Very imaginative and thought provoking the HBO series “The Young Pope” comes to DVD/Blu-ray and Digital HD. Not a true story by any means, the drama with a tad of witticism gives its own interpretation of what may take place at the Vatican if a young American took over the reins of Holy Pontiff. Nicely filmed, acted, produced and directed, it has some edge that makes it tantalizing. Read more
Wild, engaging and sometimes disturbing, yet heartfelt, the film Like Crazy (La Pazza Gioia) opens in theaters this weekend. The story plays out like a One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest with a little bit of Thelma and Louise. The acting in the film by the whole cast is exceptionally good and the direction pinpoint sharp. If you would like a little laughter in your evening mixed with a lot of heart, then check out Like Crazy. Read more
The sport of ring mixed martial arts fighting has laid low in movies, but rears its mastery in the film Kickboxer: Vengeance just released on Blu-ray and DVD. The film takes the contact sport to a new level with a story that takes you to Thailand where the caged ring is open for battle to the death. The choreography makes the action look real, the use of actual fighters creates excitement and the cinematography and sets put the audience close showing some excellent examples of the contact sport. You don’t have to be a kickboxing fan, but if you are, get ready to watch some of your favorites take on some very realistic acting. Read more
Just when you think you’ve seen the funniest comedy of 2015 up pops Spy a hilarious silly movie that entertains big time. The scrappy little film with a lot of raunchy dialogue had me in stitches from the outlandish beginning to the very last scene during the credits. Since it stars Melissa McCarthy, you may think I’m referring to her as she most always provides a good laugh, but how about pairing her up with the likes of Jason Statham. No way you say because he’s an action star and why would he be in a comedy? Well, it’s genius that he’s cast in Spy as his performance gets so off-the-wall that it takes the film to another comedic level.
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.
Dreary and unemotional the true story of Effie Gray with a script by Emma Thompson plays out on the big screen this weekend. Terribly miscast, hollow and not quite as realistic as other films of its ilk, the Victorian period piece falls short of any real praise. The camera work does create a spark of artistic applause and the scenic shots are a treat. Performances by its honorable cast while admirable, get wasted with very little character development. Read more
Spooling out his final film Writer/Director John Boorman makes it a sequel and a good one at that. His Queen and Country being released in the United States takes his characters into the 1950’s as a follow up to Hope and Glory set during WWII. He works his magic one more time with interesting characters, some comedy, military boot camp drama and a whole lot of romance. Beautifully filmed, it’s a masterpiece of a period gone by that saw England transfer the crown to Elizabeth II and turn boys into men. Read more
Based on true facts the gorgeous period piece Beloved Sisters provides a sweeping canvas of romance and aristocratic life during the late 1700s Germany. The light drama delves into a period in the life of poet Friedrich Schiller who became enamored with the Lengefeld sisters that lived Germany’s upper class. If you like to indulge in long nicely written films with amazing vistas, picturesque estates, lavish costumes, ageless music and early century lifestyles, then this film is your cup of tea. Read more
Sometimes what looks like a class project, The Devil Incarnate should have been a class project. This very low budget horror flick looses it’s scary early on, wanders a bit and gets highly predictable. Now on DVD, you really have to be a diehard terror fan to get a charge out of this movie.
The film opens with the story of a 1500’s rape of a woman who accepts a witch’s amulet curse to summon a daemon that will destroy her attackers in exchange for her baby. She goes back on her promise to the daemon and gets cursed with infertility. She raises the baby and he inherits the amulet and the story behind it. Flash forward to modern day and we find a young woman in a room being questioned by police. She tells the following story. Read more