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Home Entertainment Review: Judgment at Nuremberg

Judgement at Nuremberg (Stanley Kramer, 1961) – Edmund Burke said it best: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.  This couldn’t be truer than in the 1961 classic Judgment at Nuremberg, and it serves as a salient reminder that when the primary focus is to lay […]

Home Entertainment Review: Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatcher (Lawrence Kasdan, 2003) – Sometimes you just have to embrace the ridiculous in a movie and just let it take you a long for the ride.  I can’t in good conscience call Dreamcatcher a good film, but there is something about batshit earnestness that you can’t help but admire. Jonsey, Henry, Beaver and Pete […]

Home Entertainment Review: The Dogs of War

The Dogs of War (John Irvin, 1980) – The start of the 1980’s was such a unique time for movie making and storytelling. You could combine some unique social and political messages inside the frame work of a pretty ballsy and violent action movie.  On Blu-Ray for the first time from Twilight Time, The Dogs […]

Home Entertainment Review: Blue Thunder

Blue Thunder (John Badham, 1983) –  Blue Thunder is a no nonsense 80s action thriller that works pretty damn well, hitting all the right buttons from beginning to end in the most efficient manner possible. It seems like the mantra making the film was “keep it simple, stupid,” and it works. Frank Murphy (Roy Scheider) […]

Home Entertainment Review: Maleficent

Maleficent (Robert Stomberg, 2014) – There’s undoubtedly something inspired about casting Angelina Jolie as the classic Disney villain Maleficent, and certainly in the few scenes in which the actress revels in evil the film works as promised. Unfortunately, most of the movie is wasted as yet another Disney fantasy adventure reboot a la Alice in […]

Home Entertainment Review: The Vanishing

The Vanishing (George Sluizer, 1988) – Every October, Criterion likes to celebrate Halloween by serving up a few horror movie releases. However, it’s not like Criterion serves up new editions of Dawn of the Dead or The Texas Chainsaw Massacre during this period. Nope, they continue to focus on obscure and underappreciated examples of world […]

Home Entertainment Review: Sleeping Beauty (1959)

Sleeping Beauty (Clyde Geronimi, 1959) – Sleeping Beauty slipped out of the magic kingdom animation in the midst of a strange period for Disney. The company had started spreading its resources into television and live action feature production, while much of uncle Walt’s attention was focused on launching a certain theme park that would go […]

Home Entertainment Review: Edge of Tomorrow (or, Live, Die, Repeat)

Live, Die, Repeat (or, Edge Of Tomorrow) (Doug Liman, 2014) – It’s been a while since there’s been reason to get excited about a Tom Cruise movie. Though his last decade included the underrated War of the Worlds and the wonderfully goofy Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, good Tom Cruise movies have become the exception and not […]

Home Entertainment Review: A Million Ways to Die in the West

A Million Ways to Die in the West (Seth MacFarlane, 2014) – The weird thing about Seth MacFarlane is that even though he’s been at the center of pop culture comedy for about a decade, the guy has really old fashion tastes. If it were somehow possible to bring back vaudeville, I’m sure he would […]

Home Entertainment Review: Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (Gareth Edwards, 2014) – When Roland Emmerich’s god-awful Godzilla hit screens in 1998, it was preceded by an ad campaign hinged entirely around size and scale. The movie itself featured a silly square faced cartoon that seemed to have no weight beyond that of failed expectations (zing!). Gareth Edwards’ drastically better Godzilla hit screens […]

Home Entertainment Review: Neighbors (2014)

Neighbors (Nick Stoller, 2014) – If nothing else, you’ve gotta give Seth Rogen credit for acknowledging his age. Sure, in his latest movie he plays a stoner with a heart of gold who feuds with frat kids, but at least this time he’s playing a thirty-something stoner with a heart of gold feuding with frat kids. […]

Home Entertainment Review: Million Dollar Arm

Million Dollar Arm (Craig Gillespie, 2014) – Million Dollar Arm is one of those gently racist inspirational Hollywood stories that pop up every few years. One that mines laughter out of how ridiculous, silly, and different other cultures are before proving that folks from those fantastical foreign lands can get on just fine in America […]

Home Entertainment Review: All That Jazz

All That Jazz (Bob Fosse, 1979) – It’s seems ridiculous to use the word “underrated” to describe a groundbreaking, show business legend like Bob Fosse, yet as a filmmaker that’s sadly true. As a choreographer and Broadway director, Fosse’s name is practically a brand. Yet, a filmmaker he never quite gets the respect he deserves. […]

Home Entertainment Review: MacBeth (1971)

MacBeth (Roman Polanski, 1971) – Roman Polanski’s cinematic adaptation of Macbeth is a fascinating movie for a number of reasons beyond its actual content. It was (along with the Monty Python greatest hits project And Now For Something Completely Different) the first film produced by Playboy despite a complete lack of eroticism. It’s also the […]