Jan/2020

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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JOKER – 4K UHD Blu-ray Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Jan 7th, 2020

THE FILM


Todd Phillips is several oceans removed from his usual comedy escapades (The Hangover trilogy) with his brutally dark, yet brilliant film ‘Joker‘. Those of you who are not particularly fond of the comic book genre these days will still find something amazing in this DC universe that takes place in the 1980s. Joaquin Phoenix gives an unparalleled performance as the titular psychopath with a smile like you’ve never seen him before in pages or on-screen. It’s really something to behold, but then again, Phoenix is always magnificent. The real star of the film is director Todd Phillips himself, who for the first time showed that he can hang with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, and Francis Ford Coppola, delivering a picture-perfect account on Joker.

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KNIVES OUT – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 21st, 2019

“Knives Out was a goddamn delight and one of the most fun movies of the year.”

An entire wealthy family turns on each other when the head patriarch turns up dead on his 80th birthday in this smart-as-hell murder mystery yarn Knives Out from the brilliant filmmaker Rian Johnson (Brick, Looper, Star Wars: The Last Jedi). Darkly funny throughout with a treasure trove of twists and turns and one fantastic ensemble dream cast, Johnson tells this modern-day who-dunnit puzzle effortlessly that will leave you guessing with surprises up until the very end. It was a goddamn delight and one of the most fun movies of the year.

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THE IRISHMAN – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Nov 20th, 2019

“The Irishman is a perfect storm of Scorsese mafia films over the years, culminating in what seems like his final act in the genre.”

The story of Jimmy Hoffa, Frank Sheeran, and his mafia syndicate has never been told as flawlessly as new film The Irishman. While it might not be Scorsese’s best film, it’s definitely Scorsese at his absolute best behind the camera as he weaves a multi-decade tale of crime with a myriad of characters that could be considered the greatest mob story ever told. Even at 77 years old, Scorsese has shown no signs of slowing down or shying away from brutality as The Irishman has plenty of.

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The Peanut Butter Falcon – Blu-ray Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 30th, 2019

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a stone-cold stunner of a movie where an unexpected friendship blossoms between two people on their way to a pro-wrestling school. It’s the most enchanting movie I’ve seen in a long time. Lionsgate delivers a great 1080p HD transfer along with a prime-sounding DTS-HD MA 5.1 audio mix. Bonus features are scarce on this one, but the movie speaks enough for itself. Highly Recommended!

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ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 17th, 2019

In the world of unnecessary sequels run amok, Zombieland: Double Tap proves that sometimes sequels are absolutely worth the wait. Set 10 years after the original movie, Zombieland: Double Tap quickly picks up where we left off with this makeshift family as they work together to survive a zombie apocalypse. Tallahassee (Woody Harrelson), Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg), Little Rock (Abigail Breslin) & Wichita (Emma Stone) all reprise their roles from the 2009 original with the same enthusiasm as they had the first time around. When the first movie came out most of the stars were not well known but after 10 years they’ve gone on to star in Oscar-nominated movies and even win Oscars themselves. Those 10 years in real life and in the Zombieland universe was the perfect amount of time for the writers and director to put together a sequel worthy of the original and maybe even superior to it in some way. This is easily one of the best comedies of 2019.

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DOLEMITE IS MY NAME – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 10th, 2019

Inspired by the true story of Rudy Ray Moore’s unconventional and surprising career comes to life in Craig Brewer’s new film ‘Dolemite is My Name‘ starring the impressive Eddie Murphy. The movie has a treasure trove of elements working in its favor, including a stellar cast, a story of making a movie on a low-budget, and Eddie Murphy in rare form, which has re-ignited his passion for stand-up comedy. Following on the footsteps of Brewer’s previous endeavors – ‘Hustle & Flow‘ and ‘Black Snake Moan‘ – ‘Dolemite is My Name‘ walks a different path, one of which brings big smiles and laughter to the screen every minute it’s rolling. Truly one of the best of the year.

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‘Fractured’ Interview – Brad Anderson!

by Gumbercules9000 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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‘Joker’ – Film Review!

by Gumbercules9000 on Oct 2nd, 2019

‘Joker’ is the best comic book character study ever made.

Todd Phillips is several oceans removed from his usual comedy escapades (The Hangover trilogy) with his brutally dark, yet brilliant film ‘Joker‘. Those of you who are not particularly fond of the comic book genre these days will still find something amazing in this DC universe that takes place in the 1980s. Joaquin Phoenix gives an unparalleled performance as the titular psychopath with a smile like you’ve never seen him before in pages or on-screen. It’s really something to behold, but then again, Phoenix is always magnificent. The real star of the film is director Todd Phillips himself, who for the first time showed that he can hang with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Brian De Palma, and Francis Ford Coppola, delivering a picture-perfect account on Joker.

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