales. So click on the pictures and start saving.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

 

All caught up now.  I feels good, doesn’t it?   Not a ton of stuff this week, however the new Star Trek Next Generation blurays came out today.  We have been talking about those for months now, and they are finally here.  They look fucking phenomenal.  Anywho, let’s jump right in and get to all the goodies.  As usual in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and bizarre tales. So click on the pictures and start saving.

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BRIDGE – Chapter Ten

by Justin Cline on Dec 28th, 2011

CHAPTER TEN

 

Bridge was still puzzling out how Miss Fortune could function with just one small garbage dumpster—only half-full in the early part of the evening—when the cook stepped out the back door and lit a cigarette.  He seemed to take no satisfaction from it, and Bridge could have sworn he wasn’t inhaling, the smoke drifting past his face and lingering near his left eye before dissipating into the air. Read the rest of this entry »

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So on time this week.  Woo-Hoo!!!  So there are some decent releases this week,  so let us jump right in and get to all the goodies.  Some of the must own blu-rays include ‘Raising Arizona’, ‘If…’ Criterion Collection, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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Shirtz took a vacation from his dealings with the underworld for a while and mingled amongst the humans to watch ‘Rango’.  It seems he was pretty smitten with the film.  That’s saying a lot from Shirtz.  I always look forward to his reviews.  Not only do you get his opinion on film, but you get a smidge of his seedy life story.  Long live Shirtz.  Enjoy the ‘Rango’ review.

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

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 7th, 2011

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It’s the HUGE FUCKING week for releases which includes The Coen’s ‘True Grit, Superman, and some Adam Sandler films, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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What a BADASS Geek Deal of the Day do I have for you.  Get Seasons 1-5 of Doctor Who (2005) DVD’S for 61% off bringing the sets down to only $31.49 each.

Click HERE to take advantage for 61% OFF!!!

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 4TH WEEK OF MARCH!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 22nd, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

A pretty good day for releases.  Some solid gold classics along with some great exploitation films and of course Ernest.  Lots of fun with the column.

As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Hi ladies and gents.  Sorry this is a tad bid late from last week, but rest assured this week is on time and should be from now on.  Tons of great releases these past couple of weeks.  A few are exclusive only to Best Buy and I believe one or two on the list made my top 10 list of films of 2010.

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.

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Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide 2010!!! “BOOKS”

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 26th, 2010

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Hi folks.  Are you read for the ultimate Gift Guide?  Are you read to see what cool items you can purchase for that special someone, even if it is for yourself, that will just rock your world?  Well this is the ultimate gift guide for the holidays in the year 2010.

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TOP 133 FILMS OF THE LAST DECADE #’S 68-54

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 22nd, 2010

Bryan Here…

Knocking out this list on time and schedule nowadays.  Feels good.  Some great films on this part of the list.  Some that I have not seen in a while that I will have to watch again soon. We’re getting down to the #1 spot pretty quickly.  Enjoy this part of the list #’s 68-54.  As usual, you will get the title of the movie and the date it was released plus a mini review/memory by me.  Also a link to purchase the movie if you are ever so inclined which would donate a small percentage back to this website so we can keep giving you AWESOME material and prizes.

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68_ Iron Man – May 2, 2008

Another comic book film.  Iron Man is really really good in pretty much every way.  Robert Downey Jr. is killer in this film as the super-hero and Jeff Bridges is a pretty convincing bad guy.  This film is a lot of fun and full of laughs and action.  Can’t wait for the sequel and Avengers film.  Go Sam Jackson as Nick Fury.

67_ Brick – March 31, 2006

This film is great.  A wonderful homage to the old 30’s noir films.  Set in present time but take the characters and have them talk like they did in the 30’s noir film and a plot and story line likewise.  It is so great.  Tons of twists and turns.  Joseph Gordon Levitt is amazing.  I am proud to have this on the list.  Love this film.

66_ Drag Me To Hell – May 29, 2009

Sam Raimi’s return to the horror genre from his long stint on the Spidey franchise is 100 % AWESOME.  Sadly no Bruce Campbell, but Drag Me To Hell is Evil Dead I & II and Army of Darkness rolled into one film.  Yes it is that great.  This is your standard tale  of a gypsy woman curing a young girl this curse activates a demon to terrorize its victims and DRAG THEM TO HELL.  Good scares and great laughs.  A lot of fun.

65_ Zoolander – September 28, 2001

Ben Stiller is great director and a great character actor.  Tons of quotable lines from this film even today.  A dark comedy in the world of super-models.  I mean in the first five minutes of the film a few super models die in  a gas station fire which they started.  HILARIOUS.  Tons of great cameos and acting all around.  Zoolander will always have a place in my home and heart.   I mean he did found the Zoolander Center For Kids Who Can’t Read Good.

64_ Napoleon Dynamite – June 11, 2004

I saw this film five times before it was initially released wide and I loved every minute of it.  I really cannot tell what time period it is in other than sometime in the vague present, but Napoleon is a kid in high school who is maybe the most awkward kid ever, but he means well.  This is the story of his life in the span of a few weeks.  It is quite hilarious in this dry humor.  This character is one of the cult icons now in history.  The dance number at the end to Canned heat classic.  Love this film.

63_ Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind – March 19, 2004

A gem of a film from Gondry.  This film is fantastic film.  Almost like you are in a dream and nightmare at the same time through out the whole film.  A couple undergo a procedure to erase each other from their memories when their relationship turns sour, but it is only through the process of loss that they discover what they had to begin with.  Truly fantastic.

62_ Ratatouille – June 29, 2007

I really liked this pixar film.  All about the restaurant and food and cooking industry.  So much heart and love is in this film.  It looks beautiful and and the voice acting by Patton Oswalt is wonderful.  Anyone can cook, even a rat.  Love it.

61_ The Departed – October 6, 2006

A really great gangster film from the best gangster director.  That is Marty Scorcesse.  Boston gangs.  All-star cast and tons of twists and references to other mob films.  Leonardo Di Caprio plays an undercover agent in the mob and tries to keep his sanity and wits during the whole time.  What a great film.  Alec Baldwin is hilarious in this film.

60_ Munich – December 23, 2005

A Spielberg film about the true events and revenge of the horrible attack at the Munich Olympic games against the Israel team.  Eric Bana leads the grou to kill one by one the terrorists responsible for the murders.  What an amazing film.  Everything is great about this film except for the last ten minutes which is what to expect from Spielberg films.

59_ Thank You For Smoking – March 17, 2006

I really loved this film.  This about lobbyists in our nation.  Lobbyists for tobacco, guns, and alcohol and how they persuade politicians and important people to keep their industry making large amounts of money.  It is very good and entertaining.  Pretty scary too that this actually goes on.  Great writing and acting all around.

58_ The Hangover – June 5, 2009

Form the director of Old School and Road Trip comes the next film about a crazy Bachelor Party in vegas with strippers, guns, tasers, naked people, Mike Tyson, tigers and much much more.  I believe this film is the highest gross out of any R rated film ever.  It is very funny.  Very funny.  Leslie Chow.

57_ Superbad – August 17, 2007

Oh this great comedy film brought tears of laughter to my face.  Oh so funny.  Jonah Hill and Michael Cera are best friends in their last days of high school who have only really hung out with each other and are invited to  a huge party and are asked to supply the liquor which is the “entire funness” of the party.  This is their journey to accomplish this with their friend McLovin who is a cult icon now too.  This film is great and has most of the Apatow gang in it.  Not only does this film bring the best jokes but it also has a great heart and soul in it as well.  Friendship.

56_ Serenity – September 30, 2005

Man Joss Whedon kicks ass.  His vision of a sci-fi/western world is phenomenal.  This was a television series before a film.  The film is equally awesome as the show was.  I wish more films were like this.  It is entertaining, scary, funny, romantic, and pretty much all the emotions across the board in the span of two hours.  This will entertain you for years to come.  There is a reason all these shirts and posters say Joss Whedon is my Master now.  It is true.

55_ 300 – March 9, 2007

Frank Miller’s brutal Spartan comic became a reality when director Zack Snyder took the helm and adapted it into a movie.  This movies is 99% shot on a green screen with a “crush” technique that gives the film its rustic vintage look.  I was wondering how they were going to turn a 32 page comic book into a whole two hour feature length film, but they did.  And did it well.  I saw a screener of this movie way before its initial release and it was introduced by UFC Champ Chuck Liddell.    Chuck got us all in the mood for a hardcore brutal film about honor and freedom.  The fight scenes were filmed extremely well and has been copied in many other movies after this one.  I am referring to the normal pace to the slow- mo action beats all in one shot.  The use of heavy metal music was an added booster to the balls this movies has.  I really liked this movie.  Very entertaining.

54_ Hot Fuzz – February 14, 2007

The second feature film from BADASS director, Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), brings us his vision of the ultimate fast paced action thriller in Hot Fuzz.  This film starred the same cast as Shaun of the Dead, and was about the best police officer in London getting re-assigned to a very small quiet village.  The people who live in the village are not what they seem.  This film packs a huge punch of action and gut busting laughs.  The end action sequence lasts about 25 minutes and is balls to the wall AWESOME.  Edgar Wright can do NO wrong.  I saw the U.S. premiere of this film at AFI, and met Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Edgar Wright, and Dolph Lundgren (who introduced the film).  A great film that I will enjoy through the ages and one of the best action films EVER.

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Apple has a new event today called “Back to the Mac” where they will be telling you about new products and new updates.  Check back here for live updates and pictures.

Apple’s online store is down for the moment so they can get ready for new items.

12:00 pm – – Steve is Out.

– – “Good morning everyone. I’d like to talk about revenue in putting the Mac business in context. The Mac made up 33% of our revenue last year. That was 22 billion.”

– – “To put this in some context, the mac company, if it were standalone… and we have no plans to do that… would be #110 on the Fortune 500.”

10:03AM – – “Now, with the share rising and the units rising much faster than the industry, we have a very vibrant dev community. We have 600k registered Mac devs. They’re growing at 30k per month.”

10:04AM  – -“We have new devs like Valve, they’re bringing titles simultaneously to the Mac and PC. Like Half Life. This is great for the Mac, and a great shot in the arm for gaming on Macs.”

10:04AM “AutoCAD is coming to the mac — we’ve coveted this for a long time.”

10:04AM “And then we have devs who are continuing to invest in the Mac like Microsoft.”

10:05AM “The Mac is #1 seventh year in the row, and Consumer Reports, #1 in the last decade.”

10:06AM “Pretty incredible results. Fueling this momentum is this incredible push into retail, which is still under 10 years old. Our stores welcomed 75m visitors last year. They sold 2.8m Macs. And about 50% of those are new to the Mac.”

10:08AM  – –  Steve Jobs is back on stage.”So let’s move on to some new products. I’d like to talk about iLife. It’s widely regarded as the best suite of digital lifestyle apps in the world. You can’t do this on any other computer. We improve it every year or two, coming out with new version.”

10:09AM  – – “We have a new version we’re announcing today — iLife 11. We want to give you a look at the apps. The first one is iPhoto — we tried this fullscreen mode in the last release — the response has been so great that we’re fleshing it out, you can live full screen. We’ve got a lot of Facebook enhancements, we’ve made it easy and elegant to email photos, we’ve added some new slideshows…”

10:10AM – – “A big leap in books. We’re printing 2m books a year. And we’re adding beautiful letterpress cards. A lot of great stuff. To take us through a demo, here’s Phil Schiller.”

10:11AM – – “I can click on faces and get a fullscreen faces view… and there’s a new fullscreen places view too. It’s gorgeous.”

10:12AM – – “You see pushpins on the map from every place I took photos — I can hover my mouse over any pin — I can click on it to go right to my photos, or I can say ‘show photos’ and that’s every photo from around that place.”

10:12AM  – -“We’ve got some amazing new slideshow themes.”

10:13AM – – “Let’s go into album view. The albums look a little like the albums you have on an iPad.”

10:14AM – – “This is called the reflections template.”

10:15AM – – “So that’s just three examples of templates for slideshows. Steve mentioned there’s a great new way to send photos via email. It can be cumbersome to cut and paste to get a bunch of images into an email.”

10:16AM  – -“I can just select them and say share, and right from inside of iPhoto it prepares an email.”

10:17AM – – “I’ve never left iPhoto and I mailed those off. It’s easy.”

10:18AM “Here you can see friends on Facebook and what they responded back after I posted it. So that’s sharing photos. Well what if I want to create one of these new books?”

10:20AM – – “I have complete control of this. I can customize it with a simple drag and drop. There it is. Maybe I want to highlight this page and make it really special.”

10:20AM  – – iPhoto now has a project view which is a fullscreen wooden bookshelf, a la iBooks.

10:21AM  – – Letterpress cards? There’s a video to explain them. Oh, it’s actual letterpressing. That’s kind of cool.

10:22AM  – -Steve is back… “I think that’s awesome. This is why we do what we do.”

10:23AM  – -“So we’ve taken iPhoto and broadened the full screen mode… we’ve taken books up a notch, and these letterpress cards… we’re really excited about these new features. And that’s iPhoto 11. Next up, iMovie.”

10:24AM “The number one request we got in the last version was better audio editing. We want to be able to do sophisticated editing really easy — if you don’t want to learn Final Cut Pro.”

10:25AM  – -“You can see here the audio waveform shows the fade in in this clip, and it’s all done live.”

10:26AM  – -“You can now select segments of audio — you can move the levels of just that segment. It gets quiet in just the segment we selected.”

10:26AM  – -“We’ve added audio effects…” This is cool, realtime preview of audio effects. Pretty fun stuff.

10:27AM – – “I want to show you something called one step effects. We’ve got a nice double jump here — it’d be really nice if we did an instant replay…”

10:28AM  – -“So really complex editing with just a couple of clicks. The next thing I want to show you is movie trailers. We now have 15 movie trailers.”  Hell YES!  INSTANT Movie Trailers.

Tons of people are going to be making trailers and posting them on youtube.  OH BOY!

10:30AM  – -Being able to adjust FPS speed! A minor note here — but that’s big.

10:31AM  – -You can switch to 24fps if you like.

10:31AM – -The trailer tool gives you templates that ask for specific types of clips. You just drag and drop the appropriate clips into the outline.

10:32AM  – -Face detection tech from iPhoto is in use here, can now detect faces in video. Can also detect whether a shot is a close up or wide. Pretty interesting application of the technology.

I cannot wait to start making trailers.  The killer muppets trailer will get better.

10:37AM  – -Steve is back! “That is awesome, you know Randy and his team invented all this stuff.”

10:38AM – – “So a lot of great new features in iMovie 11. We also have a new Garageband. Garageband 11. It has some great new features to help you fix timing in your music, something called flextime… more effects… and new piano and guitar lessons. Here’s Xander Soren.”

10:40AM  – -“We’re going to open an existing song. Now imagine a group of kids have gotten together to jam in their garage, and every recorded to a drum loop. Now I think it’s going to be clear that these guys are going to need a little help.” Ouch, lots of off time playing. “Kind of mess, right? Well the problem is the rhythm, everyone is playing sloppy. Drums are great, they’re the only thing in the song that’s right.”

10:41AM  – -So the new GB does “groove correction” automatically.

10:41AM – – “We don’t want our songs sounding robotic.

10:41AM – – “Much better, right? It’s like an automatic spell checker for bad rhythm.”

10:43AM – – Flextime allows auto dragging of lengths of waveforms. You can make notes longer or shorter at will.

10:44AM  – – New fullscreen view of Lessons — again, looks very much like an iPad application. It’s pretty clear where Apple is headed with this stuff.

10:45AM  – -New “how did I play” is a lot like Rock Band… but less fun.

10:46AM  – – It keeps a history of your performances so you can relive painful mistakes.

10:47AM  – – Steve is back!

10:48AM – – “Isn’t that great? So, GarageBand 11 with some great new features in it. Over 5m use GarageBand now. So, iLife 11. iLife 11, all this amazing engineering that’s gone into these products… is free with every new Mac. If you want to upgrade your existing Mac, just $49.”

10:48AM  – – “And iLife 11 is available today.”

10:48AM  – – “Thanks to Greg and everbody on his team. So that’s iLife. Next up, I’d like to talk about FaceTime.”

10:49AM – – “The number 1 request we’ve gotten is, can we please do FaceTime calling with these devices and the Mac? We’re introducing FaceTime for the Mac today.”

10:51AM “There’s nothing to set up, there’s nothing to configure… it’s a very simple demo.”

10:52AM – – “So that’s FaceTime for the Mac, and we’re going to release that in beta… today!”

10:52AM – – “There’s the new logo.”

10:52AM – – “Now, next up, the entrée for today… we want to give you a sneak peak at where we’re going with OS X.”

10:53AM  – -“We’ve had seven major releases of OS X in the last decade. We’re improving with every release. We’re happy with Snow Leopard, but we’re going to take it even further. We’re going to give you a preview of the next version… and we call it Lion.”

10:54AM – – “What is the philosophy about Lion? That’s where Back to the Mac comes from. We started with OS X and we created a new version called iOS — it’s now used in the iPad as well. We’re inspired by some of those innovations. And we want to bring them back to the mac. Mac OS X meets the iPad.”

10:55AM – – “These are going to be some of the most exciting things. We want to show you a few key features. So what have we learned and become inspired by on the iPad? Multitouch gestures… the App Store… why not the Mac too?”

10:55AM – –  “App Home screens… full screen apps — every app on the iPad is a fullscreen app.”

10:55AM – – “Apps on the iPad auto save, you don’t have to bother saving your data. And when you launch apps, they auto resume… that’d be great on the Mac too.”

10:56AM – – “We want to bring some of this stuff back to the Mac.”

10:56AM – – “Let’s talk about a few of these — multitouch gestures. The first thing you think of is this…” Finger touching a MBP screen.

10:57AM – –  “It gives great demo, but after a while your arm feels like it’s going to fall off. Touch surfaces want to be horizontal.”

10:57AM – – “We put a trackpad on our mouse, and we’ve come out with a pure trackpad for desktops.”

10:58AM – – “The App Store — it’s been huge as you know. On the iPhone it’s completely revolutionized mobile apps. Over 7b apps have been downloaded. We’d like to bring it back to the Mac. For Lion we’ll have a Mac App Store.”

10:58AM – – Best place to discover apps. One click downloads. Auto app updates. Free and paid apps with a 70 / 30 split. Apps are licensed for use on all your personal Macs.

10:59AM  – -“That is the Mac app store. You’ll have a single place to put them — the launch pad — home screens for your apps.”

10:59AM – – “So there’s one other thing we’d like to show you today. We have these four cool things we do in OS X. Expose, Dashboard, full screen apps, and spaces…”

11:00AM – – “This is great, but as we’ve added fullscreen apps, you know we have four of these things. Wouldn’t it be great to unify these? And we’ve done that in something we call mission control.”

11:00AM  – -App Store is a standalone app — looks a lot like iTunes.

11:01AM – – In fact, nearly identical, and navigation seems largely the same as well. It also auto-tracks updates.

11:01AM  – -“I want to show you just how easy it is to install an app.”

11:02AM One-click on the “buy” button. Drops the app into your dock and auto-downloads.

11:02AM  – -“That’s the Mac App Store.”

11:02AM  – -“Next up is the launchpad.”

11:03AM  – -You can also create folders, exactly like iOS. This is essentially an iOS Springboard layer on OS X.

11:05AM  – -You can use a multitouch gesture to swipe away from your fullscreen app and back onto the desktop or another app.

11:05AM – – Dashboard is now a screen you can flip to using gestures.

11:06AM – – Mission Control is an Expose view of your windows, your open apps (at least the fullscreen ones), and your dock.

11:07AM – –  It layers apps with multiple Windows in a stack, almost identical to Palm’s new webOS stacks!

11:07AM – –  Steve is back.

11:08AM  – -“We’re really excited about Lion. These new features are going to delight Mac users.”

11:08AM  – – “I wish we had another hour and a half to show you more. Our plan is to release Lion this summer, 2011.”

11:08AM – – “So that is OS X Lion.”

11:09AM – – “Now I want to go back and talk about the App Store for a minute. The Mac App Store is going to be really great for our users. We don’t want to wait for Lion. We’re going to put it out on Snow Leopard, and will open within 90 days.”

11:11AM – – “These are the things we wanted to share with you today… but there is one more thing.”

11:11AM  – – “That one more thing really comes back to our theme today. We talked about this virtuous circle.”

11:12AM – – “Just like this philosophy has benefit in our software, it can have benefit in our hardware. What would happen is a Mac met an iPad?”

11:12AM  – -“Instant on… great battery life, amazing standby time… solid state storage… and it’s thinner and lighter.”

11:13AM – – “These are some great things for notebooks. So we asked ourselves, what would happen if a MacBook and an iPad hooked up?”

11:13AM – – “This is the result… it is our new MacBook Air, and we think it’s the future of notebooks.”

11:14AM  – -“It’s amazingly thin. At its thickest point, it is 0.68 inches thin. And it tapers to .11 inches. And it weighs 2.9 lbs.”

11:14AM – – “It’s hard enough to build something thin — but we want our products to be durable. So the new Air is complete Unibody construction.”

11:14AM – –  “So let me tell you a bit about it. It’s got a 13.3 inch LED backlit display.”

11:15AM  – – 1440 x 900 display, Core 2 Duo CPU, NVIDIA GeForce 320m, multitouch trackpad, FaceTime camera.

11:15AM  – -“There is no optical drive, and there is no hard drive. We have gone to flash storage. Why do we do this?”

11:16AM – – “Because we know the benefits from the iPad. Instant on. It’s much more reliable. And it’s 90% smaller and lighter.”

11:17AM  – – “The wireless web tests… these… the PC industry’s tests don’t reflect real world use. We’re moving to more real world tests. Even in these tests, we’re getting 7 hours of battery life. We think it’s a double improvement.”

11:18AM – – “So what’s inside this puppy? Let’s take a look. We have flash storage. 802.11n WiFi, C2D CPU, memory, stereo speakers… and our battery. You see what the biggest thing is in there. It’s our battery.”

11:19AM – – “Now this 13.3 inch MacBook Air isn’t the whole story… because it has a younger brother.”

11:19AM  – -11.6 inch little brother — even smaller and lighter.

11:20AM – – “So what are we going to price these at? We’ve tried to be really aggressive. We think all notebooks will be like this someday.”

11:20AM  – – Pricing starts at $999.

11:21AM  – -“Both of them are available starting… today.”

That’s it.  Thanks for reading along.

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Blu-Ray/DVD Releases for the 3rd Week of October….

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 19th, 2010

Sorry, It’s a Little late today, but still on schedule.  There are some AWESOME releases this week.  Some that I have been waiting years for. Anyway – as usual – the pics and titles link over to AMAZON – where you can learn more about the film in question – and can purchase the item, which helps give a small donation to help keep this column going. Now – here we go…

Apocalypse Now: Full Disclosure Edition (Bluray)

During the Vietnam War, young U.S. Captain Willard is given the assignment to hunt down and kill one of his own: Colonel Kurtz who has apparently gone insane, murdered hundreds of innocent people, and constructed a strange kingdom for himself deep in the jungle. Willard and his crew embark on a surreal river journey to find Kurtz, meeting along the way a Lieutenant- Colonel who likes to watch surfing during live combat, and Playboy bunnies dropped in by helicopter to entertain rowdy troops.

This is one of the best films about war to date.  It has an all-star cast including: Robert Duvall, Marlon Brando, Martin Sheen, Dennis Hopper, and Francis Ford Coppola as director.  It is loaded with extras.  I highly recommend this.

Supplements

  • Interviews
  • Featurettes
  • Deleted scenes
  • Lost scene
  • “Destruction of the Kurtz Compound” end credits with audio commentary by Francis Ford Coppola
  • “The Hollow Men,” video of Marlon Brando reading T.S. Eliot’s poem
  • The Synthesizer Soundtrack” article by music synthesizer inventor Bob Moog

Exclusive HD Content

  • Hearts of Darkness Documentary
  • Hearts of Darkness audio commentary with Eleanor and Francis Ford Coppola
  • 48-page collectible printed booklet with special note from Francis Ford Coppola, never-before-seen archives from the set, behind the scenes photos and more
  • John Milius Script Excerpt with Francis Ford Coppola Notes
  • Storyboard Gallery
  • Photo Gallery, including images from photographer Mary Ellen Mark
  • Marketing Archive

Assault Girls (Bluray)

Now I do not know much about this movie, but the synopsis makes me want to buy this and watch it.  Could be a hell of a lot of chix-ploitation fun.


Plot Synopsis: When a video-game company creates an immersive gaming environment where players wage war against gigantic sand-dwelling monsters, three gorgeous gals armed to the teeth (Meisa Kuroki, Hinako Saeki and Rinko Kikuchi) accept the challenge and jump into the virtual desert. But as they blaze their way into the game’s higher levels, they face ever-more ferocious foes. Yoshikazu Fujiki also stars in this sci-fi action flick from director Mamoru Oshii.


That just sounds AWESOME.  Will be checking this out.

Moulin Rouge (Bluray)

I remember seeing this in the theatre when it was first released and I was in AWE at the set design and all the cool songs that were re-done for this movie.  This movie was just so beautiful to watch and I am glad it has finally received the HD treatment.  So enter this fantastic world where nothing is forbidden and everything is possible and purchase this movie.

Supplements

  • Introduction by Baz Luhrmann
  • A Creative Adventure
  • Uncut and Unreleased Footage
  • Production Featurettes (The Stars, The Writers, The Dance, The Music, The Design, and The Cutting Room)
  • The Making of Moulin Rouge

Exclusive HD Content

  • Spectacular, Spectacular Picture-in-Picture Viewing Mode – With audio commentary by Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Donald M. McAlpine and Craig Pearce, and featuring behind-the-scenes footage and stills
  • BD-Live

Night of the Demons (2009 Remake)  (Bluray)

This is a remake of the 1980’s horror film about a group of college kids who summon a demon at a party and kills everyone.  This remake is basically the same thing.  A group of kids go to a Halloween party, only to have to face down a group of demons.  If you like Demon movies and tons of gore and boobies, then this is a must own.  I would also purchase the original movie as well.  Just in time for Halloween.

Supplements

  • Writer/director commentary
  • Cast and crew interviews
  • Behind-the-scenes footage

Predators (Bluray)

A mercenary (Adrien Brody) reluctantly leads a group of elite warriors who come to realize they’ve been brought together on an alien planet… as prey. With the notable exception of a disgraced physician, they are all cold-blooded killers—mercenaries, Yakuza, convicts, death squad members—human “predators” that are now being systemically hunted and eliminated by a new breed of alien Predators.

I remember anticipating this film and that Robert Rodriguez was a major producer on this.  This a re-vamp of the original film which starred Arnold, but instead of a Predator coming to Earth, humans go to the Predator planet.  Worth a look and a must have for the fans of the franchise.  I still miss VENTURA in his role.

Supplements

  • Commentary by producer Robert Rodriguez and director Nimród Antal
  • Motion Comics: “Moments of Extraction” – Robert Rodriguez presents exclusive prequel vignettes voiced by the cast of Predators. Witness the secret adventures that turned our world’s most ruthless killers into the ultimate Predator prey (Isabelle, Mombasa, “Crucified”)
  • De-Cloaking the Invisible: Alien Terrain

Exclusive HD Content

  • Additional Motion Comics (Cuchillo, Hanzo, and Noland Intro (part 1)/Noland Ending (part 2))
  • Predators as Prey
  • The Chosen
  • Yuatja Transformed
  • Rite of Passage
  • Fox Movie Channel presents: Making a Scene
  • Nine deleted and extended scenes
  • BD-Live: Exclusive Predator Features
  • Live Lookup – Powered by IMDB
  • Bloodline
  • Intelligent Design: The Hunting Camp

Psycho: 50th Anniversary Edition (Bluray)

Alfred Hitchock’s masterpiece, “Psycho” finally gets the HD treatment.  This is hands down one of the scariest films of all time.  They built a ride after this film.  This film still scares me and Anthony Perkins is BRILLIANT.

Norman Bates, whose old dark house and adjoining motel are not the place to spend a quiet evening. No one knows that better than Marion Crane (Janet Leigh), the ill-fated traveler whose journey ends in the notorious “shower scene.” First a private detective, then Marion’s sister (Ver Miles) searches for her, the horror and the suspense mount to a terrifying climax where the mysterious killer is finally revealed.

This is a must own for any collection.

Supplements

  • Audio Commentary
  • Documentary
  • Featurettes
  • Storyboards
  • Posters and Lobby Cards
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • Hitchcock/Truffaut Interviews
  • Photo Gallery

Exclusive HD Content

  • BD-Live
  • My Scenes

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: 35th Anniversary Edition (Bluray)

One of the greatest cult films of all time gets the HD treatment.  I remember seeing this film when I was about 10 years old and i was forever warped.  Excellent music and young stars such as: Tim Curry, Susan Sarandon, Barry Bostwick, and Meatloaf make this film what it is…..AMAZING.  They still today all over the country show midnight screenings of this film with audience participation where you can throw stuff at the screen and see actors act out the movie live in front of the screen in synch with the film.  Love this film.

‘The Rocky Horror Picture Show’ is an “erotic nightmare beyond any measure.” Relive Richard O’Brien’s sinfully twisted salute to horror, sci-fi, B-movies and rock music – A “sensual daydream to treasure forever” – starring Tim Curry (in his classic gender-bending performance), Barry Bostwick, and Oscar®-winner Susan Sarandon. Do the “Time Warp” and sing “Hot Patootie” with Meatloaf again…and again…and again. Pull up a slab and let the madness begin!

Supplements

  • Audio Commentary by Richard O’Brien and Patricia Quinn
  • Deleted Musical Scenes and Outtakes
  • Alternate Credit Ending and Misprint Ending
  • Rocky Horror Double Feature Video Show
  • Beacon Theater, New York City “Time Warp” Music Video

Exclusive HD Content

  • Rocky-oke: Sing It!
  • Don’t Dream It, Be It: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part I
  • An-tic-i-pation: The Search for the 35th Anniversary Shadowcast, Part II
  • Mick Rock (A Photographer)
  • Mick Rock’s Picture Show (A Gallery)
  • Pressbook and Poster Gallery
  • The Midnight Experience: The Late Night, Double Feature, Picture-in-Picture Show, Vintage Callback Track (Unrated), Prop Box, Trivia Track
  • BD-Live

Seven Samurai: Criterion Collection (Bluray)

One of the greatest films of all time by Akira Kurosawa is about a Japanese farming village, constantly besieged and pillaged by an army of bandits, recruits seven independent samurai to defend it.  This is phenomenal and am very happy to purchase this title AGAIN to get it on BLURAY.  A MUST OWN.

Supplements

  • My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • Audio commentary with Film scholars David Desser, Joan Mellen, Stephen Prince, Tony Rayns, and Donald Richie
  • Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa’s masterpiece
  • Audio commentary with Japanese film expert Michael Jeck
  • Theatrical trailers and teaser
  • A 50-minute documentary on the making of Seven Samurai, part of the Toho Masterworks series Akira Kurosawa: It Is Wonderful to Create
  • Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills
  • My Life in Cinema, a two-hour video conversation between Akira Kurosawa and Nagisa Oshima produced by the Directors Guild of Japan
  • A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune
  • Seven Samurai: Origins and Influences, a new documentary looking at the samurai traditions and films that impacted Kurosawa’s masterpiece
  • Theatrical trailers and teaser
  • Gallery of rare posters and behind-the scenes and production stills
  • A booklet featuring essays by Peter Cowie, Philip Kemp, Peggy Chiao, Alain Silver, Kenneth Turan, Stuart Galbraith, Arthur Penn, and Sidney Lumet and an interview with Toshiro Mifune

That’s about it for this week.  Stay tuned for next week for tons of new releases.


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Bluray/DVD Releases for the 1st Week of October

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2010

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

2001 Maniacs

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

Supplements

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

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

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

Supplements

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

Exclusive HD Content

  • Enchanted Musical Challenge
  • Bonjour, Who Is This?

The Blair Witch Project (Blu-ray)

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

Supplements

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

Exclusive HD Content

  • Bookmarks

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

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

Supplements

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

Exclusive HD Content

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

Grindhouse: Special Edition (Blu-Ray)

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

Supplements

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

Exclusive HD Content

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

Hard Candy (Blu-Ray)

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

Supplements

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

High Tension (Blu-ray)

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

Supplements

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

The Human Centipede (Blu-Ray)

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

Supplements

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

The Karate Kid 2010 (Blu-Ray)

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

Supplements

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

Exclusive HD Content

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

The Last of the Mohicans (Blu-Ray)

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

Supplements

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

Mad Max (Blu-Ray)

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

Supplements

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

The Maltese Falcon (Blu-ray)

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

Supplements

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

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

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

Exclusive HD Content

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

The Peanuts Holiday Collection (Blu-ray)

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

Supplements

  • Bonus Cartoons
  • Featurettes

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Undead (Blu-Ray)

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

Secretary (Blu-Ray)

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

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Splice (Blu-Ray)

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

Troll 2: Nilbog Edition (Blu-Ray)

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

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


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