Blu-ray Review: HELL NIGHT Collector’s Edition

HELL NIGHT Blu-ray | ©2017 Shout Factory

Stars: Vincent Van Patten, Kevin Brophy, Jenny Neumann, Suki Goodwin, Jimmy Sturtevant, Peter Barton Writer: Randoph Feldman Director: Tom DeSimone Distributor: Scream Factory Suggested Retail Price: $34.93 As most of the classic and cult 1980s horror films have been given their Blu-ray special edition due, there are still a handful of leftovers yet to see the high-def light of day. Thankfully, Shout! Factory (via their Scream Factory label) has knocked another one of those Holy Grail titles off the list with 1981’s HELL NIGHT. Produced by Compass International Pictures (responsible for 1978’s HALLOWEEN and later cult faves 1980s FADE TO […]Read On »

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Movie Review: INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY

INSIDIOUS THE LAST KEY movie poster | ©2017 Universal Pictures

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson, Leigh Whannell, Caitlin Gerard, Spencer Locke, Rob Stewart, Kirk Acevedo, Ava Kolker, Pierce Pope Writer: Leigh Whannell, based on characters created by Leigh Whannell Director: Adam Robitel Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: January 5, 2018 INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is the fourth film in the INSIDIOUS series, following the effectively scary 2010 original, the retcon-happy 2013 sequel and the decent 2015 prequel. In the manner of STAR WARS chronology, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY is set after the events of INSIDIOUS 3 but before the first INSIDIOUS. Not to worry: even for people who haven’t […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE POST

THE POST movie poster | ©2017 20th Century Fox

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Matthew Rhys, Bob Odenkirk, Bruce Greenwood, Carrie Coon, Tracy Letts, Bradley Whitford, Bruce Greenwood, Alison Brie, Jesse Plemons Writers: Liz Hannah and Josh Singer Director: Steven Spielberg Distributor: 20th Century Fox Release Date: December 29, 2017 A 1970s-set drama about a newspaper in Washington, D.C. may not sound like the feel-good movie of the year. However, for those who felt 2017 was the epitome of an absurdist political nightmare, THE POST may bring perfect holiday cheer. While Watergate ultimately got the bigger press – think ALL THE PRESIDENT’S MEN (which this […]Read On »

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Movie Review: MOLLY’S GAME

MOLLYS GAME movie poster | ©2017 STX

Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera, Chris O’Dowd, Graham Greene Writer: Aaron Sorkin, based on the book by Molly Bloom Director: Aaron Sorkin Distributor: STX Release Date: December 28, 2017  MOLLY’S GAME is the theatrical film directorial debut of Aaron Sorkin, who also wrote the screenplay, based on Molly Bloom’s autobiographical book. Sorkin created THE WEST WING and THE NEWSROOM, won an Oscar for his screenplay for THE SOCIAL NETWORK and is widely considered one of the best screenwriters working today. While it’s not all that he does, Sorkin has written a number of fact-based, somewhat biographical […]Read On »

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Movie Review: STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI

STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI movie poster | ©2017 Lucasfilm

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, Adam Driver, Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Lupita Nyong’o, Domnhall Gleeson, Anthony Daniels, Gwendoline Christie, Kelly Marie Tran, Laura Dern Benicio Del Toro, Joonas Suotamo Writer: Rian Johnson, based on characters created by George Lucas Director: Rian Johnson Distributor: Disney Release Date: December 14, 2017 By now, it is evident that any kind of adaptation of pre-existing material – sequels, books into films, films into TV series, and so on – is going to get a very strong reaction from people who have strong sentiments about the original. This means […]Read On »

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Movie Review: PHANTOM THREAD

PHANTOM THREAD movie poster | ©2017 Focus Features

Rating: R Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Vicky Krieps, Lesley Manville Writer: Paul Thomas Anderson Director: Paul Thomas Anderson Distributor: Focus Features Release Date: December 20, 2017 PHANTOM THREAD manages the difficult but not entirely laudable feat of being both unpredictable and staid. We can’t guess where this tale of an elite dressmaker and his smitten muse is going, but the thread doesn’t remain shiny all the way through. Written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, PHANTOM THREAD is set in 1950s London. Everyone is still feeling the impact of WWII, but the wealthy and the royal still have the need for […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 –Season Finale – Jordan Fisher takes it all!

Lindsay Arnold and Jordan Fisher in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

The glitter and confetti has been swept off the floor. The fake snow machines have stopped fluttering out California flakes in 80 degree weather. The curtain has come down on DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 and added to the list of DWTS champions are Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold. Emotional stories unfolded leaving it a tight race to the finish, but in the end Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson came in third while Fisher & Arnold’s stiffest competition Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas came in second. Fisher & Arnold and Stirling & Ballas ended the night with perfect scores […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 10 – Season Finale – Part 1 – Drew Scott eliminated

Drew Scott and Emma Slater in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Jordan Fisher, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 20th, 2017 And so it has come, DANCING WITH THE STARS: Season 25 is coming to an end and as with every season the biggest most climatic ending is the Freestyle dance, which almost always predicts the winner, or narrows it down very quickly. This season is no different. Lindsey Stirling wow’ed the audience and the judges with two perfect scores tonight, one being the most coveted of all the Freestyle number. Stirling and partner Mark Ballas have so much charisma and style that […]Read On »

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Movie Review: JUSTICE LEAGUE

JUSTICE LEAGUE movie poster | ©2017 Warner Bros.

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Ciaran Hinds, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams Writers: Chris Terrio and Joss Whedon, story by Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio, based on characters created by Bob Kane & Bill Finger and William Moulton Marston and Joe Shuster & Jerry Siegel Director: Zack Snyder Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: November 17, 2017 JUSTICE LEAGUE has been awaited with some skepticism. Part of this is due to the fact that a lot of people weren’t too wild about its direct predecessors, MAN OF STEEL, which brought forth Henry […]Read On »

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TV Review: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 25 – Week 9 – Semi-Finals – Fan fave Victoria Arlen is booted

VIctoria Arlen and Valentin Chmerkovskiy in DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 25 | ©2017 ABC/Craig Sjodin

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Jordan Fisher, Victoria Arlen, Drew Scott, Lindsey Stirling Network: ABC, airs Monday Original Telecast: Nov. 13th, 2017 PROPERTY BROTHERS must be a very popular show because seemingly the next couple due to hit the road was Drew Scott & Emma Slater, but instead audience favorites Victoria Arlen & Val Chmerkovskiy said goodbye on week nine of DANCING WITH THE STARS. The semi finals brought fierce competition to the dance floor as the couples had to do one original dance and then another iconic dance that earned a perfect score from a couple in a past season. Only […]Read On »

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