Spike TV has released a collection of what they call COPS: Wildest Chases on DVD. The series of cable episodes involves police units across the nation as they respond to calls involving various crimes and misdemeanors. From domestic issues to burglaries, the DVD runs around 2 hours and thirty minutes without commercial interruption.
Bitter enemies face off in the film Tangerines, a war film set in Estonia. Set on a small scale the movie’s message gives it vast meaning. Extremely well-acted, directed and depicted, this heartfelt little production shows what other meaningful films do even better about the pointlessness of war. One of the five nominated Foreign Language Films at the 87th Academy Award a more than worthy to be among the best.
My job is to see movies and give my opinion so my readers will know the good, bad and ugly before plunking down the dough to see them. After seeing Mad Max: Fury Road, I’m ready to see it again. This time I’m headed for an IMAX theater so I can get all the sounds and visuals of this action packed film up close. Call me a movie nut, but when it comes to films that go over the edge for their audience, I’m there!
Working with a simple plot and on an indie budget Adam Sandler gives a good performance in the fantasy comedy The Cobbler. Doing what he does best, the comedian turns on the charm making his character enjoyable to watch under the creative direction of Tom McCarthy who co-wrote the script. While the story follows a theme similar to Sandler’s Click, here however, he’s more of a champion than an opportunist.
Jack Black returns to the screen with a quirky comedy The D Train that turns on the charm before going into a tail spin that almost crashes. The movie does have its moments showing a lot of off color humor with Black kicking up his character old style much like days of movies past. However directors Andrew Mogel and Jarrad Paul depend on James Marsden to carry the heavy role to make the film work and there’s no doubt that his performance saves the day.
Taking a closer look at Jewish social standards the film Felix and Meira an unusual romance comes to theaters. The subject matter of the drama looks at dominance, boredom, nonconformity, defiance and separation in a strict culture that’s ruled by their religious beliefs. The movie is attractively dark with fine direction, acting and a production crew. The cinematography provides a fascinating background filmed in low light giving the feel of the central character’s boredom with a bleak outlook on life.
Waiting three years for the sequel to Avengers has been a long haul, but it’s worth it. The story, special effects, acting, directing, cinematography, special effects, computer graphics, motion capture and more are amazing. Whether you are a sci-fi nut or just want to see a lot of explosive action on the big screen, Avengers: Age of Ultron puts you right in the center of the excitement. Sizing it up with the recent Furious 7 for production value and entertainment, it’s too close to call.
The suspense mystery drama The Barber comes to home entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray. The taut suspense filled serial killer film gets very diabolical and twisted to the final suspected ending. The fascination and “what if” factors of the story’s main theme saves the crime thriller until it slowly reveals the predictable elements. If you like crime stories that play with you mind, this psychopathic chiller should work for you.
Taking on his first feature film as both director and actor Russell Crowe blasts onto the screen with The Water Diviner, a compelling and romantic movie with a good measure of action. Perfect for a date and a movie with both partners being entertained right til the credits roll. It’s Crowe in his best dramatic role to date with a cast that complements the script and a crew that delivers a top notch production. Read more
The stylish and compelling fantasy Ex Machina takes its audience into the labs of a world powerhouse specializing in artificial intelligence. It’s a tantalizing sci-fi drama that works magic with skillful CGI, convincing acting, dark and brooding music, and an imaginative winning script. If you are truly a science fiction fan, than this is one film you must see this year. Read more
Kidnapping for money has become common in many countries getting huge sums of cash from rich families. So in the film 24 Days the kidnappers target their quarry on the notion that all Jews are rich and have access to large amounts of money. The story is true, the events are heinous and the outcome reeks with anti-Semitism. What also rings clear are the methods that the perpetrators use to abduct the person and the modern day communications that make it almost impossible to catch the perpetrators
It’s time to let your “gaydar” down and watch a very funny First Period with a simple plot that entertains. Now on DVD with witty performances by Brandon Alexander III and Dudley Beene in the role of teen girls, the fun film turns the late 80’s high school era into a different kind of coming-of-age playground. The comedy skits get a little over the top, but it’s all in fun “John Water’s” style. Read more
Mixing comedy with horror the film The Walking Deceased combines the genres in an attempt to attract the younger crowd. Now on DVD the film makes a good attempt, but the low budget, novice direction and amateur acting fails to entertain. The production starts out on the right foot, but they try to spoof too many films without good vision and many amateurs spoil the pot. Read more
The acting saves the slow moving crime drama True Story from being a dragged out snoozer. Based on a factual account of a murder and the discrediting of a rising star reporter at the New York Times, the film stretches the story making True Story lukewarm at best. While the movie has a disturbing plot involving a heinous killing, the nonchalant way the dastardly deed gets presented reduces the intensity of the unimaginable making it a side note to a con job. Even the long drawn out Casey Anthony trial was a lot more compelling than this “true story”. Read more
Suspenseful and often chilling the movie Beyond the Reach showcases Michael Douglas in a role that engages his signature performance. His cold and calculating character here may offer a few scenes of déjà vu for some, but it’s an acting treat you won’t want to miss. Together with up and coming actor Jeremy Irvine the two put on a cat-and-mouse show that’s so intense at times, I found myself on the edge of my seat. Take a ride into a rocky desert with this sizzling drama. Read more