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Robocop (2014) - Blu-ray Review

Robocop - Movie Review“Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.” When first receiving the news of a new Robocop film, I was a bit skeptical. Reasons being that the original was so cheesy, and so “eighties,” shall we say, that a new film seemed an odd venture. However, upon viewing the fresh ...

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The Grand Budapest Hotel - Blu-ray Review

Grand Budapest Hotel - Movie ReviewBlazing with filmmaker Wes Anderson’s usual zippy energy, your stay at The Grand Budapest Hotel will certainly not disappoint. The madcap movie is a wonderful example of Anderson’s eye for detail and his rapier-wit and, while being his newest and freshest comedy, is  ...

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47 Ronin- Blu-ray Review

47 Ronin - Blu-ray ReviewThe story of the 47 Ronin is by all accounts the most famous story of samurai in the history of Japan. Many plays, books, films have apparently been dedicated to the true story of 47 samurai who would accept certain death themselves to avenge the unjust death that befell  ...

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Duck Dynasty: Season Five - Blu-ray Review

Duck Dynasty: Season 5 - Blu-ray ReviewThe fans complaining that AMC’s Duck Dynasty has changed or stayed from its roots are disappointed because they are only just now realizing that this “reality” program is in fact a sitcom – which means it is fake as hell. It is formulaic, scripted, and plotted. It is also still very funny and worth a look for its fans ...

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Nosferatu, The Vampyre (1979) (Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook) - Blu-ray Review

Nosferatu 1979 - Blu-ray ReviewIn 1922 a naughty fledgling German production company stole the story of Dracula by Bram Stoker and made one of cinema’s most revered horror movies: Nosferatu. Prana Film went bankrupt with their first and last production after Stoker’s widow successfully sued  ...

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Falling Skies: The Complete Third Season (2014) - Blu-ray Review

Falling Skies - Season 3 - Blu-ray ReviewSeven months after the 2nd Mass arrives in Charleston, the gang realizes – what with new characters, new aliens, new technology, and new presidents – that all is not what it seems.  Perhaps the viewer will too.  So much has happened in the gulf between Season Two ...

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Ravenous (1999) - Blu-ray Review

Ravenous - Blu-ray ReviewThe pervading metaphor of “Manifest Destiny” as American soldiers turn to cannibalism in the 1840s is what sells director Antonia Bird’s horror film and makes it worth revisiting.  Ravenous was released in 1999 and, sunk by mediocre to poor reviews, most ignored the film  ...

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The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou: Criterion Collection (2004) - Blu-ray Review

The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou - Blu-ray ReviewGrateful Dead.  Janis Joplin.  The Band.  Buddy Guy.  What do they all have in common?  Well, other than being fantastic rock bands, artists, and live performers, they once upon a time in 1970 shared the same train as it traveled through Canada and played a series of  ...

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Red River: The Criterion Collection (1948) - Blu-ray Review

Red river - Blu-ray ReviewDirected and produced by Howard Hawks, Red River is proof that, if pushed by the demands of a well-written script, John Wayne could actually act.  I am not a Wayne fan by any means but my father raised me on a steady diet of Sunday westerns and I’ve seen more than ...

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Sleepaway Camp: Collector’s Edition (1983)

Sleepaway Camp - Blu-ray ReviewWriter/director Robert Hiltzik’s notorious slasherfest has returned to stalk the shelves right in time to celebrate the summer season. No need to pack your overnight bags, though. There’s no coming back from this batshit crazy camping experience. What will be seen can   ...

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Godzilla vs. Gigan (1972) - Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs. Gigan - Blu-ray ReviewAre you Team Godzilla or Team Gigan?  Because, in the fight against giant mutated cockroaches, it matters. Yes, alien cockroaches are behind the plans to do away with Godzilla and his pal, Anguirus, who swim across the ocean to save mankind from having their home ...

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Godzilla vs. Hedorah (1971) - Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs Hedorah - Blu-ray ReviewGodzilla flies! Godzilla vs. Hedorah is one of the most creative of all of the Godzilla flicks. It’s also one of the least successful due to its dark themes, dark tale, and even darker shoot. Opening with a disturbing shot of a female mannequin face up in some toxic sludge  ...

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The Monuments Men - Blu-ray Review

Robocop - Movie ReviewThe old-school vibe that haunts George Clooney’s Monuments Men is leaving some critics and audiences absolutely cold as stone.  There are a lot of slow fades and a lot of dissolves and plenty of Frank Capra-like charm as curators, architects, and art historians scour Europe  ...

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Godzilla vs. The Sea Monster (1966) - Blu-ray Review

Godzilla vs The Sea Monster - Blu-ray ReviewWatching a rubber-suited Godzilla fling rocks at a rubber-suited giant lobster might not by your cup of tea but it works for someone raised on a steady diet of these Toho flicks from the swinging 1960’s. This unfortunately titled film, released originally as Godzilla, Ebirah  ...

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Lovelace - Blu-ray Review

Lovelace - Blu-ray ReviewInfamy has always followed the early 70s pornographic film Deep Throat. It is arguably the most famous and certainly most successful financially (earning over 600 million dollars) of pornos, even 40 years later. Its star was equally infamous, not just for her involvement in the ...

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