Blu-ray Review: Inherent Vice (2014, Dir, Paul Thomas Anderson)

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This isn’t a film I would normally watch. I’m not a fan of film noir be it from the 30s or from the 21st century, but this one piqued my interest. I had been seeing the previews On Demand for a while, but I normally mute commercials and previews now when I’m in the middle of watching something. I’ve just hit my tolerance level when it comes to advertising, but this one particular day while I was perusing a few On Demand channels I un-muted the volume and got a whiff of this Inherent Vice flick purely by accident. Oh, it’s a comedy?! I thought. Hmmm, looks funny enough. Yup, that’s pretty much what got me from there to here.

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Movie Review: Batman Vs. Robin (2015, Dir, Jay Oliva)

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Warning! Spoilers Contained Within! Warning!

With the economic inequality we are suffering through thanks to the one percent’s out of control greed the story line behind DC’s latest animated movie is a timely one. It’s an adaptation of the Court Of Owls arc from Batman in The New 52 line and in Gotham economic inequality comes in the form a secret society made up of the city’s one percent and their children and their descendants, yes, this society was instrumental in the very creation of Gotham centuries before and they call themselves The Court Of Owls. Their objective is to keep the disease of greed flourishing which means Gotham has to suffer for that happen.

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DVD Review: Silent Retreat (2014, Director, Tricia Lee)

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WARNING! BLOODY SPOILERS HAVE BEEN SPILLED! WARNING!

I discovered this movie a couple of months ago on Upcoming Horror Movies‘ website. There was a Facebook link and that led me to Black Fawn Distribution’s website. I hit the Internet and found some reviews. I wanted to get a sense of whether this flick was any good before I tried for a review copy. That’s my reviewing MO. It cuts down on the amount of “bad movies” I might end up reviewing otherwise. Luckily most reviews were glowing, and even luckier I was able to get a copy to review.

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Movie Review: Justice League: Throne Of Atlantis (2015, Dir, Ethan Spaulding)

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WARNING! SPOILERS ARE SWIMMING AROUND WITHIN! WARNING! 

In the last Justice League movie subtitled, War, the movie ended with the heroes tentatively considering forming some kind of “league” to better defend the world. In this movie they finally come up with their destined name, Justice League, as we learn from Steve Trevor from a phone call while on his way to their S.T.A.R. Lab’s headquarters. Justice League tested better he tells whomever’s on the other end of the line.

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DVD Review: Frankenstein Vs. The Mummy (2015, Dir, Damien Leone)

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WARNING! SPOILERS ARE ALIVE & KICKING WITHIN! WARNING!

“Tuesday, January 14th 2013. My name is Victor Frankenstein and I’m about to embark on a journey of discovery that will change the world forever…”

Outside of Creature From The Black Lagoon (1954) and The Wolf Man (1941), I’ve never really been a fan of Universal’s classic monsters. Frankenstein (1931) and The Mummy (1932) never interested me and Bela Lugosi’s Dracula (1931) didn’t do a thing for me either. Only when Hammer Films got a hold of them and did their own versions did I became a fan of some of them. To this day, though, Frankenstein and The Mummy still don’t interest me, but put them all in a single movie then the whole becomes more than the sum of their parts and now I’m a fan, which is probably why I love Fred Dekker’s The Monster Squad (1987) and Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).

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Made-For-TV: Young Justice: Invasion (2012-2013) Blu-ray

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WARNING! IMMENSE AMOUNT OF SPOILERS WITHIN! WARNING!

By the time Season One of Young Justice was done and over, at the time, as I mentioned in the review of that season, I had only seen the opening two-parter, the ending episode and a couple of episodes in the middle, and I was left kind of luke warm to not overly interested in the show as a whole. When news first circulated about Season Two, the first thing that kind of got me “back in the game,” so to speak, was the ‘Invasion’ subtitle being added. What I instantly took from this was that Season Two was going to be “different” than Season One, and for me, at that moment, was a good thing. I think it was the eventual news about the plotline of Season Two and it’s shorter season that had me really interested but a little concerned.

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The Madeleine Best Movie Awards 2014

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I saw 98 films released in the year 2014. Give or take a few titles. Most of them were pretty whatever, but some of them were pretty great.

It’s the middle of January 2015 now, everyone else published their top 10 lists weeks ago, and the Oscar nominations were announced this morning. I think the Oscars are dumb and bad, so here’s my best of 2014 and some super cool awards that I’ve decided these movies deserve.

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D&D And Me: A Nostalgic Perspective

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I’ve only talked briefly of my love of all things D&D in a couple of reviews, but have never really spoken at length about it, never thought I’d really feel the need to since at 45 I’m not into the game anymore, haven’t been for decades, but just a few weeks ago while on Amazon I bumped into what appeared to me to be a new Monster Manual. The release date confirmed it was indeed new. What?! Without hesitation I hit up google, did some detective work and learned the makers of the game created a 5th Edition that started it’s official roll out this past summer.

Whaaaaaaaaat?!

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Blu-Ray Review: The Wind Rises (2013, Dir, Hayao Miyazaki)

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Since this is the last movie Hayao Miyazaki is making, he’s retiring from movie making, I was expecting the best, but what I got was something less than that. I mean the animation as always was spectacular but the story this time out is rooted firmly in the real world, so to speak. I tend to be more partial to his fantasy-laden plots. The Wind Rises centers on an actual person from history, Jiro Horikoshi, who designed this airplane for World War II. The tale, however, as I understand is fictional, showing how he became inspired by aeronautics and how he met his wife who then died of tuberculosis.

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Blu-Ray Review: Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989. Dir, Hayao Myazaki)

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Simply put Kiki’s Delivery Service (based on the 1985 novel by Eiko Kadono) is a G-rated movie about a 13-year old witch in training, now for a 45-year old man like myself, who nevertheless loves anime, was pretty much under the assumption this was going to be a hard watch, but as usual the quick assumptions I make about movies I’m about to review tend to always be wrong and you can certainly count this movie as one of them.

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