Aug/2020

Hi, Bryan Here….

HBO unveiled the new trailer for Aaron Sorkin’s new scripted series, ‘The Newsroom’ for HBO.  The series will premiere June 24th on HBO and stars Jeff Daniels, Sam Waterston, Emily Mortimer, Dev Patel, Chris Chalk, Adina Porter, and Olivia Munn.  “‘The Newsroom’ chronicles the behind-the-scenes events at a fictional cable news channel with an anchor (Daniels), who, together with his staff set out to put on a news show in the face of corporate and commercial obstacles and their own personal entanglements.”

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Hi, Bryan Here….

Good news everyone.  IFC Midnight announced today that the company is acquiring North American rights to director Rodney Ascher’s highly acclaimed documentary ROOM 237 which concerns the theories surrounding and within Stanley Kubrick’s film THE SHINING. The film, which was produced by Tim Kirk and scored by Jonathan Snipes and William Hutson, recently played at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival. IFC Midnight plans to release the film theatrically this year.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Now most of you know I am a HUGE fan of Kubrick’ work.  Anything related to the director, I want to read, watch, and cherish.  There was a documentary that premiered at Sundance recently entitled ‘Room 237’.  It is a documentary on the Kubrick’s ‘The Shining’ movie.  Not the one made by his daughter that is shown on the DVD, but rather a different type of documentary that explores the insane conspiracy theories and subtext of the “real meaning” of ‘The Shining’.

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Hi Bryan Here…..

NBC has purchased a new comedy show called ‘Married With Roomate’ by Spike Feresten.  Feresten was a writer for Seinfeld and the David Letterman show.  Add to that some Space Shost episodes and that pretty much sums up Feresten.  The project is about a young married couple that moves into a house with their single bachelor friend in an upscale San Francisco suburb. This is Feresten’s second NBC comedy project in 2 years.

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Hi Bryan Here….

Criterion rolls out the red carpet yet again with their release of Satyajit Ray’s ‘The Music Room’.  The film looks stunning in all of its hi-def glory and 1080p transfer.  ‘The Music Room’ is required viewing for any fan of cinema and music.  The film takes a you on a journey of change, depression, growing old, and the class system and weaves them all together with music.  It really is outstanding.

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Hi Bryan Here…

Cartoon Networks longest running show and most popular series, “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” is finished being “Aqua Teen Hunger Force” according to Adult Swim.  This series has had 100 episodes, a feature film, seven seasons, and numerous toys invade our lives over the past ten years.  But it seems they are not leaving for good.

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The Rental – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jul 22nd, 2020

“The Rental kicks into high gear horror.”

The Rental is the directorial debut of Dave Franco which focuses on a quick weekend getaway for two couples in the Pacific Northwest. The setup of this horror film really preys on the fears of staying in a stranger’s home and hiding secrets from your spouse. As the weekend gets more and more intense the emotional fears and lies become overshadowed by a more physical threat watching the couples’ every move from the dense Oregon fog. A slow burn at first, Franco’s thriller really kicks it into high gear for the final third of the movie where all the decisions you watched for the previous hour pay off in really believable ways as these four vacationers try to survive the night.

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7500 – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jun 17th, 2020

“7500 is a quick potboiler of a movie with a couple of fun storytelling devices and a good performance from Levitt.”

Not to be confused with the 2014 spooky film that starred Leslie Bibb and Turtle from HBO’s Entourage, 7500 is a hair-raising thriller set in the mile high club with a couple of gimmicks from German film director Patrick Vollrath. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Dark Knight Rises), this suspenseful film barely allows room to breathe as a passenger airplane is hijacked by a group of terrorists with a Jr. co-pilot forced to take charge for the duration of the flight.

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THE FILM


Rey, Finn, Poe, BB-8, and more set out to finally defeat Kylo Ren and the New Order in the culminating finale of the world’s most favorite film franchise with Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker. This ninth film concludes the Skywalker story while still managing to keep a hint of hope open for more tales in space. J.J. Abrams is back in the director’s chair from The Force Awakens and delivers an energetic and emotional end with both new characters and old ones we haven’t seen in quite some time. It’s a fitting and graceful finish that feels satisfying as a whole for something that’s been obsessed over for around 42 years.

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OZARK SEASON 3 – Netflix Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Mar 23rd, 2020

“Ozark: Season Three is the best yet.”

The Byrdes are deeper in debt to many other criminals in season three of Netflix’s hit show Ozark. Series creators Bill Dubuque, Mark Williams, and showrunner Chris Mundy have built a sinister world in the midwest vacation hotspot over the past two seasons where jet skiing, water sports, and enjoying family-friendly activities are the normal part of life. In Ozark, the deep seedy underbelly is exposed to murder, drug running, the mafia, the cartel, and more that is as brutal and violent as Scarface. Season three enhances all elements as the Byrde family deals with a multitude of horrific situations in this stellar and super suspenseful ten new episodes.

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THE TRAITOR – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 19th, 2020

“The Traitor is a great addition to the gangster genre.”

There’s a treasure trove of gangster-themed movies and television shows out there at the moment, from the Oscar-nominated film The Irishman by Martin Scorsese to Peaky Blinders on Netflix with dozens of mafia documentaries in between to fill in the gaps. Marco Bellocchio’s The Traitor fits in nicely into this genre and can even stand on its own with its unique way of storytelling that centers on the real-life criminals who were finally put in prison after one of the mob bosses informed the authorities about his rival’s business.

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ENTER THE FAT DRAGON – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 14th, 2020

“Enter the Fat Dragon is a jolly-good movie .”

The Ip Man himself (Donnie Yen) has retired from the serious business of the strong, silent type of honor and tradition and has fully embraced a fun vacation in his new film Enter the Fat Dragon, based off Sammo Hung Kam-bo’s unforgotten 1978 film about an obese Bruce Lee fan. Nothing is subtle here with its charm, comedy, and over-the-top violent action sequences that guarantees to hand-deliver a wonderful time in 30 minutes or less.

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DOWNHILL – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Feb 12th, 2020

“Downhill is highly enjoyable.”

Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell head to the mountains in Austria for a fun ski-vacation with their two kids in Downhill, which is an American remake from the 2014 Swedish film Force Majeure. While being skeptical about this American version is rational and justified, Downhill is different and original enough to stand completely on its own and acts more like a sibling film to the original. Thanks to the writing/directing team of Jim Rash and Nat Faxon (The Way Way Back), Downhill is highly enjoyable and tackles a few family issues in its short-run time of 80 minutes with a brilliant performance from Julia Louis-Dreyfus.

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HORSE GIRL – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 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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Underwater – Film Review #2!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 10th, 2020

January is a notorious dumping ground for studios to release their movies they don’t have a ton of confidence in. When I first saw the release date for Underwater I assumed it would be a really poor horror movie they needed to get off the books. Then the ad blitz hit and the marketing really ramped up so I assumed that maybe they had something slightly above average on their hands. Folks, they don’t. Underwater is a predictable, tame, and boring aquatic monster movie that goes through the motions until it mercifully ends.

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