Video and DVD

Fire Birds

Fire Birds

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

The best of the best pilots in the world are called upon to take out America’s enemies.  No, we’re not talking about Top Gun, but rather the 1990 action movie Fire Birds.  The primary difference between the two?  In Top Gun they fly jets, and in Fire Birds they fly helicopters.  Granted, I haven’t seen […]

King of the Gypsies

King of the Gypsies

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Writing for Filmmonthly is always interesting.  I’ve seen so many movies that I otherwise may not have ever heard of.  Now, a lost 70s classic in the style of The Godfather comes across my doorstep and while it may not be the best film I’ve ever seen, I feel like I’m better off seeing this […]

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Ex Machina

Ex Machina

| July 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

Some say film as an artform is dead. I’ve heard them say it. They say the movies have gone the way of the big budget reboot/remake/popcorn flicks that populate multiplex cinemas. This is nothing new. It’s a sentiment I surmise each new generation recycles (just as so many former kids grow up to complain about […]

Street Smart

Street Smart

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pursuing a career in Hollywood is like a yo-yo. There are lots of ups and downs. Sometimes the actor gets strung along. And, there are times when you are stuck on the bottom with no hope of springing back up. Morgan Freeman best personifies this analogy. Freeman toiled in relative Hollywood obscurity for 21 years […]

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Slow West

Slow West

| July 11, 2015 | 0 Comments

I’ve always said that Western is not my favorite genre of film.  I think what put that idea in my head is how much I hate old John Wayne movies.  I think he was a terrible actor and not convincing as a hero type, and I associated that with the entire concept of Westerns to […]

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 […]