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4H UHD Review: ‘Inception’!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 8th, 2018

THE FILM


Every once in a blue-moon, a movie comes out that feels refreshing, original, and entertains us on a certain level that we won’t soon forget. Of of those movies is ‘Inception‘, directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight). As Nolan was making his Dark Knight (Batman) trilogy, he made a movie in between each sequel. One of them was this film and it truly shines out of all the rest. It brings something everyone does for half their life and makes a thrilling and smart film out of it. ‘Inception‘ involves sleeping and dreaming, but with certain technology, you can be in control of your dreams, and even connect to other people’s dreams and plant an idea in their heads that might make them change their way of thinking. That’s the point of ‘Inception’. It’s quite brilliant.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Actor, Tom Hardy was interviewed in the UK the other day on the tv show, Alan Carr, and some tidbits of more Inception films and the upcoming Batman film were unleashed from the actor.

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Another Inception Star Has Joined The Batman 3 Cast!!!

by Bryan Kluger on Feb 14th, 2011

Hi Bryan Here…

Marion Cotillard has joined the cast of Batman 3 or The Dark Knight Rises as it is being called right now.  You might remember Marion from Inception.  She played Leonardo’s dead wife, Mal.

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Sir Michael Caine was interviewed by BBC personality Chris Moyles about Caine’s acting career.  In the interview, discussions turn to “Inception” and Michael explains the true meaning of the final shot of “Inception”.

You can find this around 1:45 into the interview located HERE.

If you love the mystery surrounding the end of “Inception”, then do NOT listen to the article, but I had to listen.  And I was right.  Give it a listen by clicking HERE!



Inception Blu-Ray Details

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 3rd, 2010

Info is starting to trickle out about the Blu-Ray release of the amazing film “Inception”.  Now the U.K. has a release date of December 6th for “Inception” which means at any point now Warner Bros. will announce the U.S.A. release.  Judging by the U.K. release, The Blu-ray will come with the Blu-Ray/DVD combo pack plus a digital copy.  Then also a limited edition briefcase like the one they carry throughout the movie.  Blade Runner did this with their Hi-Def release and it is Out of Print already and is all sorts of BADASS!  The briefcase edition comes with the above mentioned discs plus art cards from the movie, a booklet and the toy spinning top from the film.  Also a standard regular dvd release is expected.  Hopefully we in the U.S.A will get something like this or better.  No word on extras yet.  Briefcase Edition here I come.  I can’t help myself.



TENET – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 31st, 2020

At this point in his career, Christopher Nolan doesn’t care to explain anything to his audience because he knows they are already along for the ride. Tenet is by far his most befuddling and convoluted story yet, almost demanding multiple viewings to break down exactly what is unfolding on screen at times. While the basic plot is easy enough to follow, Nolan uses his trademarked folding of time to show multiple events happening at once in a kaleidoscope universe that only the Dark Knight director can get away with creating on-screen which will likely lend itself to years of Reddit theories and breakdowns. Using his previous films as a grab bag, Nolan dumps all of his tricks into this one; A heist (Inception), paranoia (Memento, The Prestige), car chases (The Dark Knight Trilogy), audience time manipulation (Dunkirk), characters wearing masks so you can’t understand them (Bane), and of course a Michael Caine cameo. Yet all of these tricks, which he has mastered, don’t translate to anything more than an attempt at a greatest hits album instead of something interesting. There is no doubt that the middle of the road Nolan blockbuster is better than 95% of what is put in theaters any given year but after Tenet one might wonder if a more focused script could have resulted in one of his top 3 films.

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Happy New Year, everyone. It’s gonna be a super-sweet 2020 full of thrilling, funny, horrific, and romantic movies and I’m not talking about 2019’s CATS either. As far as this past year though, I would like to take you on a journey below and give you some of my most favorite moments from 2019’s cinema slate and of course some of my most favorite, cherry-picked films of the year. It’s gonna be a wild ride too with some unexpected choices below. Enjoy and let me know what you think.

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Blu-ray Review: ‘Phantasm III: Lord of the Dead’!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 27th, 2018

The ‘Phantasm‘ series is legendary with filmmaker Don Corsacelli and his villain the Tall Man front and center. What’s fun about this series of horror films is that each sequel starts off right where the previous movie left off. This third film plays out like ‘Inception‘ in a way, where characters are living in a dream within a dream, or shall I say nightmare through a lot of the film. There are some incohesive moments, but overall it’s still a lot of fun.

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Theatre Review: The Second City Summer Blockbuster!

by Bryan Kluger on Jun 7th, 2018

It’s been over a decade since I last saw The Second City live. If you remember correctly, The Second City is the hilarious comedy enterprise that started a several decades ago in Chicago. It was the highlight for comedy and comedians to enhance and perform their sketch comedy and improv. Since the inception of The Second City, many talented entertainers have started there, including Bill Murray, Tina Fey, John Candy, Steve Carrell, Amy Poehler, Stephen Colbert, and many others.

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4K UHD Review: ‘Dunkirk’!

by Bryan Kluger on Dec 19th, 2017

THE FILM


There’s never been a war film like ‘Dunkirk‘, which I’d say is a masterpiece in filmmaking, lead by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy). Even though Dunkirk cost $150 million to make, you really wouldn’t know it, as it’s simplistic, yet grand view of the Battle and Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 is perfectly captured here. Dunkirk is why we still go to the movies. It’s one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen and is one of the reasons to get out and see it in IMAX. Other war films try add sweeping music to add an emotional effect or certain camera angles to drum up more dramatic suspense.

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If you’re like me, then you have grown to love filmmaker Christopher Nolan over the years. Come December 19th, most of his films will be released on 4K UHD for the first time ever. The films include the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy‘, ‘Inception‘, ‘The Prestige‘, ‘Interstellar‘, and the recent ‘Dunkirk‘. Each film will come with HDR as well, meaning a richer and deeper looking image for each movie. Each film will feature extras, the standard Blu-ray Disc, and Digital Copies of each movie. The whole collection will retail at about $150 with the ‘Dark Knight Trilogy‘ retailing at around $70. Of course with the holidays coming up, expect big discounts everywhere for these.

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Written by: Bryan Kluger…..

The world of pro-wrestling has been around for many years and has certainly seen its ups and downs, most noticeably being the WWE. There have been many promotions through the decades, which have made a lot of people very successful and it continues to this day. At some point down the road though, there was one company that surpassed everyone by leaps and bounds and brought the pro-wrestling arena into the mainstream. Of course I’m talking about World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE), or the artist formally known as World Wrestling Federation (WWF) in its teenage angst years. For a long while, there were two major companies that featured the best of the best in the pro-wrestling world. WWE and WCW. They didn’t play well together at all on and off screen.

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Baby Driver is Coming to 4K UHD and Blu-ray!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 28th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Perhaps the best film of the year BABY DRIVER is coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray, and Digital HD, which I couldn’t be more excited for. On September 12th, you’ll be able to watch the film on any digital platform. On October 10th, the 4K UHD and Blu-ray will be available with a ton of bonus features. I’m super excited about this release and I hope it wins an OSCAR. Details below.

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Film Review: Dunkirk!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 19th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

There’s never been a war film like Dunkirk, which I’d say is a masterpiece in filmmaking, lead by Christopher Nolan (Inception, The Dark Knight Trilogy). Even though Dunkirk cost $150 million to make, you really wouldn’t know it, as it’s simplistic, yet grand view of the Battle and Evacuation of Dunkirk in 1940 is perfectly captured here. Dunkirk is why we still go to the movies. It’s one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen and is one of the reasons to get out and see it in IMAX. Other war films try add sweeping music to add an emotional effect or certain camera angles to drum up more dramatic suspense.

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Blu-ray Review: Free Fire!

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 17th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

THE FILM

Film Portion Reviewed by Janet White:

In typical 70s film fashion, Free Fire opens with an aerial scan of the city below.  Curvaceous, bold letters displayed nearly every cast member and some of the crew.  This got very old, long, and kept the pace slow.  Two men waiting in an alley… (Sounds like a bad joke, it was).  Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) meet up with Justine (Brie Larson), Chris (Cillian Murphy), and Frances (Michael Smiley) for a shady gun buy with Ord (Armie Hammer), Vernon (Sharlto Copley), Martin (Babou Ceesay), Gordon (Noah Taylor), and Harry (Jack Reynor, how did they turn this hottie into a slob?).  Great cast, right?  Well, great casts alone do not a great film make.  The dialogue and plot points must harness and ride with that talent.

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The Trailer For The ‘Flatliners’ Reboot Is Here!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jun 14th, 2017

Hey guys, Jana here,

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In the category of “Movie Remakes That Might Not Suck”, let me submit ‘Flatliners‘. The original film debuted in 1990 and starred the beautiful people of the day – Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, William Baldwin (it was the 90’s, of course a Baldwin was in it!), and Oliver Platt.

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Film Review: ‘[Free Fire]’!!

by Janet White on Apr 21st, 2017

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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In typical 70s film fashion, Free Fire opens with an aerial scan of the city below.  Curvaceous, bold letters displayed nearly every cast member and some of the crew.  This got very old, long, and kept the pace slow.  Two men waiting in an alley… (Sounds like a bad joke, it was).  Stevo (Sam Riley) and Bernie (Enzo Cilenti) meet up with Justine (Brie Larson), Chris (Cillian Murphy), and Frances (Michael Smiley) for a shady gun buy with Ord (Armie Hammer), Vernon (Sharlto Copley), Martin (Babou Ceesay), Gordon (Noah Taylor), and Harry (Jack Reynor, how did they turn this hottie into a slob?).  Great cast, right?  Well, great casts alone do not a great film make.  The dialogue and plot points must harness and ride with that talent.  Inundated with morons and piss-poor shooting for a calamitous combination, Free Fire leaves the audience either shaking their heads or bowing over laughing.  Between the mumbling of lines and poor volume control, I missed bits of the dialogue for sure.  It is as if they were aiming to repeat what Tarantino did with Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs, but they were not clever enough.  Complete with wondrous never-ending bullet supplies and a villain’s miraculous ability to stave off death repeatedly aka “movie magic,” Free Fire simply does not make much sense.  Could a person, shot in their right arm, fire a weapon (even automatic rifles) with their right hand? Read the rest of this entry »



Hey guys, Jana here,

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Christopher Nolan (‘Inception‘, ‘The Dark Knight‘, ‘Memento‘) directs the fierce World War II thriller, ‘Dunkirk‘. A miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbor of Dunkirk, France, between May 27- June 04, 1940, during Battle of France in World War II.

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Film Review: ‘Ghostbusters’ (2016)

by Bryan Kluger on Jul 13th, 2016

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

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Paul Feig certainly has quite the resume. This writer/director/producer has recently made some of the funnier films, including ‘Bridesmaids‘, ‘The Heat‘, ‘Spy‘, and let’s not forget the hit TV series ‘Freaks and Geeks‘. Feig knows comedy and how to cast his roles perfectly. Each one of those films and a tv show are spot on hilarious with charm and heart. This same filmmaker has pretty much done the impossible, which is revamp the iconic 1980’s film ‘Ghostbusters’. Even before the first trailer for the movie debuted online, there was a sea of online people who trashed the film even before seeing one single frame of the film. It became a whole thing where sexism became one of the issues here.

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Criterion Announces It’s September Releases!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jun 16th, 2016

Hey guys, Jana here,

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Criterion has announced their September titles, which are all listed below. You can see all the tech-specs and bonus features with each title. This is one hell of a month for Criterion, as all titles look insanely good. I can’t wait to watch all of these. We will update when pre-order links are available.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Looks like things in the WWE Universe are being changed up everywhere. From wrestlers being released, to wrestlers ASKING to be released, and now they’re changing up where we go to find our weekly man-on-man action fix. For as long as I can remember, ‘WWE Monday Night Raw‘ has been on USA and ‘WWE Smackdown‘ could be found on various channels since it’s inception with the last home being Syfy. July 19 will see the ‘Smack Down‘ brand move to another home and night.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Director Patricia Rozema (‘Mansfield Park‘) takes stars Ellen Page (‘Inception‘), Evan Rachel Wood (‘The Wrestler‘)and Max Minghella (‘Agora‘) into a desolate world on the edge of an apocalypse. The film is an adaptation of the novel written by Jean Hegland and will be in theaters July 22.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Snowden‘ is written and directed by the inimitable Oliver Stone and is adapted from the books, ‘The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted Man’ by Luke Harding’ and ‘Time of the Octopus‘ by Anatoly Kucherena.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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The Dallas Film Society is, once again, preparing for the Dallas International Film Festival (DIFF) which will run from April 14-24. Since it’s inception in 2007, the festival has been a lynch-pin in the film-release cycle as it represents the world and U.S. debuts of dozens of pictures. Creators and acting talent mingle with distributors, deals are made and we see the results on our own screens, it’s a magical time in the life of a film.

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The DFS has announced their ten lead off selections that will set the tone for the festival this year along with a few special selections that are certain to give you the warm fuzzies in the form of a special Salute to the Music of John Williams with a special screening of ‘E.T. – The Extra Terrestrial‘ and a special concert at the Dallas City Performance Hall featuring The Dallas Winds. This is all in conjunction with Williams being selected as this year’s AFI Life Achievement Award honoree.

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Film Review: ‘Legend’!!

by Janet White on Nov 28th, 2015

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

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Moon rises on the London cityscape and thus begins the true tale of the Kray Brothers of the 1960s narrated by Frances Shea Kray (Emily Browning).  A car comes toward you, traveling down the narrow streets of London.  Behold, the identical twin brothers, Ron and Reggie Kray (Tom Hardy as both), the most notorious gangsters of the East End of London.  The Kray Brothers ran first their beloved East End and they worked their way through London.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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Tom Hardy is a man in demand and he’s given memorable performances in just about everything I’ve seen him in. He’s chosen his next project and it’s based in the form of a gritty, action comic, ‘100 Bullets‘.

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Hi everyone, Bryan Here…

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THE SERIES

 I remember when the pilot episode for ‘Boardwalk Empire‘ aired on HBO back in 2010, which was directed by Martin Scorsese. After the episode aired, I said to my friends, “that was one of the best pilots to any television show I had ever seen.” They all seemed to agree. What followed was five season of some of the best storytelling set in the prohibition era of America, complete with historical figures and gangsters. It was almost like it was ‘Goodfellas‘, but set in the early 1920s. The series followed Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi), who was based on a real guy, who secretly controlled the Boardwalk in Atlantic City and bribed politicians and presidents to make his rise to power much easier.

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