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Screaming Dead [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
Screaming Dead [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

2.0 out of 5 stars DON'T KILL HIM. IT WILL RUIN OUR SHOOT., 27 Jun. 2017
A cult photographer shoots three models in a haunted asylum. That's about it. I made it sound better than it was.

Misty does not pontificate on matters of religion or government.

Nudity (Misty Mundae, C.J. DiMarsico)


All Eyez on Me [DVD] [2017]
All Eyez on Me [DVD] [2017]
Dvd ~ Demetrius Shipp Jr

4.0 out of 5 stars SOMETIMES THE FAULT IS NOT IN THE STARS, 26 Jun. 2017
This review is from: All Eyez on Me [DVD] [2017] (DVD)
This is a 2hr and 20 minute biopic of rapper/activist Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp Jr.). The film starts out a bit disjointed as we see him give an interview about his past. The film eventually catches up to this point and then proceeds forward. Some time is spent on his Black Panther roots and his junkie mother (Danai Gurira).

We then see a complex Tupac who wants to give back and be an activist but then gets caught up in the system as "they gave me all the tools to destroy myself." He nature was cyclic. The film showed him getting arrested for jaywalking and then glosses over his next 10 arrests with some quick headlines. The production includes his rape trial, time in prison, and the inception of Death Row Records...and the last hour of his life. At times his biggest enemies were those in his inner circle when not his pride. The film could have been better edited. It assumes you are familiar with East Coast vs. West Coast rappers and Notorious B.I.G.

Guide: F-word. Implied sex. Brief nudity.


Caged Beauty
Caged Beauty
Dvd
Price: £3.49

3.0 out of 5 stars LOOK AT ME!, 25 Jun. 2017
This review is from: Caged Beauty (Amazon Video)
"Caged Beauty" is the 2016 re-release of the 2010 "Violent Blue." Not usually a good sign. The film is not for everyone. It is art house filled with dysfunctional characters. Silvia Suvadova plays Katarina, the titled character. She gets caged about an hour into the film. She is a music teacher obsessed with finishing Molcik's unfinished concerto who died in 1939. She tells her psychologist (Bogdan Szumilas) she is concerned because her husband (Nick Mancuso) is getting out of prison and her brother is distant from her. She apparently has promiscuity issues as the doctor asks her out. Her brother (Jesse Hlubik) is an electronics genius who is friends with club owner Bolo (Barry O'Rourke). Kylie (Andrea Harrison) lives in the flat under Ondrej, the brother and works for Bolo. She is into mathematics and music. The performers in the club relay messages to Bolo in their music. Kylie decodes the music into words about Chinese shipments. Ondrej creates a device that writes music, predicting the next notes after you place some notes into it.

The characters behaved in a surreal manner, sometimes just standing still during a scene. In one scene a couple is doing some type of slow moving dance/yoga to the "Hookie Pookie." Yes, it was an obscure type of comedy, especially the teacher confrontation, a weird scene I actually enjoyed. The first hour introduces us to the absurd characters.

The film was in part English, in part subtitled, and at times silent with the words on the screen as a silent film. The characters are initially introduced as if you are watching the opening credits. The music does not have subtitles and I feel that I missed part of the film without it.

The production was about 90% rough Bergman and 10% Tarantino. Good luck.

Guide: F-word. sex. nudity.


The Nullarbor Nymph
The Nullarbor Nymph
Dvd ~ Douglas Feary
Offered by DaaVeeDee-uk
Price: £25.69

4.0 out of 5 stars WANTS HER PRECIOUS, 24 Jun. 2017
This review is from: The Nullarbor Nymph (DVD)
The film opens with a found footage tape, or perhaps a spoof of a found footage tape (it is hard to tell). It moves into a documentary style as locals talk about the legendary Nullarbor Nymph with speculation ranging from made up story to space alien. And plot spoiler- you get no closure. Two water works individuals driving in this area spot the Nymph and have an accident, stranded in the middle of no where having to fight off a sometimes naked woman. That is pretty much it.

The film is not so much of a horror as it is a comedy. They spoil the funny scenes by playing serious music. Sometimes that works, but it didn't work that well in this hour long feature.

Guide: F-word, sex talk, M/F nudity


Elder Island
Elder Island
Dvd
Price: £11.99

2.0 out of 5 stars I FEEL DIRTIER AFTER THE SHOWER, 24 Jun. 2017
This review is from: Elder Island (Amazon Video)
Four people go to Elder Island to film a documentary on its past. They claim there are people who go missing on the island and the island people are involved. I was thinking things like "Wicker Man" but the budget couldn't support a fire. There is a bad flashback where a preacher brings an axe to a gunfight. Much of the acting was bad. The plot didn't seem to be well thought out and the dialogue lacked any kind of zip. I was bored for much of the feature.

Guide: F-word, sex, nudity. 1 1/2 stars


Jawbone (DVD) [2017]
Jawbone (DVD) [2017]
Dvd ~ Johnny Harris
Price: £7.00

4.0 out of 5 stars STAY AWAY FROM HIS FISTS, 23 Jun. 2017
This review is from: Jawbone (DVD) [2017] (DVD)
Jimmy McCabe is a boxer who has run his course. His biggest battles are with life, himself and alcohol.He has a chance to make some money with an unsanctioned fight. At this point if becomes a regular boxing film with training and then the fight as a climax.

Johnny Harris and Ray Winstone head a very convincing cast of characters. My question is, Do we really need another boxing film? They either end with the star winning or not.


The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Dvd
Price: £4.99

1.0 out of 5 stars SOLUTION TO A GREAT MANY THINGS, 23 Jun. 2017
This review is for the 2017 Gianni Capaldi film and not any finer films by the same name Amazon still has linked in the review section.

The production opens with the serum already discovered with Jekyll and Hyde doing their transformations. Most of the film seems to centre on everyone else attempting to figure out what is going on. There is a presumption the audience is familiar with the base story. Jekyll and Hyde are played by two separate characters who often appear in the same scene as they converse. At times it appears the film is about a descent into madness while other times addiction terms are used such as "chasing the dragon."

What you may notice right off is that the acting was sad. The camera frequently frames the back of a person's head as if there is someone blocking your view in a theatre. Jed Rowen has a death bed scene that is comical in the "so bad it is good" area. Mickey Rooney has a brief appearance as Mr. Louis while Margaret O'Brien plays Miss Stevenson. Charlene Rooney, Mickey Rooney's daughter-in-law also has a role.

Several of the art house and indie fest awards were achievement awards for the actors and had nothing to do with the quality of the film. Indeed, I would say all the awards were from name recognition.

Guide: No swearing, sex, or nudity.


Dead Sunrise
Dead Sunrise
Dvd
Price: £9.99

2.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ALL FUN AND GAMES UNTIL SOMEONE LOSES AND EYE, 23 Jun. 2017
This review is from: Dead Sunrise (Amazon Video)
Michael is depressed so off he goes into the woods camping with friends, lousy beer, and all kinds of things that crawl and bite. They are lead to the laboratory of child re-animator who behave similarly to zombies.

The characters were never really developed. Deb (Georgina Neville) was the only character I liked. I was confused by the whole seemingly unscripted moth scene. The dialogue made the film bad as well as the sound track as they didn't know what non-English song to play next? Omen style? Opera? Classical? Death metal? They played seriously depressing music while they came up with all kinds of different ways to kill the kids. At this point they needed something whimsical and fun. They went the wrong way at that point. The whole Michael and his child thing came across as idiotic.

Guide: F-word. No sex or nudity. 1 1/2 stars


A Family Man
A Family Man
Dvd
Price: £4.49

5.0 out of 5 stars YOU HAVE ONE FAMILY, 22 Jun. 2017
This review is from: A Family Man (Amazon Video)
Dane Jensen (Gerald Butler) is a predatory head hunter. He makes time for his family, but seemingly not enough as a phone stays glued to his ear. He has no trouble in taking advantage of people. He has no regrets and seeks no redemption. When a family issue demands his attention, Dane re-examines what is important in life as he learns, "cancer is not a negotiation."

The film was well acted. You liked Dane even though he was a bit of a scoundrel. The film has a feel good, eye watering ending.

Guide: No nudity. No F-words. Sex scene and sex talk.


Through The Looking Glass[NON-US FORMAT, PAL]
Through The Looking Glass[NON-US FORMAT, PAL]
Price: £7.94

1.0 out of 5 stars I THINK YOU SHOULD SEE SOMEONE, 21 Jun. 2017
An artist (Paul McCarthy) and his friend a writer (Jonathan Rhodes) live in an isolated manor. When a mirror is delivered, the artist becomes obsessed with it, having bad dreams and creating darker paintings. Add an agent and a model.

That is pretty much it for nearly an hour and a half. Not much in characters. Horror is minimal. Sound track was boring too.

Guide: Nudity (Roz Povey)


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