“Dunkirk” Nolan Depicts Tragic Battle

During World War II prior to the Americans joining the European part of the War the French and English were pushed back to the sea near the city of Dunkirk. Their only conclusion was to evacuate across the channel quickly and try to avoid the onslaught of the German aerial warfare (Luftwaffe). Dunkirk depicts the struggle the English had trying to get back across the channel. The true story is considered one of the bloodiest and most tragic part of the war for the allies. Read more

“Girls” a Fond Farewell

Very entertaining, the sixth and final season of Girls is available on Blu-ray/DVD. The show vacillates between comedy, drama and painful situations during the 10 thirty uninterrupted minute episodes. Its millennials do “Sex and the City” with more problematic relationships in a modern day society filled with unfulfilled dreams. Nicely acted by a cohesive cast and with a script that has all the elements for a winning show. Read more

“Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets” Virtual Reality at it’s Best in 3D

It would be a challenge to give this film a pass especially for the terrific special visual effects, designs of the many creatures and for the many hours the two main characters must have labored in their roles, but Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets drags and drones through nearly 2 and a half hours. Even as I write this review, I am tempted to alter my opinion, but it wouldn’t help the awful music moaning in the background in nearly every “exciting” scene, plot holes that are beyond fantasy, and negative attempts at virtual reality. Adults looking for adventure will be hard pressed to find it to their liking, much like John Carter fell on its face with the over 25-year-olds. Read more

The Circle: Big Brother on Steroids

Based on Dave Eggers novel and helmed by James Ponsoldt, The Circle is less eye opener than reminder of where we’re eventually headed. As Sun Microsystems chief executive Scott McNealy said nearly 15 years ago, “You have zero privacy anyway. Get over it.”

While not as imminently insidious as Person of Interest’s “Machine,” founder Eamon Bailey’s (Tom Hanks) Circle is every bit as invasive and foreboding. What’s perhaps most unsettling is that Hanks’ humble Norman Rockwell persona sells his social media hydra as innocently as a little kid on the corner hawking lemonade. Read more

“War for the Planet of the Apes” the Resolution

Review by Gino Sassani

“All of human history has led to this moment. The irony is we created you. And nature has been punishing us ever since. This is our last stand. And if we lose… it will be a Planet of Apes.”

I was always a fan of the original Planet of the Apes series of films. While they often flirted with a camp style, I was impressed with John Chambers’ makeup effects and the performances of Roddy McDowall as both Cornelius and Caesar. Then came the television show and I remained just as enchanted because of McDowall’s appearance as a third ape, Galen. The show didn’t last a season however, and before long the Apes franchise was left in some kind of limbo. Read more

Interview with Director Megan Freels Johnston on “The Ice Cream Truck”

A neat little brew of Housewives of OC meets Scream, The Ice Cream Truck explores the nagging suspicions we’ve all had about those doodle-ding trucks and soon to be cougar Milfs trolling suburbia. When housewife Mary (Deanna Russo) returns to her suburban hometown, she discovers an off-kilter mix of overly nosy neighbors, overly sexed teens and an ice cream man overly dedicated to serving scoops of blood with his Rum Raisin. In this one-on-one interview, director Megan Freels Johnston reveals the challenges she faced in bringing The Ice Cream Truck to the screen.

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“Spider-Man: Homecoming” A New Beginning”

In Spider-Man: Homecoming, it’s not how Peter Parker became Spider-Man, but what he did to become part of The Avengers. Other series attempts beginning with the original big screen Spider-Man starring Tobey McGuire in 2002 and followed by The Amazing Spider-Man starring Andrew Garfield in 2012 unleashed a cartoonish character. In this new release of the web casting warrior you’ll see how he’s being “reinvented” as a superhero and where he fits into the grand scheme of Marvel Comics Universe. Read more

“Baby Driver” a High Speed Thriller

High energy Baby Driver takes audiences on the roller coaster bank heist ride with a cast that turns this indie into a major film. The wild and crazy adventure lays rubber from its opening scene to a finale that will blow you away. Dealing with an unpaid debt, a little romance and an out of control gang, director Edgar Wright puts all the elements together and adds a nonstop rocking soundtrack for something completely different. Read more

“Correspondence” an Act of Forbidden Love

A very different kind of love story Correspondence deals with issues, communications and science while it spins a sordid tale of love and lust. Now on DVD the film is nicely directed and written by Giuseppe Tornatore, the filmmaker of the Italian classic Cinema Paradiso. The movie takes you into a world of happenstance solving a way of “coming back from the dead”. Read more

“Prison Break : Event Series” Continues with a Bang”

Most TV adventure series have improved over the years giving their programming movie theater production quality. This is the case for “Prison Break: Event Series” now out on Blu-ray. The direction and acting are top notch and the story, although somewhat far fetched, has very good tension and action qualities needed to keep a TV audience’s attention. Read more

“Money” a Nicely Crafted Thriller

A test of your observations turns Money from an ordinary tale into a cool mystery thriller as you wind your way through a script of twists and guesses. The acting helps along with a nice job of direction even though there may be maybe a few flaws that are hardly distracting. Now on DVD and Digital HD the home video is a treat that can be repeated as often as you wish to find out what you missed the first time through. Read more

“Bones: The Final Chapter” Ending a 12 Year Dynasty

The entertaining crime show “Bones: The Final Chapter” delivers a nice finale of its 12 year run on Fox TV. All good things sooner or later come to a halt, but for those diehard fans of the show, crime drama lovers, and forensic science fanatics it never has to end on a DVD. And with today’s technology you’ll have a tough time wearing out your home video copy, so press replay as often as you like. Check below for an even startling couple of paragraphs on the availability of all 12 seasons in what I call “the brick”. Read more

“The Hero” Touching and Sincere

Another touching and sincere indie film, The Hero reaches out and grabs you while it plays to your heartstrings. Star of the film, Sam Elliott is such a good actor his performance alone has enough worth for a trip to a theater to watch him perform on the big screen. But you will get far more in the direction and writing of Brett Haley who paces the film in a way that intrigues while it entertains. Read more