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14
Jan

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Riddick (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Riddick (2013)

When we last saw Richard B. Riddick (Vin Diesel) he was in a terrible film that should remain unmentioned, which is a shame because Pitch Black (2000)- the first film in the trilogy- is really awesome. But long story short, he was left stranded on a seemingly uninhibited alien planet. This film begins with Riddick adjusting to the planet’s climate, environment, terrain, and various forms of alien creatures. He finds, befriends, and breaks-in a dog/jackal-looking alien creature and together they live on a day to day basis for an undisclosed period of time. That dog-thingy is really awesome. Read more »

18
Dec

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: The Lone Ranger (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

The Lone Ranger (2013)

The year is 1869 and railway companies are spreading their tracks across the continent. Onboard a train that’s headed towards Colby, Texas sits District Attorney John Reid (Armie Hammer). In another compartment sits the deadly criminal Butch Cavendish (William Fichtner), although he is being transported to Colby to be hanged; and next to Butch sits a Comanche named Tonto (Johnny Depp). These are three of the principal characters in the film. It is quickly established that Butch is planning an escape; that Tonto had tracked Butch throughout the past 26 years and is planning to kill him for a yet to be disclosed reason; and that John, a naive pacifist, inadvertently ruins Tonto plans. Read more »

12
Dec

Capsule Review – You Only Live Twice (1967)

by HELEN GEIB

I’m pretty sure I watched You Only Live Twice years ago, but I can’t be positive since nothing seemed familiar as I watched it for (what I think was) the second time. It isn’t terrible exactly, at least, not compared to what I remember of some later franchise entries- but then again it kind of is. There’s certainly not much good to say. The spirit and energy of the preceding movies is gone and that takes the fun out of it. Read more »

3
Dec

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Frenzy (1972)

by NIR SHALEV

Frenzy (1972)

This is some kind of thriller, truly one of a kind. Here we have Alfred Hitchcock delivering what is expected of him, except that right off the bat we see female nudity and coarse language is peppered throughout the film. Well, what at the time was passed off as coarse language. Regardless, it’s there and it’s new, and it all works very well. Read more »

19
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: The World’s End (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

The World's End (2013)

The story begins 20 years back in the quaint British town of Newton Haven, where a group of five teenagers attempt to complete The Golden Mile: a pub crawl that encompasses 12 pubs. They fail to reach the last three pubs but will never forget the adventure they had that day. We fast forward to the present and follow that old group’s leader Gary King (Simon Pegg), now almost middle-aged and an alcoholic. Gary plans to meet up with the old crew and convince them to try again for The Golden Mile, this time actually completing it. Read more »

12
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – November 12, 2013

NEW RELEASES FOR NOVEMBER 12, 2013

Frances Ha

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5
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: White House Down (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

White House Down (2013)

I like Roland Emmerich. I like his style and I find that he’s a more than competent director. However, I cannot explain why Stargate (1994), Independence Day (1996), Godzilla (1998), The Day After Tomorrow (2004), and 10,000 B.C. (2008) exist aside from solely being money makers. They’re not terribly shot films. They’re simply grossly and incompetently idiotic films and three of them had managed to put me to sleep within their first 30 minutes. Read more »

15
Oct

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Drug War (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

Drug War (2012)

In 1999, Hong Kong cinema produced Johnnie To’s Running out of Time and The Mission, and they blew everyone away. To showcased a mastered sense of space and time that most filmed action lacked. He’s directed a few other excellent films like Fulltime Killer (2001), Breaking News (2004), Throw Down (2004), Election (2005) and Election 2 (a/k/a Triad Election) (2006), Exiled (2006), and Mad Detective (2007). While they’re technically not action films, they contain fantastic action sequences. Read more »

10
Oct

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Iron Man 3 (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Iron Man 3 (2013)

Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) is the current poster child for cool. Much like Bruce Wayne/Batman, he’s remarkably intelligent (quite possibly a genius) and his bank account has lots of zeroes in it, to the left of the period. But unlike Wayne, Stark doesn’t keep his identity a secret. He believes wholeheartedly that because he and the Iron Man are one being, that he’s untouchable and that his loved ones won’t ever be in trouble, either. And that’s where Iron Man 3 kicks up its new storyline. Read more »

21
Aug

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

by NIR SHALEV

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan is a great example of incorporating several themes into a story but concentrating them mainly in various characters’ actions. At the film’s start, we see a version of Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) who appears to be bored. He claims that he’s feeling old and has, therefore not flown into space and embarked on several adventures. In a manner of killing time he trains cadets who desperately want to join Starfleet. One day, his best friends Captain Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. “Bones” McCoy (DeForest Kelley) persuade him to get over the rut he’s in and simply go on a space adventure. He agrees to do so and immediately feels happier. Read more »