Yet another shelved movie comes to light on DVD this week in “Killshot.” You already know the Weinstein routine – reshoots, delayed release dates, editors removing a major character (Johnny Knoxville), producer Quentin Tarantino removing his name, and a theatrical release covering a pathetic five theaters. What’s left is a movie gutted to just 90 [...]
In 2002, a gritty cop drama called “The Shield” stormed out of nowhere, landing an Emmy and a pair of Golden Globes and putting FX on the map as the HBO of basic cable. The future looked impossibly bright. This would be “The Sopranos” of cop shows, with Michael Chiklis’ Vic Mackey playing the morally [...]
How does a movie starring Oscar winner Forest Whitaker, Jessica Biel, Lisa Kudrow, Patrick Swayze and Ray Liotta go straight to DVD? That is apparently the case for “Powder Blue,” which hits the DVD shelves May 26th, roughly 20 months after filming wrapped and without ever seeing a legit theatrical release. So what happened? All we really have in way of explanation is the film itself. “Powder Blue” weaves a web of several loosely connected storylines in the same style as “Crash” or “Magnolia.” The holidays draw near, and four LA residents close in on personal crises as well. Rose Johnny (Biel) strips to pay the medical bills of her comatose 7 year old son. She also appears to have a coke problem, though to what extent remains unclear. Somewhere across town, Charlie (Whitaker) offers strangers $50,000 cash to shoot him “in the heart.” He’s desperate and in pain but, as the film quickly explains, is a religious man and can’t risk killing himself for fear of eternal hellfire. Elsewhere, scrawny Qwerty Doolittle (Eddie Redmayne) receives a rejection on his loan as his father ran up some bad debt for their mortuary business. He’s never had a real girlfriend, and when he attempts to attend a dating function, he passes out from nerves. Jack Doheny (Liotta) is an ex-con dying of cancer. Allegedly, he’s “just passing through” town, though we know right away that something more is going on. [...]
With the release of Season 1 of HBO’s “True Blood” on DVD this week, we scoured Etsy for the best handmade vampire gear.
Here are the choicest nugs:
Gothic Bridal skirt, floor length tulle tutu skirt by MTcoffinzUnderground Mens Glow in the Dark Nosferatu t-shirt [...]
One part small town murder mystery, one part paranormal romance, and quirky comedy to taste – “True Blood” is a delicious cocktail of genres.
Sookie and Bill: Love at First Bite
The show’s title comes from the name of a synthetic blood beverage that has allowed vampires to come out of the coffin and [...]
One of the first scenes in “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” is a hilariously awkward dinner table conversation about failure, shame and fatness, finding humor in the darkest places à la “The Office” or “Extras.” I wondered if my preconceived notions were all wrong. Maybe this wouldn’t be just another saccharine sweet family comedy with the [...]
“Valkyrie” is based on the true story of Operation Valkyrie: a well organized attempt by an arm of the German military to overthrow Hitler. The details of the conspiracy fascinate, particularly in how the months of planning and organization ultimately rest on the whim of a moved briefcase. In fact, it works against the film [...]
Get out your 3D specs, dudes and dudettes. It’s about to get real slasher-y real fast. “My Bloody Valentine 3D” is a film that does not waste time on such trivial matters as fully formed characters, meaningful dialogue or really anything at all beyond suspense and stylized kill scenes. [...]
Who doesn’t want to spend 93 minutes watching Liam Neeson get hands on with some perps?
And hands on with the bad guys Neeson does get – early, often and hard. He also gets feet on, knife in, electricity through and several bullets lodged within them. Yep. The man who played Schindler is [...]