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Clown's Recovery [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Clown's Recovery [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Price: 8.94

1.0 out of 5 stars IT LOOKS LIKE A FROG, 10 Oct. 2015
This is a documentary about Jelly Boy, a clown in a freak show circus. His body is 15% burned which happened while he was a sleep. And the fire appears to be the fault of the clowns themselves, but they don't go into a lot of detail there. Smoldering blanket stupidly tossed on old clothes.. We get to see glimpses of the circus, we hear from the boring family members, especially the aunt, oh BTW they had a car accident on their way to see him. We see other people we don't know talk about how they heard about the tragedy and much of the film shows Jelly Boy in a coma with tubes up his nose.

While I don't wish a 15% body burn on anyone, but I know people with far more than that without a documentary about their amazing recovery. Unless you are family or friends of the near famous Jelly Boy, I would avoid this film, unless you just like to watch circus freaks or a guy with a tube up his nose.

Trunk [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Trunk [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 8.27

1.0 out of 5 stars BAD GIRLS NEED TO BE PUNISHED, 10 Oct. 2015
Meagan (Jennifer Day) has issues with her ex, but loves her daughter. She is kidnapped and placed in a roomy trunk by George (David Blanchard) who has a lot of issues. Unfortunately he believes he must rape, kill and dismember women and I am not sure of the order. Knowing her fate is tragic, Meagan engages her captor and desperately attempts to assemble a thermo-nuclear device or whatever from items in her purse under the blinding light of her cell phone.

Not much of a story unless watching Jennifer Day move around in a trunk talking dirty is your idea of entertainment.

Guide: F-bomb. Sex talk. Nudity (Jennifer Day)

The Presence
The Presence
Offered by Meganet France
Price: 7.60

4.0 out of 5 stars WELL ACTED GHOST STORY, 9 Oct. 2015
This review is from: The Presence (DVD)
The movie starts out showing us a boring, mostly mute ghost. One that stands around and stares. In a northern isolated cabin, Mira Sorvino returns to her family cabin where she used to spend her summers as a child. The ghost seems to tolerate her presence, but weird things happen such as doors closing by themselves and the Victrola playing by itself. The film moves does the ghost. The cabin has no electricity, and after a few days, she still has cell phone reception. Where is the tower? What kind of battery does she have? Hey! I want one of those!

Anyway, her slightly jerky boyfriend (Justin Kirk) shows up and wouldn't you know it, the male ghost has testosterone issues or so it seems. Creepy huh. Things start to happen to him. The film moves slow and just about when you think nothing will happen, Bam! it does. First slowly, then more dramatic things happen as the film progresses. The boyfriend turns out to be less jerky than he was at first and is the picture of understanding while the serene Mira is somewhat psychotic...or is it the ghost? or a demon from her past?

We soon discover this is more than a simple ghost haunting...

The film is done in a way you can feel the tension between the characters, the influence of the ghost, and the frustration of the boyfriend. The movie has an existential Christian theme to it, but shies away from stating any specific names that pin it to Christianity.

No sex or nudity.

When A Man Falls In The Forest (Region 2)
When A Man Falls In The Forest (Region 2)
Offered by Acid Vibes
Price: 7.96

4.0 out of 5 stars IT DOESN'T SOUND LIKE YOU, 9 Oct. 2015
This is a film for those who like an indie character study.

Gary (Timothy Hutton) works late at night. He may lose his job and go to jail, although he doesn't discuss the matter with his friend or wife. He drinks and take sleeping pills to help him escape life.

Karen (Sharon Stone) is married to Gary. She has passed the "let's talk about the relationship" stage and wants to live a separate life. She is depressed about getting old and losing her looks. She resorts to shop lifting to escape boredom.

Bill (Dylan Baker) is the night time janitor. He went to school with Gary and Travis and is a recluse who attempts to live his life in a world of lucid dreaming. His apartment building doesn't afford him that luxury as he is forced to interact with the world.

Travis (Pruitt Taylor Vince) is Gary's old friend. They have recently got back together. Travis likewise is a semi-recluse since his wife died in a car accident.

Sadie (Stacie Bono) is Bill's neighbor who gets into loud fights with her husband. She attempt to makes friends with Bill, who can only fantasize about her.

Will (David Wiliams) is the son of Gary and Karen. We find out about him about two thirds through the story.

The movie is about how people's lives get into ruts that spiral downwards. These downward spirals are connected to each other. In order to break out of it, a drastic measure is required. Acting was good, but this is not a film most people would want to watch. It is a "people watcher" film.

No F-bombs, sex, or nudity.

Killing Bono [DVD]
Killing Bono [DVD]
Offered by media-4-u
Price: 3.99

5.0 out of 5 stars ENTERTAINING ROCK FILM, 9 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Killing Bono [DVD] (DVD)
This movie is based on a true story. There were 2 friendly rival bands playing in Dublin. One of them changed their name to "U2" and we know the rest of that story. Bono, wanted the guitar player off the rival band. Rather than directly ask the guitar player, Ivan, he asks his brother Neil, the band's leader, who refuses. Neil believes his band will become better than U2 (who haven't cut their first album) and he is doing Ivan a favor. Ivan doesn't realize he had a chance to play for what will be the world's most popular band until...

Meanwhile, in order to become big, the band gets involved with the Irish mafia. They end up playing strip joints before borrowing money to go to London. Finally near the end of the movie, we understand the title. Neil believes all his problems are caused by Bono...if he could just kill him. The movie title is a hook and has little to do with this extraordinary film, a must for rock fans.

Martin McCann did an excellent job playing Bono. The movie was funny and entertaining.

"Remember only this: the measure of a man is what's left when fame falls away... oh, and another thing: get as much sex as you can!"

F-bomb, sex, nudity.

Once Upon a Time in the Hood [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Once Upon a Time in the Hood [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.0 out of 5 stars IT'S A PONTIAC, 8 Oct. 2015
The story follows one Chicago Latino gang of poor drug dealers, particularly the lives of three members who are torn between being a brother in arms gangster and taking care of people they love. The film boasts one of the worst drive-by shooting with a vintage Pontiac. The ending has a twist that wasn't well developed. There wasn't much of a story plot. 2 1/2 stars

Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity ( Lizabeth Silva + others)

Death By Engagement [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Death By Engagement [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 8.29

5.0 out of 5 stars I'M GOING TO CLUB YOU LIKE A BABY SEAL, 8 Oct. 2015
Det. Rikki Moore (Sascha Knopf) and Det. Cade Hamilton are investigating murders. The job is beneath Rikki who has given her notice. Cade counters, "Crappie pay, but we get to shot people." When Spencer bludgeons his run away bride and gets shot in the head, the large engagement ring is removed from the scene. Spencer (Brandon Largent) is brain dead and stays at home with his quirky mom (P.J. Soles). At night, Spencer goes after the possessor of the ring, but for some reason never quite recovers it, leading to a series of murders leaving our team baffled.

This is a comedy horror and I enjoyed it. I loved the blatant misogyny and the women's response. In one scene we have a guy at a garage sale picking through the proud belongings of a young couple, laughing, saying, "We're having a redneck theme party. Hey! How much for the pink flamingo?"

This is an overlooked cult film. I loved this film, but apparently most people didn't.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Edie Dearing, Christa Campbell)

Twists of Fate [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Twists of Fate [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Offered by supermart_usa
Price: 11.19

2.0 out of 5 stars WHO KILLED MY BROTHER, 6 Oct. 2015
We see photos of a crime family as Joey (Rick Borgia) goes to prison for 15 years. He gets out and wants to go straight in spite of pressure from his brother Phil (Gaetano Iacono) and his running buddy Raymond (Gerard Adimando). Phil, in what looked like a flashback, but wasn't, robs a poker game of Rocky Sullivan (Daniel Werzinger). Phil doesn't enjoy his loot too long before he is fish food. Joey laments and opts to avenge his brother's death.

Yes there were some twist, but nothing overly clever. The film had cliche talk and over uses cinema techniques for example. When you want to create excitement, you up tempo the music. But when the tempo of the music far exceeds the excitement on the screen, it becomes noticeable, as in this film.

Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

Circle of Fury [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Circle of Fury [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

2.0 out of 5 stars KILLER STEVE VS KNOCKOUT OWEN, 6 Oct. 2015
Johnny (Randy Spence) is back from Iraq and takes a job from an old friend Tariq (Adonis Williams). Johnny is homeless, doesn't have a penny to his, but owns a cell phone with a plan that bills him how? Johnny discovers Tariq is a drug dealer and holds unsanctioned fights. Johnny gets caught up into the fight world and uses Tariq's gym to teach martial arts.

If you like watching fights with a simple plot, this is it. Christina Rose as girl fighter Austina proved interesting and was perhaps the only scene worth watching.

Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity

Hot Ice [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Hot Ice [DVD] [2010] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

2.0 out of 5 stars ARE WE ON THE SAME PAGE?, 6 Oct. 2015
The film opens up with a laugh as a man with a cheap digital camera uses it as a "carbon detector" to locate diamonds inside a block of ice. The van they are in gets stopped by the cops and a shoot out occurs which allows a group of guys driving by to pick up 3 million in diamonds. They try to fence them locally which leads to their discovery by the bad guys. There is a pair of cops on the case too.

The film used every cliche line from 80's if not the 70's. Who says, "You get 3 guesses and the first 2 don't count" anymore. The dialogue dragged the film way down. Acting was stereotyped for Italian gangsters.

Guide: F-bomb, sex, and 2 stars for the nudity

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