“Blade of the Immortal” an Intense Chopsocky Thriller

If you have seen one samurai fight you’ve seen them all, as so I thought anyway. But Blade of the Immortal has so much action it’s hard to turn away from the screen. It’s slice and dice Japanese style with enough combat to fill two movies. If you are a fan of films like Mortal Kombat then this film should be on your list to see this weekend. You may even know the name Tasashi Miike for his fame directing films like this. Read more

Kate Nowlin on Warriors Coming Home in “Blood Stripe”

As a Marine sergeant returning home after her third tour in Afghanistan, Kate Nowlin delivers a virtuoso performance in “Blood Stripe.” Unable to sleep, wracked by paranoia and anxiety, Nowlin’s Sergeant reveals the ongoing struggle many veterans face adjusting to civilian life after serving in combat overseas. Shot on a shoestring budget in just 16 days, “Blood Stripe” has already garnered a long list of critically important awards. Read more

“Suburbicon” a Quirky Murder Mystery

What starts out to be a regular 1950’s retro melodrama becomes a mystery crime drama that should set the audience back on their heels with one surprise after another. Although openly predictable, Suburbicon certainly entertains for the full nearly 2 hours. Much like a 2 hour episode of Fargo, the bungling characters add some dark comedy to the twisted script. Read more

“Bushwick” Exhilarating Edge of Your Seat Thriller

Being released on Blu-ray and DVD this week, Bushwick is an extreme roller coaster ride across Brooklyn.  The action adventure pits citizens against impossible odds as they find themselves in harm’s way.  Although a little far fetched the movie is exciting and exhilarating and will keep you on the edge of your seat. Think Red Dawn on “speed”. Read more

“The Foreigner” a Cat and Mouse Drama

Review by Gino Sassani

Action heroes are very much like sports superstars. So much of what they do is tied to their physical ability, and eventually time catches up to them. For sports figures they either try and accept it and go out on top, or they taint their legend by trying to hang on. The same can be said for action heroes, except there is a third alternative. Some action movie actors learn to adapt their material to their current skill level. Read more

“Only The Brave” An Emotional Hotbed

Review By Gino Sassani

Based on a true story. We see those words preceding a lot of films these days. It’s almost as if we’ve started to chronicle our big moments via the cinema. If a story is tragic enough or portrays outstanding bravery or courage, you can expect it to eventually get a feature film. I can almost predict the big films of 2020 or so just by looking at the headlines in 2017. It’s become a little overdone for my tastes and can often appear exploitative in nature. These films are often devoid of originality. Of course they are. They’re based on something that real life has already written. I’ve seen bumper stickers that say “God is my co-pilot”. I’m waiting for him to get some screenplay credit or a chair in the writer’s room. Of course, he’d be expected to start paying dues to the Writer’s Guild. There’s also the added problem that the audience already knows how the film is going to end. Ron Howard faced the same problem when he directed Apollo 13. He managed to keep us on the edge of our seats anyway. Only the Brave isn’t going to keep you on the edge of your seat. But it will sneak up on you. I knew how it was going to end, but that didn’t stop director Joseph Kosinski from finding a way to blindside me anyway. It’s a trick Houdini would have been proud of. How did he do that? Now, that would be telling. Read more

“Jungle” Devoured by Nature

Turning a trip into a life or death adventure, 4 men travel on a Bolivian excursion in the film Jungle. Where there was beauty comes a massive land of treacherous mountains, overgrown forest and wildlife looking for a meal, it’s that kind of journey. The true story stars Daniel Radcliff in the lead role and is directed by Greg McLean who brought Wolf Creek to the screen. Read more

Sam Huntington talks “Second Nature” and Gender Stereotypes

Known for Jimmy Olsen in “Superman Returns,” Josh Levison in “Being Human and Eric in “Fanboys,” Sam Huntington is among the busiest actors in Hollywood. In “Second Nature,” Huntington is Bret Johnson, a guy who runs for mayor against Amanda Maxwell (Collette Wolfe) when the world around them magically redefines their gender roles.

Thank you for taking the time for this interview. What drew you to this quirky comedy-fantasy?

SH: It was really the role. I’m not typically cast to play these anti-heroes, the misogynistic pig who has to learn a lesson. But this was a chance to explore that kind of guy and showcase Bret’s journey. Read more

“6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain” Breathless and Breath Taking

The true story of Eric LeMarque, called 6 Below: Miracle on the Mountain, opens this weekend and it’s more than the average survival film. Very compelling and with a timely message, the movie depicts a breath taking and breathless adventure of endurance and courage. Although the setting may be similar to the recent survival film The Mountains Between Us, this factual story makes that one look like a fairy tale. Read more