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Recent Reviews2018-10-29T12:44:11+00:00

Gosford Park (Blu-ray)

November 26th, 2018|

Maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman takes a witty and absorbing look at the foibles of the British class system in this intelligent murder mystery set in the early '30s. Sir William McCordle (Michael Gambon) and his wife Lady Sylvia (Kristin Scott Thomas) are a pair of wealthy British socialites who have invited a variety of friends, relatives, and acquaintances to their mansion in the country for a weekend of hunting and relaxation.

Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)

November 19th, 2018|

"Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.

Some Like it Hot: Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

November 15th, 2018|

Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe cross-dress into an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No," for an answer.

The Bravados (Blu-ray)

November 15th, 2018|

Brooding Gregory Peck arrives in a small western town to witness the hanging of the men whom he holds responsible for the murder of his wife (they've been arrested for an unrelated crime). Through the help of a duplicitous executioner, the gang escapes--taking Kathleen Gallant as hostage.

Incredibles 2 (Blu-ray)

November 13th, 2018|

Everyone's favorite family of superheroes is back in "Incredibles 2"--but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life.

The Ice Harvest (Blu-ray)

November 13th, 2018|

In icebound Wichita, Kan., its Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club.

Air Force One (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

November 12th, 2018|

Harrison Ford plays James Marshall, a onetime combat hero in the Vietnam War who is now President of the United States. While visiting the former Soviet Union, Marshall gives a speech in which he supports a get-tough attitude against both terrorists and a right-wing general and war criminal from Kazakhstan imprisoned in Moscow, earning him few friends in the Eastern Bloc.

Big Trouble (Blu-ray)

November 12th, 2018|

Arthur Herk, a corrupt business owner, wants to get his hands on the case. At the same time, two hit men want him whacked. Tired of his constant fixation on drinking and television, Herk's wife Anna and daughter Jenny decide to find new love interests in divorced dad Eliot Arnold and his son Matt.

Robocop 2 (Blu-ray)

November 9th, 2018|

A new drug has surfaced in the crime-laden city of Detroit, causing crime to reach preposterous proportions so the laboratory inventors of Robocop (1) go back to their drawing boards and come up with a super version, Robocop 2--more powerful than its predecessor and therefore more capable of handling the problems afoot.

Short Night of Glass Dolls (Blu-ray)

November 9th, 2018|

Plot: What’s it about? I try to keep a pretty close eye on what Twilight Time puts out. I follow them on A man sweeping a courtyard finds a dead body. The man calls for an ambulance. At the morgue the body is pronounced dead, but the man’s consciousness lives on. They tag the body despite it feeling warmer than usual. The man remembers that he is Gregory Moore, [...]

The First Purge (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 25th, 2018|

Behind every tradition lies a revolution. Next Independence Day, witness the rise of our country's 12 hours of annual lawlessness. Welcome to the movement that began as a simple experiment: The First Purge. To push the crime rate below one percent for the rest of the year, the New Founding Fathers of America (NFFA) test a sociological theory that vents aggression for one night in one isolated community.

X-Men Trilogy (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 20th, 2018|

Psychic Professor Xavier (Patrick Stewart) leads a school of skilled mutants called X-Men, a peacekeeping force to safeguard the world against a race of genetically mutated humans known as Homo Sapiens Superior. However, Magneto (Ian McKellen), a mutant with a powerful magnetic charge, has also begun to organize a team to strike first against what he believes to be a threat from humanity.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 18th, 2018|

Plot: What's it about? Jack Ryan. Just saying the name conjures up images of Alec Baldwin, er Harrison Ford, actually make that Ben Affleck.  You know what, I don't even know who the real Jack Ryan is!  Ryan, a character created by the late Tom Clancy, was the epitome of the Cold War and America's answer to James Bond.  Of course Bond has had many more films and only a [...]

Robin Hood (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 11th, 2018|

Director Ridley Scott and actor Russell Crowe reunite for their fifth big-screen outing, a retelling of the Robin Hood legend featuring the Gladiator star in the titular role. A bowman in the army of Richard Coeur de Lion, virtuous rogue Robin Hood rises from an unlikely background to become a hero to the impoverished people of Nottingham and lover to the beautiful Lady Marion (Cate Blanchett).

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

September 10th, 2018|

It's been three years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island's dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event.

Patriot Games (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

August 28th, 2018|

Harrison Ford plays former CIA agent Jack Ryan, taking over from Alec Baldwin, who had played author Tom Clancy's brainy protagonist in Hunt for Red October. This time around, Ryan foils an attempted assassination, thereby incurring the wrath of a maniacal Irish radical (Sean Bean). After seemingly neutralizing the villains, and deciding to celebrate the occasion with his wife (Anne Archer) and daughter (Thora Birch), everything appears to be back to normal; then all hell breaks loose.

Avengers: Age of Ultron (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

August 24th, 2018|

This sequel to the smash-hit comic-book epic The Avengers finds the iconic superhero team dealing with a threat of their own making: a sentient robot called Ultron (voice of James Spader), who was originally designed as part of a peacekeeping program. Since the events of the last film, Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth), Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner), and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) have been working to take down various cells of a secret society of villains known as HYDRA.

Deadpool 2 (Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray)

August 21st, 2018|

Searching to regain his spice for life, as well as a flux capacitor, Wade must battle ninjas, the yakuza, and a pack of sexually aggressive canines, as he journeys around the world to discover the importance of family, friendship, and flavor - finding a new taste for adventure and earning the coveted coffee mug title of World's Best Lover.

Crazy Rich Asians (Blu-ray)

November 19th, 2018|

"Crazy Rich Asians" follows native New Yorker Rachel Chu (Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Golding), to his best friend's wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick's family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life.

Some Like it Hot: Criterion Collection (Blu-ray)

November 15th, 2018|

Two Struggling musicians witness the St. Valentine's Day Massacre and are now on the run from the Mob. Jerry and Joe cross-dress into an all female band. In addition to hiding, each has his own problems; One falls for another band member but can't tell her his gender, and the other has a rich suitor who will not take "No," for an answer.

The Bravados (Blu-ray)

November 15th, 2018|

Brooding Gregory Peck arrives in a small western town to witness the hanging of the men whom he holds responsible for the murder of his wife (they've been arrested for an unrelated crime). Through the help of a duplicitous executioner, the gang escapes--taking Kathleen Gallant as hostage.

Incredibles 2 (Blu-ray)

November 13th, 2018|

Everyone's favorite family of superheroes is back in "Incredibles 2"--but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of "normal" life.

The Ice Harvest (Blu-ray)

November 13th, 2018|

In icebound Wichita, Kan., its Christmas Eve, and this year Charlie Arglist just might have something to celebrate. Charlie, an attorney for the sleazy businesses of Wichita, and his unsavory associate, the steely Vic Cavanaugh have just successfully embezzled $2 million from Kansas City boss Bill Guerrard. But the real prize for Charlie is the stunning Renata, who runs the Sweet Cage strip club.

Big Trouble (Blu-ray)

November 12th, 2018|

Arthur Herk, a corrupt business owner, wants to get his hands on the case. At the same time, two hit men want him whacked. Tired of his constant fixation on drinking and television, Herk's wife Anna and daughter Jenny decide to find new love interests in divorced dad Eliot Arnold and his son Matt.

Robocop 2 (Blu-ray)

November 9th, 2018|

A new drug has surfaced in the crime-laden city of Detroit, causing crime to reach preposterous proportions so the laboratory inventors of Robocop (1) go back to their drawing boards and come up with a super version, Robocop 2--more powerful than its predecessor and therefore more capable of handling the problems afoot.

Short Night of Glass Dolls (Blu-ray)

November 9th, 2018|

Plot: What’s it about? I try to keep a pretty close eye on what Twilight Time puts out. I follow them on A man sweeping a courtyard finds a dead body. The man calls for an ambulance. At the morgue the body is pronounced dead, but the man’s consciousness lives on. They tag the body despite it feeling warmer than usual. The man remembers that he is Gregory Moore, [...]

Sicario: Day of the Soldado (Blu-ray)

November 7th, 2018|

In Sicario: Day of the Soldado, the series begins a new chapter. In the drug war, there are no rules--and as the cartels have begun trafficking terrorists across the US border, federal agent Matt Graver (Josh Brolin) calls on the mysterious Alejandro (Benicio Del Toro), whose family was murdered by a cartel kingpin, to escalate the war in nefarious ways.

Mandy (Blu-ray)

October 31st, 2018|

Pacific Northwest. 1983 AD. Outsiders Red Miller and Mandy Bloom lead a loving and peaceful existence. When their pine-scented haven is savagely destroyed by a cult led by the sadistic Jeremiah Sand, Red is catapulted into a phantasmagoric journey filled with bloody vengeance and laced with fire.

Impractical Jokers: Season One

December 20th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? You know, I think I've found more "hidden gems" while channel surfing in the past few years than in the last ten years combined.  What?  I guess what I mean is that there is so much television programming on these days, it's nearly impossible to keep track of what's on and what's not unless you do a little exploring.  Case in point, a few years ago [...]

Adventure Time: Jake the Dad

November 14th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? I'd never heard of (or most likely would have never heard of) Adventure Time if it weren't for my youngest step son. I call him the "evil" one, though he's actually a nice little chap.  So here's the thing - there's this show called Adventure Time (mentioned twice already, I know) and it's one of his favorites. Did I forget to mention that he's a Freshman [...]

Family Guy: Volume 11

September 30th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? Peter Griffin has been through it all, he found he was black, he became beautiful, he lost all the bones in his body, his show was canceled, the guy has had it rough. But he never gives up and even if it means fighting a chicken up and down the street, this is one guy who refuses to not make a scene. His wife Lois has a past of sexual [...]

Orphan Black: Season One

August 14th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? Sarah (Tatiana Maslany) is an outsider, as she has never been able to fit in or find her place in the world. But her life takes an unusual turn in an unexpected fashion, when she sees a familiar face on a subway platform. Sarah sees a woman who looks exactly like her, as if it was her lost twin. Before she can even process this strange [...]

Duck Dynasty: Season Three

August 14th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? One of the most popular shows on television, Duck Dynasty follows the Robertson family, who made a fortune selling duck calls and other outdoorsman related goods. Unlike most families featured in reality television, the Robertsons don't have much drama and are faith based people. So the show isn't about sex, drugs, and family strife, in fact quite the opposite. In this third season, we watch as [...]

Robot & Frank

March 4th, 2013|

Plot: What's it about? One of the benefits of doing this site is that I get sent a very wide variety of titles, some I've heard of and others I've not.  I'd say that Robot & Frank is something that I'd usually pass over, but something about it stuck out to me.  Was it the cast?  James Mardsen, Frank Langella, Susan Sarandon and Liv Tyler aren't exactly the hottest out [...]

Touch: The Complete First Season

November 5th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Martin Bohm (Keifer Sutherland) is a devoted father who lost his wife in the attacks on 9/11 and struggles to raise his young son, who suffers from emotional issues. His son Jake (David Mazouz) hasn't spoken a word in his life and has severe social problems, to the point that his own father can't even touch him. But Jake has an outlet in numbers, as he [...]

Bonanza: The Official Fourth Season

October 25th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Ben Cartwright (Lorne Greene) founded his own ranch known as The Ponderosa, a cattle operation that provided a good standard of life for his family. Ben had three sons, each wildly different than the next, thanks in no small part to the fact that each one had a different mother. The youngest son is Little Joe (Michael Landon), who has a fiery temper and longs for [...]

Gunsmoke: The Sixth Season, Volume 2

October 22nd, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Dodge City is home to a number of colorful residents and countless travelers of all kinds, so it is no surprise that the town tends to be a little unpredictable. The streets can be host to a drunken fist fight, robberies, kidnappings, even shoot outs, but there is a presence that keeps Dodge City safe. That presence is U.S. Marshal Matt Dillon (James Arness), who patrols [...]

Secrets of the Viking Sword

October 19th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? When it comes to imposing fear and raw power, few warriors can compete with the legends of the Viking hordes. These men were fearless and had a raw, brutal attack plan that left their enemies in tatters. While all the Vikings were vicious, some of them wielded a sword so lethal, it would become a historical icon of battle. The swords were light, sharp as a [...]

The League: The Complete Season Three

October 17th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? A long, grueling season of professional football leads to one important event, the Shiva Bowl. A group of obsessed friends has battled over the Shiva for years, a fantasy football tradition that often consumes their lives. Kevin and his wife Jenny guide separate teams, while also trying to keep romance alive and their child under control, while douche bag Ruxin takes pleasure in being a sadistic [...]

Kingdom: Season One

October 17th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Peter Kingdom (Stephen Fry) is a respected country solicitor, the kind of lawyer who stands up for the little guy and is more concerned with justice than profits. His law office is a small one, but he provides excellent service to the Norfolk area, with the help of his trusted associates. He is joined at the office by his apprentice Lyle (Karl Davies) and secretary Gloria [...]

CSI: The Twelfth Season

October 10th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? The Las Vegas CSI has solved countless crimes, but now internal shifts could throw off their performance. A new supervisor arrives in D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) and while he has impressive credentials, the rest of the team is hesitant about his style. He wasn't the only new arrival however, as he brought blood expert Julie Finlay (Elisabeth Shue), who he has worked with in the past. [...]

New Girl: The Complete First Season

October 9th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? Jess (Zooey Deschanel) is a perky, bubbly young woman, until she walks in on her boyfriend with another woman. She is devastated by the incident, but decides to strike out on her own and start over. She needs a place to live, so she answers an ad for a roommate, only to discover she'd need to share the place with three men. While the situation is [...]

30 Beats

October 4th, 2012|

Plot: What's it about? New York City has hosted some brutal heat waves, but this one is one of the more intense ones in recent memory. As the heat blazes down on the inhabitants, things also heat up for a group of ten people within the urban landscape. These people have different desires, but they all connect back to sexual gratification. A young virgin (Condola Rashad) seeks a satisfying first [...]