Video and DVD

Vice

Vice

| March 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

I really had high hopes for this.  The trailer looked really cool, I like Bruce Willis a lot, and so I went into this completely sold.  Unfortunately, the movie refused to meet me half way and give me something somewhat unique or interesting that I could latch onto. The story is simple enough, though it […]

Son of a Gun

Son of a Gun

| March 14, 2015 | 0 Comments

JR (Brenton Thwaites) is spending six months in a maximum security prison.  Once inside, after impressing one of the more respected inmates, Brendan (Ewan McGregor), JR is cared for and protected from harm.  In exchange, upon his release, JR agrees to work for Brendan and his boss Sam (Jacek Koman).  Once JR plays his part […]

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Late Phases

Late Phases

| March 10, 2015 | 0 Comments

What amazes me about this world is that a movie can get produced that’s 100% up my alley—that speaks to the crazed, horror fanboy inside me—and yet somehow make it all the way to home video without it ever having made so much as a blip on my radar prior to that video announcement. Late […]

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Convicts

Convicts

| March 6, 2015 | 0 Comments

Olive Films brings 1991’s Convicts to blu-ray for the first time.  The film, starring Robert Duvall and James Earl Jones is largely set on an old plantation where Duvall’s character oversees a group of convicted felons as they work the land like slaves.  With Duvall’s senility settling in over the course of the film, he […]

The ABCs of Death 2

The ABCs of Death 2

| March 3, 2015 | 0 Comments

Anthology films are inconsistent by their very nature, but it’s rare when such a project seems to bring out the worst in almost everybody involved. Such was the fate of The ABCs of Death, a project that looked on paper like a sure thing: twenty-six filmmakers from all over the world making short films based […]

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V/H/S: Viral

V/H/S: Viral

| March 2, 2015 | 0 Comments

Designed to present some independent filmmakers’ takes on the “found footage” phenomenon, the first V/H/S was something of a mixed bag, even for an anthology. The first sequel followed a year later and was notable for a big uptick in overall quality, leaving many fans excited for where the franchise might go in its third […]

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The Captive

The Captive

| February 26, 2015 | 0 Comments

Matthew (Ryan Reynolds) only ran into the store for a few minutes to pick up a pie for his wife Tina (Mireille Enos; Netflix’s The Killing) and their 9 year old daughter Cass (Peyton Kennedy), who waited behind the truck.  By the time he returned, Cass was gone, kidnapped by a creepy pedophile (Kevin Durand) […]

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VANish

VANish

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Last year, I went to one of my many fine local independent cinemas to watch a Dutch film called Black Out. The trailer was decent, and I was intrigued enough to make the time to go to a late screening before its run ended. I was very unpleasantly surprised to find that Black Out was […]

Dangerously Close

Dangerously Close

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

When you see the list of musicians whose songs appear in Albert Pyun’s Dangerously Close (1986), you might think, if you know nothing about it as I did going in, that this movie’s going to be all kinds of 80s-style fun. After all, you’ve got the likes of Robert Palmer, Fine Young Cannibals, The Smithereens […]

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Blood Red

Blood Red

| February 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

On paper, Blood Red (1989) reads like an incredibly badass movie. Seriously, check this out: A railroad tycoon played by Dennis Hopper sends his goons out to muscle a village full of Italian immigrants off their hard-earned land to “make way for progress,” so to speak. But this plan doesn’t go as well as the […]