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4K UHD Review: ‘The Town’!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 4th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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THE FILM

This Film Review Portion was written by Steve Long: Say what you will about Ben Affleck. I like the guy.  His previous film, “Gone Baby Gone” was actually really great as it was his first film he directed.  “The Town” is his second.  I look forward to more films out of Ben Affleck.  Perhaps a sequel to ‘Phantoms‘??  I kid.

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Cowdefender visits The Town (Review)

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 24th, 2010

Say what you will about Ben Affleck. I like the guy.  His previous film, “Gone Baby Gone” was actually really great as it was his first film he directed.  “The Town” is his second.  I look forward to more films out of Ben Affleck.  Perhaps a sequel to Phantoms??  I kid.  Here is a short review of” The Town” from Cowdefender.

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Affleck’s newest film is bound to remove some of the hate for him him out there. As undeserved and overblown as I find that hate for the man, it exists and I don’t know how people can cling to it having seen this. The direction was very good, very polished. The pacing was excellent. For a movie like this, if it isn’t done right the movie sucks when people aren’t shooting. If it’s done really really poorly it’ll suck while they’re shooting, too. At no point does this flick suck. There’s tension in almost every scene due to what is established in the previews. Affleck was one of the guys that held the girl hostage and then he seems to pursue her romantically. In all of their interactions you wonder if he’ll do or say something that can screw things up, or if she’ll say something about the heist that he’ll find troubling, etc etc. Affleck’s character is complicated, too. Human. He’s selfish at times and (non plot spoiler alert) at one point he takes a crying baby out of the room of a motel and places it in the hallway.

The action sequences are excellent, well conceived, well executed, perfect audio, clever. It’s going to get compared to other movies because a crew is using assault rifles to rob people and they’re organized, but it feels like it’s own thing. A very fun ride.



Hey guys, Jana here,

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A Town Called Panic: Double Fun‘ comes from writer/directors Stéphane Aubier and Vincent Patar, and it’s a sequel to 2009’s ‘A Town Called Panic‘. The new film is made up of two films, ‘Christmas Panic‘ and ‘Back to School Panic‘. The two films are coming together for a one-time screening September 24, 2016. The characters were introduced in Belgian stop-motion animated comedy shorts and have a way of making you completely amused with no will power to stop watching.

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Slowly every film that’s ever been made and released on disc is going to have its moment in the sun when it receives the royal treatment, conversion to Blu-ray. One of the latest to receive this honor, is the 1988 western/horror ‘Ghost Town‘.

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Film Review: ‘Bravetown’!

by Bryan Kluger on May 8th, 2015

Paul N., Here…

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Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a troubled, angsty teen gets in trouble and is sent off to live with their dad in middle-of-nowhere, USA. Once there, the teen develops an independent identity, meets a sparkly vampire, and Indian werewolf…ok, that last part might be inaccurate, but you get the idea. Bravetown doesn’t provide anything you haven’t seen in dozens of other movies, what sets it apart, however, is that it manages to rip off its predecessors in the most bland way possible.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you haven’t been watching ‘Salem‘ on WGN, do yourself a favor and go to Netflix, find the series and put it on your list, NOW! You can thank me later, order some pizza, grab a bottle of wine and binge watch that mother! I can’t even tell you how enthralling it is, I keep telling myself just one more episode and before I know it, it’s 4am and I still don’t want to turn it off.

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The next remake out of Hollywood will be ‘Brewster’s Millions‘. Richard Pryor and John Candy starred in the original film in 1985, which was based on George Barr McCutcheon’s book from 1902. The remake will focus on Monty Brewster, who will inherit $1 billion dollars. He’ll fully inherit the money if he spends $100 million in one week. If he doesn’t, he’ll go back to normal life.

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Dolph Lundgren aka He-Man aka Drago aka The Punisher is heading to television to star in the television series ‘Rescue 3’, which is an hourlong action adventure sereis which is set to premiere in the fall of 2013.  The first season will have 20 episodes with a two season order already.  Lundgren will play Captain John Mathews, a hero firefighter and lifeguard who leads a specialized elite team of hardcore experts in air, fire, and water rescue.  Cue an Airbender sequence.

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‘Chinatown’ Blu-ray Announced and Detailed!!!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 11th, 2012

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Roman Polanski’s AWESOME 1974 crime drama starring Jack Nicholson and Faye Dunaway will be released on blu-ray April 3rd.  The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards including Best Director and Best Picture, but only won for Best Original Screenplay.   ‘Chinatown’ will have a 1080p transfer and will have a Dobly TruHD 5.1 audio mix as well as Mono.  It will also have several extras an a collectible booklet.

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One of my favorite and I think one of the best documentaries ever made was “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters”.  It followed two men on their journey to attain the highest score of Donkey Kong.  Knowing that, it really is a story of GOOD VS. EVIL.  But since the documentary where Wiebe beat Mitchell(the champ for highest donkey kong score) , and then Mitchell beating Wiebe for the title back, the newcomer, Hank Chien (a plastic surgeon) defeated Mitchell for the title only to have Mitchell take the title back from Chien.  Bu then Wiebe stole the title from Chien this past September only to be knocked back down to 2nd place by Chien this past January.  WHHHHEEEEWWWW!!!  This new documentary is about Hank Chien.

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WORKING MAN – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on May 4th, 2020

“Working Man is a lovely film that tackles an important subject that is all too real these days. “

An older man looking for peace and work late in his years rediscovers his happiness with a new friend and a worthy cause in the wonderfully made and feel good film Working Man (now streaming on VOD). Film director Robert Jury has perfectly crafted this character-driven drama with a great cast, tight script, and sincere direction that focuses on the working class who have been diminishing as of late while factories in towns across America have been turning off the lights.

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TROOP ZERO – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 17th, 2020

 

“Troop Zero is one group I want to join forever.”

In what of the sweetest, most charming movies made in a long time, Troop Zero follows an unlikely group of elementary school kids in 1977 Georgia to get their voices on a NASA record sent to outer space. Directed by a women duo known as Bert and Bertie, along with screenwriter Lucy Alibar (co-writer of Beasts of the Southern Wild), this coming-of-age comedy has a heart of gold, some charismatic performances led by Mckenna Grace, and a killer soundtrack that all seems perfectly grounded by Viola Davis. You’ll be smiling for days after watching Troop Zero.

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The Dead Don’t Die – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jun 12th, 2019

“The Dead Don’t Die is my favorite zombie film of the year.”

Just when you thought the zombie genre was indeed dead, Jim Jarmusch (Dead Man, Only Lovers Left Alive, Coffee and Cigarettes), re-ignites the stale genre with The Dead Don’t Die, including an A-list cast, extreme dry wit, and a ton of fun. This short, but sweet movie feels familiar with its usual genre tropes, but at the same time, its wholly original and burns down the fourth wall so much that it would have Deadpool himself blush. Jarmusch basically got most of his favorite actor friends from his previous films and said, “Hey, let’s make a zombie movie where anything goes.” The result with this cast of deadpanned characters are flawless as they weave through a zombie outbreak in their small, podunk town to the tune of Sturgill Simpson’s song The Dead Don’t Die.

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Film Review: ‘The Nun’!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 6th, 2018

Coming in as WORST MOVIE OF THE YEAR so far, ‘The Nun‘ fails to impress on every level. I don’t say this lightly either. I’m a huge proponent of the horror genre and do believe that ‘The Conjuring‘, ‘The Conjuring 2‘, ‘Annabelle‘, and ‘Annabelle Creation‘ are some of the best modern day horror movies we have around. When we were introduced to this demonic nun un ‘The Conjuring 2‘, I had terrific nightmares where I had to sleep with the lights on. This character was horrific in a fantastic way. This nun was the hit of the ‘Conjuring‘ sequel for sure and now we have a whole entire film, simply titled ‘The Nun‘ that gives us a story about her from a couple of decades prior to the events in ‘The Conjuring‘. It’s not a prequel or origin story though as nothing about this demonic nun known as Valek is discussed. With a terrible screenplay, awful dialogue, dreadful editing, and camera movements, and not to mention stale performances – I prayed for the film to get better, but ‘The Nun‘ let me down at every turn. In fact, the film is so horrendous that I actually started to enjoy it on some comedic type of level.

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Varèse Sarabande, which is the leader in movie soundtracks on vinyl and CD has teamed with Barnes & Noble to re-release the soundtracks ‘Road House‘, ‘Hellboy‘, and the long sought after and out of print soundtrack of ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure‘, which is on one side of the album, with Side B containing Rodney Dangerfield’s ‘Back To School‘. This is just fantastic news. Each soundtrack is limited and numbered with colored vinyl on each record. Find out below all of the information and track listing.

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Oak Cliff Film Festival 2018 is Upon Us!

by Bryan Kluger on May 18th, 2018

Mark your calendars for June 14-17, because the 7th annual OAK CLIFF FILM FESTIVAL will be in town, showing some of the best new films we can all look forward to. Every film and event will be shown at the Texas Theatre, along with a few special events in and around the Dallas area. There are 25 films to be shown along with 40 short films. There will also be a ton of live music, parties, and filmmaking workshops if you want to learn more about the filmmaking process. This year’s slate looks magnificent with a documentary about Joan Jett, a hilarious comedy, and more. Legendary filmmaker Penelope Spheeris will even be in attendance too. Spheeris is most known for directing ‘Wayne’s World‘ and the amazing documentary ‘The Decline of Western Civilization‘. Below is all the information you will need, along with some links to purchase tickets and passes. 

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4K UHD Review: ‘Hell or High Water’!

by Bryan Kluger on Feb 19th, 2018

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(The film portion was written by Liz Tramer)

Director David Mackenzie’s latest film, Hell or High Water, is a perfect example of how slow and steady wins the race.  The film is a little slow to start, but once it gets going, it’s fantastic. The story centers around two brothers, Toby  Howard (Chris Pine) and Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) who are desperately trying to save their mother’s farm and keep it in the family. The brothers are literally under the gun to find the money and decide the quickest way to make the deadline is to rob banks. Toby is intelligent, calm, cool and collected and the brains behind the operation. Tanner is an ex con hothead who relishes the crime spree and does little to control either his rage or his inclination toward violence.

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Dan Moran’s Favorite Movie Moments from 2017!

by Bryan Kluger on Dec 30th, 2017

 This isn’t a Top 10 List. I have a few more movies to check off before I can make that list but I wanted to share some of the moments that wowed me on screen this year.

 BEWARE OF SPOILERS!

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Film Review: ‘Ferdinand’!

by Bryan Kluger on Dec 13th, 2017

If you were to browse any children’s library, you would likely find a little red book with a stout bull on the cover. The Story of Ferdinand has found its way onto countless best of lists and even created controversy around its rebellious symbolism amidst its release in 1936. The new animated feature ‘Ferdinand‘ is no different in its progressiveness, and the film not only challenges the conventions of commonality, but includes heavy themes such as bullying, trophy sport and even meat packing plants. Director Carlos Saldanha has justifiably brought this gentle giant to life and has created a film that, just like its main character, is more than meets the eye.

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If you find yourself in Canada, specifically in Toronto, you’re gonna want to check out the a horror film festival called ‘BITS’ or Blood In The Snow. This is the 6th year of the festival and looks to bring the horror and holidays to one place. Below is a list of all the films that will be shown. I’m looking forward to this, because what’s better than blood and Christmas trees?

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Film Review: IT!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 7th, 2017

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Pennywise the Dancing Clown is back in Derry, Maine after a long hiatus and troubled production. Despite the production issues, this modern version of Stephen King’s IT is a success in many ways, but has a few tiny flaws. Let me just say that if you have a phobia or are scared of clowns in any way, this film will be quite frightening  for you. Bill Skarsgard fills the shoes of a 1993 Tim Curry as Pennywise the Clown and does a very good job. It’s not the same playful Pennywise from the 90s TV movie though. His outfit is different and Pennywise this time around seems more sinister and attacks his victims faster and more violently as we see in that first opening scene with little Georgie looking for his paper boat that went into the sewer.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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

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Suburbicon‘ is director George Clooney’s latest picture and it’s being readied for release as we speak, well as I type. He’s assembled a stellar cast for the script from Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, Clooney, and Grant Heslov. The cast is made up in part by Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Noah Jupe, and Oscar Isaac. The film will be in theaters October 27, 2017.

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Criterion Announces October 2017 Titles!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 17th, 2017

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Wow. Just wow. Criterion has just announced their October 2017 releases and I think I want every single one of them. It’s going to be a good month for Criterion releases for sure. Stanley Kubrick’s Barry Lyndon is finally getting the Criterion treatment in a new 4K restoration. Also there will be the movie Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me coming to Criterion with over 90 minutes of extras. Aldo there will be Personal Shopper, the amazing horror, musical about mermaids called The Lure and of course a Halloween favorite – Vampyr. In addition, there will be Orson Welles‘ Shakespeare movie Othello, which will have two version of the film.

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Favorite Movie Scene of the Day #5!

by Bryan Kluger on Jun 27th, 2017

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Was Randle McMurphy a hero or an anti-hero. It’s a fine line for sure, but I’d like to think R.P. McMurphy was a good guy deep down, even though he was a bit off-kilter. In fact, it’s been stated and written down many times before that his arch rival Nurse Ratched is one of the most horrific villains in movie history. McMurphy, played by a 30-something Jack Nicholson is an amazing character. He’s passionate, creative, fun, spontaneous, and has no filter with what he thinks or says. Some would say he is a genius in this regard. Hell, he did convince a ton of people that himself and the rest of the psychiatric patients were indeed famous professors and doctors to the townsfolk as they stole a boat and went sailing.

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Syfy is always looking for a new television series and this time their collective eye is on a little series called ‘Tremors‘. Yes indeed, THAT Tremors. Here’s the best part, Kevin Bacon is set to reprise his original role!

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Disney invites you to bring home the timeless tale beloved by generations, ‘Beauty and the Beast‘, on Digital HD, Blu-ray and Disney Movies Anywhere June 6. We’re invited behind the scenes for a table read, over 10 minutes of deleted scenes, tons of featurettes and music videos.

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