Frankenstein, Modernizing the Monster

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As if Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” needs another adapted storyline, then the release of the movie Frankenstein pops up. This past year even saw Victor Frankenstein with a story that shows the monster from the point of view of Igor. But, I guess it’s never to late to modernize the creature that has had a good run at the box office for many years. Well in this new edition we are treated to a present day view. Now on Blu-ray/DVD the film shows promise throughout the first two acts, but unfortunately has a lackluster ending. Read more

Rolling Papers, A “Puff” Piece on Marijuana

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Taking a gander at law abiding citizens smoking pot in Denver, the film Rolling Papers transports you into the heart of the Rockies for an in depth tour of Amendment 64. The documentary features the growing, harvesting, production and sales of weed and oh, the smoking of the mind expanding recreational drug as well. Yes I did say recreational. While most states are clamoring for the medical value of smoking marijuana, Colorado has determined it’s as safe as alcohol. And it makes the State very rich from the sales tax. But, let’s not get ahead of ourselves because there’s as much documentary as comedy in the wacky film. Read more

Touched With Fire, Coping with the Flames

“Bipolar Disorder: any of several psychological disorders of mood characterized usually by alternating episodes of depression and mania —called also manic depression, manic-depressive illness” Merriam-Webster Dictionary

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It’s an odd way to start out a film review with a dictionary definition, but apropos with the movie Touched With Fire, a drama dealing with the psychological problem that alters the life of two poets.  Written and director by Paul Dalio and taken from true experiences, gives this production a keener perspective of the lives he portrays on the screen.  Heartfelt and heartbreaking the movie provides the audience with the realism of the troubles that go with bipolar disorder.
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Criminal Activities, a Twisted Tale of High Stakes

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A twisty twisted tale of crime and punishment Criminal Activities will keep you guessing till the final turn of events. The film has a very good up-and-coming cast with a balance of A-list actors Jackie Early Haley and John Travolta. If you like your entertainment gutsy and gritty, then this film has the right elements for you. The movie enters the DVD/Blu-ray market today. Read more

Dough, a Half-Baked Film About Kneading Bread

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The fun film Dough opens in the United States wide and it’s far fetched about being half baked. But, Dough is also about dealing with prejudice and finding value within yourself. If you can overlook the fact that using marijuana in London does have consequences no matter what the screenplay shows you, then everyone should accept a little fantasy when it comes to filmmaking. The acting and directing in Dough is very good with fine cinematography and sets. Read more

The Club, a Serious Look at Immoral Practices

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Presenting a look at the negative aspect of Catholic Church leaders and their wrongdoings, The Club delves into a fictional story of a sanctuary where Catholic priests are commanded to stay in isolation from public contact. The film exemplifies and denigrates the men who were found at fault involving sexual issues in their parishes. The Club paints a negative picture of the priests and also shows the severity for what they are responsible. Read more

Deadpool, a Devilish Delight

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Straight from the pages of Marvel Comics comes Deadpool one of the most devilish characters in the family. But it’s not the first time you were introduced to the character. Although a quick one, we first see the cool “cynical superhero” in the film X-Men Origins: Wolverine, but not like audiences will see this vengeance filled man in the film Deadpool. Here he wants to get even no matter who stands in his way. Filled with action from start to finish, this super “hero” gets so intense the film conjures up an R rating. Read more

Hangman, a Seriously Disturbing Movie

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Very disturbing, unsettling and terrifying, the movie Hangman has come to home video on Blu-ray and DVD. The actors play out their roles as we see them on video tape much like films The Blair Witch Project and the hidden cams in Paranormal Activity. This one however brings with it a good measure of believability and possibility surrounding a mass murderer. The film claims to be based on a true story. Read more

Hail, Caesar!, a Cheeky Spoof on the Golden Age of Film

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Taking some script ideas from the forties and fifties flicks, Joel and Ethan Coen pen the wacky Hail, Caesar! The movie has a nice feel to it especially scenes with the flashy dance numbers, spectacular extravaganzas and of course the epic “Ben Hur” type historical production. Weaving its way through this film however is a dastardly story about movie stars and their everyday problems on the set. Oh, and an untimely kidnapping. Read more

Bridge of Spies, an Intriguing True Story on Blu-ray

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Probably the most intriguing film in sometime, Bridge of Spies takes on the Cold War with Russia in this compelling true story. Now on Blu-ray and DVD the film is well casted with Tom Hanks in the starring role, written by the ubiquitous Cohen Brothers who gave us No Country for Old Men, and directed by three time Oscar winner Steven Spielberg the film has all the makings of an Academy Award winner. And it is that good. Read more

Martyrs, Takes Horror to a Lower Level

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This very disturbing movie does a fair job of sending chills through viewers, but doesn’t have the power to be considered top notch. After the first frightening three minutes Martyrs loses its punch, then tapers off into a psychological drama before getting into the real meat of the story. I kept hoping that it would keep my interest enough so I would not predict the awful farfetched ending, but that didn’t work. I also would have been satisfied with knowing why the main character would put herself back into the situation and have left well enough alone, but that’s the world of filmmaking. Read more

The Finest Hours, a Heroic Rescue in Face of Insurmountable Odds

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One of the most visually spectacular sea stories The Finest Hours shows the courage, determination and stamina of a small crew of Coast Guardsmen who faced death during rescue operation in a raging storm. The depiction of the factual account gets so realistic and powerful that it will put you on the edge of your seat. The cinematography and CGI take you for a scary rollercoaster ride on huge waves during a tempest that’s one of the most remarkable piece of film footage for the screen. Read more

Burnt, a Scrumptious Film for the Ladies

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Food, romance, comedy, drama and a pinch of pepper the film Burnt has arrived on Blu-ray/DVD and ladies, find a copy and pop it into your player. A lot of good acting makes the story more palatable than it should have been since its pure Hollywood. Not of love story for the ages, the film’s more of a quest for an ultimate ego rush that works its way into the story early on. That said, there’s a lot of eye candy and food prep for the women along with enough matinee side stories that fulfil a couple of entertaining hours. Read more