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Blu-ray Review: THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE: 40th ANNIVERSARY COLLECTOR’S EDITION

THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE 40th Anniversary Collector's Edition Blu-ray | ©2014 Dark Sky Films

Stars: Marilyn Burns, Edwin Neal, Gunnar Hansen Writer: Kim Henkel & Tobe Hooper Director: Tobe Hooper Suggested Retail Price: $49.98 Distributor: Dark Sky Films Time has been very good to 1974’s THE TEXAS CHAIN SAW MASSACRE. Not only has there been multiple, inferior sequels and remakes that have tried to supplant it with lesser results, but a whole new subgenre of horror movies was jump started due to this Tobe Hooper classic. That subgenre of course is the “kids in a van” movie. So many movies have used this template to the point of nauseum – kids take a detour …Read On »

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WHIPLASH composers Justin Hurwitz and Tim Simonec keep a mean jazz beat – Interview

WHIPLASH soundtrack | ©2014 Varese Sarabande Records

In a cinema where wannabe musicians have their aspirations lifted through the very mild tribulations of crotchety, yet ultimately humane instructors, filmmaker Damien Chazelle’s WHIPLASH  is FIGHT CLUB as opposed to FAME – the equivalent of a cymbal in the face, or a shower of blood splashed across a drum kit. While young percussion prodigy Andrew Neyman (Miles Teller) gets out of the way of the first abuse-bomb, he’ll have plenty of blood, sweat and tears to give in his sadistic servant-master relationship to his instructor Terence Fletcher, a jazz drill sergeant who makes the scream-swear martinet in FULL METAL …Read On »

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LIFE AFTER BETH Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

LIFE AFTER BETH | © 2014 Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: LIFE AFTER BETH – Yet another zombie comedy that takes a different approach to the whole undead thing being a bad thing. After an accident claims the life of Beth (Audrey Plaza), her boyfriend just can’t get over it and longs for her. It gets complicated when …Read On »

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Movie Review: OUIJA

OUIJA movie poster | ©2014 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Olivia Cooke, Ana Coto, Daren Kagasoff, Bianca Santos, Douglas Smith, Shelley Hennig, Lin Shaye Writers: Juliet Snowden & Stiles White Director: Stiles White Distributor: Universal Release Date: October 24, 2014 Maybe this isn’t what happened at all. However, OUIJA looks like the result of producers and/or the studio deciding that they wanted to bring out a PG-13 horror movie right around Halloween. Upon realizing/recalling that a lot of genre fans eye PG-13 horror warily – afraid that such films will have the flaws that afflict OUIJA – the production team opted to bypass the adult and even …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: NIGHTBREED – THE DIRECTOR’S CUT

NIGHTBREED: THE DIRECTOR'S CUT | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Craig Sheffer, Anne Bobby, David Cronenberg, Charles Haid Writer-Director: Clive Barker based on his novel CABAL Suggested Retail Price: $29.93 Distributor: Shout! Factory There are many instances where a director’s work is completely butchered by a studio because they don’t quite understand or care about the intent – they just want to make a quick buck and screw the art. Sergio Leone had his 1984 epic ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA sliced to a nub during its original release, only to be restored to its full epic glory decades later. Clive Barker’s NIGHTBREED from 1990 is the equivalent …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION

HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION | ©2014 Shout! Factory/Anchor Bay Entertainment

Distributor: Anchor Bay/Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $169.99 The significance of HALLOWEEN: THE COMPLETE COLLECTION LIMITED EDITION, which brings together all 10 films under once roof, is not lost among die-hard films. The rights issues for the ten films spans several different companies and many different licensees which has made a box set like this seem more like a pipe dream in the past than a reality. Then some crazy thing happened – Anchor Bay (which controls HALLOWEEN, HALLOWEEN 4: THE RETURN OF MICHAEL MYERS and HALLOWEEN V: THE REVENGE OF MICHAEL MYERS), Miramax/The Weinstein Company which has HALLOWEEN: THE …Read On »

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Movie Review: FURY

FURY movie poster | ©2014 Sony Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Anamaria Rinca, Alicia von Rittberg Writer: David Ayer Director: David Ayer Distributor: Sony/Columbia Pictures Release Date: October 10, 2014 FURY is set in April 1945, when the Allies were winning the war in Europe, but the Nazis were still fighting back furiously. The film takes its title from the nickname of a stalwart tank. A valued crew member has just been lost and is being mourned in various ways by his fellows: the tank’s top officer Sgt. Collier (Brad Pitt), religious Boyd Swan (Shia LaBeouf), …Read On »

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Movie Review: THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT

THE HOUSES OCTOBER movie poster | ©2014 RLJ Entertainment

Rating: R Stars: Brandy Schaefer, Zack Andrews, Bobby Roe, Mikey Roe, Jeff Larson Writers: Zack Andrews & Bobby Roe & Jason Zada Director: Bobby Roe Distributor: RLJ Entertainment Release Date: Theatrical, VOD and iTunes: October 10, 2014 Probably no found-footage movie since THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT has persuaded much of the viewing public that it’s for real, but the makers of THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT give it a go, using people’s real names and an upfront explanation of who shot the purported additional footage. In fact, director Bobby Roe and his co-writers Zack Andrews & Jason Zada, have come up …Read On »

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EDGE OF TOMORROW Highlights this week in Blu-ray, DVD and VOD Releases

EDGE OF TOMORROW | © 2014 Warner Home Video

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. Movies: EDGE OF TOMORROW – Given how bad of a marketing campaign was run for EDGE OF TOMORROW and how poorly it was received by critics, you are probably going to be surprised how much you enjoy this science fiction GROUNDHOG DAY. And yes I realize there are …Read On »

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Movie Review: KILL THE MESSENGER

KILL THE MESSENGER movie poster | ©2014 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Jeremy Renner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ray Liotta, Tim Blake Nelson, Berry Pepper, Oliver Platt, Michael Sheen, Paz Vega, Michael Kenneth Williams, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Andy Garcia Writer: Peter Landesman, based on the books DARK ALLIANCE by Gary Webb and KILL THE MESSENGER by Nick Schou Director: Michael Cuesta Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: October 10, 2014 At this relatively late date of 2014, most people accept as a matter of historical record that the CIA was involved in some shady doings in Nicaragua during the 1980s, continuing into the following decade. However, in 1996, not only was this …Read On »

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