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Bryan’s Oscar Picks and Wishful Picks!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 26th, 2012

Hi, Bryan Here….

It’s Oscar day, and we here at Boomstick are gearing up for our live video commentary for later tonight.  We will be broadcasting live starting with the pre show and on through the entire night.  We will have trivia for prizes as well.  So be sure to keep it here and tune in.  Now, below are my Oscar picks in the winners that I think will win as well as the ones that I hope to win.  They are different, of course.  Be sure to let us know what your picks are in the comment section and the one with the  most right ballot might get a special prize.  And be sure when you comment and tweet tonight to use the hashtag  #bsoscars.

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Hi Bryan Here…..

A decent week for releases.  And on time this week for the most part.  A few hours late, but all is well.  Okay, so let us jump right in and get to all the goodies.  Some of the must own blu-rays include ‘Airplane’, ‘Mimic’, ‘The Others’, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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Bryan Finds Out He’s ‘Unknown’!!! (A Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 13th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

Here is a little film starring Liam Neeson, January Jones, and Diane Kruger.  A pretty great cast to start with and an interesting enough story line.  Does it work?  Ina way, yes it does.  I’ll say this off the bat.  Many people will compare and bring up Liam Neeson’s prior film, ‘Taken’.  Let me assure you, this  is not ‘Taken’, nor is it as good as ‘Taken’.  Sure it is a fun thrill ride to watch, but it ends up being a “by the book” amnesia film with really no plot twist or turn after the first half of the film.  That being said, ‘Unknown’ is still fun ride to watch.

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Hi Bryan Here….

So yes.  I chose to screen this movie.  Before I walked in, I expected an absolute 91 minute eye gouging debacle.  But to my surprise, it really wasn’t all that terrible.  I mean don’t get my wrong.  I do not ever want to see this again, but kids everywhere are going to love this movie.  And it won’t be a bore to the parents either.  ‘Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer’ works for kids.  They will enjoy it.

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Hi Bryan Here….

There is so much to like about this film.  I wish the filmmakers of the current generation would stop for a second and take a good look at ‘Super 8’ and take notes.  Everything is there.  J.J. Abrams directed ‘Super 8’ with his childhood hero producing….Steven Spielberg.  This is what filmmaking used to be like.  I know a lot of you will be comparing this film to the likes of ‘E.T.’ or ‘Goonies’.   You might say it brings quite a bit of nostalgic feelings from growing up.  And to me, that is what makes ‘Super 8’ so amazing.

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Hi Bryan Here….

The sequel to the hit comedy ‘The Hangover’ is out in all theaters and is definitely funny, but with a price.  I know most of you have seen the sequel already and yes I am late getting this review out, but I have had tons of things going on.  But alas, the review is here.  First thing to know about ‘The Hangover Part II’ is that you will most definitely laugh wildly all the way through the film.  The second thing you need to know about ‘The Hangover Part II’ is that it is the exact same film as the first ‘Hangover’ movie to a tee, except it takes place in Thailand rather than Vegas.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Ever since I watched the first trailer for Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’, I often thought about how the film could reach people emotionally and show people how beautiful everything is.  Not to mention, how it would affect how people could and would perceive what is possible with cinema today.  Also, as I was watching the film and after I viewed the film, I couldn’t help but bring my own personal emotions, history, and experiences to the film.  I have a feeling that a lot of people will do the very same.  To put it simply, Terrence Malick’s ‘Tree of Life’ is the most impressive and magnificent visual portrait of history and life ever put on film.  I wish I could buy the world a ticket to see this film.

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Hi Bryan Here….

I am so delighted to be seeing this on DVD for the first time.  I love watching old cartoons from the 60’s.  And ‘Frankenstein Jr. and the Impossibles’ was so much fun.  There were only two seasons with less than 20 episodes in all, but the rock music/action hero cartoon packed each episode with tons of great fun.  It reminds me of ‘Fraggle Rock’ meets ‘Partridge Family’ in the vein of Hanna-Barbera.  This cartoon series also made for some of the most bizarre animated sequences I might have ever seen.  I witnessed a giraffe running upright on two legs with a gun and jumps into an art easel to disappear.  No, I was not on that acid you gave me last year.  Just loads of Dr. Pepper.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Trollhunter‘ is some of the best fun you will ever have in front of a movie screen.  Who would of thought a film about Trolls would be fucking insanely AWESOME!!!  I mean with the Troll 2 film which really wasn’t even about Trolls.  I can say this though, when the time comes for you to see ‘Trollhunter’, you’re gonna be in for the thrill ride of your life.  Fucking Epic!!!

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE 2ND WEEK OF MAY!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 10th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

A huge week for releases which includes Criterion’s Something Wild and Black Death, plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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Bryan Journeys Into Mystery With “Thor”!!! (A Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on May 8th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

The Almighty Thor is finally here.  Marvel’s next feature film in their line of super-hero films revving up for the huge epic “Avengers” film may surprise you.  Thor is great.  It’s very different from the past Marvel films, but different is very good.  Especially for a hero like Thor.  What makes Thor different from the other Marvel Super-Heroes in films is that Thor is not from Earth nor is he really a human.  He is a GOD.  And when I think of Thor my brain usually goes to the Greek Mythology place and to that Shakespearean universe.  So it was only too perfect that Shakespearean vet, Kenneth Branagh would be the director for this epic film of Thor.

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Hi Bryan Here….

This release of Abbott and Costello Meet Captain Kidd is just outstanding.  Over the years Abbott and Costello were on their adventures they managed to meet The Mummy, Frankenstein, and The Invisible Man ant not mention when they went to the planet Mars.  I think this particular film is one that fans and really all of us have been waiting for.  It’s one of the ultimate rare “grails” to the Abbott and Costello universe.  One of the many reasons being is that it stars Charles Laughton paying Captain Kidd which is just genius.

PURCHASE THE FILM HERE FOR ONLY $19.95!!!

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

by Gumbercules9000 on May 3rd, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

A huge week for releases which includes some Criterions, Green Hornet, and Ip Man 2 plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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Hi Bryan Here…

One of the best films in the last 50 years.  Right at the top of that list.  Robert De Niro is fucking brilliant in this movie.  I can’t believe this movie has not been released on bluray yet.  This film is unrelenting, unmerciful, brutal, and all kinds of AWESOME.  A MUST OWN MOVIE.

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Hi Bryan Here….

The original Tron film is hands down a classic.  It is all sorts of badass.  Disney really knew what they were doing with the whole digital age and video games.  The characters in their suits are iconic now.   Tron is a film I can watch over and over again and never get tired of it.  It is great to have it on bluray finally.

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Bryan Finds A.I. Artificial Intelligence!!! (A Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 26th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

I remember when this film came out and the months that led up to its release.  First off, this was to be Kubrick’s next film following Eyes Wide Shut.  He had storyboards and production art for this film already.  Kubrick wanted to work on A.I. with Spielberg and they went back and forth with each other on who would direct and who would produce.  But sadly, Kubrick passed away before Eyes Wide Shut was released and Kubrick’s wife said in a press conference that Spielberg was going to helm the project himself in tribute to her late husband.  Spielberg pretty much had no option.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Well The two Mortal Kombat Live Action films are on bluray now and we can all relive our childhood once again in this high-definition world.  This was one of the better and first video game films to come out on the big screen way back when.  Now you can download the Mortal Kombat Films on iTunes by CLICKING HERE!!!

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE THIRD WEEK OF APRIL!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 19th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

A pretty good week for releases which includes the Best Picture Winner from this past year plus some other goodies.   As usual, in this article, you will get some info about the disc and the extras that come with the movie as well as a personal opinion about the movie and a link to purchase the film over at AMAZON where you can save quite a bit of money, and it will give a small percentage kick back to this site so we can continue bringing you excellent stories and sales.

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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Bryan Gets Funky With Rebirth Brass Band At The Kessler!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 17th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

I must say that The Kessler Theater in Oak Cliff is one of my favorite venues.  The place has everything going for it.  They have a great bar, great food, and some excellent acoustics.  Seeing the awe inspiring New Orleans Rebirth Brass Band at the Kessler was a true musical experience.

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BRYAN’S BLURAY/DVD PICKS FOR THE SECOND WEEK OF APRIL!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Apr 12th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here….

A pretty decent but short list of picks this week, but the movies that got picked are AMAZING.  I have been waiting forever for “The Incredibles” to come out on bluray.  Finally it is here.  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….

I remember when I was around 11 years old and a friend or two of mine would walk to the local “mom & pop” video store and rent videos during the summer and have movie marathons all day.  Now we were very avid horror and exploitation fans.  Even at that early age.  We picked up Troma films, Argento films, early Raimi films, and pretty much any title that had explicit violence, horror, or nudity.  “Hobo With A Shotgun” is pure exploitation “over the top” badass fun.

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

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 22nd, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

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

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

Enjoy and Here We Go!!

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Bryan’s Most Anticipated Films for 2011!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 7th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

So 2010 is over and 2011 has just begun.  I was recently talking with a friend and we both agreed that 2010 was kind of a let down as far as movies went.  Don’t get me wrong, there were some precious gems riddled throughout the year, but they were not many.  Basically I said, that it was a very uncool year with flashes of coolness in regards to films.

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Bryan’s Top Ten Movies of 2010 List!!!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 4th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

I have my list of my favorite films of 2010.  I did not get out as much this year to see movies as previous years, but rest assured this 2011 year, i will try to see almost everything.  So I have my top 10 favorites with some runners up and some of the most awful films of 2010 to tickle your fancy.  Enjoy.

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Back in July a friend and I made a psychological horror film about two female best friends who become entangled in lies, deceit, betrayal, murder, and WEREWOLVES.  We had a wonderful time making the movie and we are already planning on making more.

So to get you in the spirit of the Halloween Season come to the Inwood Theatre in Dallas Friday and Saturday at midnight and see our film.  The film will start promptly at midnight.  There is a full service bar at the Inwood Theatre as well as comfy couches and love seats in the theatre.

The movie is called “BEWARE” and will be followed by the great horror film, “Trick R’ Trreat” which you could read my review of that movie HERE.

Click HERE for more info on the theatre.

Thank you and hope to see you there.

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A couple of decades before Shaun of the Dead and Zombieland made audiences scream and laugh at the sight of zombies eating your flesh and brains, Return of the Living Dead paid tribute to the horror frenzy of Romero Zombie films that came before.   This same year Romero would release his most gruesome film, “Day of the Dead”.  Early on in production, the producers and director wanted to make a film that was sort of a homage to the 1969 classic Night of the Living Dead.  It is a tribute to that old Drive -In Horror movie era.

Now the first time I saw this film was when I was about twelve years ago and my cousin had a copy on VHS.  We sat down and watched it, and my jaw dropped on how crazy this movie was.  We had to turn off the movie ever so often when his parents would come in the room so that they wouldn’t see us watching blood and guts and tits.  All necessary things to have in a horror movie by the way.

Merely chalking Return of the Living Dead as a horror comedy really doesn’t do this justice.  This really is the ultimate 80’s horror film from my youth.  It has some genuinely freaky moments, some over the top gore and a ghoulish sense of humor.  If you’re not laughing at a naked, frozen cadaver sprinting towards a screeching homeless guy or one of the characters discovering that movies lie about how to kill zombies, then surely you’ll chuckle at reanimated corpses chanting “brains” or roll your eyes when another character gives his short soliloquy about his look being a lifestyle.  I mean this movie has it all.  This a must own for anytime of the year.

The Picture Quality

Back in 2007, a big Collector’s edition of this movie was released and the director worked on remastering it.  This seems to be the same transfer on bluray which is a good thing.  It looks clear with the same feel as an 80’s movie.  It is presented in 1080p in 1.85:1.  Facial close-ups are great and the contrast is bright that gives the visibility of objects in the background some depth and clarity.  Some of the black levels are not consistent with the rest of the film but it is barely noticeable.  It is a great release but it would have been nice for a new HD transfer.

The Audio Quality

This release comes with a DTS-HS audio track which is the best out of all previous releases.  But since it was recorded in mono, do not expect somethingAMAZING.   It doesn’t pack a punch that would scare you out of your seat like newer recorded movies would do, but for mono quality, it does the trick.  It brings you back to that nostalgic 80’s era.

The Packaging

This is where my MAJOR gripe comes in.  The cover art for this release is NOT the awesome art that we are all used to.  Instead we get the decayed text in red with a one zombie jumping out at you towards the bottom of the cover.  What was wrong with the zombie punks in the graveyard?  That is an iconic image.  Why didn’t you keep that?  It is overall a very unattractive cover.  They should have kept it original.  The discs main menu is pretty cool though.  It zooms through the graveyard where their are full motion clips on all the tombstones with some instrumental music playing.

Extras

If you own previous editions, then all of those features were transfered to this release.  This is a good thing, because the extras are heavy plenty of them.

Disc One

  • Audio Commentaries — Two separate feature-length tracks are ported over from the earlier DVD releases. First up is director Dan O’Bannon and production designer William Stout. Immediately, things are off to a good start, as before introducing themselves O’Bannon is compelled to tell viewers that this film is absolutely based on true facts. Despite being a very scene-specific commentary, both men are talkative and crack jokes at one another as well as about the movie. O’Bannon, of course, spends more time explaining the origins of certain lines and working with the cast, while Stout examines the look and prop design, offering some great anecdotes behind the production. Overall, this is an enjoyable and informative commentary track that’s worth a listen. Our second audio track features Stout once more, and he’s joined by cast members Don Calfa, Linnea Quigley, Brian Peck, Beverly Randolph, and Allan Trautman. Although not as energetic as the previous selection, the group is quite chatty with nary a moment of silence. Everyone offers minor quips about the production and behind-the-scenes stories, from casting to wardrobe. They even throw in a few compliments to the crew and Stout’s work, and there’s also an interesting comment about Ed Gein’s death at around the same time as shooting. We also learn that Quigley’s dancing scene on the set was while Vanity 6’s “Nasty Girls” played in the background. The discussion offers a fun listen with several good tidbits spread throughout and one strange moment of weirdness.
  • “The Dead Have Risen” (SD, 21 min) — A short retrospective with cast members sharing their experiences working on the movie. Although it’s mostly a whole lot of praising, there is the occasional comment about the characters and preparation that makes it worth a look.
  • “The Decade of Darkness” (SD, 23 min) — Made up mostly of interviews with various filmmakers, including a few funny bits with Elvira, this piece is an awesome look back at the 1980s, a booming decade of some of the wildest and creative horror movies that has yet to be matched.
  • “Designing the Dead” (SD, 14 min) — Director Dan O’Bannon talks about how he came to work in the film industry and how the script for this movie landed on his lap. Along with William Stout providing a historical setting, O’Bannon also shares his reasons for changing the original concept into a comedy.
  • Trailers (SD) — Two theatrical previews are offered here: a green band version dubbed the “Bloody Version” and the red band called “Even Bloodier Version.”
  • Zombie Subtitle Stream — This is much like a separate subtitle track for when zombies scream. And all we see is the words “aaarrrgghh!!” every once in a while on the screen. It’s nothing wholly exciting.
  • In Their Own Words: The Zombies Speak — This is a pretty weak attempt at comedy, pretending like zombies are making random comments at the movie.

Disc Two

  • DVD — A standard definition copy of the film is also included in the package with the same assortment of special features.

Overall, I think this is a solid release, but I do not think it will be the last one.  I do like the fact that you get the DVD and Bluray with this purchase.  The audio is the best you will have so far with this release and the picture is solid.  This is truly a gem of a film and a must own for any horror fans.

Make the purchase by clicking the link/picture below in time for Halloween.

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Bryan Gets Frozen (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 7th, 2010

Adam Green is one talented young filmmaker.  He caught my eye with his 1st film, “Hatchet”.  Then I kept hearing about this movie called “Frozen”.  I did not initially know what it was about, then I heard through some sources that it was about three college kids who get stuck high up on a ski lift.

After hearing this, I thought, that’s not that bad, they could survive a night.  How could you make an interesting movie about that?

Well Adam Green did and he made one hell of a fun and tense movie.

It begs the question, what would you do in a terrible situation to stay alive?

So I’m going to flat out say it…these three main characters are in Frozen are STUPID.  It is their own fault they are stuck up there and the decisions they make are ridiculous, but without these stupid decisions, we would not have a FUN film.  So keep that in mind while watching the film.  And you know that there are a lot of dumb people in this world that will do the insanely stupid shit these kids do.  That said, I find this film fairly realistic and a hell of a lot of fun.

This is one of those films that is so full of suspense that you might actually sweat and that whoever you watch it with will spend the entire time during the movie and after telling you what they would have done in that situation.

I personally think that this would be cool as hell as a stage play.  Like a one setting type of scenario of survival.  Would be AWESOME.

This is a film to watch with a big audience.  So get your friends over and pop this into your player and take joy in all the screams and people gripping each other, because it WILL happen.

The movie is scary, vicious, tense, and so much fun to watch with people to see them EEEK and claw at you in horror.

Pick this up below.

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Bryan Falls For Minnie and Moskowitz for a Drink (Review)

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 4th, 2010

John Cassavetes was an excellent film director.  He had a knack for making films that had a realistic style to them.  His films seemed that there was no script, but all improvised to make it that much more tangible.  By doing this his films are forever remembered and you think about them often as if they have imprinted the pictures on your celluloid brain like that of film.


The film, “Minnie and Moskowtiz” was one of John’s later films.  It debuted in 1971 and starred Gena Rowlands (who was Cassavetes’ wife), and Seymour Cassel (Rushmore/Royal Tennenbaums) who play the film’s lead roles.  It is a true LOVE story.


The basic plot synopsis of this wonderful forgotten film is that after a break-up, Minnie Moore, a successful museum curator, becomes disillusioned with dating, love, and men.  So much so that she does not know how to act socially anymore or feel any love for people.  She just goes to work and then home living a life void of LOVE.  That is until she has a random chance encounter with Seymour Moskowitz, a jewish parking lot attendant who after their brief encounter falls head over heels for Minnie.  He tries desperately to get her to love him back.


In the first scene, we see Moskowitz sitting down at a diner by himself eating.  In the booth adjacent to him is a burly scary fellow who happens to be crazy and very drunk who begins to harass Moskowitz by telling him ridiculous stories and even wanting to eat some of Seymour’s food.  Throughout this entire scene, Moskowitz barely speaks and obliges to the lonely man’s request at every turn.  Seymour even offers him money at one point o get him something to eat.   This shows what a kind soul Seymour has and what patience he has.  Even with a complete crazy stranger.


There are a few funny scenes.  One in particular is where Minnie and Seymour’s mothers meet each other for dinner for the first time.  Seymour’s mother is a typical Jewish mother from NY.  Very funny.


I really just fell in love with these two characters on how they just loved each other for who they were, rather not what they did for each other.


Thank you Claire for showing me this film.


If you can find this film, please see it.  I do not think it is available for purchase anywhere unless you want to spend over $50.00.  It is currently on netflix streaming.  See it.

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