Movie Review: SOMEWHERE

Sofia Coppola made a strong debut as a filmmaker with 1999’s The Virgin Suicides, but it was Lost in Translation that made her a critical darling. Her second film did exceptional box office (especially for a film that only cost $4 million) and received numerous awards. After finding such success, many independent filmmakers choose to…

Blu-ray Review: RECOIL

The most recognizable name in profession wrestling is arguably Hulk Hogan. He was the largest attraction of the 1980’s during the height of the rock ‘n’ wrestling era when Vince McMahon’s WWF enjoyed unheralded mainstream attention. No one ever came close to capturing that same popularity until the late-90’s with Steve Austin. Once known as…

Movie Review: RED 2

Still retired, still extremely dangerous. DC Comics may be owned by Warner Brothers, but a few properties sometime slip through their fingers. Red was a 3-issue mini-series by Warren Ellis and Cully Hamner and published by DC imprint Wildstorm. The source material was about a retired CIA agent seeking revenge after his former employers order…

Movie Review: RED

RED: Retired, Extremely Dangerous For some odd reason, 2010 was the year for movies about crack teams of highly-trained specialists. We had The Losers, The A-Team, and The Expendables. Now, here comes Red, which also fits into the subgenre of ‘government operatives hunted down by their employers’ along with Salt and Knight and Day. Red…

Movie Review: WARRIOR

Gavin O’Connor delved into family dysfunction with his previous picture, the crime drama Pride and Glory. Before that, he directed 2004’s Miracle, a rousing underdog story about the USA’s Olympic hockey team and their victory over the heavily-favored Russians. In Warrior, O’Connor and co-writers Anthony Tambakis and Cliff Dorfman combine both themes for a tear…

Movie Review: DYLAN DOG – DEAD OF NIGHT

Comic book movies are a staple of the summer movie season with Marvel and DC scoring huge box office receipts. Then, there’s Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, an obscure picture based on an obscure comic that emerged in 2011. Dylan Dog is a paranormal investigator created by Italian author Tiziano Sciavi. Though virtually unknown in…

Blu-ray Review: BATMAN – UNDER THE RED HOOD

Batman: The Animated Series set a high watermark for all animated series to come. Aimed at kids, made for adults, its success led to Warner Bros. creating an animated universe that was expanded with Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League. Those shows have run their course, but Warner and DC Comics have created a…

Blu-ray Review: THE CHANGE-UP

2011 was flush with raunchy, R-rated comedies. Though it received poor reviews, The Hangover Part II was undoubtedly the biggest financial success with a box office gross of over $300 million. Bridesmaids was more critically accepted and one of the better films of the year. There were also plenty of also-rans like Bad Teacher, Horrible Bosses, Friends…

Blu-ray Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE – DOOM

Warner Brothers’ line of animated films based on DC Universe has seen some highs and lows. Green Lantern: First Flight and Wonder Woman were great origin stories, despite their short running times, while Superman: Doomsday and Superman/Batman: Public Enemies were instantly forgettable. While most of their releases revolve around Batman and Superman, on rare occasions…

Movie Review: RISE OF THE GUARDIANS

Rise of the Guardians is the Avengers of holiday icons. Based on a series of novels by William Joyce, the film sees Santa Claus (Alec Baldwin), the Easter Bunny (Hugh Jackman), the Tooth Fairy (Isla Fisher), and the silent Sandman join forces as protectors of children all over the world. They are needed once more…

Movie Review: THE HOBBIT – AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY

An Unexpected Journey might as well describe the arduous process of bringing J.R.R. Tolkien’s celebrated novel, The Hobbit, to the silver screen. The adaptation languished in development hell due to legal entanglements and the dire financial straits of MGM, who were co-producing it with New Line Cinema. While Peter Jackson stayed on as producer and…

Movie Review: FRIGHT NIGHT

“Hey, guy. You’ve been watching me. I’ve been watching you. Your mom, there’s a kind of neglect. Gives off a scent. And your girl? She is ripe. It’s on you to look out for them because there are a lot of bad people out there…” The strip mining of 80’s culture continues with this remake…

Movie Review: MEN IN BLACK 3

The Avengers was an unstoppable juggernaut upon its release on May 4th of 2012. There was only one super-powered being capable of knocking Marvel’s magnum opus off its box office perch and that would be Will Smith. The former Fresh Prince is a guaranteed draw though I’m sure everyone would like to forget about Wild Wild West.…