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New Review Movies! – 10-11-2010

Hi there. I have a few new movies to review and I was thinking after my last post that it might be better for all to make more posts with less movies (minimum 3, maximum 5) that way it is easier to post and hopefully easier to read. I have 2 Blu-rays and 1 DVD to post today.

IFC Films

The Human Centipede (Blu-ray) – The plot is diabolically simple: two stranded American tourists are given shelter by a famed German doctor (a maniacally intense Dieter Laser) who made his fortune surgically seperating conjoined twins. Now his mad genius is pushing the doctor to do the reverse. He tells the women that they will be surgically attached to a Japanese businessman -mouth to buttocks, one after the other – and thus will be born a new creature: the human centipede! Compellingly perverse, hilarious, and shockingly straightforward, director Tom Six’s new film is hands-down one of the most memorable horror films ever.

Magnolia Home Entertainment –

The Oxford Murders (Blu-ray) – A woman is murdered in Oxford. Her body is discovered by two men, Arthur Seldom (John Hurt), a prestigious professor of logic, and Martin (Elijah Wood), a young graduate student who has just arrived at the university hoping to study with Seldom. It quickly becomes clear that this is the first in a series of murders, all of which are announced by the murderer with strange mathematical symbols. Professor and student join forces to try and crack the code, and thus begins an elaborate puzzle, in which nothing is as it seems and the truth is elusive.

Indipix –

Forbidden Lies (DVD) – Norma Khouri is a thief, a saint, a seductress and a sociopath – depending on who is talking. Khouri won fame and fortune with her “true story” Forbidden Love, about a shocking honor killing in Jordan. The book was a runaway bestseller, translated into multiple languages and became the toast of the literary world. Until July 2004, when esteemed Sydney Morning Herald journalist Maclcom Knox exposed her book as a work of fiction and her protagonist a figment of her imagination. Now, Norma is fighting for her credibility and offers to go to Jordan to prove that Dahlia indeed existed and that the incident in question really took place. “You’re not going to get one version of the truth, ever,” she says with a straight face. Is her story fact or fiction? You decide…


New Review Movies! – 10/6/2010

Hi Everyone! I’ve gotten some movies since my last post, but no time to update the arrivals with you, until now. There’s a nice assortment of DVDs, Blu-rays and even a book! No sign of a partridge in a pear tree, but I wouldn’t be surprised. First up, as always, is the review movies, followed by my personal collection additions (bought and paid for by yours truly). Some really good-great movies!

20th Century Fox –

Blu-ray –

The Last Of The Mohicans – The Last Of The Mohicans takes place in the majestic mountains and awe-inspiring forests of war-torn Colonial America. In the midst of a bloody battle between British, the French and Native American allies, Cora Munro (Madeline Stowe, Twelve Monkeys, We Were Soldiers), the aristocratic daughter of a British Colonel and her party are captured by a group of Huron warriors. Fortunately, a group of three Mohican trappers, including Hawkeye (Daniel Day-Lewis), a rugged frontiersman and the adopted son of the Mohicans comes to their rescue. A passionate romance soon blossoms between Cora and Hawkeye, but many forces test their love as they continue to journey through the Frontier.

Bridgestone Multimedia Group –

DVD –

Homeless For The Holidays – When an uncaring executive falls from the corporate ladder, he learns how difficult it can be to find work and compassion in today’s economy. He eventually accepts a humiliating job, but with bills rapidly piling up, and not enough money to go around, he quickly discovers that, unless something changes soon, he’ll lose everything by Christmas. Will family and faith be enough to bring joy when you’re Homeless For The Holidays?

Anchor Bay Entertainment

DVD –

The Killing Machine – If you thought he was hardcore in The Expendables, he’s now totally unstoppable as The Killing Machine. Action icon Dolph Lungren (Rocky IV, Universal Soldier) stars as Edward Genn, a divorced Vancouver father and investment broker who also happens to be the infamous KGB-trained assassin known as “Icarus”. But when his two worlds collide in a storm of bullets, bloodshed and betrayal by the Russian Mob, Icarus reloads for the most personal – and punishing – contract of his entire career. When revenge is not enough, how far will a one-man death squad go to get even? Stefanie Von Pfetten, Samantha Ferris (“Supernatural”) and Bo Svenson (Inglorious Basterds, Walking Tall) co-star in this bone-snapping, skull-blasting, badass throwback to extreme ’80’s action movies, directed by Lundgren himself!

The Rig – Miles offshore, the skeleton crew aboard Weyland Drilling’s “Charlie” Rig is preparing to ride out an oncoming storm. But 4,000 feet below, their drills have mistakenly unleashed a different kind of terror: it’s strength is inhuman. It slaughters without mercy. And it is hunting the stranded team one by one. Now, deep within the labyrinth of oil platform passageways, a group of tough-as-nails drillers must find a way to destroy a monster that lives to kill…or die trying, William Forsythe (Rob Zombie’s Halloween), Art LaFleur (Field Of Dreams), Serah D’Lane (“Wild Things: Diamonds In The Rough“), Marcus Paulk (“Moesha”)  and Dan Benson (“Wizards If Waverly Place”) star in this science fiction thriller featuring creature effects from the team behind Aliens vs. Predator – Requiem.

E One Entertainment –

DVD –

ARN The Knight Template – Arn Magnusson (Joakim Natterqvist) is trained from birth to become a skilled swordsman. After being double-crossed by a decious nobleman, he is made a Knight Templar and sent off to the Crusades as penance for his sins. Fighting to regain his freedom, Arn battles fierce enemy armies and becomes a hero.

Last Day Of Summer – Tired of being tormented by his boss, Joe (DJ Qualls), a disgruntled fast food employee, finally snaps and plans revenge. But after getting rejected by a beautiful stranger (Nikki Reed), he decides to kidnap her instead. Can she show him that there’s more to life than flipping burgers, or is Joe past the point of no return?

Night Of The Demons – Angela (Shannon Elizabeth) is throwing a decadent Halloween party at New Orleans’ infamous Broussard Mansion. But after the police break up the festivities, Maddie (Monica Keena) and a few friends stay behind, Trapped inside the locked mansion gates, the remaining guests uncover a horrifying secret and soon fall victim to seven viciousm blood-thirsty demons.

The Six Wives Of Henry Lefay – After notorious ladies’ man Henry Lefay (Tim Allen) is presumed dead ub a skydiving accident, his daughter Barbara (Elisha Cuthbert) heads home to help prepare his funeral arrangements. But things get hilariously complicated when his current wife and multiple exes bicker for control over the burial procedures, and Henry shows up to his own funeral very much alive!

IFC Films –

Blu-ray –

Boogie Woogie – An all-star cast has wicked fun in skewering the pretentions and superficiality of the art world in this comic romp by director Duncan Ward Emmy and Golden Globe winner Gillian Anderson (The X-Files) is a cougar on the prowl for a new boy-toy; Heather Graham (Boogie Nights, Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me) is an ambitious assistant who will do anything to advance her career; Tony winner Alan Cummings (X-Men 2) is a hapless dealer with too much decency for his own good; Danny Huston (Robin Hood, Clash Of The Titans) is a rapacious dealer; and the legendary Christopher Lee (The Lord Of The Rings trilogy) is the owner if the priceless work of art titled “Boogie Woogie” that they all circle with naked desire. Beauty may be in the eye of the beholder, but art ALWAYS has a price.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment –

Blu-ray –

Winter’s Bone – After her father jumps bail and mysteriously disappears, 17-year-old Ree Dolly (Jennifer Lawrence) must find a way to track him down or she’ll be left without a home or custody of her two young siblings. To avoid losing everything, Ree must hack through the lies and threats looming everywhere in her rural town to piece together the dangerous truth about her father – without getting herself killed – in this taut, pulse-pounding thriller.

Wolverine And The X-Men : The Complete Series –

MGM/20th Century Fox

The following are part of MGM’s multi-feature collections 6 movies in one DVD-sized holder with 3 Double-sided discs with a movie on each side.

6 80’s Movies –

Valley Girl – Nicolas Cage, Deborah Foreman

The Rachael Papers – James Spader, Jone Skye, Dexter Fletcher, Jonathan Pryce

Losin’ It – Tom Cruise, Shelley Long

The Last American Virgin –

Class – Rob Lowe, Jacqueline Bisset, Andrew McCarthy, Cliff Robertson

Zapped! – Scott Baio, Willie Aames

6 Kids Movies –

Snow White –

Red Riding Hood –

Beauty And The Beast – Rebecca De Mornay, John Savage

Puss In Boots – Christopher Walken

Sleeping Beauty –

Hansel And Gretel –

6 Sports Movies –

Bull Durham – Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins

Rocky Marciano – Jon Favreu, Penelope Ann Miller, Judd Hirsch, Tony Lo Blanco, George C. Scott

Body And Soul (1981) – Leon Isaac Kennedy, Jayne Kennedy

Body And Soul (1999) – Rod Steiger, Jennifer Beals, Michael Chiklis, Tahnee Welch, Ray “Boom Boom” Mancini, Joe Mantegna

Diggstown – James Woods, Louis Gossett Jr.

Semi-Tough – Burt Reynolds, Kris Kristofferson, Jill Clayburch

Vivendi Entertainment –

DVD –

Seven Deadly Sins – It’s all fun and games until someone gets hurt…and then the real fun begins. For popular high school student Harper Grace (Dreama Walker, TV’s Gossip Girl), senior year means that she is just one step away from escaping her small-town life. But everything changes when Kaia (Rachel Melvin, TV’s Days Of Our Lives) arrives on the scene – bringing with her a big city attitude and an attraction to danger. Based on the phenomenally popular book series by Robin Wasserman, Seven Deadly Sins is a roller-coaster ride of betrayal, retribution, guilt and sweet revenge.

Warner Bros –

DVD –

The Exorcist – Controversial and popular from the moment it opened, The Exorcist endures as a defining classic that influenced movies afterwards and still shocks and haunts today. The frightening and realistic tale of an innocent girl inhabited by a terrifying entity, her mother’s frantic resolve to save her and two priests – one doubt-ridden, the other a rock of faith – joined in battling ultimate evil always leaves viewers breathless. In the Extended Director’s Cut, director William Friedkin and producer/screenwriter Wiliam Peter Vlatty intergrated over 10 minutes of footage deleted before the film’s 1973 release. They include moments deepening the impact of a first-rate ensemble’s remarkable performances and reinforcing the film’s grip on it’s audience. A phenomenon of it’s time and for all-time, The Exorcist astonishes and unsettles like no other movie.

He’s Your Dog Charlie Brown – The gang is fed up with mischief-maker Snoopy, so Charlie Brown sends the offending beagle away to puppy boot camp. Equipped with a tiny suitcase and his own doggy dish, Snoopy heads to the Daisy Hill Puppy Farm but never makes it past his first step at Peppermint Patty’s. Now Snoopy wonders if the grass is greener with a new master, Can Charlie Brown put an end to the canine chaos and bring Snoopy back to the little red doghouse? Friendship and loyalty come out on top in He’s Your Dog, Charlie Brown. And you will, too, with this Remastered Deluxe Edition with Improved Picture and Audio.

The Human Target: Season One –


One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Ultimate Edition Blu-ray Review!

One of the best Blu-ray releases of the year, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest Ultimate Edition Blu-ray celebrates the 35th Anniversary of the great movie (also as old as I am, wish JAWS had gotten a 35th anniversary BD release) this edition comes packed with just about everything except the Oregon State Hospital. You get Hardcover mini-book, Actual playing cards with the characters on each card, mini replica posters, mini replica movie actor promos, a pre-production booklet, a mini-patient file folder and a full length commentary that includes producer Michael Douglas as well as an all-new interview with him and Theatrical trailer etc. This is truly the ultimate edition release, if you need more than this you might be loonier than some of the patients at the hospital. A great movie and a great release!

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New Movies 2 Review & Personal Collection!

Hi everyone. I got some more movies in the mail recently (& today) so I thought I’d post them here.

Review Movies –

Blu-ray – Why Did I Get Married Too? (Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson) featuring the same cast from the hit comedy/drama Why Did I Get Married? this sequel is set in the Bahamas, a perfect getaway for 8 former college classmates celebrating their life-long friendship at their annual reunion. Unexpectedly, Sheila’s ex-husband arrives hoping to break up her new marriage and win her back. Tensions mount and committment becomes a challenge for all four couples when they return home they try to fix their strained relationships.

DVD – The Legend Of Bruce Lee (From the 50-part Bruce Lee series of the same name, Danny Chan, Michael Jai White, Ray Park) Following Lee’s well-known, short-lived 32 years on this world, The Legend Of Bruce Lee shows us some sides that might not have been as well-known as his movie career, particularly the constant challenges against other martial arts masters in his quest to form the best martial arts strategy for himself and his students and later for the fans of his movies worldwide. Sometimes the fighting goes wire-fu with unrealstic moves, but for the most part the fight scenes are the highlights of this three-hour film. The lowlights come in the form of shoddy acting and dialogue/editing. Still the fight scenes alone are well worth the price of admission and Danny Chan almost literally becomes Bruce Lee, in looks as well as acting.

Fierce People (Diane Lane, Donald Sutherland, Kristin Stewart) A coming-of-age story about the downside of privilege. Ironic that I get this film and Wall Street to review on the same day as they touch the same base about the evils of those with money and greed. 16-year old Finn (Anton Yelchin, Terminator Salvation, Star Trek) wants to spend the summer with his anthropologist father that he never met, but his drug addicted mother (Diane Lane) shatters his dream as he is arrested for his effort at helping his downward-spiraling mother. Liz (Lane) moves the pair into a guesthouse at a vast country estate of a former client and billionaire (Donald Sutherland). Finn and his mother face a danger far worse than any South American jungle…the power, privilege that belong to the super rich.

Wall Street (Michael Douglas, Charlie & Martin Sheen, Daryl Hannah, Hal Holbrook), Bud Fox (Charlie Sheen) is lured into corporate espionage by the ruthless and greedy Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) who is out to get as much money as possible, legal or not and will stop at nothing to accomplish his goal. Fox learns that there is a price he is not willing to pay when he sees Gekko for what he is, but is he too late to save his soul? Wall Street represents the greed of 80’s stock-brokers who live only for money, power, status and high-finances.

The Secret Of Moonacre (Tim Curry). A big inspiration for J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter books, this is the story of 13-year-old Maria Merryweather (Dakota Blue Richards) who’s father dies leaving her orphaned and homeless. She is forced to go life with her previously unknown, eccentric, uncle Sir Benjamin (Ion Gruffudd – Fantastic Four, King Arthur) at the mysterious Moonacrew Manor. Soon her world is torn apart by ann acient feud with the sinister De Noir family. Maria discovers that she is the last Moon Princess and must uncover mysteries of the past before the 5000th moon rises and Moonacre disappears into the sea forever.

Personal Collection –

Blu-rays – Poseidon (Kurt Russell, Richard Dreyfuss, Fergie) A remake of sorts of The Poseidon Adventure this time out with a more serious tone and special effects galore. This movie wasn’t a smash hit mostly because of the lack of time given to developing characters to care about when all the death and destruction hits. I mainly like this movie for Kurt Russell’s performance and some good special effects (as well as the lousy ones).

Kill Bill : Volume 1 (Uma Thurman, Vivica A. Fox, Lucy Liu, Daryl Hannah, Quentin Tarantino) Outside of Pulp Fiction and Grindhouse this is one of my favorites from Quentin Tarantino. Uma Thurman shines here with a character that was written specifically for her. The acting and action are both outrageous and fun. A throwback to Golden Harvest’s Bruce Lee films (note her yellow costume throughout the last part of the movie) as well as cool sprinkle of Brian De Palma during the hospital scenes. Kill Bill is certainly over-the-top (as are all Tarantino films) and great fun as well as hilarious comedy. An amazing cast and great music that most people wouldn’t think about until they see this film and realize the coolness of the soundtrack.

Ghostbusters (Bill Murray, Harold Ramis, Ivan Reitman, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver). One of Bill Murray’s all-time best movies as his character and comedy is at an extreme high here. Working with fellow SNL-alum Aykroyd, Murray steals the show, even though he was the main star to begin with! Ghostbusters will have you laughing out loud and worrying for the good guys at the same time. The chemistry of the cast is outstanding and the story is ahead of it’s time as family-friendly-fun. (try saying that 10 times fast, family-friendly-fun-familyfriendlyfun)


Frozen Blu-ray Review

Frozen is a movie about three friends looking to have some fun at a ski resort. Forgotten while in a chairlift in the bitter cold, the three soon realize survival will be a much tougher challenge than any hill could provide. Facing the elements and nature the three just hope to survive. The resort won’t open again until the following Friday so the three remain on their own, having to rely on one another and taking risks that could cost them their lives. A stunning thriller that will make you think twice the next time you go for your skis or snowboards, Frozen does for the ski resort what Jaws did to beachgoers. Be sure to check this out September 28th on Blu-ray!

As usual click the picture to read my review of Frozen @ Movie-Vault.com!


Brooklyn’s Finest Blu-ray Review

Brooklyn‘s Finest on Blu-ray is a very nice release. With an amazing cast including Richard Gere, Don Cheadle, Wesley Snipes and Ethan Hawke along with smaller roles by Ellen Barkin, Vincent D’Onofrio and Will Patton the cast has some amazing actors and all give above-average performances. Brooklyn’s Finest is about cops in Brooklyn dealing with their surroundings and each has their own major hurdle to get over. Hawke’s character is supporting a wife who is pregnant with twins and also having other kids and a house that is falling apart. How is he supposed to do right by his family on a cop’s salary? Cheadle’s character is an undercover cop being used to set up a recently released prisoner who saved his life when he was undercover in jail. Gere is a week from retirement, not willing to take risks that could cost him his life, he is forced to train rookie cops and learn how to live life as an everyday citizen. Snipes plays a recently released convict wanting to go straight but finding himself irresistibly drawn back into a life of crime, hoping to make one final score to fund his post-criminal life. Brooklyn’s Finest is a tough police drama that is a bit of a downer but a very good movie none-the-less.

Blu-ray Details –

Special Features –

  • Audio Commentary With Director Antoine Fuqua
  • Chaos & Conflict: The Life Of A New York Cop
  • Boyz N The Real Hood
  • An Eye For Detail: Director Featurette
  • From The MTA To The WGA: Writer Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Three Cops And A Dealer: Character Profile
  • Brooklyn’s Finest HD Theatrical Trailer
  • Additional Trailers – Spartacus: Blood and Sand, The Crazies, Pandorum, Law Abiding Citizen, The Ultimate Fighting Championship

2nd Disc –

  • Digital Copy

As usual click the picture to read my review of Brooklyn’s Finest @ Movie-Vault.com!


Escape From New York Blu-ray/DVD Review

Escape From New York is a unique futuristic look (at the time, which was 1981) at the world and New York in particular. Director John Carpenter brings his greatest talent to the table creating a claustrophobic atmosphere. Kurt Russell gives his best action-hero performance as the timeless Snake Plissken, a man who kicks ass and doesn’t take names. The sound is the typical soundtrack in the earlier Carpenter flicks and supports the film very well. The supporting cast is pretty good here and the film has a tense/suspense feeling that doesn’t let up until very close to the end. This is not really horror and by today’s standards the action is fairly tame but this is a fun movie. At least give it a rental and this is a great buy for both the DVD and Blu-ray if you don’t have this at all. No extras here but the Blu-ray looks really good.


Batman Begins Blu-ray Review

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After his parents’ brutal murders Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale, Terminator Salvation) travels the world, seeking the best to train him to fight the same injustices that took his parents from him. His main trainer Henri Ducard, a disguised Ra’s al Ghul, (Liam Neeson, Taken) is a tough teacher who is not impressed by Bruce’s wealth and intellect. Helping him in his battle are trusted butler Alfred (Michael Caine, Harry Brown), his ally Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman, Invictus) and detective Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman, Bram Stoker‘s Dracula). Upon his return to Gotham he unveils his alter-ego Batman, a masked hero who uses strength, intelligence and high-tech weapons to fight the criminal element in Gotham. This is where…..Batman Begins.


The Karate Kid Part II (Blu-ray) Review

Buy Karate Kid 1 & II Blu-ray Box set @ Amazon.com!Read the rest of my review @ Movie-Vault.com!

 

Note that this review is for the Karate Kid/Karate Kid II Blu-ray Box Set.

Miyagi (Pat Morita) returns home to Okinawa for the first time in 45 years with Daniel (Ralph Macchio) as his father falls gravely ill. There he encounters his former love Yukie (Nobu McCarthy), the woman he left behind when he left for America. Daniel falls in love with her niece Kumiko (Tamlyn Tomita) just as two enemies emerge to challenge both couples’ happiness. Sato (Danny Kamekona), the man Yukie was arranged to be married to, seeks revenge against Miyagi for interfering. Chozen (Yuji Okumoto), is his vicious nephew who instantly dislikes Daniel. Together Miyagi and Daniel must face their foes and overcome them in their own ways. Karate Kid II features the 1986 Oscar-nominated song “Glory Of Love” by Peter Cetera.

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Spread Review

Ashton Kutcher plays Nikki, a model-type man with an aimless life who uses older women for just about anything and everything, until he meets his match in a beautiful waitress named Heather (Margarita Levieva) who beats him at his own game. Nikki had a foolproof arrangement with Samantha (Anne Heche), a successful female lawyer who is satisfied with being “friends with benefits.” Nikki, the serial womanizer, learns what it’s like being on the other side of his games, and even still he might fall in love in the process.

View My "Spread" Review @ Movie-Vault.com!

First off, if you don’t know this movie is pretty hard-core with sex scenes. At times it seems like soft-core porn. With a title like Spread, you would think I would have seen that coming, but the movie plays up the comedy aspect a little too much in it‘s description. Yes, it is funny, sometimes laugh-out-loud funny. Though the film at times does better as a serious romantic drama than as a comedy.

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