• Forum
  • Archive for the ‘Touchstone’ Category

    Need for Speed (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on August 11th, 2014

    Need for Speed is based on a video game. It caters to people who love the experience of speed. There is a huge audience for this sort of thing. To their credit, the writer and director makes every effort to create an actual story and real characters in this presentation. It is easy to compare it to Fast and Furious, but why bother. That gives these sorts of films too much credit. Fast and Furious and Need for Speed are designed to give people a thrill. If anything, Need for Speed takes things more seriously than the Fast and Furious series.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Delivery Man (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on March 31st, 2014

    What would you do if you found out that you fathered 533 kids? Better yet, how would you handle that news on top of the news that the children you fathered are petitioning the courts to have your identity revealed? Well, that is the dilemma that Vince Vaughn is faced with in his new comedy Delivery Man. As you can figure out from the funny premise, this is a comedy, but it is not just hapless jokes without any real substance; Delivery Man actually has another side to it, a side that tugs on the heartstrings a bit.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Insider (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on March 5th, 2013

    If you were alive at the time, you probably remember watching the seven tobacco company executives testifying in before a Senate committee on the addictive nature of their products. They all raised their hands to swear that they do not believe that nicotine is addictive. It made for great television of the absurd. It was great fodder for the late-night comedy routines, and almost every stand-up in the country found a way to work it into their material. It was the beginning of a changing environment in America toward smoking, in general. Most states have since passed “Clean Air Acts” which prohibit smoking from most public places.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Dick Tracy (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on December 13th, 2012

    At the turn of the millennium, we seemed to collectively decide that we wanted our heroes to be dark and gritty. The X-Men traded in their yellow spandex for black leather in their first big-screen adventure. Batman went from exchanging quips and painful puns with Mr. Freeze to brooding magnificently for director Christopher Nolan. And Hollywood almost completely stopped making candy-colored spectacles like Dick Tracy.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (1)

    War Horse (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 11th, 2012

    War Horse began life as a novel by Michael Morpurgo and went on to become a relatively successful Broadway play. I haven’t read the book, and it’s hard for me to imagine the material on the stage. But in the hands of Steven Spielberg there is little left to the imagination. This is definitely one of his most inspired films and contains some of the more beautiful and compelling images. That’s saying a lot when you think about the many iconic images Spielberg has brought us
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Good Morning, Vietnam (25th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 20th, 2012

    “Goooood morning, Vietnam! Hey, this is not a test! This is rock and roll! Time to rock it from the Delta to the D.M.Z.!”

    Since his early days on Mork and Mindy, Robin Williams has been in a lot of movies. Some of them are pretty good films. Others are even downright awful. He does have a habit of going over the top. Ask anyone you might meet for their favorite Robin Williams movie and the answers will most certainly differ. Still, two things are pretty certain.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Dead Poets Society (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on January 18th, 2012

    Written by Joe Gause

    What can be said about Dead Poets Society that has not been said before? This is what I consider a landmark in filmmaking. Director Peter Weir demonstrated true vision in the film process to deliver what some call an epic cinematic achievement. Combine that with an all-star cast (though many of them were just starting their careers), and it’s a true work of genius.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Gnomeo and Juilet (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on May 24th, 2011

    The story of Romeo and Juliet is a story that is retold at least once every generation. It can be retold using a different time period or with alien races or perhaps even in a thirty second commercial. It is a fairly easy story and parts can be tweaked given the audience and intention. So begins the story of Gnomeo and Juliet. Take one part animation, one part garden gnomes and a dose of laughter that could be just what the classic play needs. Or it could become a tragedy of the highest order.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    I Am Number Four (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on May 23rd, 2011

    When I was a kid, I always wished and hoped I had super powers. Frankly, I did not even think my parents were my parents, rather hosts for somebody who would eventually change the world. Somewhere along the way, I grew up (kinda) but always wondered what would happen if things were different. I Am Number Four explores the story of a teenager who could change the world with his powers if he can simply stay alive long enough. By the way, I still don’t think my parents were my parents.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    You Again (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on January 11th, 2011

    For those who have made it through my prior two reviews of terror by romantic comedy, I salute you. You are certainly stronger and far more resilient than one could ever imagine. But, we always save the best (worst) for last. It is an unspeakable tale of big Hollywood stars, revenge and a great overdose of Disney movie magic. Come in, if you dare and witness the debacle that can only be known as You Again.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    The Last Song

    Posted in Disc Reviews by David Annandale on August 19th, 2010

    Miley Cyrus is displaced from New York to spend the summer by the sea in Georgia with estranged father Greg Kinnear. While younger brother Bobby Coleman thinks the set-up is just keen (especially former composer dad’s work restoring the stain glass windows of a burned church), Cyrus stomps around in full Resentful Teenage Girl mode, until two things make her begin to open up: the need to protect a nest of sea turtles, and the attentions of the impossibly hunky Liam Hemsworth. Since this is a Nicholas Sparks story, true love and happiness will have to run the gauntlet of class snobbery, Disturbing Revelations ™, and the inevitable Third Act Fatal Illness That Brings Out The Best In Everyone (also a registered trademark).
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    When in Rome (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on June 11th, 2010

    My relationship with romantic comedies has not been one of wedded bliss. More often than not, it is something I get forced into. Once you are forced into something, then you automatically have a pre-disposed attitude against the movie. Hence, I haven’t liked too many of these things. Thankfully in the last few years, if I see a romantic comedy it’s been mostly because it ends up in my review queue. This in turn has given me a softer approach to these movies but don’t think I’m going all sentimental just yet.

    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (1)

    Tombstone (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 28th, 2010

    “Every town has a story… Tombstone has a legend.”

    When will Kevin Costner ever learn? He just doesn’t strike that hero pose. He isn’t even that good an actor unless he’s playing a G-Man type as he did in The Untouchables and JFK. In just a little while Russell Crowe is fixing to school him on the proper stature of Robin Hood. In 1993 and 1994 another Russell, this time Kurt Russell, schooled him on the iconic lawman Wyatt Earp. Tombstone was released Christmas day in 1993. Exactly 6 months later on June 24th, 1994, Kevin Costner released his epic film called Wyatt Earp.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Armageddon (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on April 27th, 2010

    “This is the Earth at a time when dinosaurs roamed a lush and fertile planet. A piece of rock just six miles wide changed all of that. It hit with the force of 10,000 nuclear weapons. A trillion tons of dirt and rock hurtled into the atmosphere, creating a suffocating blanket of dust that the sun was powerless to penetrate for a thousand years. It happened before. It will happen again. It’s just a question of when.”

    When was 1998 with the summertime blockbuster movie Armageddon. This film was the poster child for summer tent pole movies.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    Surrogates (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 26th, 2010

    “Look at yourselves. Unplug from your chairs, get up and look in a mirror. What you see is how God made you. We’re not meant to experience the world through a machine.”

    Since the time we were kids, we were warned that you can’t tell a book by its cover. That has never been more true in our modern world of the internet. We play in chat rooms where almost no one is who they pretend to be. We lie about our age, looks, and even our gender, and rationalize it as harmless escapism or merely exaggeration. Everyone does it, or so we believe, so it’s actually expected.
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (0)

    10 Things I Hate About You (10th Anniversary Edition) (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on January 7th, 2010

    High school was a nightmare for me, I try to forget most of it. For me, there was no 10 year high school reunion and I was glad I never went. Speaking of ten & high school, this is the 10th year anniversary of 10 Things I Hate About You, a Gil Junger comedy that helped launch quite a few careers. As such, they made the leap to Blu-Ray with a well-done anniversary edition. But how does the movie hold up?
    Read the rest of this entry »

    CommentComments (1)

    Proposal, The (Blu-Ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Michael Durr on October 9th, 2009

    My history with romantic comedies is not a good one. Okay, I cried at the Notebook. *Looks nervously at the man card floating in his wallet*. So, what I cried at Rocky and Bloodsport too. I feel better now. But normally, I look at romantic comedies and want nothing to do with them. But every once in a while, along comes a romantic comedy with a decent cast and a somewhat different story. Even though I can see the ending coming a mile away, hopefully the journey there is interesting and thoughtful.
    Read the rest of this entry »

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