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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Wire’ Complete Series!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 2nd, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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THE TV SERIES

HBO ‘sThe Wire‘ might be one of the best television shows to ever be aired on any sort of cable or primetime channel. It’s authenticity to real life Baltimore and the lives of the law enforcement, politicians, and criminals is unlike anything I’ve ever seen. In fact, it’s so realistic and well-acted, that one might for a second think they were watching a documentary. Creator David Simon even hired real life criminals and thugs to be a part of the show to give each episode that realness we can totally see through each season.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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One of the best television shows to ever air is finally getting the Blu-ray treatment. I’m of course talking about HBO’sThe Wire‘. Last year, HBO GO announced that ‘The Wire‘ would be remastered in HD, and at the start of 2015, HBO GO put up the new, fresh transfer up for viewing for HBO subscribers. I can safely say that this is the best the series has ever looked. There is a new aspect ratio and everything looks crystal clear and cleaned up.

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I had so much fun with Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’.  It’s packed with thrills, gun fights, drama, great chase sequences, and some of the best fight choreography I have seen in a long time.  Much like most of Soderbergh’s films, ‘Haywire’ packs a stellar cast including retired MMA fighter and Dallas native Gina Carano (who is our main character).  After watching ‘Haywire’, I quickly wanted more.  There needs to be a sequel pronto and I say this with the upmost certainty; ‘Haywire’ is the new ‘Bourne’ and Carano can take on Matt Damon anytime.

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FedMex Reviews Soderbergh’s ‘Haywire’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 18th, 2012

FedMex Here….

 

So, Steven Soderbergh brings us a slightly convoluted film about a former Marine working for a private company that is hired by the CIA to do secret missions who is betrayed by people and revenge ensues.  Soderbergh is no stranger to the gritty crime drama, and this film hits the nail on the head…mostly, but misses the mark enough to leave me just slightly torn about my feelings for it.

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I just love lengthy interviews with movie makers instead of the usual 5-6 minute interviews.  I just don’t get anything out of it.  Now with the long and drawn out interviews, thats where the magic happens.  I own a rare audio cd that came with my gigantic Stanley Kubrick Archives Book that has about a 90 minute interview with Stanley Kubrick of all his films up until The Shining.  It is BADASS.  So much insight and behind the scenes are given.

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Wal-Mart Introduces Wireless Mobile Phone Service

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 14th, 2010

Wal-Mart said earlier this week that it will be introducing its own line of cell phone service and plans through its own branding.  The Wal-Mart Family service will be using T-Mobile’s network.

Unlimited calling and texting will cost $45.00 a month for the first line.  Each additional line will be $25.00.   This service will be offered starting next week through out most Wal-Mart stores.

Starting Monday, the chain plans to sell five phones, including a full-blown smart phone, the Motorola Cliq XT, which will cost $249. T-Mobile sells it for $329 without a contract, or gives it away to buyers who sign two-year contracts (with monthly fees that are higher than the no-contract option).

The cheapest phone for the service will be a simple Nokia phone for $35.

I think I’m still gonna keep my iPhone.

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Interview with Donnell Rawlings!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 2nd, 2018

I had the distinct pleasure to talk with actor/comedian Donnell Rawlings about his new show ‘HOLLYWEED‘ amongst other things. ‘HOLLYWEED‘ is a new TV show pilot that stars Rawlings and Kevin Smith, the latter of which wrote and directed the show. It’s a lot like ‘CLERKS‘, but instead taking place at a convenience store, it’s at a cannabis dispensary. It’s fantastic, to say the least. Donnell Rawlings is mostly known for starring in Chappelle Show on comedy central.

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Filmmaker Kevin Smith defined a cinematic generation back in 1994 with his iconic motion picture ‘CLERKS‘, which he financed himself on a dozen or so credit cards. Smith enlisted the help of his friends to perform and make the movie itself on a low budget about a couple of people who work at a low-end convenient store and video rental place. It was a philosophical and hilarious look at the lives of everyday people and what goes through their mind. Some 25 years later, ‘CLERKS‘ is still as relevant and important as it was in the early 90s.

Since 1994, Smith has made a ton of movies in a variety of different genres, along with some A-List actors. The dialogue he writes is so realistic, quirky, and downright hilarious yet sentimental that you can’t help but fall in love with all most every character he comes up with. Let’s backtrack three years ago where Smith filmed a TV pilot called ‘HOLLYWEED‘ that stars himself and actor/comedian Donnell Rawlings (Chappelle Show/HBO’s The Wire), where the two work at a cannabis dispensary, talking about their issues with society and going on weird adventures – much like Dante and Randal did back in 1994 at the Quick Stop.

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Favorite Movies of 2017!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 27th, 2017

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

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

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Hi everyone, Bryan here….

The most popular and well-known man in the world was and maybe still is Michael Jackson. He had fans all over the world and inspired not only the common folk, but many great musicians over the past 30 years years. Michael Jackson won tons of awards for his music, produced and created some of the best songs ever made, delivered the best music videos, and started a big charity called Heal the World. His life was in the tabloids constantly with hideous scum people making up stories that forced him to be a recluse for most of his life. He was just a man who became a father to three kids and when he was pushing 50 years old, he was more or less forced to perform 50 concerts as a way to make ends meet and provide for his family. Much has been said over the many years about Michael Jackson.

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HBO has confirmed a diverse array of timely and thought-provoking documentaries for the second half of 2017, including: Susan Lacy’sSpielberg‘, an intimate portrait of the iconic film director; Alex Gibney and Blair Foster’s Rolling Stone Documentary that is currently untitled; and Sonja Sohn’sBaltimore Rising‘, a compelling behind-the-scenes look at a city divided in the wake of the 2015 arrest of Freddie Gray and his subsequent death in police custody.

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Warner Bros. Wants to Remake ‘The Matrix’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 14th, 2017

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Warner Bros. is at a loss for original ideas, so they are wanting to get back to 1999 when ‘The Matrix‘ was releasing, because in fact, they want to remake ‘The Matrix‘. This is a terrible idea. There are tons of original stories and ideas out there. Get after it Warner Bros. Sources close to the project have said that a remake of ‘The Matrix‘ is in the works, which isn’t necessarily new news, since we reported on this a couple of years ago. It wasn’t so much of a remake back then, but maybe an expanse on the storyline or even a sequel.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Creed’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 6th, 2016

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Another year, another ‘Rocky‘ movie. Some of you might be saying, “When is enough, enough?” More times than not, you might be right with any string of sequels that goes back the third installment, particularly with the ‘Rocky‘ franchise. Sure, the first ‘Rocky‘ film from 1976 was spectacular, and arguably one of the better movies ever made. It even won a ton of Oscars that year, including Best Picture. ‘Rocky II‘ came shortly after, which was still excellent, but starting with ‘Rocky III‘, things got silly and the films lost some focus. Still, audiences world wide packed theater houses to see the Italian Stallion (Sylvester Stallone) underdog his way up to the top, never quitting and giving his best. It’s a great message.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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So it’s been 17 years, and MGM wants to remake yet again, ‘The Thomas Crown Affair‘. This will be the third time for a remake. Do they have any original ideas? I think not. It’s not all bad news though. Michael B. Jordan (Creed, The Wire, Fruitvale Station) is signed on to star in the remake.

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Horror Movies in 2016 To Look Out For!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 10th, 2016

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It’s 2016 and that means more and more movies will be coming out for all of us to spend all of our hard earned money on. If you’re a fan of the horror genre, here is a look at what horror movies to expect this year. This is not the ‘be all – end all’ horror movie list for 2016. There will be more that come out for sure, so keep your eyes peeled. That being said, this is a good starting guide for what to expect. There looks to be some great ones as well as some not so great ones. Let us know what excites you most.

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Bryan Kluger’s Best/Worst of 2015!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 30th, 2015

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I can’t believe how fast this year has gone by. 2015 was an interesting year to say the least, most of which was great. Movie-wise, I think 2015 had some excellent films filling its theaters, but of course it had some real stinkers too. Below is my list of the Best and Worst films of 2015.  I believe this year I watched over 175 new films, theatrically speaking and it was very difficult to narrow them down from 25. After some strawberry cake covered in Lucky Charms, I finally had a TOP 15, however, these films are in no particular order this year. But when you talk about the Best movies, you have to mention the worst too. My list tends to be a tad bit different from others, but hey, I’m twisted. I highly encourage you to seek out these movies – good or bad and enjoy the rest of your year.

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Best Movies of 2015, According To Jana

by Red Zeppelbon on Dec 30th, 2015

Hey guys, Jana here,

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Another year has come and gone and brought with it about a billion movies, some were total crap and a waste of time, but others…oh they were worth every bit of time I spent. Pre-movie hype, post-movie discussion, and the random hours I spent thinking about it in the shower or sitting at a stop-light. Having said that, this is my list of movies that 2015 blessed us with, and maybe a few the year cursed us with.

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Film Review: ‘Creed’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 24th, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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Another year, another ‘Rocky‘ movie. Some of you might be saying, “When is enough, enough?” More times than not, you might be right with any string of sequels that goes back the third installment, particularly with the ‘Rocky‘ franchise. Sure, the first ‘Rocky‘ film from 1976 was spectacular, and arguably one of the better movies ever made. It even won a ton of Oscars that year, including Best Picture. ‘Rocky II‘ came shortly after, which was still excellent, but starting with ‘Rocky III‘, things got silly and the films lost some focus. Still, audiences world wide packed theater houses to see the Italian Stallion (Sylvester Stallone) underdog his way up to the top, never quitting and giving his best. It’s a great message.

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Sylvester Stallone Announces ‘Rambo 5’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 4th, 2015

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Despite being 68 years old, Sylvester Stallone is still game for boxing his way for a title fight as well as taking on an army of bad guys. That’s right, the two more iconic roles the actor is known for will be back on the big screen within a couple of years. I am of course talking about ‘Rambo‘ and ‘Rocky‘.

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Dominic West and Guy Pearce Join ‘Genius’!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Sep 26th, 2014

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There has already been some talk about a new biopic of sorts based on the life of Scribner’s iconic editor Max Perkins. Perkins worked with such literary notables as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe and Ernest Hemmingway. In hearing tales of how these respected authors worked, the amount of difficulty friends and family had with some, I can only imagine the set of balls it would take to be the one forced with fact-checking, making corrections and offering changes in whole to the manuscripts. The flip-side of the downfalls to the job is that the editor is allowed to nurture and encourage talent in it’s various forms. This is precisely what Perkins did, and what will pique the curiosity of viewers the world over.

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Film Review: ‘The Drop’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 12th, 2014

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I love a good mafia drama. There is just something so thrilling and cool about seeing the seedy underbelly of a city and the back door games and scams that the mob plays out. From ‘Goodfellas‘ to ‘The Departed‘, the characters are so well though out and detailed that you can spend over three hours with them and feel like only five minutes have gone by. You could say that a lot of these iconic characters are larger than life itself, which is true, given their past historical accounts of what they did to earn money and gain power. But that is where Michael R. Roskam’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s short story, formally called ‘Animal Rescue‘, but now called ‘The Drop‘ differs.

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‘Ant-Man’ Begins Production and Fills Out Cast!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Aug 18th, 2014

Hey guys, Jana here,

 

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Today marks the beginning of filming for Marvel’s ‘Ant-Man’. It has been a winding road getting to this point though. There has been a change in director and the loss of 3 cast-members due to scheduling issues because of delays. Some of us probably thought it would be a miracle of Marvel proportions if it were to ever make it to the big screen. Some of the reason for doubt stems from the fact that original director Edgar Wright had been working on bringing the 2D superhero to life since 2006 with very limited success.

 

 

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Good gravy, man, this film looks so intense that I might have to cover my eyes through most of it. And I know we all love Idris Elba. He has  been excellent in everything has has said “yes” to in the past decade including playing Stringer Bell in HBO’sThe Wire‘, ‘Luther‘, Nelson Mandela, and ‘Pacific Rim‘. The guy has an epic level of charisma. But in this new film ‘No Good Deed‘, he is SCARY-AS-HELL!

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Martin Luther King Mini-Series Coming to HBO!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 6th, 2014

Hello, Jana here,

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When you hear ‘Civil Rights Movement’ most people associate that with Martin Luther King Jr., the figurehead that fueled the volt-face in the 1960’s. The American pastor and African-American Civil Rights leader is at the center of several different projects at the moment. It seems that putting King’s struggle into a workable form has been eluding filmmakers for years.

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Film Review: ‘Robocop’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 11th, 2014

Hi, Bryan Here….

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Over the past year, I’ve been writing stories on the upcoming ‘Robocop‘ remake. As I found out more and more information about this reboot of the franchise, I was becoming less and less excited about it. It might of been the fact that it was getting a PG-13 rating, the change in the suit, or many of the other differences that were popping up from the original 1987 film that starred Peter Weller. Hell, even Weller himself said he was not looking forward to the remake and even compared his 1987 film to the likes of ‘Casablanca‘, which is hilarious.

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Michael K. Williams Joins The Thriller, ‘Captive’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 24th, 2013

Hi, Bryan Here….

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Actor Michael K. Williams, otherwise known as Chalky White from ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ and Omar from ‘The Wire‘, which were both on HBO, has just landed a feature role for a movie called ‘Captive‘. Of course he will start filming while he is on hiatus from his tv show. ‘Captive‘ already stars David Oyelowo, Kate Mara, Leonor Varela and Mimi Rogers. The script was penned by Brian Bird and Reinhard Denke, and is being directed by Jerry Jameson.

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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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Film Review: ‘Snitch’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 21st, 2013

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I was thoroughly impressed with Ric Roman Waugh’s ‘Snitch’, but for different reasons than you expect. Inspired by true events like most movies these days, this particular film produces a sense of true fear and hopelessness rather than show cheesy light-hearted inspiring stories that we tend to see in these “true event’ stories. And Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson leaves his ‘The Rock‘ name at home and plays a real human being who is in over his head with some real bad guys. Not only that, Johnson proves that his acting ability is worthy of not a WWE Championship, but of an acting award.

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Hi, Bryan Here….

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Good news, everyone! HBO is bringing back ‘Bored To Death‘ as a theatrical film, which they have already put into the development stages with series creator Jonathan Ames set to write.  ‘Bored To Death‘ had three seasons before not receiving a renewal back in 2011, which made me sad, because it was an amazing and hilarious show that starred ‘Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.  It was a big cult hit and had a sizable loyal following, but not enough to air more seasons.

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Hey fellow vinyl fans, Napkin Art here…

It’s a damn fine week to be a blues and vinyl fan, let me tell YOU. Hell, an overall music fan, in general! News coming down the wire today that Jack White’s Third Man Records and Document Records have teamed up to reissue complete recordings on vinyl from Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell and The Mississippi Sheiks via Third Man Records! Read the rest of this entry »

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Film Review: ‘Gangster Squad’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 10th, 2013

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Gangster Squad‘ lacks depth, character, and mild storytelling, but with its amazing cast of actors, over-the-top violence, and cartoony vibe, I left the theater highly entertained.  Instead of playing out like a true noir gangster film from the 40s, director Ruben Fleischer (Zombieland) has gone the route of making this gangster film like and R rated ‘Dick Tracy‘ mixed with a Saturday morning cartoon, which isn’t necessarily bad, but instead of getting story and character, we get blood and guts.

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Apple iPhone Event Liveblog!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 12th, 2012

 

Hi, Bryan Here…

Starting at 12:00:00 GMT-0500 (CDT), basically two hours, Apple will hold it’s conference and unveil the new iPhone 5 (or whatever they will call it), plus some other products.  We will be live blogging the event.  So keep it here for all the latest updates.  As far as we know right now, we can expect new iPhones.  And there is a possibility of new iPod touches, iPod nanos, and maybe a glimpse at the iPad mini.  We will just have to wait and see.  I know Apple is working on new iMacs, but I would imagine that would be at a later date.  So, keep it tuned here for up-to-date news and images from the Apple event.

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‘Treme’ Returns for 3rd Season Sept. 23!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 22nd, 2012

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First, the people came back. Then, the crime. Now, more than two years after the near death of a great city, the money is starting to arrive, which would sound like a solution if this were some place other than New Orleans, and this was some other era but America at the millennium. For the people of New Orleans, even the promises of redevelopment come with strings attached, and every dollar that shows up – whether from government disaster relief, or from venture capital, or even from those seeking to remake New Orleans in the wake of Katrina – carries with it new dynamics and new risks. National interest has waned, moving on to the next headline, but those who know and love the Crescent City have no choice. They must find their way back to what matters in the life of their city. However, little of what they can bring to bear yields a quick result, and nothing about New Orleans – its government, its police department and courtrooms, its school system – works as it should. Nothing is easy.  In the end, their only weapons are community. And culture.

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The debut dates for the new seasons of the HBO series BOADWALK EMPIRE and TREME have been confirmed. The 12-episode third season of BOADWALK EMPIRE kicks off SUNDAY, SEPT. 16 at 9:00 p.m. (ET/PT). Set in the 1920s in the early days of Prohibition, this Golden Globe-winning series chronicles the life and times of “Nucky” Thompson, the undisputed leader of Atlantic City.

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Danny Devito Directed an Apocalyptic Thriller!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 11th, 2012

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Shangri-La Entertainment announced today that Danny DeVito has wrapped shooting on his apocalyptic thriller and is now in post-production. Directed by DeVito, the currently untitled project stars William Fichtner (THE DARK KNIGHT, BLACK HAWK DOWN and THE PERFECT STORM) soon to be seen in THE LONE RANGER, playing the nemesis to Johnny Depp’s Tonto; Lance Reddick, the imposing Lieutenant Daniels on hit series THE WIRE and currently starring in JJ Abrams’ popular THE FRINGE; and Constance Zimmer, the offbeat sex symbol Dana Gordon on award-winning HBO series ENTOURAGE.

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Bryan’s Review of ‘LUV’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 30th, 2012

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Sheldon Candis’s LUV is one of the strangest yet better coming-of-age films I have seen.  Above all else, this film excels in its character development, which is probably why Candis was able to secure an A-List cast.  LUV is set in Baltimore , which undoubtedly will prompt comparisons to the HBO hit series The Wire, particularly because of the similarities in characters and story.  But where LUV differs, is when it makes its characters come first before anything else –even the storyline.

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Parts & Labor’s Lars Knudsen and Jay Van Hoy — the producing duo behind Mike Mills’ Oscar-winning film Beginners which won Christopher Plummer his first Academy Award last month — announced today that they are partnering with Todd Hagopian at Ocean Size Pictures, to produce DIRTY WHITE BOY. Michael K. Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire) is set to star as the late hip-hop artist Ol’ Dirty Bastard (real name: Russell Jones). Joaquin Baca-Asay is making his feature directorial debut of this original screenplay by Brent Hoff. Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur´s K5 International is financing the film and handling all worldwide sales.

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Warren Ellis’ ‘Ascension’ Eyes Idris Elba!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 15th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

Writer Warren Ellis has teamed up with Vivek J. Tiwary to bring us the sci-fi adventure ‘Ascension’ to the small screen.  Idris Elba is almost set to star in the show double time.  Meaning he will play two characters in the show.  Anything having to do with Warren Ellis or Idris Elba is gold.

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Hi Bryan Here….

HBO’s ‘Treme’ Season 2 is coming to Blu-ray Disc, DVD and Digital Download on April 17, 2012.  Fans can head back to New Orleans with every episode from season two of the critically acclaimed series, as well as tons of special features, which highlight the city’s culture, food and music.

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Bryan Reviews ‘Luther Season 2’!!! (A DVD Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 2nd, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

I never heard of this series before I got it for review.  But I did know of the actor Idris Eba.  Idris is best known for his role as Stringer Bell in HBO’s The Wire.  And I must say that other than Stringer Bell, this series ‘Luther’ Elba’s character might be just as good as Stringer Bell.  John Luther is AWESOME  in this self title series.  Sadly, I never saw the first series, but only this second series which is only a very short four episodes.  That’s weird.  And I hear Luther has been renewed for  third season.  They must do things differently over in the UK.  But this is a solid series.  A great dark and adult mystery revolving around psychotic killers.

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Hi Bryan Here….

From Terence Winter (Emmy®-winning writer on HBO’s The Sopranos) and Oscar®-winning director Martin Scorsese, Boardwalk Empire is set in Atlantic City in 1920 at the dawn of Prohibition. The series chronicles the life and times of Enoch Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), the city treasurer whose double role as politician and bootlegger makes him the city’s undisputed czar at a time when illegal alcohol has opened up highly lucrative opportunities for rumrunners and distributors. In a city defined by notorious backroom politics and vicious power struggles, Nucky must contend with ambitious underlings, relentless Feds, rival gangsters — including Arnold Rothstein, Lucky Luciano and Al Capone — and his own appetite for women, profits, and power.

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Who will you become to get what you want?  That’s the question facing enterprising twentysomethings Ben and Cam, as they continue to pound the pavement in New York to make their dreams come true.

Kicking off its eight-episode second season SUNDAY, OCT. 2 (10:30-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), HOW TO MAKE IT IN AMERICA stars Bryan Greenberg (Prime, HBO’s Unscripted), Victor Rasuk (Lords of Dogtown, Raising Victor Vargas), Luis Guzman (Anger Management, HBO’s OZ), Lake Bell (Children’s Hospital, What Happens in Vegas), hit recording artist Scott Mescudi aka Kid Cudi (Day and Night, Poke Her Face) and Eddie Kaye Thomas (Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,  American Pie). series creator Ian Edelman, Stephen Levinson, Mark Wahlberg, Julian Farino, Rob Weiss and Jill Soloway executive produce.

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Bryan’s Bluray/DVD Picks For The Last Week Of March!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 27th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

Tons and Tons of good releases this week.  It was a blast watching these.  Sorry it’s a little late, but got caught up with other articles and reviews which will be posted later on.  Should be on time from here on out.

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.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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Hi Bryan Here…

Here are some more award nominations that just came through the wire.  This is for the VES or the Visual Effects Society that will be giving awards to the most outstanding achievements in visual effects in TV and Film.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Sorry for the lack of updates recently.  Been a busy hectic holiday season so far.  But rest assured, tons of content will be unloaded over the next few days, plus some most excellent contests on the site where you can win prizes.  So stay tuned.  Any who, some very weird news came over the wire the other day.  It seems that George Lucas wants to make a film involving dead movie stars.

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Bluray/DVD Releases for the 4th Week of November!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 23rd, 2010

Hi Bryan Here…

The biggest shopping day is upon us and the holiday shopping spree season has already begun.  I am kinda disappointed in this lack of releases this week.  I figured the studios would be pushing their biggest titles this week because it is the largest shopping weekend and weekend of the year.  But they just sort of half-assed it.  Maybe because of all the incredible sales on past releases that have started and will continue on through Monday.  Oh well.  As usual, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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Casting News for “John Dies At The End”!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 11th, 2010

You probably have not heard of “John Dies at the End”.  It is a comedic horror book written by David Wong.  Well, it actually started as a web serial in 2001, then it got published.  I have not read it yet, but will soon.  It sounds so much fun.

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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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Steve Wiebe, the school teacher gamer, most popular from the EXCELLENT documentary “King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters” has reclaimed the throne as the #! high score on Donkey Kong.


The official gaming scorekeeping organization known as “Twin Galaxies” just posted Wiebe’s score of  1,064,500 which has knocked asshole Billy Mitchell to the #2 spot.  Wiebe was last #1 in 2007 when he was beaten by Billy Mitchell.


Wiebe said this in an interview:


“Hank Chien is a great person and DK player, so I also feel that he’s capable of taking the title at anytime,” said Wiebe. “I think when I came up short of the record at several live events, many people thought that I just didn’t have it in me anymore. Getting the record back definitely feels good.”


“Being a school teacher, I had been going after the record all summer, which is about a two month period of being off from school,” stated Wiebe. “Basically, I played a game a day and believed it would happen sooner or later. Right around the Fourth of July, I got an inner ear viral infection that caused some vertigo, which is still affecting me a little today. I’m glad I was able to play through it. The day I got the record was essentially the last day of my summer break before returning to school, so it was down to the wire. I remember restarting over about five or six times and then getting a great start that finally led to the record.”


“Mark Kiehl is an amazing DK Junior player,” Wiebe said. “I was able to talk to him a little bit in Iowa, and he’s a great person as well. He’s certainly pushing the score pretty high, so getting the DK Junior record will take some great play if I’m to get it. I eventually plan to get back to playing Junior, but I’m not sure when that will be yet.”


“I’m not surprised at all that the DK title has frequently changed hands of late,” Wiebe continued. “I knew Billy would resurface and I’ve never let go of trying to recapture the record myself. There are a lot more DK kill screen players out there now, so the competition is getting pretty tough. I fully expect the title to keep changing hands until someone knocks it out of the park.”


“I definitley see Billy coming back and I would be very surprised if he didn’t. I don’t know where or when Billy will return, but I’m counting on it.”


Much Much congratulations to Steve Wiebe and his family.


If you have not seen the documentary, “King of Kong” about Wiebe achieving the world record for highest Donkey Kong score.  This is not only a documentary on achieving high scores, but a documentary on good vs. evil.  SERIOUSLY.


It is one of the best documentaries I have ever seen.  Click below to purchase it.


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Bryan Takes A Walk Through the Boardwalk Empire (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 20th, 2010

HBO’s new prohibition gangster era series might be the best series to come out of the channel.  HBO already gave us an amazing gangster show at one point with The Sopranos.  But Boardwalk Empire takes the cake.

On the subject of The Sopranos, former writer/ producer of The Sopranos, Terrence Winter is the mastermind behind the new Boardwalk Empire series.  Add to that a former Sopranos victim, Steve Buschemi who plays the lead character, “Nucky Thompson” and you already have a start to a great show.

Martin Scorsese lends his talent to direct the first episode of the series which is nothing short of perfection.  Scorsese really has knack for making gangster films.  I believe this his first direction of something on tv that is fiction since the 1980’s.

It really seems HBO put tons of money into this show.  All the CGI and costumes to make the 1920’s look like the actual 1920’s is spectacular.  You can tall a whole lot of love and time went into making this show right and real.

In the first episode you will see the start of Al Capone, a midget boxing match, a silent film of Fatty Arbuckle, quite a bit of gore and uber extreme violence, and much much more.

Omar from “The Wire” makes a small appearance in the first episode.  I have a feeling that in episodes to come he will be a key character to Nucky.

Already this show has entranced me and I cannot wait until next Sunday.

I think the only other show that will be this good or better this year will be “The Walking Dead” on AMC.

What did you think of the first episode?

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Blu-ray Review: The Incident!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 5th, 2018

THE FILM


I’m sure most of you haven’t heard of a little film called ‘The Incident‘, which isn’t exactly a great title, but is one hell of a ride from start to finish. Released back in 1967, I’m sure this film did to subway passengers as ‘JAWS‘ did to swimmers in any body of water, which was scare the hell out of them. ‘The Incident‘ follows a group of strangers on a late night subway car, who are all headed to their destinations, but are all terrorized by a couple of criminals over the course of the film.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

If you’re ready to add to your own personal film collection, check out what The Criterion Collection will be releasing in April 2018 as they add to their own ranks.

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Film Review: ‘Fear Us Women’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 28th, 2017

ISIS has quickly become a hot topic in politics and the new organization of terror to defeat in the Middle East. Their ruthless genocide and enslavement of women has sparked major concern around the world, and many exasperated civilians are giving up their lives to answer the call of duty. Taking us right into the desert trenches of Northern Syria, the new documentary ‘Fear Us Women‘ showcases Hanna Bohman, a Canadian who recently reevaluated her life and volunteered to aid in a revolution of women’s rights. In just under thirty minutes, Director David Darg has gracefully shot an enlightening chronicle of sacrifice and bravery. He shows us that women can be fierce and, above all else, fearless.

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4K UHD Review: ‘The Hunger Games: Catching Fire’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 15th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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THE FILM

This portion of the review was written by Suzanne Loranc.

Everyone can understand that the second movie in any series can be the problematic middle child of a franchise. They tend to suffer between the spellbinding beginning and the satisfying conclusion. However, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire rises above the usual awkward bridge label with excellent performances and a script that remains faithful to the book to make it a movie that could almost stand on its own.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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If you were one of the millions of kids in the 80’s that never looked at our dolls the same way again after ‘Child’s Play‘ hit the big screens in 1988, Scream Factory has got an awesome collector’s edition of the flick to bring back those fond, or not-so-fond, memories. If you’re a millennial kid, or later, this is a pre-requisite in understanding what was so wonderful about 80’s horror movies.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Captain America: Civil War’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 6th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan here…

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THE FILM

The ‘Civil War‘ story line in the Marvel Universe is one of the better story lines in recent memory in all of Marvel. It pitted your favorite superheroes against each other and caused some real havoc, before taking on a much bigger enemy. The day has finally come when that comic book miniseries is put up on the big screen in a very large way with ‘Captain America: Civil War‘. This is the third ‘Captain America‘ movie, and a lot of you will wonder why this isn’t just an ‘Avengers 3’ film since most of the ‘Avengers’ show up here throughout the movie. You might be right, but in a big way, this is really Captain America’s movie that shows us just how Steve Rogers ticks.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is releasing ‘Supergirl: The Complete First Season‘ to several home video formats on August 9, 2016. Be ready to pick up the very first season of the People’s Choice Award Winner for Favorite New TV Drama!

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Film Review: ‘X-MEN: APOCALYPSE’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 9th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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And we are back with yet another ‘X-MEN‘ movie, marking this the 9th film in the franchise, that is if you count the ‘Wolverine’ movies and what not. If you’re just counting purely ‘X-MEN‘ films, than this is number six with it being number 4 from director Bryan Singer, who started this whole comic book movie crazy back sixteen years ago with the first ‘X-Men‘ film. From there, we have seen the Marvel and DC Universe take off into a multi-billion dollar industry. It’s quite mind boggling, and this new film ‘X-Men: Apocalypse‘ seems to take everything we’ve seen since Matthew Vaughn’s ‘First Class’ and sculpt it into this one film.

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Film Review: ‘Triple 9’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 26th, 2016

Beka P., Here…

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Hold onto your seats! Triple 9 is a non-stop action-packed film that definitely delivers. Within the first ten minutes you are sucked into a high intensity bank heist that rolls right into one of the best get away scenes I’ve seen in a long time. It’s so intense that you aren’t really sure where the rest of the movie is going to go, but have no fear, there’s plenty of nail biting left to do.

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Film Review: ‘Brooklyn’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 16th, 2015

Rebecca S., Here…

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Brooklyn” is a sweet look at life in a 1950’s version of the borough for a young Irish immigrant. Saoirse Ronan plays Eilis, a naïve girl sent to America to find a better future and a life away from her small town with her devoted sister, played by Fiona Glascott.  While that is the over-all story being told here, it is also a story of a girl who meets boy. The movie itself is gorgeous and every location feels authentic, however the film drags in certain places, making it easy for the mind to wander at times.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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AMC has got fans waiting on tenterhooks awaiting the final word on Glenn’s ultimate outcome on ‘The Walking Dead‘, while I do NOT have any news on that front, I do have some casting news for the iconic Robert Kirkman series.

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Film Review: ‘The Walk’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 30th, 2015

Janet W., Here…

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Fade to white and what appears to be Joseph Gordon-Levitt with blue eyes?  You guessed it that cute little boy from 3rd Rock from the Sun and 10 Things I Hate About You.  Recall in 10 Things I Hate About You when Gordon-Levitt’s character, Cameron, was pretending to teach French to his lady love, Bianca.  I guess Joe moved past that mumbling mess he tried to pass off as French.  Blue eyes are not the only addition, the French accent is thick and very Maurice Chevalier.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the French language and accent.  I admit though that the appearance of Joe with these cosmetic changes at first was a little jarring.  Obviously, he is no longer the little boy I used to watch.  He slipped into the guise of Philippe Petit seemingly effortless to bring us The Walk

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Film Review: ‘Demon’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 24th, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here….

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Every couple has their own expectations and fantasies for their wedding day. It’s usually filled with flowers, rings, songs, and tons of drinks, hugs, and kisses. Every goes home, snuggles with their loved one, and almost always lives happily ever after. Most people say that your wedding day is one of the best days, if not the best day of your life, but that’s not the case with Marcin Wrona’sDemon‘, which is more or less an odd tale about the Jewish myth of the dybbuk.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ (3D Version)!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 24th, 2015

Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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This is more or less the same exact review as the 2D version of the film, which you can see here. The only difference here is there is an extra disc that sports the 3D version of the film. All of the extras, subtitles, audio presentations, and film itself are the exact same. And no, there is unfortunately not the fabled B&W version of the film here or on the 2D version. Maybe someday in the future we’ll get that, but if you want to read about the 3D presentation, skip down to the “VIDEO/AUDIO” section. Thank you and YES, this is a MUST-OWN!

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Film Review: ‘American Ultra’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 19th, 2015

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This late summer movie ‘American Ultra‘ mixes a good stoner comedy with high octane action with a great cast and some decent laughs throughout. You can add to that a good amount of bloody violence in the second half of things. That all being said, ‘American Ultra‘ seems to lose its steam far from the climax of the movie, and seems to just go through the motions until the end. Still, it’s a fun popcorn film to end the summer on. Director Nima Nourizadeh, whose only previous film was the found footage party movie, ‘Project X‘, leaves the handheld camera on the table here, and delivers some decent long shots of violence and action, which is a step up in his career.

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Film Review: ‘Diary of a Teenage Girl’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 10th, 2015

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The Diary of A Teenage Girl‘ sounds like it’s a bubble gum pop movie with the latest MTV stars, void of any real emotion or reality, complete with the worst of music today. Fortunately for everyone involved, that’s not the case here with Marielle Heller’s great film, ‘The Diary of A Teenage Girl‘. This indie movie is just full of surprises as we get a graphic glimpse inside the life of one high-schooler’s sexual encounters over the course of about a year. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel and set in 1970’s San Francisco, the first moment of the film has our main character Minnie (Bel Powley) narrate to us that she just had sex for the first time as she’s walking through the park.

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Film Review: ‘Dark Places’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Aug 6th, 2015

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Gillian Flynn wrote three books: Sharp Objects, Dark Places and Gone Girl. She has a very distinct writing style and the books are filled with a darkness and a narrative that is riveting and disturbing and draws you in. It’s what makes her books so enjoyable and so suspenseful. 

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I had the extreme pleasure to sit down with the iconic actress Blythe Danner and great director Brett Haley and discuss their latest film ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams‘. We discuss how much fun they had on set, the screenplay, and what their favorite scenes in film were, which Blythe gives an excellent answer. See the film.

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Film Review: ‘I’ll See You In My Dreams’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 21st, 2015

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It’s rare that a movie hits all the emotional notes in a genuine way, rather than hitting you over the head repeatedly, telling you how you should feel. Fortunately for us, the former is true with ‘I’ll See You in My Dreams‘, which is a small indie dramedy by director Brett Haley, which has iconic actress Blythe Danner play one of her best roles yet. Haley uses a soft touch throughout the film as we see new beginnings from people not to far from the end. There are a ton of funny moments with enough subtle drama that mixes into a perfect pie by the end of the film that leaves you wanting more.

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FILM REVIEW “SLOW WEST”

by Justin Cline on May 21st, 2015

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Westerns, as a film genre, are nearly as old as film itself, the first of which was little more than a short where a bandit leveled his weapon at the camera and blasted unsuspecting viewers. While plotlines have improved markedly since then, there are still those instances where filmmakers show as much care for their audiences as a bullet to the face. In the long lineage of westerns, how fares the latest addition, Slow West?

 

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Here’s an Up-to-Date Record Store Day 2015 List!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 19th, 2015

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Record Store Day is coming up on April 18th and looks to be excellent.  This is a product list for Record Store Day detailing every release on April 18th including how rare each release.  There will be tons of limited releases, new releases, and classic records sold throughout the entire day.

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Film Review: ‘Two Days One Night’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 22nd, 2015

Paul N., Here…

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The phrase “train wreck” is tossed around a lot. People love to watch train wrecks in their many forms. This might explain the onslaught of reality television shows that permeate the airwaves. However, these shows are often short lived as people slowly learn the sad truth. The Hollywood version of a train wreck is a fun roller coaster ride with many ups and downs, often resulting in a happy ending. A realistic train wreck, however, is as disturbing to watch as one might expect. Directors who attempt to go down this path must navigate that precarious line to not delve too deep in that grim realism, and instead . Two Days, One Night is certainly not a train wreck of a movie, however, it suffers from a pretty blatant identity crisis due to its shallow glimpse into much deeper ideas.

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Blu-ray Releases for January 13th, 2015!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 13th, 2015

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This looks like a good week for Blu-ray releases. There are some pretty excellent buys here that you should take advantage of for this 2nd week of 2015.  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 picture-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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Film Review: ‘Inherent Vice’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 8th, 2015

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Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the best directors working today. His films tell unique and compelling stories with such sustenance and amazing characters that you can’t help but be fully immersed within his world. From ‘Boogie Nights‘ and ‘There Will Be Blood‘ to ‘Punch Drunk Love‘ to ‘The Master‘ and everything else in between, Anderson has time and time again show that he is at the top of his game with each film he puts out.

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And the 2014 Golden Globes Nominations Are….

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 11th, 2014

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It is time for the 2014 Golden Globe nominations. The 72nd Golden Globes will be held on Sunday, Jan. 11 and broadcast live at 5 PM PST, 8 PM EST on NBC. It looks like there were quite a few films that were overlooked. What do you think?

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Film Review: ‘Laggies’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 6th, 2014

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Laggies is a delightful film about adulting and how you are never truly done growing up. The most refreshing thing about this movie’s message is that it’s not about becoming a grown up, but rather finding yourself in whatever stage of life you find yourself lost in no matter how old you are. The three main characters, Megan (Keira Knightly), Annika (Chloë Grace Moretz), and Craig (Sam Rockwell), are all trying to figure out who they are all and how they fit into the world. This theme is woven beautifully into how people connect with one another in strange, unanticipated and sometimes perfect ways.

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Janet’s Film Review: ‘Nightcrawler’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 30th, 2014

Janet W., Here…

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Nightcrawler opens with the moonshining down on the city of angels, we see a thief, Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) in action.  He is cutting away chain-linked fence when a security guard spots him.  A bright light shines on the sunken face and wiry form of Bloom.  (According to IMDB, Jake Gyllenhaal lost 20 lbs. for the role.)  The rent-a-cop asks for ID, but Bloom repeatedly diverts his requests with distracting comments and questions.  Bloom is a fast-talker.  Cut to bargaining with a scrap metal yard foreman in an attempt to sell the copper wire and chain-linked fence Bloom had collected.  The foreman doesn’t waive on his offer and resolve, but Bloom rapidly counters like a string of firecrackers pushing for better pay.  The foreman refuses to give Bloom a penny more than his offer.  What does Bloom do in response to this let down?  He asks for a job.  As plainly as he can, the foreman assures Bloom that he would never hire a thief.  Scraping to make ends meet and living in squalor, Bloom is desperate for a fast track to success. 

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WWE News: WWE Announces New Plans and Pricing for Network!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 30th, 2014

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The CEO of WWE, Vince McMahon announced to investors and the WWE Universe this morning some new plans and pricing for their 24/7 network. When the network debuted, I purchased it on day one. As a long time WWE fan, it was such a wonderful thing to have a channel devoted to everything WWE. I could watch any pay per view from WWF, WWE, WCW, and ECW since the 70s. Not only that, I could watch their original programming, any home video that had been released, and the current pay per views live. All for the price of $9.99 a month.

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WWE: An Evening Spent Inside ‘Hell in a Cell’ 2014!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 27th, 2014

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The superstars were set. The lights and fireworks were bright and loud. And a giant sixteen-ton cage of steel was sharp, fierce, and ready for the carnage that was to take place inside. WWE’sHell in a Cell‘ 2014 (the sixth event of this caliber, but 30 matches total) was a force to be reckoned with. Blood was shed, title belts were on the line, chairs were slammed, tables were broken, and special appearances were made to a sold out crowd in Dallas, Texas at the American Airlines Center. A famous Beatle put it simply, “The Long and Winding Road“, which is a great lyric that could be used to describe the past several months of WWE.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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Nicolas Winding Refn is one of my favorite directors. The Danish born director has quite the resume. He is mostly known for making the hit film ‘Drive‘ with Ryan Gosling, but has also made ‘Valhalla Rising‘, ‘Bronson‘, and the recent ‘Only God Forgives‘, which also s tarred Gosling. Refn is also a big advocate for the cult horror film genre. He can be seen on numerous Blu-ray extras, discussing his love for that particular brand of cinema. Not only is he a great director, but he is also a big fan of movies.

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Film Review: ‘Tusk’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 17th, 2014

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There is no doubt that Kevin Smith belongs in the same bracket as some of the best directors and story tellers of all time. He along with Quentin Tarantino and a few other filmmakers in the early 90s made their own creative films on a very cheap budget and hit success and have continued to make films still to this day. But Kevin’s story is quite the fun one. This is a guy who loves comics and movies who dropped out of film school, worked at a video store and maxed out his credit cards to the tune of $20k to make his first film ‘Clerks‘.

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It’s been hoped for, talked about, and wished upon many stars for this to come true. It looks like we are getting a sequel to one of the most amazing films the 1980’s brought us – ‘Top Gun‘. Working up a script for the high-flier is Justin Marks, who is currently in negotiations to work on ‘Top Gun 2‘. Paramount, Skydance and Jerry Bruckheimer are backing this highly anticipated sequel. Bruckheimer was with Disney but has moved to Paramount in April and is jumping in with both feet. I’m seriously confused as to what made it take so long for them to get to sequel stage in the first place. An entire population of women, and some men, would have tossed out money hand over fist to get another glimpse at Cruise’s oiled up abs playing volleyball on the beach.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Non-Stop’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 24th, 2014

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In the next installment of Liam Neeson saving the world, or in this case, 150 people 30,000 feet up in the air on a commercial airliner from New York to London, things are so over-the-top ridiculous, things tend to not make a whole lot of sense. But what do you really expect from aLiam Neeson movie these days? That being said, this thriller in the air called ‘Non-Stop‘ is quite fun and is less cheesy than the ‘Taken‘ films, but not as gritty as ‘The Grey‘.

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“The D is silent.” In some excellent news, Quentin Tarantino is partnering up with Dynamite Entertainment and DC Entertainment to publish a comic book that pairs up Django and Zorro. Django has already been in the comic book realm when the film came out, but now he’s coming back. Tarantino himself will co-write the series with Reginald Hudlin and Matt Wagner and is scheduled to hit comic book shelves late this year. I’m excited to see where this leads, as all 3 collaborators are known for risky moves and thinking outside the box (no one more so than Tarantino). And both outlaws should be well represented by that kind of thinking.

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Podcast #37 – Re-Cast of ‘Stand By Me’!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 16th, 2014

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The Multi-Media Men are back with the 37th episode that covers all things in the entertainment industry. We had a small house this time around since it was Father’s Day. Joining me is Adam Conway from the Angelika Film Center and Susan Kamyab from This Chix Flix. It was a lot of fun to say the least.  Here is one of our infamous Re-Cast segments. We went ahead  and recast the iconic film ‘Stand By Me‘, which is one of the best films of all time that starred Wil Wheaton, River Phoenix, Corey Feldman, Jerry O’Connell, and Kiefer Sutherland, and was directed by Rob Reiner and based off a short story by Stephen King. There is no way we can replace any of the amazing actors aboard here, but in this day and age, a remake is more likely to happen than not. So here are some of our suggestions on who should play which role? Do you agree with us?Let us know  if you agree or missed anything. And please let us know what you think by going to our FACEBOOK page and TWITTER page, which you should visit to catch up on all the latest information. And don’t forget to visit iTunes and Stitcher to subscribe to our podcast. Enjoy the show.

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Hi, Jana here,

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If we were to talk about filmmakers that have a specific feel to their films there would be a wide variety of names on that list. But if we narrow the field down to filmmakers that are a wildly successful pair of brothers, Joel and Ethan Coen would undoubtedly fit the bill.

The Coen’s have a peppered legacy of complex films with ‘Raising Arizona‘, ‘Fargo‘, ‘The Big Lebowski‘ and ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou‘ among many others. Looks like the pair is not taking any time off from a career that has most recently been recognized with an Academy Award nomination for 2013’s ‘Inside Llewyn Davis‘. Universal Pictures has picked up ‘Hail, Caesar!‘ the latest original screenplay from the Coen’s. Besides writing the script, they will direct stars George Clooney and Josh Brolin in starring roles.

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Film Review: ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 23rd, 2014

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If all the Emo and Hipster kids got together and made a vampire film, it would probably play out a bit like ‘Only Lovers Left Alive‘, which has an excellent soundtrack, moody vampires who hate everything but new underground music, and talk about how much they hate everything. It gets old very fast. But instead of the Emo and Hipster kids, we got famed director Jim Jarmusch who directed ‘Down By Law‘,’ Ghost Dog: Way of The Samurai‘, ‘Coffee and Cigarettes‘, and ‘ Dead Man‘, and ‘Broken Flowers‘ to name a few – not exactly a light-weight. Jarmusch is an acquired taste like a fine 40-year old scotch, where not all people have developed a taste for the director, but those with exquisite taste love his work. I consider myself the latter. But once in a while, some of our favorite directors make a movie that is ultimately forgettable and doesn’t live up to the filmmaker’s past work. And that is where I stand with Jarmusch’s vampire film ‘Only Lovers Left Alive‘.

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Film Review: ‘Joe’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 10th, 2014

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Director David Gordon Green has had quite an impressive resume over the last ten years, and this being 2014, Green is showing no signs of weakening or bowing down to the execs of Hollywood any time soon. Green’s resume includes ‘Pineapple Express‘, ‘Eastbound and Down‘, ‘Your Highness‘, and the more recent drama ‘Prince Avalanche‘. He also produced the gritty thriller ‘Compliance‘. Green seemed to step away from the likes of Will Ferrell, Seth Rogen, and Danny McBride, and made an unrelenting yet beautiful movie with ‘Joe‘, which is based on a novel by Larry Brown of the same name from 1991.

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Film Review: ‘Visitors’!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Mar 14th, 2014

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I always assumed reviewing films would be an extremely awesome thing to do for a living. I never took into account that you won’t always enjoy what you review. I can watch documentaries, I actually prefer them at times. National Geographic and Smithsonian documentaries are great! I love history, current events and learning about new weapons or drugs that are problems now. I don’t even require things being in English to enjoy them. I can read subtitles and if the actors are good enough I don’t even have to rely on subtitles.

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‘Archer’ Renewed for Two More Seasons!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 6th, 2014

Hi, Bryan Here….

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Good news, everyone. FX has renewed ‘Archer’ for two more seasons, meaning we will be hearing the likes of Sterling, Lana, Pam, and the rest of the characters for a sixth and seventh season. ‘Archer’ has seen a big incline in viewers each week, and since it has been on Netflix, there have been more fans of the show with each month. “Archer is one of the best comedies on television and has played a significant role in the growth of the FX comedy brand,” said Eric Schrier one of the Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions today in a statement. ”We’re grateful to Adam Reed, Matt Thompson and their team at Floyd County, and also our incredible voice cast, and are looking forward to supporting their work for at least two more seasons.”FX will stay in the ‘Danger Zone’ at least through 2016 by ordering two additional seasons of its Emmy® and Annie Award nominated animated hit comedy series Archer, announced Eric Schrier and Nick Grad, Presidents of Original Programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.

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April 3rd is exactly one month away, and that means it is time for the next Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) to invade Dallas. The festival will start on April 3rd and run through April 13th at a variety of theaters in the Dallas area. There will be around 150 films from all over the world premiering in Dallas. Some will even be world premieres. Actors, writers, producers, and directors will be in town for the event as well. And of course, you can buy tickets to attend the festival or any movie you want to see. DIFF has just announced the first ten films that will be coming to this year’s festival, and they look AMAZING.

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Film Review: ‘Non-Stop’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 27th, 2014

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In the next installment of Liam Neeson saving the world, or in this case, 150 people 30,000 feet up in the air on a commercial airliner from New York to London, things are so over-the-top ridiculous, things tend to not make a whole lot of sense. But what do you really expect from a Liam Neeson movie these days? That being said, this thriller in the air called ‘Non-Stop‘ is quite fun and is less cheesy than the ‘Taken‘ films, but not as gritty as ‘The Grey‘.

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Jana B. here,

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Director Robert Zemeckis has a slew of successful movies to his name. Hits like the ‘Back To The Future‘ trilogy, ‘Forrest Gump‘, ‘Cast Away‘, ‘The Polar Express‘ and 2012’s ‘Flight‘. It stands to reason that whatever project he decides to work on will turn out prosperous. Looks like Zemeckis has selected his next project, the story of Philippe Petit, the French high wire artist and “the artistic crime of the century”.

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The Worst Films of the Year!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Dec 22nd, 2013

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Tis the season to be merry is not on our radar, well at least not this episode. Instead of doing the best movies of 2013, we are going to let you in on the worst movies of 2013. Don’t worry, we will get to the Best ones next week, but let us roll around in the dirty and horrible films that came out this year, and boy, were there many. From ‘Grown Ups 2‘ to ‘Gangster Squad‘ to ‘Only God Forgives‘, there was plenty of slop to go around. A couple of the podcasters even thought some of the good movies of this year were some of the worst, which resulted in a fight to the death and friendships lost. Enjoy this lively episode of The Worst Films of 2013.

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Suzanne L., Here…

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Everyone can understand that the second movie in any series can be the problematic middle child of a franchise. They tend to suffer between the spellbinding beginning and the satisfying conclusion. However,  rises above the usual awkward bridge label with excellent performances and a script that remains faithful to the book to make it a movie that could almost stand on its own.

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Misty S., Here….

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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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Film Review: ‘Machete Kills’!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 14th, 2013

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‘Machete don’t tweet’ is one of the lines that is uttered by Danny Trejo’s iconic character, Machete Cortez in this new hilarious fun-as-hell sequel by Austin director Robert Rodriguez. It’s one of several “Machete don’t” pieces of dialogue that is said throughout the film. It’s funny, because Rodriguez actually made a ‘Star Wars‘ film with Machete in it this time around. Not only do we see machete lightsabers and similar characters in the ‘Star Wars’ universe, but we also get carbonite and landspeeders, and at the end of the film, it all comes full circle, as you’ll say, “I just watched a ‘Star Wars’ movie made by Robert Rodriguez. With an all-star cast and even more blood, guts, and kills than the first one, this over-the-top and highly entertaining sequel will sure make decent returns to warrant a third sequel, which is heavily promoted in the form of a trailer before the film starts and at the end of the film entitled ,’Machete Kills Again…In Space‘.

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Film Review: ‘Metallica Through The Never’!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2013

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Metallica: Through the Never announces itself as an explosive, visceral experience from the very first scene: an overhead helicopter shot of the city, riding high over a thoroughfare that leads us to the stadium, coming down to ground level, glimpsing a fan or two, then following a young skater kid down to the depths of the arena where he begins an unforgettable night as roadie for the band. This sequence is so chock-full of filmmaking prowess that one instantly realizes we’re in for a ride of visual delights. The film lives up to that opening sequence and then some.

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Jana B., Here….

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James Gandolfini left an emptiness in his wake, especially for those of us that loved him on HBO. His legacy lives on with HBO, as befits Gandolfini’s biggest and arguably best starring role in, the numerous award winning, ‘The Sopranos‘.  Gandolfini played a role in the ‘Criminal Justice‘ pilot, that will be filled by none other than, Oscar winner, Robert De Niro. The actor who is no stranger to playing mafia characters has stepped into the vacated too soon size 12’s James Gandolfini left behind after his untimely death in June of this year. Robert DeNiro is a legend in his own right playing such famous parts in ‘Taxi Driver‘, ‘Godfather II‘, ‘Raging Bull‘, and ‘The Untouchables‘ to just name a few.

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Discovery Channel To Document Life Of Evel Knievel!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Sep 26th, 2013

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Discovery channel has found a new topic they hope will garner something close to the 13 million viewers it received when Nick Wallenda walked a wire crossing the Colorado River Gorge, broadcasting his running dialogue with God back in June.  The documentary centers on the controversial life of none other than the motorcycle daredevil, himself, Evel Knievel. The documentary is set to air October 14 and is entitled ‘True Evel‘, which is being produced for Discovery Channel by Kowalski TV with Craig Coffman serving as executive producer for Discovery.

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