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Pixels Blu-ray Review

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“Video games are treated as nothing more than a pop culture anomaly in Pixels. Played by nerds, played by geeks – the archetypes are decades out of place. Between the anachronisms of the portrayed games and the perpetual cycle of self-depreciation, Pixels’ goal is only to use video games as far as their failed public perception allows. It’s a cynical, cruel, sophomoric, sexist, and demeaning film.”

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms Blu-ray Review

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Beast from 20,000 Fathoms preys on nuclear fear, then uses bogus radioactive science as a solution. It’s thoroughly American in approach, scientists banding together to study nuclear weapons harmlessly in the Arctic. Hubshmid’s militaristic role as a probe for nuclear answers and solutions solidifies the film’s approval for government armament. The film reads like unsanctioned propaganda – Nukes spawn monsters, but they also stop them. They’re necessary. If Beast were anything other than a quickie B-offering soaked up by Warner, there may have been some strength in the parable.”

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Son of Kong Blu-ray Review

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“Denham’s financially strained situations relate, and the promise of a mythical pot of gold embedded in Skull Island’s rocks is enough to spur him – or anyone of the period – into a hunt. It would be work after all. Son of Kong makes for a reasonable depression-era story medley, despite the fantastical inclusion of an albino ape. Even Denham’s shipmates turns mutinous; they’re not being paid a living wage. Son of Kong hits at the nation’s turmoil and doesn’t seem as dated now as it once did.”

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Vacation Blu-ray Review

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“Warner’s remake/reboot/sequel (the film never appears sure) is surreal in the absolute meaning of the term. Vacation ’83 took place on Earth. Much of Vacation ’15 seems to have emanated from an alien transmission. Vacation is the ultimate hand-over-head whiff, where purpose and tone is so bludgeoned, what remains is indefensible mush.”

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Salt of the Earth (1954) Blu-ray Review

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“While Salt of the Earth is soured by stubborn, botched performances, the power of the images is enough to alleviate the stilted line delivery. Frenzied editing as picket lines are breached by police without cause, women striking back; the bonding people do when faced with these circumstances remains inspiring despite a 60 year gap in cinematic context. It’s obvious why – political spectrums remain enamored with debates over income gaps. Workers who demand fair treatment and livable wages are labeled lazy, even greedy. Salt of the Earth remains a viable anthem for their cause.”

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San Andreas Blu-ray Review

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“San Andreas is persistent. There is little waiting. Earthquakes fall over one another for screen time, stepping aside only to allow a tidal wave to ransack the Golden Gate Bridge – with a boat. How nice of the earthquakes to share their spotlight.”

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Home Blu-ray Review

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“Home breaches a race barrier which has impacted mainstream animation with few exceptions, say Disney’s Princess & the Frog. Importantly, Home treats the scenario without drawing attention to it. Demographics are not split, nor does Home feel inaccessible to anyone. Its culture is safely middle class. Of course, kids won’t notice because kids won’t care – unless they’ve been told to.”

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Barely Lethal Blu-ray Review

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“Barely Lethal does nothing with its premise. It neither rips the foundation of the teen comedy to pieces nor establishes a base to break from a male-dominated action scene. Scenes are shot as if for a Nickelodeon special. The falsely feminine, dreamy haze is obnoxious rather than suitable. Maybe a female director would have shifted the tone. As it sits, Kyle Newman, who lensed the successful geek road trip Fanboys in 2009, seems caught in the same world. Barely Lethal is written so the geek inevitably gets the girl.”

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It Follows Blu-ray Review

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“Horror films use women for their bodies. It Follows uses women to progress a conversation through the cliché, then tramples tradition to depict sexualization as an inherent fear. Is It Follows preaching? Maybe, but for understanding – for crucial perspective on a topic this genre is so fond of manipulating for profit.”

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Ex Machina Blu-ray Review

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“More so, Ex Machina is a human movie – about robots. It’s about emotional responses to the potential distrust, the lies, and the manipulation. Or how we react to unknown stimuli when presented with it, mostly with curiosity and emotion. If it’s predictable, that’s only because it should be to reflect who we are.”

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