Wednesday, October 22, 2014

DVD Review: The Scribbler

By Chaz Lipp
 

An interesting cast highlights The Scribbler, an adaptation of a 2006 graphic novel of the same name. Unfortunately, director John Suits wastes an intense lead performance by Katie Cassidy (daughter of David, currently co-starring on the TV series Arrow) in an unfocused non-starter of a thriller. The screenplay was penned by Daniel Schaffer, who created the original graphic novel, but apparently he couldn’t figure out how to shape a compelling story. Set in a rundown mental institution inhabited by a rogue’s gallery of colorful weirdos, Cassidy’s Suki and her multiple personalities are confronted by an alarming number of suicides occurring within the institution.

Monday, October 20, 2014

TV Review: The Walking Dead - Season Five Episode Two "Strangers"

by  Sherry Lipp

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD

After the Terminus blow out last week, this week’s episode of The Walking Dead had big shoes to fill. Predictably the show went with a much lower-key episode with “Strangers.” The survivors are once again on the road to nowhere. Abraham (Michael Cudlitz) wants the group to head to D.C. where Eugene (Josh McDermitt) assures them there will be shelter, supplies, and weapons – oh, and he will cure the zombie disease. I have my doubts that D.C. will be the utopia he’s expecting, but I’m hoping the whole thing doesn’t turn out to be bogus (I’m starting to fear that). I really want a change of scenery.

“Strangers” had some cool things in it – and some not so cool things.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Giveaway: $15 iTunes Gift Card – The Devil’s Hand Out Now on VOD – Enter by November 3, 2014


Friends, we’ve partnered with Roadside Attractions to offer a great giveaway: a $15 iTunes gift card in celebration of the release of the new horror thriller The Devil’s Hand, available on iTunes, VOD, and select theaters.

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

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About The Devil’s Hand:

The Devil’s Hand is now available on iTunes, VOD and in select theaters.

When six girls are born on the sixth day of the sixth month to different mothers in the small, devout village of New Bethlehem an ancient prophecy is set in motion - on their 18th birthday one of the girls will become the Devil's Hand. As the day approaches and one by one the young women begin to disappear, terror overtakes the quiet community and those remaining girls band together to uncover who or what is behind these treacherous acts.



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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

TV Review: The Walking Dead - Season Five Premiere "No Sanctuary"

by Sherry Lipp 

WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD



The Walking Dead started off season five with a slam-bang premiere that turned out to be one of the best episodes of the entire series. What I loved about “No Sanctuary” is that it played against our expectations. Season four ended with Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group – minus Tyreese (Chad L. Coleman), Carol (Melissa McBride) and Beth (Emily Kinney) – locked up in a train car in Terminus. From the pattern of the earlier season we might have thought season five would be the story of surviving Terminus – but we have already been proven wrong. All in one episode we learned the history of Terminus, saw its demise, and saw the survivors on their way to whatever lies ahead.

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Blu-ray Review: Driven (2001)

By Chaz Lipp
 

In some ways the quintessential Sylvester Stallone movie, Driven opened in 2001 with a relatively robust number one box office placing but quickly, quietly eased out of site. Stallone has racked up more misses than hits, both from a critical and commercial perspective, during his 40-plus year film career. Mercilessly mocked by fans of what was then known as CART racing for an unrealistic portrayal of the sport, the movie essentially ground Stallone’s leading man status to a halt. It would be five years before he starred in another film. Perhaps skittish following a string of diminishing grosses, culminating in the disastrous remake of Get Carter in 2000, Warner Bros. tried to bury Stallone’s presence in a marketing campaign that emphasized the younger, fresher faces amongst the cast.

Giveaway: Motown 25 DVD – 3-Disc Edition – Enter by October 27, 2014

Michael Jackson debuts the moonwalk, Diana Ross reunites with the Supremes, Marvin Gaye sets aside past troubles, returning to the label that launched his career – just a few of the highlights seen in the legendary 1983 TV special, Motown 25. For the first time, the complete show has been issued on DVD and we’ve partnered with StarVista & Time Life to offers readers the chance to win the three-disc edition, which is currently available for purchase (see Amazon).

Three will win Motown 25 on DVD. Enter using the Rafflecopter form below (U.S. entrants only, no P.O. boxes) by October 27, 2014.

From the press release: “Motown 25 was taped before a live audience and showcased virtually every Motown artist from the company's inception, including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, Diana Ross, The Supremes, The Jackson 5, The Miracles, The Temptations, Four Tops and many others.

The show also featured many guests outside the Motown Records sphere who had been influenced by Motown artists, including Linda Ronstadt, who performed a memorable duet with Smokey Robinson, Billy Dee Williams, Jose Feliciano and British new wave star Adam Ant, who was riding a wave of popularity from MTV exposure. As an added highlight, the historic evening was hosted by Richard Pryor, who was arguably the hottest comedian in the world at the time.

A seminal event in pop culture history, this concert event would establish the gold standard for all future televised concert events and go on to provide the backstory for the Tony®-nominated Broadway play, Motown The Musical.


Three lucky winners will be drawn at random and notified via email. The winners will each 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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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Giveaway: HORNS – A Novel By Joe Hill – Movie Tie-In Paperback Edition – Enter by October 21, 2014

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We’ve partnered with HarperCollins to offer a giveaway of the novel HORNS by Joe Hill, now a major motion picture starring Daniel Radcliffe and Juno Temple. Three will win the movie tie-in paperback edition of HORNS, available for sale beginning Sept. 30. The Dimension Films movie version of HORNS is due for release on October 31.

To enter for a chance to win, answer the easy question in the Rafflecopter form below by October 21, 2014 (U.S. residents, 18+ only, no P.O. boxes).

From the New York Times bestselling author of Heart-Shaped Box and NOS4A2, HORNS is Joe Hill’s twisted, terrifying novel of supernatural suspense.

“The second son of a renowned musician and doting mother, and the younger brother of a late-night TV star, Ig Perrish had a privileged life and expectations of a bright future with his childhood sweetheart, Merrin Williams. But his seemingly perfect life takes an unexpected and horribly dark turn when Merrin is brutally murdered and suspicion falls hard on Ig.

A year passes, but Ig is nowhere near over his grief of his rage – feelings that come to a head in a lost evening of drinking and hate. When he awakes the next morning he discovers that he has undergone a surreal transformation, and is in possession of an incredible power. Everyone he encounters has the uncontrollable urge to tell him things about their innermost desires and intentions, and whenever Ig touches someone, he instantly knows their darkest secrets. It isn’t long before he turns his terrible new abilities towards vengeance…


Learn more about bestselling author Joe Hill at his official website and follow him on Twitter, @joe_hill.

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