Apr 302011
 

No Strings Attached hardly breaks new ground in the romantic comedy genre yet I still found it mostly to be a funny if not charming film. Although Ashton Kutcher doesn’t deviate from what we’ve seen from in other similar movies, he fills in the role of the doting boyfriend wanting more from a relationship and Natalie Portman is more than suitable for the stubborn woman afraid of commitment and the pain that might follow.

 

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Apr 282011
 

Warner Brothers has announced several catalogue titles set for release in the month of August including Assassins, Cobra, Copycat, Demolition Man, The Name of the Rose, Sleepers and The Specialist. What features, if any, are included with these releases? Check out the cover artwork for each of these releases.

 

 

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Apr 242011
 

Material Girls has rightly been forgotten in the annals of time. It’s a film with no redeemable characters – despite the main characters making a transformation at the end – cardboard cutouts for the supporting cast and a story that’s uninteresting and predictable. I know some might pick this up when it’s on the Wal Mart shelf for $10 but unless you’re a huge fan of either of the Duffs and are easily amused, just pass it on by and spend your money more wisely.

 

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Apr 232011
 

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1 is a good start to the final film in the series that started a decade ago and I can only hope it ends in the bang most have promised it would. It’s certainly the darkest of the franchise, though Prisoner of Azkaban is pretty close, but also one of the best especially with the performances of the three leads.

 

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Apr 212011
 

Picture This isn’t nearly as terrible of a film as I expected but needless to say, it’s also not a very good one either. Tisdale is good in the lead but the story is really farfetched, too much so in fact, and some of the situations they girls are put in are ridiculous and beyond the whole suspension of disbelief. However, I did manage to laugh a few times which is more than I can say for other quick and cheap films targeted at teens.

 

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Apr 192011
 

I host all the Blu-ray screen caps on Photobucket but have noticed that at random, a lot of them get downgraded in quality so if you encounter any caps of 250kb or below, please add a comment in this post and I can re-upload with the proper caps. I will post when I have done so and all you need to do is clear your browser cache and the higher quality caps will be there.

I have no idea why Photobucket does this but it is irritating and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Apr 192011
 

Love & Other Drugs is propelled by the leads rather than the story. I give major credit for the brave performances by Anne Hathaway and Jake Gyllenhaal as they don’t go overboard with characters that could’ve been walking movie clichés. Now, the script itself is serviceable but nothing special, in fact it sticks pretty closely to the formula. As for the Blu-ray, it excels in the video department, has a good audio track while the features are more to be desired.

 

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Apr 132011
 

“Life is a dark chain of events.” That’s how this movie opened and I suspect this quote  struck home to the filmmakers as they wonder where their own lives are going. After watching Chain Letter, I would wonder that myself as nothing about it worked. There’s no suspense, the editing is manic, the characters are cardboard cutouts of every B/C-horror movie ever made and the story makes little sense even when the director tries to make a big Usual Suspects-like deal, out of the twist.

 

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Apr 132011
 

“Life is a dark chain of events.” That’s how this movie opened and I suspect this quote  struck home to the filmmakers as they wonder where their own lives are going. After watching Chain Letter, I would wonder that myself as nothing about it worked. There’s no suspense, the editing is manic, the characters are cardboard cutouts of every B/C-horror movie ever made and the story makes little sense even when the director tries to make a big Usual Suspects-like deal, out of the twist.

 

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Apr 112011
 

The Resident is a mundane film with one good performance by Swank, a forgettable one by Morgan and a confusing one by Christopher Lee. The film itself is filled with clichés and the DVD/Blu-ray cover with the woman in front and an “intense” guy behind has been done ad osmium. I guess the only good news about this release is the video is more than half decent while the audio shines loudly being one of the better lossless tracks I’ve encountered thus far this year.

 

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Apr 102011
 

Country Strong is a mess of a film. Most of the performances are fine and the songs, even if it is country which I normally don’t like, are catchy but the story doesn’t resonate and the characters, at least two of them, aren’t just very likeable. The video and audio transfers are good and while there are several features, they don’t amount to much except the basics.

 

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Apr 102011
 

I still don’t get all the hype the original TRON has received over the years, and the sequel does not make me change my mind on the new film either. It’s an interesting idea, but overall, it just feels like a PS3 Gamers dream movie, but not enough to hold my interest. In regards to the 3D Blu-ray, the movie may not have made an impact on me, the video and audio on the other hand did and both are reference quality.

 

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Apr 092011
 

I know what Sharktopus is supposed to be and that’s a comedy with horror and science fiction taking a back seat on one of those accordion buses. As somebody who normally doesn’t watch these types of movies, I also know I’m outside the target audience. I will acknowledge that there is fun to be had here but it’s one of those films that must be watched with friends otherwise you will feel more than tad foolish watching it alone…

 

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