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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 »

13
Aug

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: The Devil’s Backbone (2001)

by NIR SHALEV

The Devil's Backbone (2001)

In the middle of a desert and surrounded by mountains lies a gothic orphanage. It is run by Carmen (Marisa Paredes) and Dr. Casares (Federico Luppi). All of the kids in it are boys of varying ages and the latest newcomer is Carlos (Fernando Tielve). Dumped there by his tutor, Carlos immediately feels alone and is also, almost immediately picked on by the tallest and, probably, oldest kid there, Jaime (Inigo Garces). Jaime eventually picks on Carlos less and less because Carlos isn’t afraid. Carlos even tries to buddy up to him more and more as the film progresses. Read more »

7
Aug

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Mud (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Mud (2013)

A storm washes a small boat atop a tree and two teenagers, Ellis (Tye Sheridan) and Neckbone (Jacob Lofland), want to reach it first and claim it as their own. As they arrive on the small island where the boat is situated, they meet the man that’s beat them to the punch; his name is Mud (Matthew McConaughey) and he’s a convict. Mud’s recently escaped from prison and it appears that all he wants to do is fix the boat and get it working, and to meet up with his girlfriend Juniper (Reese Witherspoon) at least one more time. Ellis and Neckbone take an immediate liking to Mud, as would anyone that watches the film, and decide to help him out. Read more »

23
Jul

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

by NIR SHALEV

New World (2013)

There’s Donnie Brasco (1997), the Infernal Affairs trilogy (2002-2003), The Departed (2006)– the superior remake of Infernal Affairs– and Miami Vice (2006). The protagonists of those films are undercover cops or FBI agents who are so deep undercover that if anything were to happen to them (like death), no one would know about it for a long time. There’s no backup, no hidden wires, and it takes lots of guts and brain power to survive. Read more »

18
Jul

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

by NIR SHALEV

Erased (2012)

Ex-CIA agent Ben Logan (Aaron Eckhart) lives and works in Belgium for the private sector. His current job requires him to come up with techniques of breaking into any type of locking mechanism and security system. He works for an important firm and is very well paid. His daughter Amy (Liana Liberato) also lives with him, but she’s only there part time because he divorced his wife a while back. Read more »

9
Jul

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Dead Man Down (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Dead Man Down (2013)

Victor (Colin Farrell) is an enforcer for mob boss Alphonse Hoyt (Terrence Howard), who currently works on wiping out the Jamaicans in a gang war. Alphonse had been receiving fragments of photos in the mail and is systematically wiping out anyone who would possibly have a reason to send him those photos. But not before questioning them, of course. Read more »

2
Jul

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

by NIR SHALEV

"Phantom" Ed Harris

Tell me if this sounds familiar: a Russian submarine carrying a device that can ghost its presence to other submarines is willing to start World War 3. If the first thought that popped into your mind was The Hunt for Red October (1990) then you’re amongst the many. I wasn’t, but that’s because just prior to writing this review I watched Red October for the first time. Comparisons aside Phantom is a film that takes place almost entirely within a submarine and focuses on its characters, their virtues and their faults as human beings. Read more »

18
Jun

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

by NIR SHALEV

Stoker (2013)

India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) lives with her mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman) in their giant gothic mansion and even though she has everything at her disposal (a vast library of literary classics and texts, servants/maids, et al.), she’s still a quiet, introverted girl who keeps to herself at all hours of the day. And Evelyn drinks like a fish and lack all motherly skills. Read more »

11
Jun

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: It’s a Disaster (2012)

by NIR SHALEV

It's a Disaster (2012)

They say that alcohol is a powerful truth serum, that people tend to speak the truth when inebriated. Well, for the most part that’s accurate. But nothing brings out the truth in people like the end of the world. Read more »

21
May

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

by NIR SHALEV

Side Effects (2013)

Several months back director Steven Soderbergh announced his plans to retire from the film industry. If that is true then Side Effects is a fitting swan song because it’s one of his best films. Read more »