As horror films go, Howl does an above average job of scarring the pants off of its audience. Gross, ghastly and eerie, the film has moments when even the most hardened thriller fan will jump. The Blu-ray has excellent quality so even the night scenes where most of the film takes place are nicely visible, easy to identify and delightfully sinister. Topping it off, the make-up and costume creators are on their mark with some very ghoulish characters. Read more
Now in release on two separate DVD’s or Blu-ray’s the king of Karate, the one and only Kung Fu Panda 1 and 2 just in time for the third sequel Kung Fu Panda 3 in theaters January 29. Loads of laughter and adventure, the first two animated family films were a huge success and are still entertaining children around the globe. Read more
After seeing the film 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi my feelings for the incident could be summed up as unnerving, unthinkable, unnecessary and horrifying. The reenactment presentation of the true story material becomes so real that it mystifies watching our embassy and military outpost get helplessly attacked. Not for the faint of heart, this movie makes you want to scream “why?’ and “what were we doing there?” in, what the movie declares, is the number one world hot spot in the world?
One of the best Foreign Language Films in 2015, Mustang now opens in the United States and it’s one of the favorites for a 2016 Academy Award. The film shows the loyalty of sisterhood in Turkey and the trials of being female in a nation steeped with male dominance. Compelling, powerful and sometimes unconceivable, the story delights, excites then becomes heartrending. It tops my list for this year’s Oscar nominations. Read more
Compelling and provocative, the foreign language drama Closed Season (“Ende der Schonzeit”) opens this weekend in several areas in the USA. It’s an out of the ordinary snippet of 1942 Germany that polarizes the victimizing side of WWII with some light humor, elicit sensuality and a deviation from the norm. Read more
The film Painkillers now on DVD changes direction throughout while setting up a far-out science fiction thriller that’s kind of just average. The opening and midway through get very intriguing, but beyond that its more of a run of the mill story that never really makes a whole lot of sense. The cinematography and special effects are good, the wardrobe department shines and there’s some twists in the film that are fun when revealed. Read more
Now out on Blu-ray for the first time the comedy drama Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead takes its turn at providing a clear and clean presentation of an oldie on home video. The film is a must see for those who like Shakespeare or just a film buff wanting to see one of the best theatre to screen movies. This 25th anniversary edition contains interviews with cast and director Tom Stoppard. Read more
This faith based made for TV movie features a story that you may have seen in another movie, but this one is worth a try. I may have seen a lot like it because I do see about 200 plus films a year and have favorite TV shows as well. Take a few minutes to read the review about Lyfe’s Journey and decide whether the DVD is right for you. Read more
Attack, survival, revenge and retribution, The Revenant, involves a true story of one man’s fight in the wilderness and the brutal battles he faces. Selected in my top five films of the 2015, this action thriller has the four qualifiers of an excellent production; fine direction, compelling storyline, excellent acting and amazing cinematography that’s second to none. From the opening minute to its gut wrenching finish, the fast paced two and a half hour film flies by with a spellbinding attraction that won’t let go way after you leave the theater. Read more
Taking a bite out of the West, Diablo tells a tale of kidnapping and killers. The theme may be familiar, but this psychological thriller works some nice magic for those who like a compelling film with some questionable motives. The direction, acting and cinematography are good considering the low budget. Respectable enough to entertain those who like a good western for a change. It’s not The Good, The Bad and the Ugly, but this Eastwood gets to follow his dad’s footsteps. Read more
A strong contender for best picture the movie Carol features a very good cast with performances that are sure to raise eyebrows, titillate and in some cases even repulse audiences during some explicit sexual scenes. Yet the film has an aura of sensuality and romance attributed to the 21st century openness to the gay movement. Read more
Fun for the whole family, the movie Robo-Dog comes to DVD and it’s a winner. The film has good acting, direction and very good special effects. There have been other films that may remind you of the story, but should not bother youngsters who like animals and kids their age getting into a mess now and then. You’ll have your 4 to 7 year old asking to watch it over and over again. Read more
The film Wrecker, now on DVD, may be quite familiar as it’s just a newer model of a long list of road kill films. Nicely made however the cinematography makes for entertaining viewing and the production value is a step up from other films in the genre. The acting by the main cast typify the characters and a tip of hat to director Micheal Bafaro for getting realistic performances. If you are a fan of the devil on wheels chasing innocent travelers in a dangerous game of cat and mouse, then this is your cup of tea. Read more
I really didn’t expect a gore festival more realistic than in the movie Bone Tomahawk, then up popped The Green Inferno taking me into the blood bath of cannibalism. Now on Blu-ray and DVD the film has excellent cinematography, good direction and a story that’s more a sick mutilation scare fiesta than a piece of cinematic art. If you like Eli Roth’s brand of filmmaking like the frightening Hostel 1 and 2, then this film certainly is up to your expectations. If you haven’t seen the aforementioned films then get ready for something really different. Read more
The much anticipated release of another Quentin Tarantino movie opens this weekend. Called The Hateful Eight the movie features all the title suggests and more. Packed with twists and turns the movie builds to a rip roaring finale. The cast will blow your mind with stellar performances by Kurt Russell, Samuel L. Jackson and Jennifer Jason Leigh to single out a few. And the story, it’s so decadent, action lovers will be going back to see it again. A western it’s not, just a rip snorting drama taking place in a past when horseback and stagecoaches were the only transportation. Trust me here, if you like Hitchcock thrillers and screen violence doesn’t make you ill, you’ll walk away talking about the film for months or at least until you see the movie Revenant.