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Father Goose (1964) - Blu-ray Review

Father Goose (1964) - Blu-ray Review

Pop-pops everywhere, celebrate! Olive Films continues their archival campaign to bring long-forgotten into the HD realm with Cary Grant’s Father Goose.   It is a true classic of the romantic comedy genre and, released in December of 1964, went on to earn two ...

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Rolling Thunder (1977) - Blu-ray Review

Rolling Thunder (1977) - Blu-ray Review The steely-eyed no-nonsense action thrillers of writer/director John Flynn (Lock Up, Out for Justice) gets their start with cult favorite Rolling Thunder.  Suggesting this film is a classic of the genre is indeed an understatement.  Everything about this fierce gem ...

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The Last Stand - Blu-ray Review

The Last Stand - Movie Review Don’t call it a comeback.  He’s been here for years.  Yeah, I said it.  I couldn’t think of a better opener than quoting a little LL Cool J for you all.  And, listen, it’s deserved.  Arnold Schwarzenegger, last seen firing blanks in The Expendables 2, returns for another ...

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Parker - Blu-ray Review

Parker - Movie Review Ready for something new from Jason Statham?  Something like a romantic comedy?  Look elsewhere.  This is meat and potatoes Statham.  The protagonist of a series of thrillers by the author Donald Westlake, writing under the pseudonym Richard Stark ...

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The ABCs of Death - Blu-ray Review

The ABCs of Death - Blu-ray Review Disturbing is a word that comes to mind after finally seeing this horror anthology.  Interesting also comes to mind.  Unfortunately, this doesn’t all add up to be a winning combination.  While largely uneven – and sometimes just simply too bizarre for its own good ...

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The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976) - Blu-ray Review

The Town that Dreaded Sudown - Blu-ray Review “What you are about to see - where it happened and how it happened - is true.  Only the names have been changed” is the promise of The Town that Dreaded Sundown, Arkansas-native filmmaker Charles B. Pierce’s cult drive-in hit from 1976, and while the film delivers ...

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The Burning (1981) - Blu-ray Review

The Burning - Blu-ray Review Created, produced, and written by Bob & Harvey Weinstein, The Burning is a slasher picture about summer camp, horny teenagers, and a prank gone seriously awry.  Released in 1981, The Burning – directed by Tony Maylam – offers nothing new to the genre ...

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Fringe: The Complete Fifth and Final Season - Blu-ray Review

Fringe - Complete Fifth Season Blu-ray Review Saying goodbye is a hard thing to do.  Given that most television dramas overstay their welcome and most science fiction shows never get the chance to say hello, the fifth and final season of Fringe is one lucky dog.  Fox essentially allowed this show - with a cut ...

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Jack Reacher - Blu-ray Review

Jack Reacher - Movie Review From the pages of bestselling author Lee Childs’ novels, comes a new movie hero. His name is Jack Reacher, and while he doesn’t fly, wear tights, or posses any otherworldy super-human powers, his goals are the same as those sought by our lycra-tighted friends currently ...

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Texas Chainsaw 3D - Blu-ray Review

Texas Chainsaw 3D - Movie Review While it certainly isn’t high art and, at times, as awful as you expect it to be from the wrong-headed trailers, Texas Chainsaw 3D – being billed as the direct sequel to Tobe Hooper’s 1974 original (and the only in a long line of sequels to claim as such) – isn’t, much ...

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The History of the Eagles: Part One and Part Two - Blu-ray Review

History of the Eagles Part One and Part Two - Blu-ray Review Academy Award-winning filmmaker (turned producer here) Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side, Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room) teams up with past and present members of the Eagles and produces a pretty solid documentary charting the band’s history.  Since ...

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Mama - Blu-ray Review

Mama - Blu-ray Review Produced by Guillermo Del Toro, Andy Muschietti’s Mama is not unlike an atmospheric fairy tale.  It’s focused on a pair of orphaned siblings left to fend for themselves for five years.  They aren’t alone, though.  The spindly figure in the billowing in the deep shadows is ...

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The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - Blu-ray Review [UK]

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey - MOvie Review If this is the future of filmmaking, count me out.  I hate to say it, folks.  It seems that writer/director Peter Jackson might have gone the way of Star Wars guru George Lucas.  In look, in tone, in spirit, and in adventure Jackson's long awaited and eagerly anticipated ...

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Upstream Color - Blu-ray Review

Upstream Color Blu-ray Review Writer/director Shane Carruth is one bold son of a bitch.  Upstream Color is proof of that.  He is also the thinking man’s filmmaker and delivers, four years after Primer - his stunning debut - a follow-up that is equally disturbing.  His visuals are poem-like ...

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Silver Linings Playbook - Blu-ray Review

Silver Linings Playbook - Blu-ray Review Romantic comedies don’t get more manipulative than writer/director David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook.  They typically can’t get any more damaged either.  Centered rather seriously upon mental illness, Russell constructs a fragile film built upon instability ...

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