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OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN – There were two films that came out during the summer that had to do with an attack on the White House and the president becoming a target of terrorism directly in the homeland. OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN was the first one with WHITE HOUSE DOWN following. As with many of these similar themed films, OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN beat the other to the punch and it showed in the box office with OLYMPUS faring quite well while WHITE HOUSE DOWN didn’t do nearly as good, despite getting better critical ratings and having more star power. OLYMPUS is a pretty good action flick if highly unbelievable in its delivery. North Koreans attack the White House by placing a group of tourists outside the gate and installed as the security for the South Korean Prime Minister. After what seems to be a thousand police, military and Secret Service personal are killed, only one disgraced former Secret Service man remains, Mike Banning (Gerald Butler), who luckily is a former special forces and kicks major ass.
And that’s what happens during the entire film as Banning moves from room to room in the White House taking out a horde of North Koreans before reaching the president who has been taken prisoner inside the bunker deep inside the White House. As far as action flicks go it is a doozy with nonstop destruction, kills and fights going on but the plotline is pretty much straight forward without any need for twists or turns. Check it out in high definition as it looks so much better and the action looks great, which will have fans of this genre extremely happy.
HATCHET III – By now you pretty much know the drill with the HATCHET movies. Big, bad ass unstoppable ugly guy that’s a ghost mangling a host of dumb people in a forest because he’s made as hell that his dad accidently killed him as a boy after a bunch of loser kids set fire to his house. This is the first of the trilogy that was not directed by Adam Green but the feeling of the film is exactly the same with Danielle Harris reprising her role as Marybeth, the heroine from the first two installments. This time Marybeth goes to the cops and they mount a recovery of the bodies from the first two films. Marybeth thinks she has killed Victor Crowley (Kane Hodder) but because he’s a ghost he comes back once again the next day with a whole new set of victims to take out in glorious fashion. As with most sequels, the body count is higher – which is saying something after how many people were killed in the second film – the kills are incredibly gory, but nothing special since we have seen most of them already. However, these films are fun and that’s the point. Just straight carnage from beginning to end and that’s exactly what happens here.
ERRORS OF THE HUMAN BODY – A weird look into how scientists compete to get ahead in the war on cancer through strange experiments with rats and how that impacts not only their own psychological state but their morality as well. It begins with a scientist working on theories about how part of the body’s immune system could be used to fight against the disease and the key is unlocking how it could be amplified to fight the diseased cells. But soon it warps into a real mind f*** with strange imagery about rats coming out of body parts and some competing scientist placing one of the diseases inside one of the other scientist in order to find out if the cure works in humans as well as it has in rats. Not really a horror flick but more of a strange psychological trip where what you see isn’t necessarily is what is actually happening. But what is happening is pretty much a mystery and left up to interpretation.
ONCE UPON A TIME: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON – Given all of the shows that focus on fantasy it isn’t a surprise that ONCE UPON A TIME has been successful, however, the rabid popularity of the show is pretty outstanding. Taking cues from storybooks and putting unique spins on them. The show focuses on a number of Disney traditional characters and gives them a new spin, sometimes evil, sometimes just strange and completely different from what anyone has seen before. In the second season, more fairy tale characters are shown opening up more mystery, action, adventure and romance during the 22 episodes of the season. The cool thing here is that in addition to all the episodes there is a good deal of bonus features on the DVD/Blu-ray set including a look at Captain Hook, a look at the strong female characters on the show, deleted scenes, bloopers, audio commentaries and more. The show has been renewed for a third season, so this is the perfect time to catch up on what you missed.
MIDSOMER MURDERS: SET 22 – I missed this last week and I feel stupid because of how good this show is. The show is set in a rural British county that just happens to have some of the most dastardly murders happening. The show focuses on John Barnaby (Neil Dugeon) and his partner that must uncover crazy homicides that happen in such a nice, quaint area. As with many of the other sets of MIDSOMER MURDERS there is only four mysteries here – British like to keep things short and to the point – including “The Sleeper under the Hill” about a group of druids, “The Night of the Stag” about the disappearance of a booze inspector, “A Sacred Trust” about violence at a nunnery, and “A Rare Bird” about bird enthusiasts that go a bit overboard with the competition resulting in, you guessed it, murder. The show continues to be very popular in England and new episodes are currently filming. Meaning a Set 23 is not far off. See what you are missing and get this set, especially if you love a good mystery. In fact, you can follow this link to purchase the set: http://tinyurl.com/BarnesNoblesBluRay.
GIRLS: THE COMPLETE SECOND SEASON – GIRLS is an interesting show in that it gets a truckload of attention from media outlets and Internet outlets yet does not capture the ratings attention that a lot of the other HBO shows – GAME OF THRONES, TRUE BLOOD – do. But the type of buzz it does get is enough to garner additional seasons because it keeps the HBO brand in the news and those that enjoy the show seem to be deeply loyal. In particular, the lead in the show Lena Dunham (who also is the show creator) gets the most attention because she is fearless in her portrayal as a frumpy, morally troubled woman that craves sex and attention. Apparently, not a lot of people are comfortable with that character while others thrive on it. Regardless, the show is coming back for a third season and this is a perfect chance to catch up on what you missed.
SOUTHLAND: THE COMPLETE FIFTH AND FINAL SEASON – SOUTHLAND originally appeared on a network but soon was regulated to cable where it actually did very well. The show focuses on the lives of the LAPD both in a professional environment as well as the personal issues they must deal with on a daily basis. There is a lot of interesting stories in the final season including bank robbers with hearts of gold, gangs in a funeral, a weird death of a tourist and much more. But each of these stories is always shown through the eyes of the cops and we always get a healthy dose of what is happening in their lives outside of work that makes it that much more enjoyable. If you are fan of the show, this is a must have as it won’t be coming back again. All 10 episodes are included on this 2-disc set along with deleted scenes and a making of featurette.
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