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Posts tagged ‘Movies on DVD and Blu-ray – Reviews and Recommendations’

4
Feb

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

by NIR SHALEV

Captain Phillips (2013)

Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks) is tasked with helming the US-flagged MV Maersk Alabama, a huge cargo ship, from point A to point B through the Indian Ocean. However, Somali pirates target the vessel and board it, roughly 145 miles off the Somali coast. We then meet Muse (Arkhad Abdi): lean, mean, and packing an AK-47 just like the three other pirates. He’s their captain and he has it in for Phillips. Read more »

28
Jan

On DVD/Blu-ray – Review: Rush (2013)

by NIR SHALEV

Rush (2013)

Even as a car enthusiast I hadn’t heard of James Hunt or Niki Lauda. I wasn’t ever into car races as I was simply into cars. But after watching Rush, I felt that I missed out on something very special. Read more »

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 »

10
Dec

On DVD/Blu-ray – New Releases for December 10, 2013

Despicable Me 2

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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 »

26
Nov

On DVD/Blu-ray – New Releases for November 26, 2013

Getaway

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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 »