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    Arrival (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 15th, 2017

    “There are days that define your story beyond your life. Like the day they arrived…”

    The problem is that this starts out with the kind of story we’ve seen a thousand times before. The alien invasion theme is nothing new. H.G. Wells was describing it back in the 19th Century with War of the Worlds. Unrelated Orson Welles scared the crap out of a depression-era radio audience with the same story. Independence Day gave us a brilliantly visual story that also begins the same way: alien ships begin to take strategic positions around the world. Here we go again, right? Wrong. We should have guessed from the beginning that when director Denis Villeneuve tackles a genre, he’s going to turn it on his head. We’d seen him do it before.
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    Interview With Ice Cube For Fist Fight

    Posted in Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on January 11th, 2017

    On Feb 17th, 2017 Warner Brothers will release the comedy Fist Fight starring Ice Cube and Charlie Day. The two teachers come into conflict when one gets the other fired. An old-fashion afterschool fist fight between the stars is the consequence. I’ll have a chance to tell you my thoughts on the film when it comes out.  I had the rare opportunity to sit down with Ice Cube to talk about the film. Fortunately, he didn’t challenge me to a fight after our talk. You can check out the film in Feb. Click here to watch the video with Ice Cube

     

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    Exclusive Interview With Robert Matzen: Author Of Mission: Jimmy Stewart And The Fight For Europe

    Posted in Podcasts, Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on December 22nd, 2016

    We already told you about Mission: Jimmy Stewart And The Fight For Europe. I couldn’t put it down. It was an extra treat for me because I knew I was going to be talking to author Robert Matzen. I finally reached the end and had my conversation with the writer. I found him just as engaging in person as he was in the book. We could have talked for hours. Unfortunately we didn’t have that kind of time. Now you can hear what all the excitement was about. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Robert Matzen.
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    Morgan (UHD Blu-ray) (4K)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Delia on December 19th, 2016

    The sci-fi horror thriller Morgan turns brutal when a scientific experiment goes awry, turning a lab into a blood-fest. Now on Blu-ray and DVD in a combo pack that includes an HD download, the film has all the trappings for a nighttime couples’ shocker. You will not want to see this one alone, especially if you want to get the best out of your video choice. So turn the lights down, get the popcorn ready, maybe your favorite beverage, and expect the unexpected. Lee Weathers (Kate Mara), the Risk Manager of SynSect, a genetics research company, arrives at a secluded lab surrounded by a forest following a reported incident of violence.
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    Exclusive Interview With Rob Hawk Writer/Director Of Fight Valley

    Posted in Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on July 25th, 2016

    The first rule of Fight Club is you never talk about Fight Club. So it’s a good thing we’re talking about Fight Valley instead. I got to hang out on the phone with Rob Hawk who both wrote and directed Fight Valley and the upcoming Fight Valley 2: Lockdown and we had a lot to talk about. The New Jersey native gives us an idea of what it was like to grow up on the tough streets of Jersey. Fight Valley  tells the story of one woman who enters the underground female fight game to find out how her sister died. It’s lady’s night at the fights. You talkin’ to me? Rob Hawk did and it’s all here. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Rob Hawk.
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    Exclusive Interview With Tom McLaren Of All American Bikini Car Wash

    Posted in Uncategorized by Gino Sassani on July 25th, 2016

    That’s right. We’re heading back to The All American Bikini Car Wash once again. Seems my car keeps getting dirty these days. This time we’re talking to the guy who started it all (in the film). Tom McLaren plays Professor Dugan. He’s the one who offers the extra credit if Jack can turn a profit with his car wash. Obviously, the prof. wasn’t expecting this… I had the opportunity to spend some time talking with Tom. He was also involved in the marketing which has driven this little title into the top 15 in home video sales. He talks about that and his many other projects. He’s got a wonderful book out with classic continuity pictures from the Fox vaults. It’s co-written with Angela Cartwright. You’re going to want to hear this. Bang it here to listen in on my chat with Tom McLaren

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    The Adderall Diaries (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on July 12th, 2016

    You have a convenient way of remembering things.”

    Buried somewhere deep in The Adderall Diaries — a hybrid family drama and true crime thriller centered around a blocked writer — there’s an interesting exploration of how the past isn’t necessarily set in stone and how two people can recall the same exact event in divergent ways that serve their needs. Unfortunately, the film almost entirely muddles that message beyond recognition, and we’re left with a movie that is neither convenient nor particularly memorable.
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    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.
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    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!

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    Sisters: Season Three

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on May 26th, 2016

    I have just binge-watched 34 ½ hours of television. That’s 47 episodes and two seasons’ worth. That’s a lot more episodes than most TV shows today. The binge was season three and season four of an acclaimed series from 1991 to 1996. It received eight Emmy nominations, and it is considered the first demographic hit because of its strong female viewership. It revels in all the glories of wonderful Winnetka, Illinois. The deceased father of the Reed sisters named them Alex, Teddy, Georgie, and Frankie. The father was obviously expecting boys and was severely disappointed. If you haven’t guessed yet, the show was Sisters.
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    The Winter (O heimonas)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on May 26th, 2016

    Konstantinos Koutsolitas is a visual effects supervisor for American films like Guardians of the Galaxy and 300: The Rise of an Empire. You might have guessed by his name that he is Greek, so it is natural that his first directing effort would be Greek. The Winter is about a struggling writer who tries to hide his failures that he left behind in London from his noisy and intrusive family. Dimitri Gounaras (Vangelis Mourikis) moves back to the deserted ancestral home of his father, which has been abandoned for some time. There is madness in the house, or perhaps just in members of his family, and there are ghosts lurking, real or imagined.
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    The Choice (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on May 10th, 2016

    With The Choice, there have now been 11 movies based on the work of mega-selling author Nicholas Sparks. (Eat your heart out, John Grisham.) However, I’m pretty sure that even the most ardent Sparks fan/apologist caught on to the author’s formula about 8 or 9 tearjerkers ago, and practically every one of those clichés is in full force here. But while The Choice calls back to the most successful Sparks adaptation, the movie also explores a less glamorous side of romance that we’re not used to seeing on screen.
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    Standoff (Blu-ray)

    Posted in Disc Reviews by John Ceballos on April 28th, 2016

    The setup is actually quite elegant in its simplicity: a man protects his house — and the terrified little girl who bursts into it one day — from a cold-blooded killer. Despite becoming a bit tedious in its middle section and a little improbable during the finale, Standoff absolutely lives up to its title. The movie is carried by a pair of strong lead performances and subtly effective stylistic touches from its first-time director.
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    Badge of Honor

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on February 19th, 2016

    Ever since Narc and Training Day became critical and financial successes, it seems everyone has tried to follow the formula of corrupt cops and their partners trying to do the right thing.  Factor in the society outlook on dirty cops; Badge of Honor at first glance would appear to be a sure-fire hit. Unfortunately, it’s a misfire that never seemed to have much of a chance. When we first meet Jessica (Mena Suvari), she is a beat cop who is called in with her partner checking in \on a domestic disturbance report.  Things get out of hand, and her partner overreacts with extreme force and beats a suspect. 
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    DeadPool

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on February 13th, 2016

    Deadpool may be one the most singular and unique characters in the history of comic book lore. His character has a very rabid fan base among the elite of Marvel comic nerddom, and they have been watching very carefully to see that he has been treated properly by the Hollywood people. He hasn’t been in the past, but more about that later. He may not be the biggest name in the Marvel universe, but he might be the most extreme. Just in case you live in a cave or under a rock, the Marvel universe is inexorably taking over the actual universe with films like The Avengers, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, Ant-Man, Spider-Man, X-Men, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hulk, Wolverine, Daredevil, and on and on. To get back to what happened to Deadpool in the past, we go to the movie X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
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    The Man From U.N.C.L.E.: The Complete Second Season

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on February 9th, 2016

    Say Uncle. That’s U.N.C.L.E., otherwise known as the United Network Command for Law and Enforcement. Starting in 1964, The Man From U.N.C.L.E. was one of a flurry of shows to take advantage of the new James Bond craze. It featured many of the same elements as the super-spy films. You had sophisticated spies in tuxedos. There were plenty of gadgets. And there were constant threats of world domination, mostly from the evil counter organization, THRUSH. The two top spies for the good guys were Napoleon Solo (Vaughn) and Illya Kuryakin (McCallum). The Bond references were never subtle and always intentional. Ian Fleming himself consulted on the show and named Napoleon Solo after a Bond character. Together Solo and Kuryakin would travel around the globe, saving the world from almost certain doom.
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    The 5th Wave

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Brent Lorentson on January 24th, 2016

    Ever since Twilight and The Hunger Games have taken off to become successful young-adult franchises, it would seem studios have scooped up just about every young-adult property in hopes of catching this magic (or money) in a bottle.  While these cash-cow franchises continue to pop up, it sadly seems these dystopian titles lack the quality of their predecessors and bring nothing new to the screen either.  When it comes to The 5th Wave, we are given a little hope that perhaps this time, now that the villains are aliens, that we may get something new; unfortunately, this is a wave that smacks its audience in the face with more of the same old story we’ve been tired of for some time.
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    I Believe in Unicorns

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on January 24th, 2016

    I Believe In Unicorns is a small independent movie that few people will see. It’s the kind of film experience people don’t see much of because the culture is saturated with pre-packaged product. That’s probably a bad thing. The film is by writer/director Leah Meyerhoff, and one of the stars is her mother, Toni. Leah doesn’t have much of a resume aside from a number of shorts, one of which is included on the DVD. Twitch is an early inspiration for the feature film. In both versions, Toni plays a wheelchair-bound woman cared for by her teenage daughter. This is clearly a very personal project for Leah and Toni, who is afflicted with MS.
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    The Last House

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on January 2nd, 2016

    As soon as you see the opening credits to The Last House, you have a pretty idea that you’re not in Kansas anymore, which was quite strange for me, since I’m supposed to be in Florida. Director Sean Cain lets you know up front that the film will challenge your ability to keep up. It doesn’t help that you get an intercut of actor Ezra Buzzington spouting some kind of philosophy that makes no sense, partly because you can’t  understand everything he’s even saying. Sadly, the film doesn’t come with subtitles, so it appears that Cain just doesn’t want you to get comfortable at all. Well… mission accomplished. So, is that a good thing or a bad thing?
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    Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Gino Sassani on December 16th, 2015

    “A long time ago in a galaxy far far away…”

    It sure does seem like it was a long time ago since Star Wars was actually very good. It doesn’t matter if you thought Empire or Jedi was the last good film; few people that I’ve encountered mentioned the more recent trilogy in the same sacred breath as those original films. Star Wars gave us swashbuckler adventure in the spirit of the early serials. Then it was about a mythical epic story that swept a generation into its colorful universe. What George Lucas created in the late 1970’s will never die.
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    Mike Tyson Mysteries: Season 1

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Jeremy Butler on October 22nd, 2015

    I really hope that Tyson is getting a hefty sum for this series. It is the only justification I can come up with for him being part of a series that does not cast his intelligence in the best light. A cross between Scooby and Family Guy in my opinion, Tyson leads a cast that includes his adopted Asian daughter, a ghost (and that’s not the weirdest member), and a talking pigeon as he travels around the world solving mysteries. Yes, you read correctly, mysteries. When it comes to needing a mystery solved, Tyson is not the first name to come to mind, but I suppose that was the point.
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    4Got10

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on October 22nd, 2015

    There is something to be said about cult celebrities: if you are a fan, you will watch any movie in which they have a role. In the case of 4Got10, you get Danny Trejo and Dolph Lundgren.  In addition to these cult giants, you have the prolific Johnny Messner (Tears of the Sun, Anacondas: The Hunt for the Blood Orchid) delivering a strong performance in the lead role. If you are a fan of action thrillers, this film is already off to a great start.
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    The Falling

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Archive Authors on October 18th, 2015

    by Dustin P. Anderson

    Our story follows a sexually confused young girl, Lydia, who is going to an all-girls school in Britain. Lidia has a strong relationship with a girl named Abbie, to the point where the girls are rarely seen apart. Abbie discovers that she is pregnant and starts fainting at random points throughout her day. After the two girls act out in class they both wind up in detention, but the girls must be excused because Lydia is not feeling well. Lydia dies on their way out of detention. The school starts mourning the loss of Lydia, but everyone begins worrying when Abbie starts having fainting spells like Lydia did before she died.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” The Gallows

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Paul on October 13th, 2015

    The Gallows starts off with a camcorder video shot of a high school play from 1993 in which a horrible accident occurs. It is immediately followed by video footage from 2013 that is labeled police evidence. That tips us off, if we didn’t know, that this is found-footage material. The found footage genre has grown substantially since the phenomenally success of The Blair Witch Project in 1999. One of the reasons that The Blair Witch Project was so successful is that the concept was fresh at the time. It isn’t any longer.
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    “31 Nights Of Terror” Eaters

    Posted in Disc Reviews by Dan Holland on October 10th, 2015

    At first, Eaters looks like a pretty fun horror film. The cover depicts a well-dressed figure in a scarecrow-like mask and a bowler hat. Above him in typical horror font, the title is displayed, followed by a tagline that reads: “Prepare to meet a new breed of killer”. First impressions are everything, and this is promising a lot. After watching the film, I’ve come to realize that the title, Eaters, is very misleading. In fact, I’m almost positive that not a single person ate anything in the entire film. The film follows a group of five young adults taking a road trip through the desert. Complications arise at a rest stop, where one of the young women goes missing after running into a gang of drug-smuggling bikers.
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