Sep 152011
 

I wasn’t nearly as impressed with Dressed to Kill as others have since it doesn’t offer much mystery and the psychological elements which De Palma is normally a master of (look no further than Blow Out), isn’t very enticing either. I guess Angie Dickinson and Nancy Allen excelled in their roles as Michael Caine, while not entirely remarkable, still manages to turn in a sufficient performance.

 

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Sep 152011
 

Scary Movie 2, while not an awful film, is just simply not very funny. It pales in comparison to the original and makes the two other sequels look absolutely brilliant. I’ve now seen this film twice and nothing has changed over the years; I might’ve chuckled a couple of times but otherwise I just had a blank stare counting down the minutes until it was over.

 

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Sep 132011
 

Love Wedding Marriage is a safe film with predictable performances and a story plucked out of a heap of rejected Lifetime romance-of-the-week TV movies. I’ll give Mandy Moore some credit as she still has charm but it’s not nearly enough to overcome the subpar script. The Blu-ray only contains a trailer and the audio/video transfers are alright but nothing special.

 

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Sep 032011
 

40 Days and 40 Nights is certainly an OK romantic comedy with a unique premise but the execution could’ve been better. The saving grace is for the cast from top to bottom with Hartnett, Sossamon and the variety of quirky supporting characters. With the regards to the Blu-ray, the picture is pretty bad and I doubt it’s much better than the DVD version while the audio is OK but nothing special.

 

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Aug 192011
 

Demolition Man is a fun ride and one of Stallone’s better entries in the 1990s second maybe to Cop Land and just ahead of Cliffhanger. One can’t discount Wesley Snipes who to that point had been the hero and takes a fun villainous turn with an over-the-top performance that matched up well with Stallone’s macho personality.

 

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Aug 182011
 

Assassins wasn’t well received upon its release back in 1995 but even back then, I enjoyed the heck out of it thanks to the sharp dialogue, well written plot (even if the finale is predictable) and fine performances from Sylvester Stallone and Julianne Moore. This Blu-ray release is pretty good with audio and video transfers which make this a no-brainer upgrade over its DVD counterpart.

 

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Aug 172011
 

The Specialist is the tale of three movies: Sylvester Stallone and Sharon Stone are in one (average film); James Woods in another (an over-the-top but fun one); and Rod Steiger, with help by Mr. Camp himself Eric Roberts (in a bad film) who seemed to be on a different page from everybody else. As a whole, this is an uneven movie with poor pacing for the first two-thirds and it wasn’t until the action-packed finale that things come together.

 

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Aug 072011
 

Armed and Dangerous isn’t a great comedy by any stretch as the comedy falls short and the action scenes were fairly mundane, though typical for a 1980s action-comedy. John Candy and Eugene Levy share some comedic chemistry and for fans of either actor might enjoy the film for what it is. The Blu-ray itself has a good video transfer and an OK audio track.

 

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Jul 272011
 

Trust is a controversial film but one that is relevant with the ever expansion of the Internet and the reliance, even hold it has on teenagers and the danger it opens from those using it for horrible intentions. The film is comparable to another film I watched called Megan is Missing and both share deep and disturbing content though Trust is much smoother, more consistent and most importantly far more effective.

 

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Jul 272011
 

Bridget Jones’s Diary is still after all these years, 10 to be exact, is a great British comedy with three fine performances. The Blu-ray itself is decent enough with good video and audio transfers and all the features from the DVD were ported over so anyone thinking of upgrading will not miss anything.

 

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Jul 012011
 

Wake Wood certainly has the creepy factor going for it and yet towards the end, it devolves into typical horror clichés. The acting at least is believable especially from Aidan Gillen and Eva Birthistle and the production design, for an independent film, looks good. The Blu-ray is pretty much a disappointment, save for the audio but if you can get this on the cheap and you enjoy supernatural horror, then it might be worth it.

 

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Jun 012011
 

The Company Men is an engrossing drama that gets into the more personal elements of the 2008 financial collapse. The performances while nothing outstanding or award-worthy, are more than adequate especially from Ben Affleck whom I feel is still underappreciated. As far as the Blu-ray goes, the video and audio transfers are good but the features leave much to be desired.

 

 

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