Sep/2020

Film Review: ‘Truth’!!

by Janet White on Oct 28th, 2015

Hello All, Janet W. here…

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The screen is black.  A broadcast is heard.  George W. Bush has won the re-election.  Cut to a nervous woman, Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), knitting while waiting in a lobby in long shot.  <Odd hang time here>  What is she waiting for?  The year was 2005 and suddenly Dan Rather steps down as anchor.  Why?  Thus begins the ending of what “60 Minutes” was. Read the rest of this entry »



The Truth Comes Out!!!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 31st, 2011

Andy Garcia (New York, I Love You) and Forest Whitaker (Repo Men) have just been confirmed to join the cast of The Truth, an action thriller from Rollercoaster Entertainment and Vortex Words + Pictures. They will be joining Deborah Kara Unger (Sophie), Eva Longoria (Desperate Housewives), and Kim Coates (Sons of Anarchy).

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What Love Looks Like – Film Review!

by Janet White on Mar 28th, 2020

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

 

” Cute, quirky, and inspiring to not give up on love.”

Merriam-Webster defines love as “attraction based on sexual desire: affection and tenderness felt by lovers.”  Alex Magaña, director and writer of What Love Looks Like, accepts the challenge to bring love’s truth to the big screen.  In many hues, love is one of humankind’s most sought-after life goals.  Five relationships, each of them different in their understanding of love, what it feels like to receive love and what it means to give love, set out to show that though the paths may be different love is out there. Read the rest of this entry »



HORSE GIRL – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Feb 5th, 2020

“Horse Girl is the indie art-house version of Fire in the Sky.”

Director Jeff Baena is no stranger to the offbeat and mysterious realms he tells his stories in. With films about a zombie romance (Life After Beth), a loner who’s looking to party (Joshy), or even a hilarious take on nuns and witches (The Little Hours) – Baena doesn’t shy away from expressing his unique voice in different time periods or genres. His latest film Horse Girl, debuting exclusively on NETFLIX, allows Baena to explore the human psyche when pushed to its limit with the added ingredients of horror and science-fiction. In fact, Horse Girl is the indie art-house version of Fire in the Sky and succeeds in the best ways possible.

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Just Mercy – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 10th, 2020

Just Mercy, the adaptation of the novel by Bryan Stevenson, is superb. I say this as someone who read the book, as a criminal defense lawyer, and most importantly, as someone who needs the message of hope now more than ever. As a lawyer who works in this field, I saw the film through a different lens, and I want to preface this review with that caveat. But, this film needs to be seen by people that have nothing to do with the criminal justice system. It’s not just a film for the black community, or for someone touched by the system, or for the disenfranchised- this is a story that needs to be told on a big screen to anyone that is willing to listen. I hope you are all ears. 

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‘Fractured’ Interview – Brad Anderson!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 4th, 2019

 

Brad Anderson sits down to talk about his new film ‘Fractured‘, which will debut on Netflix. He discusses the different take on hospitals and horror, working with Sam Worthington and Stephen Tobolowsky, along with some of his favorite scenes in movies. It was a fun one.

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Here is a HILARIOUS interview from ‘In the Shadow of the Moon‘ on Netflix with Boyd Holbrook, Cleopatra Coleman, Michael C. Hall. The interviewer​ is Bryan Kluger from Boomstick Comics and High Def Digest! Premieres on Netflix September 27, 2019.

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I Am Mother – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jun 9th, 2019

 

“I Am Mother is one sci-fi film that gets it right.”

As we’ve seen before, robots with artificial intelligence will either help us succeed into the future with a peaceful existence or completely obliterate the world population for their global takeover. With the new Netflix original movie I Am Mother, it’s not so black and white as that. There is a big gray area as newcomer directory Grant Sputore graciously tells the story about a human/robot relationship. This aptly paced thriller has some wonderful original ideas that are implemented with twist and turns throughout that never sells itself short on passionate participation. This is one sci-fi film that gets it right.

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The Child Remains – Film Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Jun 7th, 2019

 

“The Child Remains was not a great adaptation of an otherwise spine-chilling true story.”

As we move into the summer of big blockbuster films full of Disney characters, aliens, and action packed explosions, there is another genre that will be making its way in the heat of year. That’s the indie horror movie scene, where it looks to have a much needed influx of new and original scary flicks. One of them is titled The Child Remains, which is a slow burn horror movie directed by Michael Melski, and based on the horrific true-life story about the Ideal Maternity Home in East Chester, Nova Scotia. Unfortunately, this is a case where the actual real-life events are much more sadistic and terrifying than this modern adaptation that tends to overstay its welcome.

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Film Review: ‘What Men Want’!!

by Janet White on Feb 8th, 2019

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

It has been said that men are from Mars and women are from Venus.  The meaning behind this idiom is that men and women are so different that communication between the two is doomed to fail.  The truth is that men and women consistently get in their own way when it comes to romance, however; that is a different conversation. (wink)   Ali Davis (Taraji P. Henson) is power without a couple.  She’s strong, determined, intelligent, and fierce in both beauty and business acumen.  Despite her many talents and skills, Ali is repeatedly passed over for a promotion to partner in her sports management firm.  Her boss, Nick Ivers (Mr. Stone Cold Himself, Brian Bosworth, still pretty hot), claims that Ali cannot relate to men.  Well, a visit with Sister the psychic (Dallas’ own Erykah Badu), a bottle of tequila, and a stage floor, and Ali becomes the translator that hears all.

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‘Strait-Jacket’ Blu-ray Review!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 11th, 2018

William Castle is at it again here with the fun murderous mom movie ‘Straight-Jacket‘ from 1964. Yes, that William Castle who brought the gimmicky movies like ‘The Tingler‘, ‘13 Ghosts‘, and ‘House on Haunted Hill‘. Joan Crawford stars in this film, which came out after her resurgence from ‘What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?‘. She went on to star in very similar roles, but with ‘Straight-Jacket‘, she stars as an ax-wielding murderer – mostly. Of course, production on this film was tense, to say the least, due to Crawford’s presence and diva-like personality. She even got some people fired from the set, but I guess that was the case if you were going to hire Crawford.

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Film Review: ‘A Star Is Born’!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 4th, 2018

It’s not surprising that ‘A Star Is Born’ underwent the fourth rebirth with remakes on the rise. The latest version released in 1976 starred Barbra Streisand, but the 1954 version featuring Judy Garland arguably reigns supreme. Perhaps the track record this story has with the academy drove the motivation (2 out of 3 winning Oscars) or maybe this was an opportunity to introduce a classic to a younger audience. Whatever the case, Bradley Cooper had quite the task of not only acting in and directing ‘A Star Is Born’, but presenting this familiar narrative in a refreshing way. Yet in true underdog fashion, he may have just produced the best picture of the year.

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Film Review: ‘The Hate You Give’!

by Bryan Kluger on Oct 1st, 2018

More than fifty years have passed since the founding of the Black Panthers in 1966: a political organization determined to contest police brutality against African Americans. Although the party officially dismantled in 1982, their fight for civil rights has sadly remained relevant into the new century and their core beliefs continue to inspire social justice. Adapted from the 2017 award-winning novel, ‘The Hate U Give’ is a commanding film that adds to the Black Lives Matter movement and gives another voice to those who have unfairly lost their lives at the hands of men and women in blue. Don’t let the young-adult label fool you, because this engaging movie doesn’t hold back and packs serious ammunition!

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Film Review: ‘White Boy Rick’!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 14th, 2018

White Boy Rick is a mediocre biopic about the insane Wershe family story. When I say insane, I mean completely insane. When crack was on the rise in the 1980s, Rick Wershe was a police informant, drug dealer, and kingpin for a solid amount of time with the help of his Dad. This story had so many twists and turns related to the rise and fall of this family that a good hour on the ‘Ol Google Machine’ after the movie really left me shocked with how much of it was true. Despite my fascination with the subject matter the movie didn’t land as well as I thought it would. I’d compare it to Black Mass which is another truly incredible real life story that couldn’t figure out how to present it as a compelling movie.

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Fantastic Fest is one of the events that is pure bliss for any fan of genre cinema. If you love horror, sci-fi, foreign, action, and even adult-oriented movies from the 1970s, then Fantastic Fest is the place to let that freak flag fly high and be with like-minded individuals that truly appreciate the art of movies. All of the madness and fun will take place in Austin, TX starting on September 20th and run for 10 days at the Alamo Drafthouse on South Lamar St. This year, which is the 14th annual festival of Fantastic-ness, captures the essence of the Korean movie scene with a ton of cool films being showcased from Korea, both new and old. This is something you won’t want to miss.

The second wave of movies (1st wave can be seen here) –  has been announced, including the US Premiere of the upcoming sequel ‘HALLOWEEN‘ from director David Gordon Green, starring Jamie Lee Curtis, who reprises her iconic role as Laurie Strode. In addition to that, Jeremy Saulnier‘s new film ‘HOLD THE DARK‘, will have its US Premiere at the festival. Also, Gaspar Noe’s newest movie ‘CLIMAX‘, will be shown too. This is shaping up to be an amazing festival. Below is the complete list of the second wave.

 

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I believe Axl Rose said it best back in 1987 – “Take me down to Paradise City where the grass is green and the girls are pretty.” This is what I think of when a burlesque shows heads into town. However, you receive so much more, especially with the brand new show ‘Texas Star Burlesque‘ had their first extravaganza in the historic Deep Ellum neighborhood of Downtown Dallas on July Saturday the 14th at Trees. Not only are the people devastatingly beautiful, and while there wasn’t green grass inside of Trees, you can sense the paradise and glistening stage and lights that amplified these talented performers. When the music hit the sold-out crowd, the cheers were turned up to 11, and the lights were as bright as they could be, you could feel the sense of joy wonder and excitement between everyone in attendance. It was truly a Paradise City.

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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: ‘Paddington 2’!!

by Janet White on Jan 13th, 2018

Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

Clouds part to reveal beautiful waterfalls and Uncle Patrizio and Aunt Lucy having a meal aloft on a rope bridge.  A cry is hear below and an adorable little cub is struggling to stay afloat.  The birth of Paddington’s family.  Fast forward to present day.  Life is grand; Paddington has it all. He lives with his wonderful family, the Browns, in beautiful London, and is surrounded by a neighborhood full of new friends. Up to his usual, calamitous antics, Paddington is in search of the perfect gift for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday. Armed with his trusty red hat complete with, of course, a fresh-ish marmalade sandwich, Paddington is ready to steal your heart again. Paddington 2, in typical sequel fashion, reveals key elements of the past, particularly the origin of Paddington’s family.

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Dan Moran’s Top 12 Movies of 2017 Plus Extras!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 4th, 2018

I saw 75 movies this year and I still have 3-4 left to finish up over the next few weeks. I haven’t seen The Post, Call Me By Your Name, or Phantom Thread yet. Phantom Thread is the only regret I have but it doesn’t come out until mid-January and I like to finish my list before first week of January ends. A few special awards before my top 12.

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‘Jigsaw’ Is Coming to 4K UHD!

by Bryan Kluger on Jan 2nd, 2018

 

Nothing is over when it comes to the ‘Saw‘ franchise and Jigsaw. The new installment in that horror series, simply titled ‘Jigsaw‘ is coming to 4K UHD, Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD on January 23rd. You’ll be able to watch it digitally as early as January 9th. They brothers who made the zombie film ‘Undead‘ and the vampire film ‘Daybreakers‘ sat in the director’s chair this time around with more insane bloody traps and more twists and turns than ever before. There are tons of extras, including audio commentary and behind the scenes featurettes. There is also a Dolby Atmos audio track, which I hope is demo worthy. To hear blood and guts fall from the ceiling could be super awesome. More details below.

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Jana’s Best of 2017!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Jan 1st, 2018

Hey guys, Jana here,

I know these “Best of 2017” lists should technically be published in 2017, but why would I start 2018 any differently than I lived the majority of my adult life: Procrastinating and underachieving. What can I say? That’s my wheelhouse.

For a year that put a spotlight on some of the shittiest behavior by some of the Hollywood elite, it was actually a good year for TV and movies. I didn’t limit myself in number because as I moved on with the brackets, I felt like I was making ‘Sophie’s Choice‘ on some of these, so they’re all getting in! I’m feeling my inner-Oprah here, You’ve made the list! You made the list! EVERYBODY made the list!! In order to spare myself any arguments, I’m stating up front that my picks for the “Best of 2017” are not edited in regards to scandal or hideous human behavior.

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Hello Everyone, Janet W. here…

Below are my Top 10 Best Films and Top 3 Worst Films of 2017 that I was either blessed or, in some cases, annoyed to screen, 24 in all. Feedback is encouraged whether you agree, disagree, think I’m nuts (I am a little crazy), or if you think of a film that I reviewed which should have been included. Here you go:

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Streep + Hanks + Spielberg = ‘The Post’!

by Bryan Kluger on Nov 8th, 2017

The first trailer and poster for the film ‘The Post‘ is standing straight up. It’s a big deal, because it has Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep in the lead roles with Steven Spielberg in the director’s chair. That’s a powerhouse right there. The film will release on December 22nd, just in time for the holidays, but really, they want to get it in for Oscar consideration. The film releases everywhere next year on January 12. In addition to Hanks and Streep, the film stars Alison Brie, Carrie Coon, David Cross, Bruce Greenwood, Tracy Letts, Bob Odenkirk, Sarah Paulson, Jesse Plemons, Matthew Rhys, Michael Stuhlbarg, Bradley Whitford, and Zach Woods.

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15th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival Lineup!!!

by Red Zeppelbon on Sep 25th, 2017

Hey guys, Jana here, 

The 15th Annual Tallgrass Film Festival is set to run from October 18 – 22 in Wichita, KS. The weekend boasts the inaugural presentation of the L.M. “Kit” Carson Storyteller Award to Larry Gross (‘48 Hours‘), and Ad Astra Award presentation to Rose McGowan (‘Charmed‘). Among the throng of films (182!!!) the fest has to offer, there are gala events, after-parties, and enough events to keep anyone, from the most green of festival-goers to the most seasoned pros that binge-watch for a living, entertained, interested, and hell, even relaxed. One of the ticket packages includes a massage.

The festival has given us a complete lineup of films for their 2017 event and since I’m such a nice person it’s my job, I’m giving it to you.

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4K UHD Review: Wonder Woman!

by Bryan Kluger on Sep 19th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

THE FILM

The Warner Bros./DC Comics Cinematic Universe has been trying to get off its feet for a while now with no success, besides some decent box office money. However, most people would tell you that the new DC Comics‘ films are just not up to par with their rivals over at Marvel for many reasons. These people would be right. Perhaps one of the best moments of Batman v Superman was in fact Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. It was just a shame she only had a few minutes of screen time in that film. The rest was mostly trash. Luckily, Warner Bros. and DC Comics decided to finally make a Wonder Woman movie, which is the first superhero film to feature a female superhero as its main protagonist, as well with a female director with Patty Jenkins. The result is satisfying, making Wonder Woman a damn good film with a few flaws.

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Hey guys, Jana here,

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

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Game of Thrones Season 7 Soundtrack Available!

by Bryan Kluger on Aug 25th, 2017

Hi everyone, Bryan here….

Season 7 of Game of Thrones has its soundtrack ready for download and pre-order right now. If you love the music by Ramin Djawadi, then you’ll love this soundtrack. It looks like you can download the album now to your mobile devices right now, but you’ll have to wait until September 29th for the CD and even later in the year for a double vinyl version. Track listing is below and let’s hope it comes with a dragon.

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