May/2019

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

Helicopter blades whirl and fight against a hot and tumultuous wind. The lights come up and the curtain rises on a busy town scene full to overflowing with vibrant color. In walks purity personified as Kim (Emily Bautista), an orphaned woman from the rural areas of Việt Nam. When purity is presented, the vile and defiled will always come prowling, enter The Engineer (Red Concepción), a sleazy pimp that runs a brothel bursting with the promise of pleasure and sweet oblivion via alcohol, drugs, and whatever else. Dallas Summer Musicals presents Miss Saigon by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, ultimately a re-imagining of Giacomo Puccini’s famed opera Madame Butterfly. Read the rest of this entry »

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ALIEN – My Bloody Podcast #51!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 16th, 2019

Here is the super spectacular 51st episode of the most fun horror podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new show, Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle and I talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror themed music. Our Feature Presentation this week is Ridley Scott’s 1979 masterpiece ‘ALIEN‘.

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Edward Zwick Interview on ‘Trial by Fire’!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 15th, 2019

I had the distinct pleasure to talk with filmmaker Edward Zwick about his new motion picture ‘Trial by Fire‘, amongst other aspects of his career. ‘Trial by Fire‘ is Zwick’s newest film about the true crime story about the Texas State Prisoner Execution of Cameron Todd Willingham some years ago. The film stars Jack O’Connell and Laura Dern and follows the story of a father who escaped a home fire alive, but his two young kids were burned alive inside.

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Stanley Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ Headed to 4K UHD!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 15th, 2019

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment is bring Stanley Kubrick’sThe Shining‘ to 4K UHD just in time for Halloween. Specifically on October 1st, which will be a complete 4K remastering of Kubrick’s original 146 minute version, which premiered in the USA, back in 1980. The new 4K remastering was done using a new 4K scan of the original 35mm camera negative at Warner Bros, where Steven Spielberg and Leon Vitali supervised and worked on the remaster. This new version will even be screened at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

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John Wick 3: Parabellum – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 15th, 2019

 

“John Wick 3: Parabellum spared no expense and creativity in giving us the best action movie for Keanu Reeves.”

In a surprisingly thrilling movie franchise that started in 2014, the John Wick character and films have made a significant impact on movie-going fans and the action genre. Now into its third film titled John Wick 3: Parabellum (Latin for “Prepare for War”), the filmmakers have spared no expense and creativity in giving us the best action movie for Keanu Reeves and this creative universe they created only five years ago. I would expect situations to get tiresome in a third adventure, but that’s not the case at all here. There are so many different aspects to the fight scenes that we haven’t seen before, along with some great, new John Wick assassin universe knowledge that makes this unique and deadly world seem much bigger than it is.

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John Wick 3: Parabellum – Film Review #2!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 15th, 2019

 

“John Wick 3: Parabellum was one of the most entertaining movies, start to finish, in recent memory.”

John Wick Chapter 3 is up there with some of the best action movies of the past decade and I honestly can’t imagine it won’t be the greatest action movie of 2019. This trilogy has somehow moved beyond a joke about Keanu Reeves shooting people because his dog died after the trailer premiered for the first film to a technical masterpiece with lore and history of a well realized World bursting in every scene. John Wick Chapter 3 somehow ups the ante again delivering the best collection of action set pieces in the series so far while doing a decent job of linking these fights together with a world expanding story. This movie is like having adrenaline injected directly into your bloodstream for two straight hours.

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Cinepocalypse 2019 Unleashes Genre Lineup!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 10th, 2019

Genre fans all over the world, lend me your ears. CINEPOCALYPSE 2019 is happening in Chicago at the Music Box Theater on June 13th – June 20th. The film festival is Chicago’s premiere genre festival for all things horror, sci-fi-foreign, and fun. There will be eight days of features, short films, parties, and more. This is something you’re definitely going to want to attend if you’re a fan of genre filmmaking, because there will be some never-before-seen vintage films with new R- rated cuts  and brand new world premieres of some of the latest and greatest movies in the horror realm, specifically Glenn Danzig’sVerotika‘.

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Pet Sematary 4K UHD Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 10th, 2019

Pet Sematary‘ comes back to life with a brand new 2160p 4K UHD image with Dolby Vision and looks and sounds excellent. It’s like watching the film all over again. Stephen King’s excellent novel was adapted in 1989 by director Mary Lambert that focuses on the Creed family moving to the country for a better life where loss, death and family all play a gruesome and horrific part. There are new bonus features as well as some vintage extras imported over here. What an amazing release. Highly Recommended!

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Film Review: ‘Tolkien’!!

by Janet White on May 10th, 2019

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

“Even the smallest person can change the course of history.” – Lady Galadriel

 

Amazing words that continue to inspire people years after John Ronald Reuel Tolkien aka J. R. R. Tolkien’s (Nicholas Hoult) passing. From a very young age, Tolkien was a dreamer. Encouraged by his theatrical mother with her animated storytelling, Tolkien portrays its namesake as a person simultaneously living in two different worlds nearly all of the time. Set in England and France, the viewer gains insight into Tolkien’s beginnings and influences. Books were his constant companion that provided an escape from losing his father and later his mother. It is no wonder that Tolkien went on to write two of the most complex and fantastical books of all time. As an orphan, Tolkien meets the love of his life, Edith Bratt (Lily Collins) and his quest to find love, thrive in college, and eventually establish himself in a career takes off from there.

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Army of Darkness – My Bloody Podcast #50!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 9th, 2019

Here is the super spectacular 50th episode of the most fun horror podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new show, Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle and I talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror themed music. Our Feature Presentation this week is Sam Raimi’s 1993 opus ‘ARMY OF DARKNESS’!

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Yeah Yeah Yeahs Live in Concert – Eargasm #1!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 9th, 2019

Here is the bonafide and badass 1ST episode of the newest, and entertaining concert podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘EARGASM‘, where the show is related to all things at a live concert! Here on this new show, Laurel Coyle from Laurel Coyle Photographs and Bryan Kluger from Boomstick Comics and High Def Digest, discuss the live music concerts we attend in full, along with band interviews, music photography, art, and more. Our Feature Presentation for our very first episode is the YEAH YEAH YEAHS Live from ACL-LIVE in Austin, Texas.

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Pokémon Detective Pikachu – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 9th, 2019

“Pokémon Detective Pikachu has no business being this enjoyable. It is funny, quick, and delivers a B level story that fits in the strange world it has created.”

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is better than it has any right to be. I’ll admit when this movie was first announced my cynical brain immediately wrote it off as a failed experiment that will bomb at the box office. I assume it would try too hard and take itself way too seriously. Then the first trailer came out and it was announced Ryan Reynolds would be voicing Pikachu and I was intrigued. Reynolds is essentially doing a PG version of Deadpool with Pikachu and I won’t lie, I kind of loved it. Instead of being a serious, self-righteous money grab by a studio desperate for a franchise, it turned out to be a light, fun, and truly enjoyable money grab that is no doubt the start of a franchise.

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Booksmart – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 9th, 2019

 

“Every generation needs representation and ‘Booksmart’ is a solid addition to the canon of teen films.”

Being accepted into a university, let alone ‘Ivy League’ can require years of preparation. But imagine dedicating every waking moment to the pursuit of education, only to find out your slacker classmates (who have never sacrificed a social calling) will attend equally prestigious colleges? That’s exactly where two lifelong friends find themselves in Olivia Wilde’s directorial debut, ‘Booksmart’. This whacky comedy goes for the fail-safe blunder-year belly laughs, but it also distinguishes itself by spotlighting themes of feminism, LGBTQ liberation and the rarely displayed accuracies of life as a young woman. 

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Re-Animator – My Bloody Podcast #49!

by Gumbercules9000 on May 6th, 2019

Here is the super spectacular 49th episode of the most fun horror podcast under the MULTI-MEDIA MEN banner called ‘My Bloody Podcast‘, where the show is related to all things HORROR! Here on this new show, Preston Barta from Fresh Fiction and the Denton Record-Chronicle and I talk about everything we love about horror movies, tv shows, and horror themed music. Our Feature Presentation this week is Stuart Gordon’sRe-Animator‘ from 1985.

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Film Review: ‘The Intruder’!!

by Janet White on May 2nd, 2019

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

 

“The Intruder was suspenseful and sneaks up on the viewer.”

The Intruder’s opening sequence was a mix match. For what does an Audi commercial have to do with the storyline? The images of a car zooming in and out of traffic are exciting and punching though it does not establish the story or the couple. Though the cinematography was well planned and executed, the sound mixing was off in regards to levels. The songs were introduced in a manner that was jarring and distracting versus really pushing the narrative. The muting of the score and dialogue during Charlie’s rage moments were inconsistent ranging from too low to too high as well. The Intruder will remind you of the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock with its villain shot angles, the use of a MacGuffin, shadow, mise en scéne, and psychological shot composition. The viewer will feel the frustration and trap of the story without question. Also, a little of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining style rears its head as well, literally. Kudos to Deon Taylor, the director!

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