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New to Home Video 5/9/17

9 May

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New to Home Video 4/25/17

25 Apr

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Beauty and the Beast: Nothing There, by Rudie Obias

16 Mar

Since Disney found box office success with the recent Jungle Book, Pete’s Dragon, and Cinderella movies, the Mouse House is now determined to turn every animated classic into new live-action remakes. The movie studio has 80 years of storylines and characters to mine from, and it’s only a matter of time before Disney remakes all of the classics. But for now, Beauty and the Beast is the latest from the Walt Disney Company, as the new live-action remake will surely dazzle audiences, while also reminding them that this is just a cover version of the original animated film from 1991.

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New to Home Video 3/14/17

14 Mar

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Kong: Skull Island: It Was Banality Killed the Beast, by Rudie Obias

10 Mar

Since the gigantic success of Godzilla in May 2014, audiences around the world were hungry for more monster movies starring larger-than-life beasts. Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures (the studio and production company behind the movie starring the King of the Monsters) obliged and announced Kong: Skull Island a few months later during San Diego Comic-Con. The new monster movie is more of a re-telling of the iconic 1933 film King Kong than a sequel, prequel, or strict remake, but director Jordan Vogt-Roberts injects new life into Kong. It’s refreshing and fun, but doesn’t leave a lasting impression.

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New to Home Video 2/21/17

21 Feb

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The LEGO Batman Movie: Out of Darkness, by Rudie Obias

10 Feb

The LEGO Batman Movie is the first spin-off from The LEGO Movie, the surprise hit animated film from 2014. As in the latter, the former takes a satiric spin on Batman and a majority of the DC Comics universe with appearances from practically every villain from the Dark Knight’s history, even The Condiment King, who was a throwaway joke from Batman: The Animated Series. The LEGO Batman Movie has just about everything a Batman fan could ever want in a movie, while it also has a lot of heart and genuine character moments that are missing from the current DC Extended Universe films from director Zack Snyder and screenwriter/producer David S. Goyer.

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Fifty Shades Darker: Dry As a Bone, by Rudie Obias

9 Feb

The sequel to one of the most profitable movies from 2015 saw some controversy before its release. Fifty Shades of Grey director Sam Taylor-Johnson and screenwriter Kelly Marcel left the franchise because of creative differences with the original novel’s author and trilogy producer, E. L. James. They were replaced with director James Foley and screenwriter Niall Leonard who is also James’ husband. The film’s stars Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were also in contract disputes to return, but ultimately opted to come back. Despite all of its behind the scenes problems, Fifty Shades Darker is on-time in theaters for Valentine’s Day 2017. Although Fifty Shades of Grey was a fun and serviceable little trashy drama (my review), its sequel is none of those things.

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Rudie’s Top Ten of 2016

20 Jan

There were a lot of great movies in 2016, but it seemed that I was mostly attracted to coming-of-age movies. There’s just something about young people discovering who they are for the first time that interests me.

Honorable Mentions: 20th Century Woman, Elle, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Manchester by the Sea, Deadpool, Hail, Caesar!, Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, 13th, Don’t Breathe, Things To Come, Arrival, and Disney’s Moana.

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New to Home Video 1/10/17

10 Jan

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