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The Big Fix (Blu-ray)

April 9th, 2019|

Richard Dreyfuss plays Moses Wine, an ex-Sixties radical who pays the bills as a private eye. Wine is hired to stem a smear campaign against a popular political candidate. Gradually the plot thickens into a murder case, involving a hippie leader whose values, like Wine's, have been severely compromised over the years - and who plans to blow up a major LA freeway as a protest.

Terra Formars (Blu-ray)

April 8th, 2019|

In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists seed the planet with algae to absorb sun light and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches who in turn spread the algae as they feed. 500 years later, the first manned mission to Mars loses contact with Earth, and a second ship is sent to investigate.

Showdown (Blu-ray)

April 5th, 2019|

Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has since then become the janitor of the school that Ken, Julie and Tom go to. When Ken gets beaten up by Tom for talking to Julie again, Billy helps Ken by teaching him how to defend himself, which eventually leads to a battle between student vs. student, and sensei vs. sensei.

Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray)

April 4th, 2019|

The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane.

Vice (Blu-ray)

April 2nd, 2019|

VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Blu-ray)

March 29th, 2019|

Fetishistic and dark, this early giallo thriller from Italian filmmaker Luciano Ercoli prefigures such sexually-themed gialli as La Ragazza dal Pigiama Giallo and Tenebre in its explicit connection between female sexuality and violence. Dagmar Lassander stars as Minou, who is threatened at the beach by a mysterious figure (Simon Andreu) who caresses her body with a knife and intimates that her businessman husband Pierre (Pier Paolo Capponi) is a murderer.

The Big Fix (Blu-ray)

April 9th, 2019|

Richard Dreyfuss plays Moses Wine, an ex-Sixties radical who pays the bills as a private eye. Wine is hired to stem a smear campaign against a popular political candidate. Gradually the plot thickens into a murder case, involving a hippie leader whose values, like Wine's, have been severely compromised over the years - and who plans to blow up a major LA freeway as a protest.

Terra Formars (Blu-ray)

April 8th, 2019|

In an attempt to colonize Mars, 21st century scientists seed the planet with algae to absorb sun light and purify the atmosphere, and cockroaches who in turn spread the algae as they feed. 500 years later, the first manned mission to Mars loses contact with Earth, and a second ship is sent to investigate.

Showdown (Blu-ray)

April 5th, 2019|

Ken has just moved from Kansas with his mother. He talks to a girl named Julie, not knowing that her boyfriend Tom is very possessive of her. Tom is learning karate from Lee, a sensei whose brother was killed by a rookie cop named Billy. Billy has since then become the janitor of the school that Ken, Julie and Tom go to. When Ken gets beaten up by Tom for talking to Julie again, Billy helps Ken by teaching him how to defend himself, which eventually leads to a battle between student vs. student, and sensei vs. sensei.

Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray)

April 4th, 2019|

The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane.

Vice (Blu-ray)

April 2nd, 2019|

VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Blu-ray)

March 29th, 2019|

Fetishistic and dark, this early giallo thriller from Italian filmmaker Luciano Ercoli prefigures such sexually-themed gialli as La Ragazza dal Pigiama Giallo and Tenebre in its explicit connection between female sexuality and violence. Dagmar Lassander stars as Minou, who is threatened at the beach by a mysterious figure (Simon Andreu) who caresses her body with a knife and intimates that her businessman husband Pierre (Pier Paolo Capponi) is a murderer.

Mary Poppins Returns (Blu-ray)

April 4th, 2019|

The film is set in 1930s depression-era London (the time period of the original novels) and is drawn from the wealth of material in PL Travers' additional seven books. In the story, Michael (Whishaw) and Jane (Mortimer) are now grown up, with Michael, his three children and their housekeeper, Ellen (Walters), living on Cherry Tree Lane.

Vice (Blu-ray)

April 2nd, 2019|

VICE explores the epic story about how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world as Vice-President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

The Forbidden Photos of a Lady Above Suspicion (Blu-ray)

March 29th, 2019|

Fetishistic and dark, this early giallo thriller from Italian filmmaker Luciano Ercoli prefigures such sexually-themed gialli as La Ragazza dal Pigiama Giallo and Tenebre in its explicit connection between female sexuality and violence. Dagmar Lassander stars as Minou, who is threatened at the beach by a mysterious figure (Simon Andreu) who caresses her body with a knife and intimates that her businessman husband Pierre (Pier Paolo Capponi) is a murderer.

Second Act (Blu-ray)

March 27th, 2019|

Second Act is a comedy in the vein of Working Girl and Maid In Manhattan. Jennifer Lopez stars as Maya, a 40-year-old woman struggling with frustrations from unfulfilled dreams. Until, that is, she gets the chance to prove to Madison Avenue that street smarts are as valuable as book smarts.

Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Blu-ray)

March 26th, 2019|

Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer (and cat lover) who made her living in the 1970's and 80's profiling the likes of Katharine Hepburn, Tallulah Bankhead, Estée Lauder and journalist Dorothy Kilgallen. When Lee found herself unable to get published because she had fallen out of step with the marketplace, she turned her art form to deception, abetted by her loyal friend Jack.

Impractical Jokers: Season Two

October 29th, 2014|

"Lar-ry!" 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 [...]

The Mentalist: Season Six

October 3rd, 2014|

Plot: What's it about? There aren't a lot of good television dramas out there. Well, ok, there are, but they aren't on network television anymore.  Thanks to the success of shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men and Game of Thrones, more and more shows are leaving the networks for a little more creative freedom on cable. And who's to blame them?  But a few years ago a little show called [...]

Low Winter Sun: The Complete Series

August 4th, 2014|

Plot: What's it about? Joe Geddes (Lennie James) and Frank Agnew (Mark Strong) are police officers, the people who are tasked to protect society and uphold the law. But these two detectives have a plan to break the law, as they want to murder a fellow police officer, Brendan McCann (Michael McGrady). While McCann is a cop, he is a crooked one and as such, Joe and Frank justify his [...]

Swamp People: Season Four

February 19th, 2014|

Plot: What's it about? Now to be honest, I'd never watched an episode of Swamp People before this review. So aside from assuming it was people who lived in or worked in a swamp, I wasn't sure what to expect. As it turns out, the show follows a group of alligator hunters who troll the swamps for their bounties in a 30 day hunting season. Each hunter is given a [...]

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 [...]