DVD Review: BROOKLYN NINE NINE – SEASON 1

Saturday Night Live had its last great run when its cast included the likes of Kristen Wiig, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, and Seth Meyers. The show certainly has suffered with their departures, but the individuals have prospered in film and television. Fey had her run on 30 Rock while Poehler is…

Blu-ray Review: THE EXPENDABLES 3

During the summer of 2014, Menahem Golan passed away on August 8th at the age of 85. Most of you might not know his name, but you definitely know his work. Golan directed The Delta Force with Chuck Norris and Over the Top with Sylvester Stallone. Golan was better known as a prolific producer who…

Movie Review: THE EXPENDABLES 2

The Expendables was wish fulfillment for any hardcore action fan, even if it was about fifteen years too late. Sylvester Stallone gathered together a veritable dream team of badasses from the past and present to commit wholesale carnage. Of course, there were plenty of movie goers wondering where their favorite stars were. Where’s Steven Seagal or…

Movie Review: THE EXPENDABLES

Sylvester Stallone is an action movie icon. He found worldwide success with the Rocky and Rambo franchises before an ill-fated attempt to branch into comedy nearly derailed his career. I’m sure I’m not the only one who’d like to forget about the existence of Oscar and Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot. Stallone returned to his action roots with Cliffhanger and Demolition Man, but…

Blu-ray Review: DA VINCI’S DEMONS – SEASON 1

David S. Goyer has made a name for himself as one of Hollywood’s go-to guys for adapting comic book superheroes into live-action films. He had a hand in ushering in the modern era of comic book movies with Blade, helped guide the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight trilogy, wrote Man of Steel, and is tapped to…

Blu-ray Review: LAY THE FAVORITE

Stephen Frears has had a long and diverse career as a director. He’s helmed some winners (High Fidelity) and some losers (Mary Reilly). Frears has also directed two Best Picture nominees in Dangerous Liaisons and The Queen. So you can’t help but feel that he and his cast are slumming with Lay the Favorite. Rebecca…

Blu-ray Review: ALL THE BOYS LOVE MANDY LANE

When a film sits on the shelves for an inordinate amount of time before being unceremoniously released, there’s a stigma attached to it. Maybe the movie just wasn’t very good. That’s not always the case. It took four years for Kenneth Lonergan’s Margaret to see the light of day because of disagreements between the director…

Movie Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 2

I was never against any attempt to reboot the Spider-Man movie franchise. The character has undergone dozens of creative changes since his creation in 1962. However, insufficient time had passed when Sony relaunched the series after Sam Raimi’s attempt at Spider-Man 4 fell apart. The memories of Tobey Maguire in the red and blue tights…

Movie Review: THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN

British journalist David Quantick coined the phrase, “Pop will eat itself,” in regards to the way in which pop culture constantly recycles what came before. In more esoteric terms, pop culture is the Ouroboros, the symbolic snake that consumes its own tail. This leads us to The Amazing Spider-Man, Sony Pictures attempt to call a…

Blu-ray Review: A MILLION WAYS TO DIE IN THE WEST

The ubiquitous Seth MacFarlane has branched out far beyond his animated empire of Family Guy, American Dad, and the recently cancelled Cleveland Show. He’s the closest thing we have these days to an old-fashioned song and dance man. He’s hosted the Oscars, performed a concert tour, released a jazz album, and even executive produced the…

Blu-ray Review: TED

You have to wonder if Seth MacFarlane ever has time to sleep. The man has built himself an animation empire at Fox as the creator of Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show. He writes, produces, and does numerous voices on each show. Fox even put him in charge of developing a new version…

Blu-ray Review: DJANGO UNCHAINED

Django…Django, have you always been alone? Django…Django, have you never loved again? Film geeks had to be on pins and needles when word got out that Quentin Tarantino would write and direct a Western. The Spaghetti Western was a tremendous influence on Kill Bill and Inglourious Basterds so fans were eager to see QT tackle…

Blu-ray Review: ENEMY

“Chaos is order yet undeciphered.” 2014 was a good year for fans of doppelganger cinema. Richard Ayoade featured Jesse Eisenberg in dual roles in The Double and Denis Villeneuve does the same with Jake Gyllenhaal in Enemy. Villeneuve earned rave reviews for Incendies, which earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. The…