Video and DVD

Criminal Law

Criminal Law

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

Like a lot of the movies I get to review for Olive Films, I’d never heard of Criminal Law, a 1989 courtroom drama starring Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban) and Kevin Bacon (Apollo 13).  Also like many of the films I’ve seen through Olive, I’m really happy I […]

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Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly

| July 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

In his 1970 film Ned Kelly, Academy Award-winning director Tony Richardson (Tom Jones (1963)) cast Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger in the role of the titular Australian outlaw. Presented here as something of an iconic counterculture rebel, the life of crime that eventually found Kelly on the gallows (which is how the film opens) is […]

Wild Thing

Wild Thing

| July 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

The John Sayles-penned Wild Thing (1987) takes the Tarzan archetype out of the African jungles and places the titular Tarzan-surrogate Wild Thing (Robert Knepper, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay: Part 1 and Part 2) on the streets of a major city. Having witnessed his parents’ murders at the hands of a drug dealer and a corrupt […]

Roller Boogie

Roller Boogie

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments

With this week’s simultaneous Blu-ray and DVD releases of Roller Boogie (1979) from Olive Films, Olive has saved us a lot of time and money. And by us, I mean anyone who wanted to actually own a copy of Roller Boogie. Prior to their release of Roller Boogie, the previous DVD had been out of […]

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Maggie

Maggie

| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments

The 2015 film, Maggie, is like an after school special for the post-apocalypse. It treats its central world-ending zombification virus like a disease-of-the-week TV movie might treat AIDS. Indeed, if you replace teenage runaway Maggie Vogel (Abigail Breslin) being bitten by a zombie with her contracting AIDS from a used needle or something, and much […]

Horsehead

Horsehead

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

A young girl studying the psychology and physiology of lucid dreaming finds herself working through some family baggage in her sleep.  Jessica (Lilly-Fleur Pointeaux) and her mother (Catriona MacColl) have never gotten along.  Caitlyn (MacColl) doesn’t understand why Jessica is wasting her life studying dreams and delusions and not devoting her life to something more […]

While We’re Young

While We’re Young

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

In While We’re Young (2014), writer/director Noah Baumbach approaches the concerns of his dispirited middle-aged characters with terrific wisdom. His is a deft eye that’s focused squarely on the nuances of the human condition as we move kicking and screaming into adulthood. It’s a film about confusion and yet it is itself a somewhat confused […]

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Turn A Gundam

Turn A Gundam

| June 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

As much of a mecha fan that I am, I’ve never managed to get into Gundam as a whole. I don’t know if it was just due to the fact that it was a massive undertaking or I just didn’t know where to begin. I’ve seen a few things like some random episodes of Gundam […]

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Still

Still

| June 28, 2015 | 0 Comments

The biggest sin of this film is that it’s almost amazing.  Unfortunately, it’s not.  Still feels like a great short film that was expanded into a feature on a whim.  The story is difficult to summarize because it starts of clunky, tripping over itself as it moves from plot point to plot point.  Aidan Gillen […]

Bulletproof: Tough Guys of Action Collection

Bulletproof: Tough Guys of Action Collection

| June 27, 2015 | 0 Comments

Collecting 8 iconic action movies starring 8 different iconic action stars, this 2 disc set is overflowing with testosterone, gun powder, fire, and blood.  I for one was excited to sink my teeth into this.  I’m a huge fan of the genre because like horror movies, a bad action movie is usually a pretty great […]

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