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People Like Us Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

PEOPLE LIKE US is the story of Sam (Chris Pine), a struggling trader that goes back home to settle the estate of his recently deceased father.  When there, Sam receives a bag full of money with a note saying he’s supposed to give it to Josh.  Sam later learns that Josh is his nephew and […]

Magical Mystery Tour Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

The Beatles’ MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR TV special in 1967 is a shining example of what happens to people when they get to be too successful.  We see this all the time today with athletes, movie stars and musicians, where they reach a point where they’re above good advice and their success means that no matter […]

Mad Men season 5 Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 24th, 2012

Don Draper is one of, if not the, coolest characters in the history of television.  I’m sure I’ve said something like that before, but as I’m watching the fifth season of Mad Men, I can’t help but be enamored with our favorite ad exec.  Over the past five seasons, the show has come a long […]

Ella Enchanted Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

In 2001, Anne Hathaway broke onto the scene in Disney’s THE PRINCESS DIARIES and in the process became one of those up and coming actresses to watch. A couple years later, she headlined ELLA ENCHANTED another regular girl who turns into a princess, but with a different twist. Though THE PRINCESS DIARIES was a bigger […]

The Brothers McMullen Blu-ray Review

Thursday, October 18th, 2012

In 1995, Edward Burns burst onto the scene with an independent film called THE BROTHERS MCMULLEN, about three brothers living in Long Island who are in the middle of three very different relationships.  Although the movie promised great things from Edward Burns, he failed to live up to the expectations, which perhaps says more about […]

Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted 3D Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

The MADAGASCAR series is kind of the forgotten animated series for Dreamworks Animation, living in the shadows of the critically acclaimed Kung-Fu Panda series and the widely popular Shrek films.  Although the first one was enjoyable, the second MADAGASCAR film was almost a series killer.  So it was hard to get too excited when MADAGASCAR […]

Annie: 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray Review

Sunday, October 14th, 2012

Musicals are a funny film genre; usually you either love a particular musical or can’t stand it. A lot of the classical musicals have a hard time standing the test of time and unless you saw the movie at a young age and have a sweet spot for it, you may end up watching the […]

Cold Creek Manor Blu-ray Review

Sunday, October 7th, 2012

What would it be like to cross THE AMITYVILLE HORROR with CAPE FEAR?  Well look no farther back than 2003’s COLD CREEK MANOR … that is of course if those two superior horror films happened to be the biggest travesties that ever manifested from their genre or if perhaps I was writing this review in […]

Damsels in Distress Blu-ray Review

Friday, October 5th, 2012

The renowned writer/director of METROPOLITAN and THE LAST DAYS OF DISCO surfaces after a 12 year absence from American film making with the female centric DAMSELS IN DISTRESS.  The story revolves around a small college group of socially awkward debutantes who are ironically obsessed with proper behavior and the rules of culture.  When the group […]

Phenomenon Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, August 14th, 2012

When he wants to be, John Travolta can be a very charming and likeable guy.  His charisma was never more evident than during a string of movies in the mid 90’s that included GET SHORTY, BROKEN ARROW, PHENOMENON and MICHAEL.  But fans of Travolta point to PHENOMENON as the example of just how great Travolta […]

High Fidelity Blu-ray Review

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

John Cusack stars as Rob, a man-child making his way through life going from one failed relationship to another, each time obsessed with the woman that broke his heart.  We pick up with Rob right in the middle of his current breakup with Laura (Iben Hjejle).  He’s recounting his top five breakups, providing the segway […]

Friends with Kids Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Generation X has been slowly evolving the romantic comedy for over a decade now.  Teen angst films from the ‘80s like PRETTY IN PINK and SAY ANYTHING still hold up as classics, along with the moody, quick witted and confused by sex character laden “rom-coms” from the ‘90s like REALITY BITES and AS GOOD AS […]

Treasure Planet Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

TREASURE PLANET hit movie theaters in 2002.  It was an interesting time for Disney with the age of animated musicals having run its course and the rise of the Pixar division in a pop culture explosion.  About a decade before, Disney developed an adventure film of Robert Louis Stevenson’s TREASURE ISLAND.  Directors Ron Clements and […]

Get The Gringo Blu-ray Review

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

A few rants and drunken outbursts ago, GET THE GRINGO would have been released in theaters and probably would have done pretty well.  But unfortunately, Mel Gibson hasn’t learned to keep his angry rants clear of recording devices and so we’re stuck catching his latest film, GET THE GRINGO, on a straight to VOD/Blu-ray release.  […]

Margaret Blu-ray Review

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

After sitting in an editing room for nearly two years, Kenneth Lonergan’s MARGARET was eventually released by Fox in the fall of 2011 to very little fanfare.  But for the critics who did see it during its limited theatrical run, it became one of the most talked about movies of the year.  We’ve all been […]

Hatfields & McCoys Blu-ray Review

Thursday, August 2nd, 2012

It may seem odd to some that Kevin Costner chose to star in a mini-series show on the History channel, but after sitting down to absorb HATFIELDS & MCCOYS, I can’t think of a more appropriate place to show it, even though it was good enough for HBO, Showtime or any other network for that […]

Hijacked Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

Words can be very hurtful, but for some all it takes is a simple abbreviation to send a terrifying chill straight to their bones.  If you happen to be a criminal, then the letters “FBI” or “DEA” are probably your least favorite in the alphabet.  For a pro athlete, the trio of “A,” “C,” and […]

The Color of Money Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

Extracting intriguing plot points from the framework of a pro sport’s story is not exactly asking the impossible.  Those kinds of tales pretty much write their own first drafts and the most difficult portion of filming is trying to mirror the authenticity of the real-life action in the game.  However, when the game gets smaller, […]

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Blu-ray Review

Friday, July 20th, 2012

Every once in a while a movie just flat out surprises you. It may be one that you heard about in passing, or something that you just checked out because of the star… With the number of films released each year growing, you would hope that the chance to find these gems would increase. Sadly, […]

Sister Act / Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit Blu-ray Review

Monday, July 16th, 2012

I’m pretty sure everyone has a handful of films that they associate with their childhood that hold a special place in their heart whether they were bad films or not. Oddly enough, SISTER ACT is one of those films for me. This film seemed to be one of those movies my mother, sister and I […]

Cocktail Blu-ray Review

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

When looking back on Tom Cruise’s early films, many people will point to RISKY BUSINESS, TOP GUN or even THE COLOR OF MONEY as indications that Cruise was going to become one of the biggest international superstars of all time.  For me, however, COCKTAIL is proof of his superstardom, not because the movie is good, […]

Evita Blu-ray Review

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

You’re taking a gamble when you cast Madonna as your lead in a big budget musical, but for director Anthony Parker’s EVITA, Madonna wasn’t really the problem.  EVITA had the odds stacked against it from the beginning and although it has a couple of catchy musical numbers, the overall film failed to capture the grandness […]

American Reunion Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

The AMERICAN PIE films are an odd series.  When the first film hit theaters in 1999, I felt it was severely overrated, even though I was technically the perfect age for their targeted audience.  Two years later, the first sequel came out and I thought it was hilarious.  AMERICAN WEDDING and several atrocious straight to […]

Wilfred season 1 Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, July 4th, 2012

FX’s ‘Wilfred’ is nothing if not original.  Well, at least the original Australian version was original, but to American audiences, ‘Wilfred’ is different from anything we’ve seen.  Elijah Wood plays Ryan, a depressed lawyer that tries to kill himself with sleeping pills.  When his plan doesn’t turn out as he hoped, he discovers a new […]

Act of Valor Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

ACT OF VALOR is the Navy’s most blatant recruitment film since TOP GUN.  This time however, the Navy isn’t even trying to be subtle.  They’ve teamed up with Hollywood to make a movie featuring real Navy SEAL’s in roles that probably should have been filled with real actors.  But that was their gimmick and in […]

The Artist Blu-ray Review

Saturday, June 30th, 2012

Many a time in my life I have thought that as a moviegoer I was born in the wrong decade. Though I love all the technology the 21st century has contributed to film, there was something special about the films in the 20′s, 30′s and 40′s and the people who watched them. Back then going […]

Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray Review

Friday, June 29th, 2012

SPIDER-MAN 2 has all of the elements that fans would expect from the second installment of a well-known superhero adventure: a girl he can’t love, a villain he can’t defeat, a personal choice he can’t make and the promise of a third installment that the viewing audience can’t ignore.  Although the sequel moves at a […]

21 Jump Street Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

When I was in fifth grade, my class had to fill out note cards answering questions about ourselves that would be posted in the hallway.  One of the questions was “what do you want to be when you grow up?” and my answer was “a teenage cop”.  Yes, I was a huge fan of ’21 […]

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance 3D Blu-ray Review

Friday, June 22nd, 2012

In 2006, Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor directed the Jason Statham action film CRANK.  It wasn’t a good film by any means, but they directed it in a way that was spastic and fast, which worked because that style fit well within the scope of the film.  A few flops later, Neveldine and Taylor were […]

A Perfect World Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

An astute viewer of A PERFECT WORLD  when it hit theaters in 1993 would have correctly predicted that Clint Eastwood was going to receive multiple Oscar nominations for his directing in the future.  I was a fan of the film when it first came out, but had not seen it since its initial release.  A […]

The Secret World of Arrietty Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, May 30th, 2012

THE SECRET WORLD OF ARRIETTY is based on the popular children’s novel “The Borrowers” by Mary Norton, which spawned several sequels, making it one of the most beloved children’s fantasy series in the world.  The series has inspired several film and TV adaptations, none of which have proven to be very memorable.  So that left […]

True Blood: The Complete Fourth Season Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Season three of TRUE BLOOD was a bit of a cliffhanger so let’s get up to speed. Our heroine Sookie Stackhouse was transferred over into the fairy world by her fairy godmother where she has been hanging out for a couple of hours (or so she thinks). Season four of TRUE BLOOD starts us off […]

Camelot Blu-ray Review

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The film CAMELOT originated from the massive success of a Broadway show penned by partners Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe.  Jack Warner (an actual Warner Brother) was so smitten with the story and how the Kennedys affectionately adopted the “Camelot” name to represent their administration, that he spared no expense to secure the rights […]

One for the Money Blu-ray Review

Sunday, May 13th, 2012

Stephanie Plum (Katherine Heigl) has had a rough six months. After suffering through a divorce and losing her swell job as a lingerie manager at the department store, she decides to get a job at her cousin’s bail-bond business as a bounty hunter. Since she’s obviously qualified for such a job (please note the sarcasm), […]

Underworld: Awakening 3D Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

Much like the fourth film of another famous franchise in LIVE FREE OR DIE HARD, the fourth installment of the Underworld franchise is fun on the surface, but the heart and charm you liked in the original has been replaced with a series of mindless action stunts that although entertaining, don’t do much to further […]

Dark Tide Blu-ray Review

Friday, May 4th, 2012

DARK TIDE follows Kate Mathieson (Halle Berry), a top marine biologist who has been studying sharks for over a decade. She’s known in some circles as the “shark whisperer” and can swim freely with them without harm. However, after one of her diving teammates gets mauled by a great white, Kate backs off for several […]

We Bought a Zoo Blu-ray Review

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

Movies that touch on various emotions in a viewer seems to be a rare thing these days. As much as I love watching movies, I find many of them to be average or slightly below and it makes me appreciate when I watch a film that touches on several different feelings. For whatever reason, Cameron […]

Kate & Leopold Blu-ray Review

Friday, April 27th, 2012

At first glance of the Blu-ray cover of KATE & LEOPOLD, audiences could easily be tricked into thinking they were about to take an adventure of epic proportions down an romantic comedy road. “If they lived in the same century, they’d be perfect for each other.”   What a great tag line!  This movie has […]

Madonna: Truth or Dare Blu-ray Review

Thursday, April 26th, 2012

The year was 1991.  Madonna had just finished her fourth studio album.  She was provocative, newsworthy and in her prime.  Why not make a documentary exposing the details of the Material Girl’s first concert series around the world?  You can be nervous or you can be excited about the intimate details you will discover about […]

Shark Night (Blu-ray)

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

A fun, relaxing weekend on a lake in Louisiana turns deadly for a group of seven college students in SHARK NIGHT. When one of the gang is suddenly attacked by a shark, the remaining friends must search for a way to save him and themselves while stranded on an island with enemies lurking above and […]

Tanner Hall (Blu-ray)

Sunday, December 25th, 2011

TANNER HALL is a coming of age story revolving around four young ladies in their senior year at a quaint New England boarding school.  The trio of best friends Fernanda (Rooney Mara), Kate (Brie Larson) and Lucasta (Amy Ferguson) is soon compromised when new student Victoria (Georgia King) enrolls at their school.  Always starving for […]

Fright Night (2011) (Blu-ray)

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011

On paper, there’s not much to like about the 2011 version of FRIGHT NIGHT.  For starters, it’s a remake of a cheesy 80′s movie that, although loved by a few, wasn’t that great to begin with.  Then there’s the giant problem of yet another take on vampires, which have been so overdone in the past […]

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (Blu-ray)

Friday, December 16th, 2011

One of the fun things about being a Blu-ray Reviewer (or just a fan of all ages of movies) is that I get to review the original. I have written before about this being the age of the ‘remake’ and the vast number of films being remade or reimagined is sometimes staggering. In 2009 a […]

The Big Country (Blu-ray)

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

I know what you’re thinking.  It’s blasphemous for me to give a movie with both Gregory Peck and Charlton Heston a four out of 10.  But I had to do it.  All I kept thinking through the entire two and a half epic western was, “THE BIG COUNTRY is a poor man’s GIANT.”  There.  I […]

The River Why (Blu-ray)

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

THE RIVER WHY is a coming of age story set on the banks of a river in Oregon.  Augustine, or “just Gus,” (Zach Gilford) lives in the shadows of his famous fisherman father (William Hurt).  He never fit in at school, he’s an outcast in the community and after a huge fight with his parents, […]

Life, Above All (Blu-ray)

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Foreign films are a dicey venture in the United States. While some capture the hearts and minds of viewers (like CROUCHING TIGER, HIDDEN DRAGON) they are just as likely to fail for one simple reason – subtitles. I worked for a few years in a video rental store, and nothing turns away the “joe-average movie […]

Atlas Shrugged: Part One (Blu-ray)

Friday, December 9th, 2011

“Who is John Galt?” This statement is at the core of the story and movie ATLAS SHRUGGED, and in the movie is a common hypothetical idiom meaning essentially – don’t ask questions that have no answer. To some that means to give up. To others it means to question the status quo. Throughout the movie […]

Our Idiot Brother (Blu-ray)

Wednesday, December 7th, 2011

When I originally heard about OUR IDIOT BROTHER I was tentative. The trailer really didn’t excite me but my love for Paul Rudd (ANCHORMAN, I LOVE YOU MAN) kept my interest. The Blu-ray release brought back the feelings of dread, but I am happy to say that OUR IDIOT BROTHER holds its own in the […]

The Help (Blu-ray)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

I sometimes feel like Academy Award nominated films do not necessarily appeal to the masses.  Some require a lot of thinking.  Some require a lot of emotional commitment.  Often times only critics and film students truly appreciate and even bother to watch these “buzzed about” movies at the actual theater.  And they probably discuss the […]

Conan the Barbarian (Blu-ray)

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

We live in an age of cinematic remakes; while there are new ideas aplenty Hollywood seems stuck on regurgitating old stories. This doesn’t bother me at all when the movie has something new to offer to the world. When you watch CONAN THE BARBARIAN it is clear that they intended to do just that, but […]

 

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