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DVD Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith
DVD Mitch Albom's Have a Little Faith
Dvd ~ Laurence Fishburne
Offered by MMRSALES
Price: £6.99

4.0 out of 5 stars WHAT'S YOUR GLORY?, 4 Sept. 2015
The movie's title is about faith, but it is more of a story about how we touch each others life and how we are interconnected. Mitch (Bradley Whitford) is a scab sports writer for the Detroit Free Press. While at home in New Jersey, Mitch is asked by his 82 year old rabbi (Martin Landau) to write his eulogy. This forces Mitch to spend time with the rabbi who touches his life.

Mitch is then inspired (or perhaps feel guilty) to do the cliche pretentious thing and sleeps in a crowded homeless shelter to know what it is like to feel poor and homeless. Mitch thinks he can do more than just write about sports. He meets Henry Covington, a preacher in a poor church trying desperately to save a dying community. Henry (Laurence Fishburne) has a past of crime and drug dealing but following an epiphany has come to God.

The film has many inspirational lines and events. In fact it had too many, as it became bogged down with goodness. Fishburne gives us a great performance as does Landau. Bradley Whitford as Mitch left me cold. Mitch has zero personality. He was a Jew with no sense of humor. He lacked decent character development although he was in nearly every scene. This is one of the problems with Hallmark productions: When in doubt go lame and drippy.

I saw the film more about determination and desire to help others as the "faith" aspect was light, almost to the point of being politically correct.


Fifty Dead Men Walking
Fifty Dead Men Walking

4.0 out of 5 stars THE END JUSTIFY THE MEANS, 4 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Fifty Dead Men Walking (HD DVD)
Martin is a young man who makes his living selling stolen items. He is recruited by both the IRA to fight the British and by the British to spy on the IRA. He initially gets involved at a low level in order to get things like a good job, an income, a car, and a girl. The movie has some personal aspects as well. Some lines include, "Your Irish. You are born with an opinion." Or when his mom finds out Martin's gf is pregnant, "You'll do the right thing, or I'll kill you myself."

Martin's gf, the mother of his son, and expecting again, has different priorities. Apparently living and raising a family is more important than keeping Ireland from being British. As Martin watches people die and get tortured around him, he re-examines his situation and realizes he is in too deep and wants out.

Martin's wife/gf and mother are the only real likable characters in the story. Everyone else is caught up in causes and killing. The basic theme of "the end justify the means" is tested throughout as Martin questions the deeds of both sides.

Interesting, but Irish is not English. I suggest using the idiotic subtitles the first time through.


Paper Towns [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
Paper Towns [Blu-ray + UV Copy] [2015]
Dvd ~ Cara Delevingne
Price: £14.99

3.0 out of 5 stars WHERE'S MARGO?, 4 Sept. 2015
Margo (Cara Delevingne) moves into town and Quentin (Nat Wolff) becomes obsessed with her being a free spirit, always going on adventures, and never plucking her eyebrows. The obsession goes from childhood through their senior year in High School. Margo loves mystery and after a night of mischief with Quentin, she disappears. Following clues left by the mysterious Margo, Quentin goes to look for her taking along a posse.

Margo's adventures were better stated than enacted. The film had a lot of boring scenes, coupled with indie scenes that attempt to be cute and deep both. Margo has those deep memorable lines like, "We bring the rain and not the scattered showers." The target audience of the film is the class of 2015 with a theme of "making memories" and not a memorable movie.

3 weak stars

Guide: 1 F-bomb. Implied sex. No nudity.


Creepshow 3 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Creepshow 3 [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

4.0 out of 5 stars MORE COMEDY THAN TERROR, 3 Sept. 2015
Creepshow III does not have any real horror in the movie. It is light with irony and twists. The independent stories intertwine in a nice way to add to the humor. Okay, the special effects were not special. At the end of the first episode (mini-plot spoiler) a girl named Alice is changed into a white rabbit. I think the box description as "merrily macabre fun" is apt for the movie. There is no suspense or terror. It is a horror movie for people who don't like horror movies because they are too intense.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, deals with prostitution and drugs. No nudity.


Area 51 [Blu-Ray] [Region B] (English audio)
Area 51 [Blu-Ray] [Region B] (English audio)
Dvd ~ Sandra Staggs

2.0 out of 5 stars DEADLY FORCE IS AUTHORIZED, 3 Sept. 2015
Three guys plus a woman conspire to break into Area 51 and learn its secrets. The secret US test base for experimental aircraft? Nope. That other Area 51 with all those alien secrets. Filmed in Nevada, the film spends the first hour attempting to make us believe these High Tech Macgyvers can pull it off. Then the rest of the film attempts to be interesting, but fails, thinking throwing a few decent special effects at us will compensate for a boring first hour and haphazard ending.

My advice is to fast forward through the first hour, so you won't be out of steam when it starts to get decent.

Guide: F-bomb and nudity


Age of the Dead [DVD]
Age of the Dead [DVD]
Dvd ~ Manuela Arrighi
Price: £7.00

1.0 out of 5 stars WORDS ARE USED BY EVERYONE. WISDOM BY FEW., 1 Sept. 2015
This review is from: Age of the Dead [DVD] (DVD)
"Apocalisse Zero - Anger of the Dead" and "Age of the Dead" are both the same Uwe Boll production. A virus or youth protesting causes a zombie outbreak. We poorly follow two subplots. One is about Alice who is pregnant and lost her daughter to a zombie snack. She hooks up with Steve and Peter and apparently drive around through Europe for four months as we get a "four months later" tag. Meanwhile another man is experimenting with a woman, possibly a patient zero, and in spite of her importance, she seems to be a sex toy based on the brief scenes of guys straightening out their pants when they leave her. The two subplots come together as we discover the proverbial ferry taking people away to an uninfected island.

There are not a lot of characters. The few that exist are boring and don't talk much. We don't get to know these people.

Guide: Implied sex, nudity (Désirée Giorgetti)


apocalisse zero - anger of the dead dvd Italian Import
apocalisse zero - anger of the dead dvd Italian Import
Dvd ~ roberta sparta
Offered by VECOSELL
Price: £8.09

1.0 out of 5 stars WORDS ARE USED BY EVERYONE. WISDOM BY FEW., 1 Sept. 2015
"Apocalisse Zero - Anger of the Dead" and "Age of the Dead" are both the same Uwe Boll production. A virus or youth protesting causes a zombie outbreak. We poorly follow two subplots. One is about Alice who is pregnant and lost her daughter to a zombie snack. She hooks up with Steve and Peter and apparently drive around through Europe for four months as we get a "four months later" tag. Meanwhile another man is experimenting with a woman, possibly a patient zero, and in spite of her importance, she seems to be a sex toy based on the brief scenes of guys straightening out their pants when they leave her. The two subplots come together as we discover the proverbial ferry taking people away to an uninfected island.

There are not a lot of characters. The few that exist are boring and don't talk much. We don't get to know these people.

Guide: Implied sex, nudity (Désirée Giorgetti)


The Gallows [DVD]
The Gallows [DVD]
Dvd ~ Reese Mishler
Price: £9.99

3.0 out of 5 stars C'EST LA VIE, 31 Aug. 2015
This review is from: The Gallows [DVD] (DVD)
In 1993 in Beatrice, Nebraska the high school put on a play called the gallows. An accident occurred on stage were Charlie was hung. Twenty years later that same high school is putting on that same play because it can. Football player Reese (Reese Mishler) joins the drama club and plays a speaking role next to drama queen Pfeifer (Pfeifer Brown) on whom he is crushing. Ryan (Ryan Shoos) films the whole thing and Cassidy (Cassidy Gifford) provides some addition cleavage.

The problem is Reese can't act so they decide to sabotage the stage so the play will be cancelled and Reese won't embarrass himself. A stage that is supposedly haunted.

This film suffers from the same thing as all hand held camera films. We have dark cam, the hall whispering cam, the what is that cam, the foot cam, the green cam, and the green foot cam. All this makes for a bad film. The twist at the end, I admit I didn't see coming. I liked it. The problem I had with the twist is that there is a "discovery" of things that happened 20 years ago, secrets I didn't think would exist in a small town where everybody knows everyone's business.

Guide: 1 whispered F-bomb. No sex or nudity.


Vacation [DVD]
Vacation [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ed Helms
Price: £9.99

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4.0 out of 5 stars IT'S NOT THE DESTINATION. IT''S THE JOURNEY, 31 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Vacation [DVD] (DVD)
Rusty (Ed Helms) is grown and an airline pilot for a small airway. When the neighbors are over for dinner, he sees an enormous amount of father-son bonding, that he become envious and realizes his family is in a rut. He decides a vacation to Wally World (and not Paris) is what the family needs and announces to the audience "The new vacation will stand on its own."

His family is a bit dysfunctional. We discover his wife Debbie (Christina Applegate) was known as "Debbie do anything" in college. As a side note, I don't believe there is a Memphis State University, but the University of Memphis is a dry campus. Kevin (Steele Stebbins) the younger son swears excessively, wrestles, and likes to bully his older brother James. James (Skyler Gisondo) who "doesn't have a vag.., but it would be okay if he did", keeps a wish diary.

The film was funny. The humor was cruder, more sexual, and there was a lot of F-bombs, 58 to be exact. The film also allowed itself to draw some similarities to the original vacation, such as the girl in the car, but didn't over do it. Chevy Chase and Beverly D'Angelo appeared near the end which was a bit anti-climatic. The best humor came when they did a misdirection from the formula. Perhaps the biggest laugh was provided by the family car.

Guide: Plenty of swearing, sex talk, brief nudity.


Dark Places (2015) [Import]
Dark Places (2015) [Import]
Dvd ~ Charlize Theron
Offered by Rare Dvds
Price: £27.99

5.0 out of 5 stars SOMETIMES THINGS HAVE TO DIE, 31 Aug. 2015
This review is from: Dark Places (2015) [Import] (DVD)
Libby Day (Charlize Theron) has trouble remembering events on the night her family was murdered. Her testimony put her brother Ben (Tye Sheridan) in jail. He was accused of molesting an eleven year old girl and he was a Satan worshiper hanging out with the wrong crowd. Years after the deed, Libby is running low on funds and contacts the Kill Club who want to investigate the murders. They believe Ben is innocent. Libby is reluctant to help. As she starts to look at the material, she too is sucked into the mystery.

The film uses flashbacks to recreate what happened in the past. It drops clues, in fact it drops enough clues, that you have more suspects than a half dozen Scooby-Doo episodes...including Ben. The film is based on a popular novel by the same name. It takes place in Kansas and moves at a pace that strings you along as the clues and flashbacks ooze out slowly.

Guide: F-bomb. Sex. Near stripper nudity. 4 1/2 stars


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