Basic History
Movieman’s Guide to the Movies has been online, in some form and fashion, since around 2000 that began on the website building site, Homestead with a small community of like-minded movie lovers. It began as a hobby site and over the years has grown from theatrical to home video reviews on DVD and Blu-ray. As the site creator, my interest vary across genres though I have preferences over others.

My ratings system is rather simple:

  • 4.5-5 Stars – Excellent
  • 4.0-4.25 Stars –  Very Good
  • 3.5-3.75 Stars – Good
  • 3.0-3.25 Stars – Fair
  • 2.5-2.75 Stars – Average
  • 2.0-2.25 Stars – Below Average
  • 1.5-1.75 Stars – Poor
  • 0-1.25 Stars – Downright Awful

I decided on this range of ratings as a way to distinguish certain movies especially on the upper end where perfection, especially with films, is hard to come by for me. How I rate the video and audio portions vary though I do tend to give some leniency to older films compared with newer releases which more often than not, especially from studio releases, are near perfect in both categories.

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  1. Hello.

    I’m writing review of 4K VOD in Poland, and want to compare some movies with different quality (SD, HD and 4K).

    May I use few (about 3 or 4) of your pictures from your BD Screen Caps? Of course with links to your site.

    Best regards from Poland,
    Szymon Adamus.

  2. Is this Brian Oliver’s site? Wasn’t sure I deliver your movies everyday that come FedEx I wanted to find your webpage

  3. Indeed it is!

  4. Hello Movieman,

    My name is Lawrence and I am the Social Media Coordinator for TriCoast
    Worldwide. We have two movies coming out, one is a documentary called 3 Hikers
    and the other is a PG horror called Wait Till Helen Comes. 3 Hikers is about the
    three American hikers who where detained by Iran in 2009 and it features Sean
    Penn. While Wait Till Helen Comes stars Maria Bello and is based on the best
    selling children’s book. Below you’ll find the links to the trailers please let
    me know if you would like to do a review.

    3 Hikers:

    Wait Till Helen Comes:

    Thank you!

    Lawrence Elwyn
    Social Media Coordinator

  5. Great site! Really like the reviews. For some reason the screen grabs on page 2 from every one of your reviews before October 2016 aren’t showing up. Did they get deleted? Hope you can get em back on line, awesome you had them available.

  6. Yes, Imgur, where the caps are hosted, changed their codes. You can click the Imgur logo and go to their site to view the screen caps.

    I’ve since have had to code the image links myself.

  7. Hey Movieman (Brian?)–

    I have a film called “The Drama Club” being released on VOD on June 9th. The Wrap just released a little piece written by the director, Joe McClean, and we’re trying to build some momentum from that for our upcoming release.

    Would you have any interest in writing a review of the film? Trailer is below. Let me know if you’d like a link to the screener.

    Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVTofdlRsyw

    Joe’s piece from The Wrap: http://www.thewrap.com/5-things-every-indie-filmmaker-should-know-crowdfunding-grandma/


    Mike Kopera
    Lakeview Pictures

  8. How are you would you be able to send me caps from US Marshalls, I need photos of Donald Gibb from the extra crispy scene! The big biker actor!

  9. Sure, am a bit swamped but will try and get some caps in a few days.

  10. Thanks , I really appreciate your time!

  11. So tried my best but with it being a scene with a lot of motion, only could get these where the camera (and actors) were stable:


    Hope that helps.

  12. Those are great, thank you so much!

  13. You helped me alot, im going to fanmail Donald Gibb! I need one more photo if when your not busy, Are you familiar with an actor named Peter Jason, He blows up and crashes in Village Of The Damn 1995! He was In They Live at the church! I needed a nice shot of Peter Jason from Dreamscape 1984 if you can! Peter is in many Carpenter movies!

  14. I’ll try. I know I still have my copy of Dreamscape, just got to track it down.

  15. Dont worry about the Shazam, I only need the Dreamscape of Peter Jason when you have time!

  16. Yeah, sorry about that. Still need to locate my copy of Dreamscape. Hopefully I can get to it sometime during the week, things are busy IRL plus working on reviews.

  17. Thanks its ok, than you ! I know its time consuming!

  18. May you get me some caps of actor Nils Allen Stewart from The Shadow, He was a Mongol with a Fu Man Chu , he is a big guy who fights Baldwin! He has a shaved head!

  19. Are you doing caps for Home Coming next week, if so can you put a few of JK Simmons as Jameson please?

  20. This doesn’t come out until early October and I’m really not sure if I will get a copy for review. If I don’t, I’ll probably just buy it myself. If I do, will get those screen caps.

  21. May you still try to get me Nils Stewart as Mongol in The Shadow he was a big guy with Mongol Hair1995 and Peter Jason in Dreamscape?