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Kingsman: The Secret Service Blu-ray Review

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“Sandwiched between the lighter almost-satire of British spy entertainment is a wry, effective layout of political conundrums. Kingsman leaves nothing unturned, leering at radicalized religion, sneering at the embrace of technology, and cheering at both of their comeuppances. Under that is a story of a ghetto kid who is freed from his circumstances through hard work and the capitalist who wants to kill us all – because of global warming and the Gaia theory. It’s crowded and double sided.”

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Monsters: Dark Continent Blu-ray Review

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“The monsters are but a catalyst in an irregular science fiction story. There’s the point: Everyone is so pre-occupied with killing one another – the Arabic populace fighting for the death toll caused by the bombings; the Americans for the retaliation – no one appears to see the wonder or the sorrow. The monsters emote. Directly, the beings only appear instinctively curious. Never once do they kill. They die because they’re in the way of stopping terrorism, which in turn only exists due to their death. The real world cycle as visually portrayed is tragic.”

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Taken 3 Blu-ray Review

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“This third entry finds someone taken in a most definitive way, leading Mills to reenact The Fugitive, only it was not a one-armed man. It was Russians, because it’s always Russians now. Can the Cold War be nostalgic? All of this action, whether Mills is punching police or pointing guns, is riding on a listless story which neither has the spunk nor the urgency which began this swiftly profitable series. There is no purpose, just an excuse to jump start this sometimes/sometimes not hero into a frenzy.”

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The Babadook Blu-ray Review

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“Babadook’s style is visually rattling with closed-in walls, deepened color, and distancing coldness surrounding the main set’s home interior. A widowed mother, her eyes pale and sleepless, wanders these claustrophobic and shrunken hallways. Her son Robbie (Noah Wiseman) is nearing seven. He’s troubled. He sees things, dark things, which propel him beyond normal childhood fantasies and cause him to violently act out in fear.

But this is only part of Babadook. It a film about a children’s book. It is unknown where the piece of pop-up fiction came from but soon it will be obvious, then joyless. Babadook sterilizes nothing. An allegory of death and failing to let go looms. The grip always grows stronger.”

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Selma Blu-ray Review

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“Such a march speaks loudly to current, paralyzing social turmoil. It has, through time, come to represent gay rights, financial inequality, and staggeringly, continued battles over voter’s rights. Selma teaches as a film of perspective. In this, it is valuable and it is real. Selma shows how rightful progress is made. Not through fear. Not through violence. Rather, perseverance, tolerance, and patience. It is tremendous to see this medium use its entire worth.”

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Everly Blu-ray Review

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“The character of Everly is a bulletin board for abuse. Everly the movie is a scornful, degrading mockery of sexual violation. It is borderline racist, perversely sexist, and uncomfortably crude, sold with an image of Hayek shooting a machine gun like Rambo. That is not this film.

It’s gross, so icky gross as to cover the floor with slaughtered sex workers and have male onlookers react with, “That’s a lot of dead whores.” Twice. For Everly, that is but one display of classlessness in an abhorrent splatter spectacle. End results are borderline sociopathic.”

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The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Blu-ray Review

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“If it wasn’t clear what Katniss’ greater role is, Catching Fire will ensure it via a gaudy, Christ-like euphemism for life, death, and rebirth before it’s over. It’s ludicrous. However, getting there is splendid even if a touch superficial. With her team formed, Katniss battles a troop of baboons, runs from floods, and dodges tidal waves, anything to create a more passive, less violent scenario, better to sell her displeasure for what – in this world anyway – is seen as necessary murder.”

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Life Itself Blu-ray Review

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“Ebert’s endearing passions, his loves, and unrelenting devotion to art – that on the screen and his own – will never be attributed to another person in the same way. His voice (peppered with seemingly endless knowledge of form) and exquisite prose spoke to everyone. If you read his work, you loved film the same as he did in that very instance. Maybe it stuck with you. I know it did with me. ”

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Nightcrawler Blu-ray Review

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Nightcrawler does not look kindly on local news. Dan Gilroy’s script is ferocious in attacking the production practices and their casual racism. Rene Russo is used as a cruel, desperate backroom director whose already callous methodology slowly turns demented and warped when attached to Bloom. It’s not news; it’s staged, raw sensationalism.”

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Birdman Blu-ray Review

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“The film is cynical. Many seem to be these days. Riggan’s life (breaking financially and mentally) is surrounded by personalities, actors and actresses who have either succumbed to their bloated egos or accepted their place. This mix-in of characters binds Birdman together – quite literally. It is portrayed as a single take. Were it not for the smarts of a modern audience with regards to digital technology, chances are we would all believe it too.”

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