SHAZAM! DC Film Adaptations Are on a Roll (4K Blu-ray Review)

SHAZAM! DC Film Adaptations Are on a Roll (4K Blu-ray Review)

Watch all of the powers and none of the practice when “Shazam!” arrives on 4K UHD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD July 16, 2019. David F. Sandberg (“Annabelle: Creation,” “Lights Out”) directs New Line Cinema’s “Shazam!,” the origin story that stars Zachary Levi (TV’s “Chuck,” “Tangled”) as the titular DC Super Hero, along with Mark Strong (the “Kingsman” movies, “The Imitation Game”) in the role of DC Super-Villain Dr. Thaddeus Sivana and Asher Angel (TV’s “Andi Mack,” “Driven to Dance”) as Billy Batson. Here is my review of the 4K Blu-ray: Read more

PET SEMATARY 2019’s Alternate Ending is Dread-Soaked & Superior to Theatrical Cut (4K Blu-ray Review)

PET SEMATARY 2019’s Alternate Ending is Dread-Soaked & Superior to Theatrical Cut (4K Blu-ray Review)

PET SEMATARY arrives on 4K Blu-ray combo pack July 9th via Paramount Home Entertainment. Packed with over 90 minutes of special features, including a chilling alternate ending – here is my review: Read more

Midsommar is an Unsettling & Demented Break-Up Movie For The Ages (Review)

Midsommar is an Unsettling & Demented Break-Up Movie For The Ages (Review)

Let the Festivities Begin

In 2018, writer/director Ari Aster gave us the horror masterpiece Hereditary. It was slightly surprising to see him pump out another movie so fast. Midsommar is different from Hereditary in a lot of ways, but it also shares some similarities. Most importantly, this movie proves that Ari Aster is a force to be reckoned with and that the sophomore slump doesn’t apply to him. Midsommar is a great film. Much like Hereditary, it will be very divisive as well. This movie isn’t for everyone by any means. But if you loved Hereditary, you’ll love Midsommar. Read more

Annabelle Comes Home: Small Body Count, No Less Terrifying (Review)

Annabelle Comes Home: Small Body Count, No Less Terrifying (Review)

It’s a weird thing, I love the Conjuring Universe more with every film they put in it. Annabelle Comes Home is the latest iteration.  Once again set in the 70s, once again fantastic. There’s something so wonderful about the 70s for horror. The decor is so iconic but a little surreal, so when you turn the lights out it can be really unsettling.  It is the Uncanny Valley but for living spaces. Plus no cell phones and no internet. If something awful is after you, you’re pretty much on your own. Read more

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a Captivating & Satisfying Conclusion to Phase 3 of the MCU (Review)

Spider-Man: Far From Home is a Captivating & Satisfying Conclusion to Phase 3 of the MCU (Review)

After a cameo role in Captain America: Civil War, your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man earned his first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the form of Spider-Man: Homecoming, which succeeded in grounding the superhero in modern-day Queens, and great performances from Tom Holland and Michael Keaton as the villain, but lacked personal stakes for the boy behind the iconic mask, Peter Parker. But the Marvel Cinematic Universe continues to reshape itself with every film, and the world-famous wall-crawler’s second film, Spider-Man: Far From Home, exceeds its predecessor through an engaging character arc, vibrant visual effects, and surprising turns that conclude Phase 3 of the MCU in a way that leaves possibilities wide open for the franchise’s future. Read more

Toy Story 4: I May Never Look at an Antique Shop The Same Way Again (Review)

Toy Story 4: I May Never Look at an Antique Shop The Same Way Again (Review)

Can you believe the first Toy Story, the Original, was in 1995?  Even the latest in the series (before this one) was in 2010, so color me surprised to see another Toy Story here in  2019. I don’t even think I’ve seen the second and the third movies. Well I’ve seen them, several times in fact, but not properly.  They’ve just played in the background for the kids. So I wasn’t sure I would fully appreciate what was going on in Toy Story 4. Pixar seems pretty confident though – if it had been less secure, Toy Story 4 would have been named in the franchise-colon-iteration style – Toy Story: The Antique Shop or something.  That might have been a very different movie. Read more

Toy Story 4 is A Charming Character-Driven Story That’s Small in Stakes But Big At Heart (Review)

Toy Story 4 is A Charming Character-Driven Story That’s Small in Stakes But Big At Heart (Review)

This weekend marks the release of Toy Story 4, the latest computer animated film from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios. The announcement of the project in 2015 was met with heavy skepticism after the initial trilogy was capped by a perfect ending to Toy Story 3, but thankfully, the fourth entry to the franchise keeps the Toy Story train going full speed ahead thanks to the addition of new characters, new ideas, and layered character arcs, along with the gorgeous animation and strong sense of humor that are Pixar staples. Read more

Late Night is a Hilarious Workplace Comedy With Sharp Social Commentary (Review)

Late Night is a Hilarious Workplace Comedy With Sharp Social Commentary (Review)

After over a decade of success writing and starring in The Office and The Mindy Project, actress and comedienne Mindy Kaling has ventured into writing for film, and the words of her debut feature screenplay are translated into the terrific workplace comedy Late Night. Kaling’s years of experience in writer’s rooms over the years infuse the engaging narrative set in the production of a late-night talk show with a dedication to realism, hilarious dialogue and optimistic social commentary. Read more

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is Disappointing & The Giant Monster Fights Were Obscured Most of the Time (Review)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is Disappointing & The Giant Monster Fights Were Obscured Most of the Time (Review)

This week I saw Godzilla: King of the Monsters.  I’ve never seen a Godzilla movie before, so I might be the wrong person to review this.  It’s possible that Godzilla: King of the Monsters is would not be the best introduction to the series.  But director Michael Dougherty gave us Krampus, which I loved, so I had high hopes. And I’ve seen kaiju movies before, there have been good ones. Would this one hold up without a Charlie Hunnan-type character? Read more

South Park Season 22: Time to Get Super Cereal & Deal with ManBearPig (Blu-ray Review)

South Park Season 22: Time to Get Super Cereal & Deal with ManBearPig (Blu-ray Review)

SOUTH PARK: THE COMPLETE TWENTY-SECOND SEASON is available to own NOW on Blu-ray and DVD. Each two-disc set also includes deleted scenes and mini-commentaries on all episodes by “South Park” creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.  The Blu-ray set additionally includes #SocialCommentary on all episodes. Here is my review: Read more

HAPPY! Season 2: Let’s Talk about Patrick Fischler’s Legendary Performance (Review)

HAPPY! Season 2: Let’s Talk about Patrick Fischler’s Legendary Performance (Review)
From SyFy and director Brian Taylor (Crank) comes the TV adaptation of Grant Morrison and Darick Robertson’s HAPPY! Morrison will serve as co-executive producer alongside Taylor, adapting his own comic to the smallscreen. Starring Christopher Meloni, Patton Oswalt, Ritchie CosterChristopher FitzgeraldBryce LorenzoMedina SenghorePatrick Fischler and Lili Mirojnick. Here is my review of season 2:

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Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an Epic Movie That You Want to Love, But Just Can’t (Review)

Godzilla: King of the Monsters is an Epic Movie That You Want to Love, But Just Can’t (Review)

Don’t you just hate being disappointed? To look forward to a movie like this that had an epic trailer and teased something great, only to leave the theater feeling let down is an awful impression. That being said, it doesn’t mean that Godzilla: King of the Monsters is a bad movie. It is actually pretty enjoyable to an extent. But when it comes to a monster movie with this kind of popularity, “enjoyable” just isn’t enough. There is a lot to like about it, and there’s a lot of problems. Read more