Movie Reviews

Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Zero Effect'

August 1st, 2014 11:30am EDT
Zero Effect
With the genuinely unfunny and uninspiring "Sex Tape" continuing to limp at the box office, I felt it was time to remind folks of the genius side of Tape director Jake Kasdan and in turn give some love to a past flick that has unfairly been given lukewarm status...welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s selection is one of my all time personal favorites. A combination of an incredible screenplay, decent direction and some career best performances, it’s a film that fell through the cinematic cracks and truly earns the right to be called a hidden gem. Quirky detectives, captivating blac...

'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review: If You've Never Seen A Marvel Movie, See This One

August 1st, 2014 5:20am EDT
'Guardians of the Galaxy' Review: If You've Never Seen A Marvel
Once upon a time a young boy named Peter Quill, who just lost his mother, was abducted by aliens and taken to a galaxy far, far away. The boy grows up to become Chris Pratt, well not really but that's the actor who plays Peter (aka Starlord), a lovable intergalactic thief.

Peter winds up stealing an Orb - we all know what an Orb can do right? In case you don't know (I certainly didn't) this Orb is all powerful and can destroy a civilization faster than you can tweet ‘you must see this film.’

Through a series of events, Peter finds himself in prison, where he teams up with some of Marvel's...

Blu-ray Review: 'Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery' A Five-Star Must For Fans

July 29th, 2014 10:30am EDT
Blu-ray Review: 'Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery' A Five-Star Mu
The day has come that all "Twin Peaks," coffee, cherry pie and Michael J. Anderson dancing in the red room fans have been waiting for – the arrival of the 10-disc Blu-ray set "Twin Peaks – The Entire Mystery...And The Missing Pieces" is here. (Out today July 29 from Paramount / CBS Home Entertainment) So the big question right off the bat is does this set finally put all others to rest (including the previously decent Definitive Gold Box DVD Edition!) while exceeding expectations and thus warrant the purchase of a Blu-ray set in the day and age of digital downloads? The answer - you betc...

Review: While Sensual, Polanski's 'Venus In Fur' Is Unsatisfying and Stoic

July 22nd, 2014 1:20pm EDT
Review: While Sensual, Polanski's 'Venus In Fur' Is Unsatisfying
It’s funny that way back in 1965 filmmaker Roman Polanski had all but mastered drama in a single space. The picture was called "Repulsion" and featured French actress Catherine Deneuve as a gal who is driven to madness inside her small London apartment. It was a movie experience that in the hands of Polanski went way beyond the confines of one location – it was an asset not a burden. Which is why the last few films directed by Polanski, including the new "Venus In Fur," have been such a terrible disappointment. Not just because they’ve been based on Broadway plays (also see "Carnage") o...

Review: Post-Apocalyptic Flick 'Aftermath' A Classic Case Of Been There, Done That

July 22nd, 2014 8:55am EDT
Review: Post-Apocalyptic Flick 'Aftermath' A Classic Case Of Bee
With post-apocalyptic films having been done to death, it’s hard for a film with such a subject to captivate with any sort of fresh perspective. Most recently it was surprisingly accomplished by filmmaker Xavier Gens who examined the after effects on the human animal with his dark and moody flick "The Divide." It’s what makes the arrival of the below average thriller titled "Aftermath" even less welcome. It’s yet another look at survivors after the use of nuclear weapons and comes off like "The Divide" light complete with characters we don’t care about and situations already seen – been ...

Sneak Peek: Inside ‘Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery’ Footage!

July 17th, 2014 11:20am EDT
Sneak Peek: Inside ‘Twin Peaks: The Entire Mystery’ Footage!
A few weeks ago I got a very large yellow envelope containing two cards with some very familiar images on one side (cup of coffee, slice of pie, blue rose!) and an invitation on the other. The event proposed was a rare exclusive treat for a David Lynch fan like myself – a chance to see the World Premiere Screening of The Missing Pieces which are a full 90 minutes of Deleted and Extended Scenes from the film "Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me" on the big screen. (And yes, considered to be the holy grail of "Twin Peaks" fandom!) As part of a lush new set hitting Blu-ray on July 29 titled "Twin...

Get Absorbed by Apes in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’

July 14th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Get Absorbed by Apes in ‘Dawn of the Planet of the Apes’
You’d never expect to be emotionally engrossed by a film about computer-generated apes, which is why Dawn of the Planet of the Apes genuinely surprises you. Because it gets you invested in these characters early on and keeps them sympathetic throughout the picture, you unwittingly become wrapped up in their story. As a result, there are times when you’re shocked to realize that you’re rooting more for the apes than for the movie’s humans.

Set 10 years after Rise of the Planet of the Apes, this film picks up in a world where disease wiped out most the Earth’s population. This same virus tu...

'Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes' Review: Brilliant, Breathtaking And The Best Of The Franchise

July 13th, 2014 4:16am EDT
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Rarely is a sequel better than the original. Of course, there are exceptions, such as 'Godfather 2' and now 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.'

This film is absolutely fantastic on every level, starting with Andy Serkis as Caesar, the soulful, emotional, kind and fair ape that we met in 'Rise of the Planet of the Apes' which starred, James Franco.

Right off the bat, I have to say that Serkis is amazing. He gives such a beautiful, nuanced performance that we, as an audience, are able to feel everything that Caesar feels and thinks. The film, shot in 3D, is brilliantly directed by Matt Reeve...

Top 9 Famous Kid Robots

July 6th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
Top 9 Famous Kid Robots
There is a new robot in town. Well, if you wanna get technical it’s an android. So it won’t be flexing animatronic guns with these guys or be commanded to solve a murder mystery. But in an already crowded block of steel saviors, this ‘bot stands apart for having a baby face. That’s right. Kid robots, er androids are making a comeback. The newest resident of this small community is Ethan (read more about him below) from “Extant,” which priemeres July 9 on CBS. He comes from a long assembly line of kid ‘bots making TV and movie appearances. So, let’s boot up the memory packs and rewire them t...

Review: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Is Surprisingly A Lot Of Fun

June 28th, 2014 6:19am EDT
Review: 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction' Is Surprisingly A Lot
The BOTS are back - the good, the bad, and the ugly - and to my surprise not only did I enjoy the robots, I actually liked this film. Now that's something considering I disliked the first three intensely.

The Plot: Although I doubt that anyone sees this franchise for the plot, here it is; don't worry, no SPOILERS.

Even though the Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, saved the planet and the human race from extinction (see 'Transformers 3'), the CIA - led by the super evil, Harold Attinger (Kelsey Grammer) - is out to destroy every single one of them.

He wants Earth for us earthlings. Now what...