October 1, 2014

Spook Central Blu-ray Review: Ghostbusters 1 & 2


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They're baaack...

This year marks three decades since the theatrical debut of Ghostbusters. And with Halloween right around the corner, what better way to celebrate than to revisit with Ray, Egon, Peter, Winston — and, of course, Slimer — in this seminal, genre-bending comedy classic and its sequel? Sony's just-released anniversary collection bundles both films together, with several all-new extras and Mastered-in-4K video to boot. But for those who may already own any of the two previous Blu-ray releases of the first film, is this new edition worth a double — or even a triple — dip?

September 29, 2014

Love thy Blu-ray Review: Neighbors


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The frat pack...

When you think of modern comedy duos, a few names immediately spring to mind: Tina Fey and Amy Poehler; Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum; and Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie. Two names that might not be as obvious, however, are Seth Rogen and Zac Efron. As unlikely as their pairing might seem on paper, it turns out the two actors share a hilarious on-screen chemistry together. And in director Nicholas Stoller's latest film, they try their best to earn a spot on that list, starring as not-so-friendly neighbors who wage all-out suburban warfare on one another.

September 27, 2014

Metamorphosis of a Blu-ray Review: Rebirth of Mothra Trilogy


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Bullet with butterfly wings...

Godzilla may be the most well-known of Toho's kaiju creations, but when it comes to defending the planet against the wrath of more fearsome colossi, he's not alone. At the height of Godzilla's popularity, Toho also gave him two equally-powerful compatriots: the giant, prehistoric turtle known as Gamera and Mothra, a gargantuan — well — moth. Then, in the mid-nineties, it debuted the first of what was to become a new Gamera trilogy; and shortly thereafter, a Mothra trilogy followed. Now, that latter series of films — dubbed the Rebirth of Mothra Trilogy — has arrived on Blu-ray.

September 26, 2014

An Eye for an Eye, a Film Review for a Film Review: The Equalizer


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Killing in the name of...

Hollywood remakes of old television shows usually go the comedic route, with movies like 21 Jump Street, The Green Hornet and Charlie's Angels putting a humorous spin on more or less serious primetime fare. Not so with The Equalizer, however. Director Antoine Fuqua's violent and gritty reimagining of the 1980s TV series — starring Denzel Washington in the role made famous by veteran actor Edward Woodward — is dead serious when it comes to its portrayal of a man out to right the wrongs perpetrated against the innocent. But do Fuqua and Washington succeed, or are the odds against them?

Nothing's Gonna Stop this Film Review: The Skeleton Twins


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It takes two...

Like most Saturday Night Live alumni who've gone on to film careers, Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are known for bringing the funny. In fact, judging by their filmography, you might think that's their one-and-only specialty. If so, then you'll be pleasantly surprised by their newest collaboration, The Skeleton Twins, a poignant comedy-drama that casts the pair as estranged siblings who reunite in the wake of a near-tragedy. It's ostensibly a film revolving depression, angst and suicide, but the tremendous humor and heart they bring to their roles makes it one of the most emotionally fulfilling movies of the year.