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‘Island of Death’ Blu-ray Review (Arrow Video)

11 hours ago

Stars: Robert Behling, Jane Lyle, Jessica Dublin, Gerard Gonalons, Jannice McConnell, Ray Richardson, Marios Tartas, Efi Bani, Clay Half, Jeremy Rousseau, Elizabeth Spader, Nikos Tsachiridis, Mike Murtagh | Written and Directed by Niko Mastorakis

My tastes in movies tends to be quite broad, but I will always have a love of hunting out the controversial and extreme.  This means I tend to see a lot of the so-called “Video Nasty” movies, as well as the more up to date movies that butt heads with the censors.  Island of Death is a movie that has been given the Arrow Video treatment making its way to Blu-ray, and being a rather controversial Video Nasty of course I’m going to review it especially in an uncut form.

A British couple Christopher (Robert Behling), and Celia (Jane Lyle) are holidaying on a small Greek Island and outwardly seem to be the perfect couple.  In »

- Paul Metcalf

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‘Surface Tension #1′ Review (Titan Comics)

19 hours ago

Written and Drawn by Jay Gunn | Published by Titan Comics | Format: Paperback, 36pp

Surface Tension is another entry in Titan Comics comic output, and fits into their portfolio in that all the books they have been publishing have been different in tone, in style, in genre. You also get here 36 pages of story for $3.99 which in today’s market is very generous and very welcome. Welcome also in that it gives the creator a little bit more space to lay the all important groundwork for future issues.

Surface Tension on the , ahem, surface seems a straightforward (albeit watery) apocalypse story where, a year before the first issue begins a water virus had decimated the vast majority of the human race. The sea has also been acting strangely since then, throwing up new creatures and monsters, and new underwater structures forming.

We focus on the survivors living on the (fictional) Channel Island of Breith. »

- Dean Fuller

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Talking In Circles: Episode 70 – And We’re Back!

20 hours ago

Talking in Circles is a pop culture talk show/podcast where hosts Dan, Greg, and Chuck wax poetic about comic books, movies, television shows, and pretty much anything else in geek culture. Come for the witty banter stay for the exciting games, hilarious skits, and “crazy but true” news stories.

After missing a week of podcasting we are back and better than ever. We catch up on some major news as Dan gives the lowdown on what its like being a new father. (Yes there will be poop stories) We also discuss the Super Girl preview and give out thoughts. This leads to a discussion of the representation of women in the world of comic book movies and television.

Check out previous editions of Talking in Circles right here »

- Phil Wheat

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‘Whiplash’ DVD Review

25 May 2015 2:01 PM, PDT

Stars: Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons, Paul Reiser, Melissa Benoist, Austin Stowell, Nate Lang, Chris Mulkey, Damon Gupton, Suanne Spoke, Charlie Ian, Jayson Blair | Written and Directed by Damian Chazelle

I’m not going to tell you anything you haven’t already heard; Whiplash is great, even (perhaps especially) if you’re not particularly into jazz drumming. J.K. Simmons ought to win all the awards for his portrayal of the most magnetically monstrous educator in cinema, Miles Teller finally begins coming through on his ‘next big thing’ status and writer-director Damian Chazelle gives us a heart-pumping, electrifyingly edited action movie about artistic perfection, singular misery and the ambition that drives many to both.

But like I said, you already know all that. It’s hard not to with so much buzz surrounding the film, but oddly for a movie at this level of hype there hasn’t been a whole lot »

- Mark Allen

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‘Game of Thrones 5×07: The Gift’ Review

25 May 2015 12:48 PM, PDT

“Have you ever sowed the field, Lady Olenna?  Have you ever reaped the grain?”

Everybody in ‘The Gift” is trying to lend a helping hand, but from the irascible Olenna to the desperate ser Jorah they’re all operating with one eye squeezed shut against the unpleasant realities of their world. As Myrcella informs her uncle/father Jaime after he tells her he doesn’t understand why she wants to remain in Dorne, “Of course you don’t. You don’t know me.” It’s one thing to try to lend aid to someone and another entirely to unpack both how best to go about it and why you want to do so in the first place.

Olenna wants her grandchildren freed from the dungeons under the Great Sept of Baelor, but her usual mix of bluster, incisive wit, and naked threats don’t phase the High Sparrow. Instead, scrubbing the floor on his knees, »

- Gretchen Felker-Martin

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‘Double Dragon’ Blu-ray Review (101 Films)

25 May 2015 12:20 PM, PDT

Stars: Mark Dacascos, Scott Wolf, Alyssa Milano, Robert Patrick, Kristina Wagner, Julia Nickson, Nils Allen Stewart, Henry Kingi, John Asher, Leon Russom, Al Leong, Michael Berryman, Vanna White, Andy Dick, Deanthony Langston, John T. Grantham, Ed Feldman, Roger Yuan, Ron Yuan | Written by Michael Davis, Peter Gould | Directed by James Yukich

There is a dark place in movie hell reserved for the beast known as the “video game movie”.  There have been some that really aren’t that bad, take Doa: Dead or Alive as an example or Silent Hill.  They knew how to keep things fun without being too cheesy in the process.  Double Dragon has been released on Blu-ray, and thankfully when it was first released I managed to miss it.  Given enough time for nineties cheese to become funny and for bad B-movies to become popular,  can it be redeemed as an eccentric cult-hit?

Set in the »

- Paul Metcalf

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