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Aftermath [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Aftermath [Blu-ray] [US Import]
Dvd ~ William Baldwin
Price: £9.55

4.0 out of 5 stars IS THERE ANYBODY OUT THERE?, 1 Sep 2014
The film centers on Hunter (C.J. Thomason ) a young doctor who knows something about what to do when the big ones start falling. He meets and woman and a young boy along the road. They steal a vehicle, loot a store and seek shelter in rural Oklahoma/Texas, a place that has far for guns than basements. They eventually find refuge in a basement to the dismay of Brad (Edward Furlong) who supplies us with internal conflict until the wanting, looting neighbors show up.

The film is more realistic than most. Who fired the nukes at us is not known. The war started when Pakistan launched nukes against Israel and India. They don't have many warheads and certainly don't have the capability to reach the US so they had to come from either the Soviets or China, most likely the Soviets, but there is no reason given or why NORAD failed to protect and warn us.

A makeshift fallout shelter is great, but unless you have a filtered air system, you only have half the problem licked. The dose rate meter shown typically doesn't click. That appears to have been added for effect. The rate of 4 Rem/hr (.04 Sieverts) will give radiation sickness to most people after a day or two of exposure and kill half the people exposed after 4-5 days. We didn't get any idea how long they were exposed to that level. Radiation sickness first effects the digestive system. You lose it all. It also makes people lethargic as you feel sick. The very idea that infected people are out marauding around is something to spur slumping gun sales, but not a likely scenario. Most likely it would be uninfected people out to scrounge food, of which only sealed goods are safe after you wipe off any exterior fallout, but that makes a boring film, like that Viggo Mortensen thing everyone seemed to love.

Parental Guide: Frequent F-bombs. No sex or nudity. 3 1/2 STARS

The Inbetweeners 2 [DVD] [2014]
The Inbetweeners 2 [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Simon Bird

3.0 out of 5 stars I WORK IN A TOILET AND LIVE IN A TENT, 1 Sep 2014
Jay (James Buckley) is in Australia and sends our group a text message filled with male fantasies and lies about his situation. Our group somehow gets the funds for a surprise visit where they discover that Jay lied to them. While there, Will (Simon Bird) miraculously bumps into Katie (Emily Berrington) who saves their vacation by introducing the group to her friends and places to go.

This is another crude teen sex comedy. The humor is sexual and lacks any intellect. It is for kids who think talking about sex in the crudest fashion is cool and funny. It is a film I would have loved at one time, but have long out grown.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity. Crude sex talk and gestures.

The Adored [DVD]
The Adored [DVD]
Dvd ~ Laura Martin-Simpson
Price: £9.23

3.0 out of 5 stars I NEED MY SPACE, 1 Sep 2014
This review is from: The Adored [DVD] (DVD)
Maia (Ione Butler) is a model who wants to remake herself. She trust herself to Frankie (Laura Martin-Simpson) a photographer who takes her to her secluded home own by the Shellys. Frankie is compulsively meticulous. She has desires for Maia who she convinces to spend the weekend.

Maia is having issue with her husband and says, "I need my space." We know what that means guys. Meanwhile there is a subplot of a man (Jake Maskall) talking to a transgender looking psychologist (Caroline Burns Cooke) about life and love. He is apparently connected to one of the two women, but we don't know who or how.

The film consists mostly of Frankie attempting to seduce Maia, interrupted by a guy talking to a shrink. The production awkwardly comes together at the end.

The acting was fair. The story didn't move. I didn't really care about any of the characters. I enjoyed watching Frankie putting everything back in its place after Maia moved it an inch...and the fact she sleeps nude.

A mediocre Indie stye rental.

Parental Guide: F-bomb F/F sex nudity (Laura Martin-Simpson, Ione Butler)

The Last Showing [DVD] [2014]
The Last Showing [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Robert Englund
Price: £10.50

3.0 out of 5 stars TRUST ME. I'M A PROJECTIONIST, 1 Sep 2014
The film has a good opening. Red and white letter fonts, translucent green tinting and Robert Englund. We discover Stuart (Englund) works at a cineplex. He is dissatisfied with his boss and viewers. Allie (Emily Berrington) wants to go to the midnight showing of "Hills Have Eyes 2" and then give her boyfriend (Finn Jones) something special. A girl after my heart, but he is moody about it.

The boss (Malachi Kirby) and our twosome become the reluctant actors in a carefully orchestrated film, under the watchful eye and control of Stuart as he reads the main events off 3X5 cards.

This is a decent film. Certainly worth a rental for horror fans. Light on characters.

Parental Guide; F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

If I Stay [DVD]
If I Stay [DVD]
Price: £13.00

4.0 out of 5 stars YOU ARE EITHER GOING TO WATCH THIS FILM OR NOT, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: If I Stay [DVD] (DVD)
Mia Hall (ChloŽ Grace Moretz) has a wonderful family, in love with Adam (Jamie Blackley) who plays in a band, and she is a candidate for Julliard. The next thing you know, she is in a coma and we all have Puff moments as she examines her life and can see what is happening in the hospital as a soul or spirit. Mia must make the mental decision to recover or move on and follow the light. With much of her life destroyed, she asks the question of what will she have "If I Stay."

The film is filled with all the joyous melancholy of a teen girl's life (hint: target audience). For people who couldn't cry enough over "The Fault In Our Stars" this film is here to help wrangle that last bit of moisture from your tear duct. Mom (Mireille Enos) explains life to Mia while doing dishes and inspired the title for my review.

Actors gave a good performance for a script that was a bit formulaic. Newcomer Ali Milner did an excellent job as Liz, the friend.

Parental Guide: No F-bombs, or nudity. Implied sex.

The Rover [DVD] [2014]
The Rover [DVD] [2014]
Dvd ~ Guy Pearce
Price: £14.00

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3.0 out of 5 stars TELL ME WHAT'S GOING ON?,, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: The Rover [DVD] [2014] (DVD)
Eric (Guy Pearce) keeps to himself and minds his own business. Australia's economy has collapsed. The outback is lawless. Barter and US dollars are the accepted currency. When Eric's car is stolen by 3 other bad guys, Eric pursues them and doesn't let anyone stand in his way of getting back his vehicle, even though he has a vehicle.

Eric teams up with Rey (Robert Pattinson) the "half-wit" brother of one of the bad guys. They become friends as we wonder what is in the car that would drive Eric with such passion. The problem with the film was when I found out, scratched my head and said, "Seriously? Where did that come from?" Could he of just... Wouldn't the bad guys have found it?

A decent character drama that was ruined by a stupid ending.

F-bomb. No sex or nudity.

The Two Faces Of January [DVD]
The Two Faces Of January [DVD]
Dvd ~ Viggo Mortensen
Price: £10.00

4.0 out of 5 stars I LOOKED UP TO MY FATHER AS IF HE WAS A GOD, 31 Aug 2014
The film is based on a novel by Patricia Highsmith. Rydal (Oscar Isaac) is an American living abroad working as a tour guide fleecing American tourists. He has father issues. He meets Chester (Viggo Mortensen) MacFarland who reminds him of his father and his wife Colette (Kirsten Dunst) who he desires in an Oedipus kind of way.

Chester gets into trouble and must go on the run. Rydal comes along with and get tangled in his life.

Janus was a two faced god who looked both forward and backward. The title refers to Rydal, who is a younger form of Chester, two people who are alike but different in age. The story takes on aspects of a Greek Tragedy. The action is slow. The film is more drama than thriller. It is about relationships, that could have been better developed. (I imagine the book did that.)

This is not a film for everyone. It is well acted, but the plot moves slow.

Parental Guide: No F-bombs, sex, or nudity.

Varsity Blood [DVD]
Varsity Blood [DVD]
Dvd ~ Lexi Giovagnoli
Price: £8.00

2.0 out of 5 stars I'M CALLING YOUR MOTHER, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: Varsity Blood [DVD] (DVD)
This is another teen high school slasher who-dun-it. Head JV cheerleader Ginny gets killed on Halloween and now after one year it is Halloween again. The movie gives us the usual suspects: the father of the victim who goes missing, the unstable boy from the half way house is gone, the kid who wears the mascot costume is gone, Hanna's "Carrie-like" mom, the boy who is picked on by the cheerleaders....everything but the creepy janitor. How could they miss him?

The movie gives us all the comical cliche suspects with a straight face. They should have played some "Psycho" stabbing music when they mentioned each one, and turn this into a rightful satire.

The acting was bad. However I think a special shout out needs to go to Elyse Bigler who played Heather. She was comical as she read her lines worse than a first year drama club type. Unfortunately the film didn't get any better after they killed her (oops sorry) but I felt better.

Not a great slasher. No real comedy value unless you want to play MST at home.

Adult language. Sex and nudity

Plastic [DVD]
Plastic [DVD]
Dvd ~ Ed Speleers
Price: £10.00

2.0 out of 5 stars GAME OVER, 31 Aug 2014
This review is from: Plastic [DVD] (DVD)
The film opens with "Based on a true story." Faced with high unemployment a group of young entrepreneurs engage in black mail and credit card fraud. When they strong arm the accountant for some organized crime figure, they are forced into a payout of 2 million pounds. They scam Frankie (Emma Rigby) into helping them, having to relocate their operation to Miami, where they go for a big scam.

The movie was in part a teen party film, and another part it was a crime drama. The blending didn't work that well. The set up was rather quick and the character building was weak. Just a hard film to get into.

Parental Guidance: F-bomb, sex, stripper nudity.

Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For [DVD]
Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For [DVD]
Dvd ~ Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Price: £14.00

4.0 out of 5 stars THE GODDESS MAKES SLAVES OF ALL OF US, 30 Aug 2014
This film centers on the relationship of private detective Dwight (Josh Brolin) and that of his former girlfriend Ava (Eva Green) who plays him. Then about 20 minutes from the end, an undeveloped subplot involving Senator Roark (Powers Boothe) and his illegitimate son (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) finishes off the picture.

This film has all the neat graphics as the original. The plot is not as confused as the first one which was a weave of subplots and flashbacks. If you haven't seen the first film, I would not recommend watching this one as the end will be very confusing. Clearly this production is not nearly as good as the first one, but they did a nice job bringing back the cast, I just wish they had a better story line.

Eva Green stars as our femme fatale as Scarlett Johansson has filled her quota for nude scenes this year. Jessica Alba becomes a major player only in the last part of the film. Due to the graphic novel style, no one looks like they aged. and Nancy (Alba) still looks like a kitten on stage. The film still incorporates the colorful/metaphorical monologue.

"Liquid darkness fills us both."
"Death is just like life in Sin City."
"The Goddess make slaves of us."

Worth watching if you have seen the first one. Don't expect the complexity.

Parental Guide: F-bomb, sex, nudity (Eva Green, Juno Temple)

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