• Forum
  • Ballers: The Complete First Season (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 26th, 2016

    American football has been making the news of late, and not just in the sports pages. For the last couple of years there has been an increasing concern for players’ safety. From our president declaring he wouldn’t let his fictional son play the game to the hard-hitting Will Smith film Concussion, football has taken some heat over its violent nature. Players are retiring early, and the subject of life after football becomes more of a social question than ever before. That’s where HBO’s Ballers comes in. It’s a half-hour look at the NFL from the player perspective, both current and retired. It’s intended as a light bit of dramedy, and it certainly is that. Even so, the series doesn’t hide from some of the brutal realities of the sport, from the trappings of fame and fortune to the realities of its eventual end.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    The Funhouse Massacre

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on June 26th, 2016

    It is with a rather heavy heart that I give this film a low rating, because it really has so much going for it. The concept of having several psychopaths escape from an asylum, only to slaughter the patrons of a horror-themed amusement park has a lot of potential when you think about it. During the times when horror attractions such as Halloween Horror Nights have become so popular, it’s hard to believe that a film like this hasn’t already been made. (Perhaps one has, but I have not heard of one yet.) Regardless, the film is pitched as a horror comedy, which is a genre that can easily lose control of itself. Predictably, I would have been much more satisfied without the comedic elements put into the film.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    The Shallows

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on June 26th, 2016

    You’d have to go all the way back to 1975 when Jaws was released that a film has come out that has given us a reason to be afraid to go into the water. There have been several attempts to capture the magic that we saw in Stephen Spielberg’s classic film about a large great white shark that preyed upon the swimmers in the town of Amity.  Now that summer is upon us and the heat has us flocking to our A/C units or to the beaches, it couldn’t be a better time to unleash another killer shark film upon the masses.  I have to admit when the trailers came out for this, all I expected from it was to be a campy film that just happened to be well shot.  Instead director Jaume Collet-Serra (Run All Night & Orphan) delivers an enjoyable thriller.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Exclusive Interview With Ashley Park From All American Bikini Car Wash

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on June 25th, 2016

    We’re heading back to the All American Bikini Car Wash. This time I got to talk with Ashley Park who plays Brittany. Ashley is also the reigning Miss Asia USA. She also has a pretty busy slate of new stuff coming out. We had a lot to talk about and she was a total blast to interview. Get the inside scoop from the set in Vegas. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Ashley Park and
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    The Neon Demon

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on June 23rd, 2016

    “Are you food, or are you sex?”

    When it comes to director Nicolas Winding Refn, he’s a director I’m never all too sure what to expect from.  For me, Drive is one of my favorite films in the past ten years, while Only God Forgives simply bored me; despite the stunning imagery, it had nothing else going for it. His films going even further back are just as much of a mixed bag, so coming into The Neon Demon I knew better than to get my hopes up, and that I should just go ahead and let the film stand on its own, as it should.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Star Trek: The Original Series: The Complete Series (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 23rd, 2016

    “Space…The Final Frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its five-year mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before!”

    Paramount was bold indeed when they undertook the remaster project of the original series. Not only did they clean up the prints, but they took the decidedly risky option of redoing most of the f/x shots from the original prints.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    X-Files: The Event Series (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 23rd, 2016

    “My name is Fox Mulder. Since my childhood, I have been obsessed by a controversial global phenomenon. Since my sister disappeared when I was 12 years old in what I believe was an alien abduction. My obsession took me to the FBI, where I investigated paranormal science cases through the auspices of a unit known as the X-Files. Through this unit, I could continue my work on the alien phenomenon, and the search for my missing sister. In 1993, the FBI sought to impugn my work, bringing in a scientist and medical doctor to debunk it… which only deepened my obsession for the better part of a decade, during which time that agent, Dana Scully, had her own faith tested. In 2002, in a change of direction and policy, the FBI closed the X-Files, and our investigation ceased. But my personal obsession did not.”

    Just in case you don’t know what the heck we’re talking about here.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Exclusive Interview With Patrick Rodio: Writer Of All American Bikini Car Wash

    Posted in Podcasts by Gino Sassani on June 22nd, 2016

    Summer is here and Upcomingdiscs has been cooling off at the All American Bikini Car Wash. We thought it would be a good idea to talk to the guy who came up with the whole thing. That would be writer Patrick Rodio. I had a chance to talk with Patrick about the film. It was a lot of fun and I got the story behind the story. Bang it here to sit in on my chat with Patrick Rodio.

    CommentComments (0)

    Star Trek (2009) (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 22nd, 2016

    “Space…the final frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no one has gone before!”

    Every Star Trek fan has had that phrase beaten into their brain about as many times as Uncle Ben’s mantra about great power and great responsibility. Who knew that the tagline was appropriate to filmmaking? When J.J. Abrams signed on to direct the reboot/remake/reimagining/rehash (insert your own word here) of Star Trek, he quickly made it known that he was not really that into the franchise.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    The Wave (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on June 22nd, 2016

    Disaster films are something that for me screams American cinema of the 90’s.  I know there were films before that had come out, but a good portion of my teen years of the 90’s were of the mega-blockbuster variety like Twister, Dante’s Peak, The Perfect Storm, and so forth.  Now we have The Wave, the first disaster film to come out of Norway, and from the looks of the trailers they were going for something BIG.  This is a film that comes out with so much potential and is a film that could even possibly find an American audience that could look past the fact that subtitles may be involved.  With the way technology has come along over the years, smaller countries have been able to produce films as big as anything released in our cinemas here in the states.  Now here’s the question: is it any good, though?
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Casual Encounters

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on June 22nd, 2016

    I laughed more than I expected to. That best summarizes my experience with Casual Encounters, a modern day depiction of what the dating world has essentially become these days. Trust me, I have witnessed it firsthand, and the days of positive connection are nearly gone. Tragic but true; however, there remains hope that people can find true love in some of the most low-tech ways, which is another good addition to the B movie.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Tuesday Round Up: June 21, 2016

    Posted in Tuesday Round Up by John Ceballos on June 21st, 2016

    It’s officially summer, but you don’t have pack up your car and drag yourself to the beach to catch a wave. Thanks to Magnolia Home Entertainment, you can do that in the comfort of your own living room. We’ll be reviewing The Wave, a Norwegian drama about a scenic town threatened by a tsunami. And if it’s some toned bodies in two-pieces you’re craving, then come on down to the All American Bikini Car Wash! (Heads up…you already have a chance to win a free DVD of this film by clicking here.) Broad Green Pictures shuffles the deck and comes up with the Knight of Cups. And Comedy Central implores us all not to be Workaholics: Season 6…make sure to have some fun in the sun these next few months.

    One last reminder before signing off for the week: if you’re shopping for anything on Amazon and you do it through one of our links, it’ll help keep the lights on here at UpcomingDiscs. See ya next week!

    CommentComments (0)

    Anton Yelchin (1989-2016)

    Posted in Tribute by John Ceballos on June 20th, 2016

    It seems the Forever 27 Club, a collection of rock stars who didn’t live to see 30, isn’t exclusively for musicians. In something of a sad coincidence, the most recent onscreen role for Anton Yelchin — who died early Sunday morning after a freak car accident at his home — was Green Room, in which the Russian-born actor starred as…the leader of a punk rock band. While Yelchin has tragically left us much too early, the talented and prolific performer leaves behind a filmography with more than 60 credits. (And we’ll still be able to see his final turn as Pavel Andreievich Chekov in next month’s Star Trek Beyond.) In the meantime, join us in celebrating Yelchin’s work by taking a trip through the UpcomingDiscs archives.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Shark Week: Jawsome Encounters

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 20th, 2016

    Pop quiz! Which of the following titles belong to Shark Week specials, and which of them are the names of SyFy original movies? Zombie Sharks, Sharkageddon, Monster Hammerhead, Lair of the Mega Shark, and Sharksanity. (I’ll give you a few seconds to mull it over…ok, ready to guess?) The answer, of course, is that *all* of those titles belong to Shark Week, Discovery Channel’s long-running, wildly popular, and increasingly ludicrous summertime ritual.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Contest: Win A Copy Of All American Bikini Car Wash On DVD

    Posted in Contests by Gino Sassani on June 19th, 2016

    I’ve been spending a lot of time lately with our pals over at the All American Bikini Car Wash. It’s not what you think. They’ve pitched in to send us a copy of the movie All American Bikini Car Wash to give away to one lucky Upcomingdiscs follower. It’s coming out June 21st, just in time for summer, from Monarch Home Entertainment. That means one of you gets to hang out with our new pals, too. Look for some interviews and a review in the coming days. We’ve got this Car Wash covered.

    To win a copy of this prize, follow these instructions.

    1. Fill out your name and email address in the comment form below – your email address will remain private and visible only to us.
    2. Do not post your address as an actual comment!  Instead tell us – How do you plan to stay cool this summer?
    3. Only those comments that answer our question will be considered.

    Contest is open to residents of the U.S. & Canada only, and will conclude on Sunday, July 31st, 2016.
    Please – only one contest entry per person!

    CommentComments (16)

    Congratulations To Jeremy Butler For His 200th Review

    Posted in Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on June 18th, 2016

    If you recognize the name Jeremy Butler, it’s because you’ve seen it hundreds of times…200 times, to be exact.

    When he’s not busy out there defending us from the bad guys… he’s defending us from bad movies.

    Please join me in congratulating Jeremy Butler for 200 Reviews!

    CommentComments (2)

    Central Intelligence

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on June 18th, 2016

    “Be the hero of your own story.”

    Not the funniest addition to Kevin Hart’s reign as the king of comedy, but still a welcome sight. This time around, Hart teams with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for Central Intelligence. I’ve been anticipating this movie since behind-the-scenes footage leaked earlier this year, and the official trailer did nothing but fuel the flames of my excitement. After watching it, I can say that despite a few predictable plot twists, I still found the overall product to be extremely funny and worthwhile. 
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Finding Dory

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 17th, 2016

    What if I forget you?”

    Ever since Sheriff Woody and Buzz Lightyear rocketed onto the big screen in 1995’s Toy Story, Pixar has assembled a wonderful stable of unforgettable characters. Ironically, one of the animation studio’s most memorable creations is a blue tang fish who probably wouldn’t remember you. Besides being a dazzling and heartwarming family classic, Finding Nemo was also one of Pixar’s biggest hits. (Technically, it’s actually the biggest.) So while it’s a little surprising that it took 13(!) years for a sequel to swim into our lives, the fast and funny Finding Dory proves to be a completely worthy follow up.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on June 16th, 2016

    “And away we go”

    While I enjoyed the first season of Rick and Morty, I wasn’t all that sure about the show’s staying power with Adult Swim.  I’d talked about the show with some friends, but for the most part this seems to be a show that finds its fan base more in their late teens.  It’s fair to say it’s been more than a few years since I was a teenager, so perhaps it shouldn’t be much of a surprise I was a little hesitant with this season (feel free to check out my review of Season 1).
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Gridlocked (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 16th, 2016

    “Ok, so hear me out…ever watch action movies?”

    It’s clear that Canadian filmmaker Allan Ungar and practically everyone involved with Gridlocked have seen their share of action flicks. More specifically, this crew is out to recapture the raucous, rowdy, R-rated spirit of late ‘80s and ‘90s franchises like Lethal Weapon and Die Hard. While Gridlocked doesn’t come close to matching the wit or winning formula of those action classics, this straight-to-DVD effort still manages to be a pretty fun throwback.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan -Director’s Cut (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 16th, 2016

    “He tasks me. He tasks me, and I shall have him! I’ll chase him ’round the moons of Nibia and ’round the Antares Maelstrom and ’round Perdition’s flames before I give him up!”

    After its shortened three year run, it looked like Star Trek was dead and gone. A very short lived animation series was the first attempt to carry on. Before long it too was a thing of the past. Then something rather amazing happened. Star Trek found a home in syndication. The local television markets aired the shows in a somewhat edited form, and they were rewarded with record-breaking local ratings. It didn’t take long before Paramount saw the possibilities
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Altered Minds

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on June 16th, 2016

    “I heard that if you don’t give him a name, he’ll turn the children into icicles.”

    It has been a long time since I have seen a decent psychological thriller, and Altered Minds is a great film to bring me back to this type of film. To give readers a frame of reference, films like Identity or Session 9: they are most certainly part of the “psychological thriller” genre, but you are led to believe there are supernatural forces at work during the film. Then, just when you think the film will have a supernatural climax, you are offered a twist ending that is not supernatural and actually makes sense to the plot.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Sisters: Season 4

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul O'Callaghan on June 15th, 2016

    I previously reviewed Season 3 of Sisters in May of this year, so Sisters lovers, you can go back and review. In dealing with this season, I am going to focus on character, because as much as any show can, this show focuses on the differences between people who are very close with ties of family and love. Sisters is well known to be a women’s show, and I wouldn’t disagree, nor would I intimate that it is a bad thing to be labeled as such. So many shows have been focused on an assumed male dominance in society, but Sisters was a show that brought the power of women to the forefront. It was also one of the first shows to show a female audience had an important demographical significance. But I don’t want to make this an ideological dissertation. I am simply going to look at the purity and relevance of the show, even today.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Star Trek Into Darkness (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on June 15th, 2016

    “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.” 

    The rumors were rampant, and I won’t address them at all here. Chances are you know the spoilers, if you want to know them, already. I won’t chance ruining it for the few that have avoided any information on the film. I will tell you that Abrams has managed to weave a touching love letter to the Trek faithful into what again is a hugely mainstream film that should kick some serious butt at the box office once again. It’s almost as if he wanted to thank the fans who did finally climb aboard his Enterprise.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    A War (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on June 15th, 2016

    It’s ok to be upset. We’re all upset.”

    A War is about a Danish commander and his weary, overwhelmed young soldiers fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan. But besides finding a fresh angle to explore a conflict that has essentially been going on for the entire 21st century — Denmark sent nearly 10,000 military personnel to Afghanistan between 2002 and 2013 — this morally complex movie succeeds because it fully explores the toll war takes on everyone involved. In this case, that also includes the unfortunate civilians caught in between the gunfire and at least one weary, overwhelmed wife/mother back home with three young children.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)
    CSS Template by RamblingSoul | Tomodachi theme by Theme Lab