Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Blu-ray Review: Rollerball (1975) - Twilight Time Limited Edition

by Sherry Lipp

The 1975 film Rollerball portrays a futuristic society that is entirely controlled by corporations. These corporations loathe individualism and will do anything to keep society thinking as one. Rollerball has replaced baseball as the national past time. Its cutthroat nature keeps fans riveted; they don’t have to think about the lack of control in their own lives. Things turn deadly when one of the players becomes a bigger star than the corporation controlling him. That’s the basic premise of Rollerball, and it’s not a bad one. Unfortunately the execution is lacking. The film fails to engage any serious thought on the subject of individualism and society or be all that exciting in its murderous gameplay.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Horror Blu-ray Reviews: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero and Baby Blues (2014)

By Chaz Lipp

Two recent horror releases that really aren’t worth the time: Cabin Fever: Patient Zero, from Image Entertainment, and Baby Blues, a Chinese import from Well Go USA. The former is a prequel to Eli Roth’s 2002 breakthrough Cabin Fever. The latter is another in a long line of sinister doll flicks. While neither rises above the direct-to-video junk heap, Cabin Fever is easily the better of the two. It’s the third film in the franchise (the second, Cabin Fever 2: Spring Fever, was disowned by its director) and takes us back to the origin of the flesh-disintegrating infection that plagued victims in the previous films.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Giveaway: Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon DVD – Enter by September 14, 2014

We’ve partnered with Warner Bros. Home Entertainment to offer the chance for one lucky winner to receive the all-new animated feature Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon on DVD. Releasing September 2 (visit the WB Shop for ordering info!), Tom and Jerry: The Lost Dragon is fun for the whole family; a fantasy adventure starring Hanna-Barbera’s famous cat and mouse duo!

To enter for a chance to win, answer the easy question in the Rafflecopter form below by September 14, 2014 (U.S. residents, 18+ only, no P.O. boxes).

Official Synopsis: “The adventure begins when Tom and Jerry happen upon a mysterious glowing egg. Little do they know, this egg was stolen from a very large, fire-breathing dragon! In short time, baby Puffy hatches from his egg and takes Tom as his mommy. The angry dragon mom wants her baby back, but she’s not the only one… a powerful witch named Drizelda captures the baby dragon for her own wicked plans! With the help of powerful allies and animal friends, Tom and Jerry must fight tooth and claw to stop the witch and get the baby dragon back to its mother.”

The DVD includes four Bonus Episodes (all previously available): “Medieval Mouse,” “Fire Breathing Tom Cat,” “Medieval Menace,” “The Itch.” Also includes an activity booklet inside the DVD case.

One lucky winner will be drawn at random and notified via email. The winner will have 48 hours to respond to our notification with their complete name and U.S. mailing address (no PO Boxes). Failure to respond within 48 hours will result in forfeiture and another winner will be selected. For complete giveaway rules, click here.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Giveaway: Life of Crime Fandango Gift Card – Enter by September 3, 2014

Sponsored by Life of Crime – coming to theaters, On Demand, and iTunes August 29th!

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In celebration of the new Elmore Leonard adaptation Life of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Will Forte, and Isla Fisher, we’re offering the chance for one lucky reader to win a $15 Fandango gift card! See Life of Crime in theaters, on demand, or on iTunes beginning August 29th!

Enter by midnight September 3, 2014 using the Rafflecopter form below (U.S. only, must 18 and over, no P.O. boxes).

Life of Crime Synopsis: When a pair of low-level criminals kidnap the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer, they get both more and less than they bargained for in this dark caper comedy based on legendary author Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. Starring Jennifer Aniston, Isla Fisher, Will Forte and Tim Robbins, Life of Crime is packed with the eccentric characters, black comedy and unexpected twists that earned Leonard a reputation as one of America’s sharpest and funniest crime writers.

Mickey Dawson (Jennifer Aniston), the wife of crooked real-estate developer Frank Dawson (Tim Robbins), is kidnapped by two common criminals (yasiin bey and Jon Hawkes), who intend to hold her for a $1 million ransom and extort her husband with inside information about his illegal business dealings. But Frank, who is holed up in the Bahamas with his mistress, decides he’d rather not get his wife back, setting off a sequence of double-crosses and plot twists that could only come from the mind of master storyteller Elmore Leonard.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Blu-ray Review: Bedknobs and Broomsticks

By Chaz Lipp

Recently Disney delivered a mother lode of mostly animated classics on Blu-ray, ranging from the 1941 The Reluctant Dragon (live-action/animation combo) to the 2004 Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers. The good news for consumers is that there are actually only four separate Blu-rays to purchase in order to collect them all, thanks to the super-bargain, triple-feature that includes Dragon (perversely relegated to “bonus feature” status) with Fun and Fancy Free and The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949) on the same disc. There’s also Disney Renaissance features Hercules (1997) and Tarzan (1999). We’ll take a look at all of them.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Movie Review: The Expendables 3

Delivers exactly what it promises – if you like these action vets, that’s great news.  

By Chaz Lipp

The Expendables 3 is a crowd-pleasing, action rave-up that’s very arguably the best of Sylvester Stallone’s late-career hit franchise. Though its 126-minute running time is more indulgent than its tighter-paced predecessors, it basically had to be. Ex3 packs in the biggest, rowdiest, heaviest-hitting cast yet – screenwriter Stallone and director Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) had to add time just to fit everyone in. In addition to the core group as seen in parts one and two, Stallone reunites with Demolition Man co-star Wesley Snipes and Assassins co-star Antonio Banderas. We also get Mel Gibson as the mega-baddie (and former Expendable), Harrison Ford as a grizzled CIA op, and Kelsey Grammer as a mercenary recruiter. With a cast like this, it’s easier to get through an occasional dull stretch (of which there honestly aren’t many) with the promise of another star appearance.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Movie Review: Let’s Be Cops

The pleasant surprise of this summer? You bet!  

By Chaz Lipp

Here’s what Let’s Be Cops has in common with the summer smash 22 Jump Street. Both are action-comedies about two best friends pretending to be something they’re not. Both feature Rob Riggle in a supporting role. Now, what do they not have in common? Let’s Be Cops is consistently funny and centers on a fresh premise while Jump Street peters out quickly after rehashing its vastly superior predecessor. Let’s Be Cops also displays a surprising amount of craft, with writer-director Luke Greenfield and co-writer Nicholas Thomas instilling a real sense of suspense and danger in their action scenes. The trailer suggested a one-joke movie, but Let’s Be Cops has enough laughs, heart, and energy to make it the surprise of the summer.