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In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the weeks of September 13th and 20th, 2016.
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Aliens 30th Anniversary Edition The Captive Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe De Palma Dr. Mabuse: The Gambler The Exotic Dances Of Bettie Page The Fits Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection Hammer Horror 8-Film Collection The Horrible Dr. Hichcock Jekyll and Hyde Together Again Love Me or Leave Me Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War Metalstorm: The Destruction Of Jared-Syn The Monster of Piedras Blancas Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping Raising Cain Road House Sin The Story of the Last Chrysanthemum Transformers: The Movie The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection Yours, Mine and Ours Zatoichi: The Blind Swordsman
Beauty and the Beast: 25th Anniversary Edition Beware! »
- Ryan Gallagher
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for the weeks of August 30th, 2016 and September 6th.
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Episode Notes & Links News Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) Star Trek: The original Series – The Roddenberry Vault Blu-ray The Skull Blu-ray Olive Films Announce November Titles The Bruce Lee Premiere Collection Blu-ray: The Big Boss, Fist of Fury, The Way of the Dragon, Game of Death 50% Off Arrow DVDs & Blu-rays | Barnes & Noble Amazon.com: Middle-earth Limited Collector’s Edition (Blu-ray + DVD): Various: Movies & TV American Buffalo (1996) Going Out Of Print September 12th!! – Screen Archives Entertainment Links to Amazon
Arrow: Season 4 Barbarosa Chimes at Midnight Destiny The Immortal Story The Jungle Book The Night Manager Star Wars Rebels: The Complete Season 2 Disco Godfather Evils of the Night Eyewitness Hangmen Also Die! People of the Mountains Sid And Nancy »
- Ryan Gallagher
“If you believe in heaven, Mr. Gecko, I suggest you start to believe in Hell, because it is coming.” The Gecko brothers are back with a bang in From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series, and there's plenty of hell to pay and fun to be had in the two-episode season 3 premiere airing tonight at 9:00pm Et on El Rey Network.
A lot has changed since one of the biggest bar brawls this side of Road House ended with Carlos’ dismemberment at Jacknife Jed’s in the season 2 finale. As cash collectors for the vampiric Lords in the season 3 premiere episode, “Head Games,” the hermanos Geckos are still working side-by-side, but they’re miles apart emotionally. Seth (D.J. Cotrona) doesn’t enjoy being the culebras’ errand boy (even if it does come with his own staff of bloodsuckers and a nice payday), nor does he like watching his culebra brother, »
- Derek Anderson
By Todd Garbarini
I first became acquainted with director Peter Medak’s work in 1983 when I saw his 1980 masterwork The Changeling, one of the most frightening ghost stories shot in color. Also known for 1972’s The Ruling Class and 1990’s The Krays, Mr. Medak made the film noir Romeo is Bleeding, shot in 1992 and released on Friday, February 4, 1994. The film is told in an elliptical narrative fashion, starting with the end and going back in time to show us how the protagonist got to where he is. We first see Jack Grimaldi in a dilapidated diner, his voiceover indicative of a man full of regrets who is probably in the Witness Protection Program and forced to lead a life bereft of any true purpose or feeling. Once upon a time, he was a police officer in New York City and his partners are comprised of actors we know well today: »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
When the movie Zombieland first hit theaters, I was among the skeptics that doubted it would be worth watching. The trailers didn't do anything for me, I never got caught up in the whole zombie craze, and I wasn't convinced the comedic angle would work. Nonetheless, I went to the theater with a group of friends, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the flick.
The humor, for me, was on point, the acting pretty solid, and the entire experience was so much fun that I could overlook how stupid some of the character's decisions were in the film. Of course, one the highlights and surprises of the film was the unexpected appearance of acting and comedian legend, Bill Murray.
In his extensive scenes, Bill Murray plays a version of himself who disguises himself as a zombie in hopes of blending in with the cannibalistic hordes. This works out »
- Joseph Medina
Midnight Run is one of those rare movies that doesn’t exactly take the world by storm upon release, but still manages to influence the film world, and becomes a must-see classic.
It’s hard to believe that it was 1988 when the ‘buddy cop’ and ‘road trip’ genres got this refreshing revitalization, but the film holds up exceptionally well. It may have a few oddities for the latest generation, but nothing actually problematic, and the humor is timeless. It may have a slightly “awkwardly-80s” feel to it, but with minor adjustments it might have been made today.
De Niro’s effort here telegraphed a lot of the choices he made over the rest of his career, trying even almost 30 years ago to stay out of the pigeonhole. Meanwhile, Grodin has possibly his best role, and one that works so well with his ability to jump from deadpan to outlandish, »
- Marc Eastman
Duncan Bowles Jul 11, 2016
When I was originally asked if I’d like to write a love letter to Road House, I leapt at the chance – as one of my all-time favourite movies, how hard could it be to extol the virtues of a movie that contains more mullets per minute than most?
But then I tried fixing on a title for the article and in doing so was forced to confront the beautiful contradictions that combine to form Road House. Part action movie, part triumph for sexual equality, yet with a pure and unbridled vein of macho full bloodedness that’s capable of making even the meekest of people want to start a bar fight.
Feel free to liberate yourself of any shirt, as we take a look at how opposing forces »
Simon Brew Jul 4, 2016
“I felt the pressure”, Paul Feig admitted, as we sat down to talk about his new film, Ghostbusters. Feig, a geek of some vintage (his two books are sublime, Freak & Geeks remains a superb piece of television, nearly two decades on), has over the past half decade established himself as one of Hollywood’s most successful contemporary comedy directors, off the back of Bridesmaids, The Heat and Spy.
And then he took on Ghostbusters, a project that has seen him in the crosshairs of some legitimate and some utterly vile comments.
It seems almost surreal, after the storm of the past year or two, to finally be at the point where we get to see the film itself. But here we are, and here – in full context, »
Considering Dwayne Johnson‘s relatively newfound dedication as Hollywood’s action franchise Viagra and Kevin Hart becoming perhaps the biggest draw in comedy over the last few years, it was a mathematical certainty they would cross paths for their own action-comedy. The result is Central Intelligence, which markets itself as a “Little Hart and Big Johnson” teaming up to save the world from shadowy threats. If one finds Hart’s erratic fish out of water dynamic playing against Johnson’s calm, cool, and collected demeanor appealing, the quippy banter comes in spades. As mildly amusing as it can be, that’s just about all there is to this blandly plotted excuse to team up two of Hollywood’s biggest audience wranglers.
After being ridiculed by everyone — and to be clear, everyone — in his high school class except Calvin Joyner (Hart), Robbie Weirdicht (Johnson) has buried the pain deep inside. Twenty years later, he now goes by Bob Stone, transforming himself into a ridiculously ripped, deadly CIA agent while Joyner, once a beloved high school stand-out, has a dead-end accounting job and believes he leads as lame a life as possible. With their class reunion coming up, he accepts a Facebook friend request from the mysterious Mr. Stone, leading to a meet-up for dinner, quickly interrupted by all-out mayhem as a government manhunt ensues.
Rather than playing his usual action archetype, Johnson aims something for something else here and impressively pulls it off. Stigmatized as a child with no friends, after years of burrowing this trauma, his social awareness is a few steps off. Leading a lonely life, relying on pop culture references such as Sixteen Candles, Road House, and Pitch Black as his foundation, Johnson plays things goofily aloof with an underlying sadness as if he never matured beyond that day when he was thrown across a gym floor naked in front of his entire class. When Central Intelligence gets unnecessarily serious, take one glance at an almost alarmingly elated Johnson in his unicorn T-shirt and fanny pack, and all is right. Failing to pick up social cues with his overly enthusiastic, occasionally shy demeanor works well against Hart’s shriek-heavy confusion. Inviting himself in to sleep over after their initial meet-up is only the beginning, as he continually ropes Hart’s character deeper “in” to the conspiracy, when all he wants to do is firmly get “out.”
As for the plot, it involves marriage therapy, murder, cover-ups, MacGuffins, and the true identity of the big bad (aka the Black Badger). It’s almost always nonsensical, constructed solely to put Hart in a bewildered, exhausted state and Johnson there as the straight man for him to bounce off, which would be all well and good if the storyline wasn’t so dull. It’s perhaps a testament to Hart and Johnson’s affability that whenever we turn to anything strictly involving the government manhunt, headed up by Amy Ryan‘s Agent Pamela Harris, the film stops dead in its tracks, particularly in the last third. The string of cameos also seem to rest solely on the surprise of a recognizable face rather than resulting in any effective comedic or dramatic effect. (There is one exception, with a certain actor playing up his greatest strengths in the most hysterically cruel way.)
On a technical level, director and co-writer Rawson Marshall Thurber captures the action like one would expect in this post-Bourne era, mistaking cutting on impact as viscerally exciting. There’s also the larger problem of what seems to be New Line Cinema’s flavorless house style (seen in last year’s Vacation and Thurber’s previous feature We’re the Millers, both shot by Barry Peterson). Brightly lit with as large a depth of field as possible, there’s no texture or variety to any sequence, taking suspense out of the action and any semblance of weight out of the drama.
While it fails to deliver convincing action and its comedy feels watered down, Central Intelligence does get the “buddy” aspect correct. Doing their best with a script (also by Ike Barinholtz and David Stasser) that feels all-too-safe, Johnson and Hart manage to prove that a movie can glide by just enough on sheer charisma alone.
Central Intelligence opens on Friday, June 17.
- Jordan Raup
Despite all the unfortunate negativity out there surrounding the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, it hasn’t stopped Hollywood from trying to remake even more movies with a gender role reversal angle. Over the past little while we’ve heard about new versions of Road House, The Mummy, Splash and The Expendables (among others) all using a lead role […] »
May your 19th be beautiful.
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1536 Anne Boleyn is beheaded. Her tragedy is later reenacted by hundreds of actresses on tv, stage and film including Natalie Portman, Vanessa Redgrave, Helena Bonham Carter, and Genevieve Bujold (Oscar nomination).
1836 Cynthia Ann Parker is kidnapped in Texas during an Indian raid after her family is slaughtered. That's a tough break but not many people get to live on in history through multiple classics albeit under pseudonyms like "Debbie Edwards" (Natalie Wood in The Searchers) and "Stands With Fist" (Mary McDonnell in Dances With Wolves).
1941 Nora Ephron is born spewing witticisms.
1958 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman is released in movie theaters. »
- NATHANIEL R
In this episode of Off The Shelf, Ryan and Brian take a look at the new DVD and Blu-ray releases for Tuesday, April 26th, 2016. They also discuss the new streaming service: FilmStruck.
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Follow-Up Ryan buys a Blu-ray from Australia! News FilmStruck Alien Day Labyrinth 4k Criterion Collection: July Line-up Kino Lorber: Sherlock Holmes’ Smarter Brother, Road House, The Enemy Below, Caboblanco, Star Crystal, Man on Fire, The Earth Dies Screaming, and Chosen Survivors Scorpion Releasing: Force Five, Haunting of Morella Image Entertainment: The Commitments Twilight Time May 2016 Pre-orders: Garden of Evil, Cat Balou, Eureka, I Could Go On Singing, and Appasionata Links to Amazon 4/19 Barcelona Betrayed Cary Grant: The Vault Collection Dangerous Men Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Doris Day and Rock Hudson Romantic Comedy Collection Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story of the National Lampoon Fatal Beauty The File of the Golden Goose »
- Ryan Gallagher
This weekend, "Zootopia" joins the illustrious Disney legacy of people-less, all-animal animated movies, like "Robin Hood" and "The Lion King." Directors Byron Howard and Rich Moore bring us a new take on the genre by creating a world not unlike our own, filled only with anthropomorphic animals, some of whom call the big, sprawling city of Zootopia their home. The movie tackles a number of social and emotional issues, while, at the same time, breaking new ground in computer animation.
We sat down with directors Moore and Howard to talk about the early days of "Zootopia" and the long road to becoming (potentially) one of the most important (and impactful) Disney movies to date.In early concept art, "Zootopia" seemed to have a very different look and story. Can you talk about how the movie went from space bunny adventure to animal metropolis film noir?
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- Sabina Ibarra
While Ronda Rousey still hasn’t hung up the gloves in the Ufc, the former champion has been slowly building a second career for herself in Hollywood. Following roles in The Expendables 3 and Furious 7, Rousey will star in a remake of Patrick Swayze’s cult classic Road House. But the role that Ronda Rousey would love to play is significantly more geeky than you might expect. Speaking with Gamespot, Ronda Rousey admits that the movie role she’d love to play would be that of Samus Aran from Nintendo’s Metroid game franchise. Originally released in 1986 for the original Nintendo Entertainment System, Metroid followed a game protagonist that fought aliens while completely covered in a suit of power armor. It was only after completing the game that players discovered that the character in the armor was actually a woman. It turns out the suit is part »
It wasn’t too long ago that Ufc star Ronda Rousey was banging the drum to secure the tile role in Captain Marvel. And though all have gone quiet on the Marvel front, the Furious 7 star has now expressed an interest in swapping costumed heroes for pixelated bounty hunters by headlining a potential Metroid movie as Samus Aran.
Word comes by way of GameSpot, who spoke to Rousey ahead of the launch of EA Sports Ufc 2. During the interview, the outlet quizzed the sports star – a self-proclaimed video game fan – which character she’d most like to play in a feature film. Here’s what the Ufc Bantamweight champ had to share:
“I’ve always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass. I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you’re in a suit, »
- Michael Briers
Speaking with Gamespot, the fighter and "Furious 7" actress says:
"I've always wanted to be Samus. That would be badass. I love how people found out later that it was a hot chick on the inside. And then most of the day you're in a suit, so you can just hang out and eat donuts and be the star of Metroid. I hope they make a movie out of that."
- Garth Franklin
There’s an argument that the remake of Point Break shouldn’t really exist – believe me, we’ve had it out here at Thn Towers everyday since the project was announced. 25 years have passed since the Patrick Swayze and Keanu Reeves original graced our screens, which, let’s face it, was nigh on perfect. Perfect script, perfect direction, bromantic action aplenty, great stunts, and one of the best Swayze performances of all time (bar Road House and Dirty Dancing of course). They say that it’s too soon. They say it ain’t right. They say the original is one of those films that should never be remade. Ever. They say, they say. This argument is irrelevant. This Point Break remake review will see it graded and examined on its own merit.
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- Paul Heath
Who came up with the idea that we're supposed to feel guilty about the films, TV shows and music that we like?
Every now and then, I emerge from the Den Of Geek shed and take a mooch around other websites and publications. I tend to like them a lot. There’s nothing to keep us and me on our toes more than seeing the wonderful work being done around the internet. Because there is lots of it.
There’s also, though, a breed of article I’m decreasingly keen on. Anything that starts with ‘x reasons why this will be that’, or ‘why so and so will suck’. The content of said articles may be great, but the whole approach tends to put me off.
Yet there’s nothing on guilty pleasures, a phrase that, to my mind, seems invented by playground bullies to try and »
For this week’s Fright At Home, we’re taking a look at three films that couldn’t possibly be more different from each other. Scream’s Factory Bluray/DVD combo pack of the James Spader-led slasher mystery, Jack’S Back; The hilarious and completely irreverent splatterfest, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse; and finally, The Goetz Brothers’ remake of the French extreme classic, Martyrs. Something for everyone with this week. Dive right in and enjoy!
Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse (Dir. Christopher B. Landon)
Having been suffocated to death by zombie films, shows and everything else, I dreaded watching this one. I put it off time and time again, thinking it would be a very bad experience, but thankfully, I was completely wrong. A film that provides an infinite amount of laughs, gags and some over the top gore and innuendos, Scouts Guide To The Zombie Apocalypse »
- Jerry Smith
Hey, kids! Whether it’s binge watching some of your favorite fantasy series or hanging with Jack the Ripper, there’s a bounty of fun to tide you over while you’re snowed in this week! Jack Black plays children’s horror author R.L. Stine in Goosebumps, a family romp about the monsters from Stine’s books coming to life and taking over a small town. Buy Goosebumps Catch up with the Renaissance with the period fantasy Da Vinci’S Demons: The Complete Third Season. Canceled without fanfare, this is the Starz series’ curtain call. Buy Da Vinci’S Demons: The Complete Third Season Or maybe join a Corpse Party! Based on the hit horror video game, a group of friends, trying to bind their friendship, unleashes an evil that hunts them down “in a savage orgy of torture, murder, and insanity.” (Sounds like just another Tuesday!) Buy Corpse Party »
- Harker Jones
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