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Gone Girl Blu-ray Review

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“The eventual twist is more than a reveal. Cue ‘Law & Order’s’ two note transition: Gone Girl is now removing itself from a typical procedural pattern, glossy as it may be. Suddenly, Fincher’s feature is a wily, unpredictable psychological affair which bounces from its twist with endless probable outcomes. Gone Girl becomes entertainingly frustrating, depraved, and insatiably good – great even – as it ensnares key players into a deviously symbolic gender game which excitedly flips the archetypal perspective. ”

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88 Blu-ray Review

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“88 is recklessly pretty despite the overwhelming stimuli. The effect of dueling sides in one mind is negotiated with volatile post production tricks, stitching together which side is currently in play with sketchy, pinpoint flashbacks before restarting on a new timeline. It’s aggressive and heavily disorienting on purpose. Katharine Isabelle is lurid and terrified at different junction points, or as delirious as 88 needs her to be.”

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes Blu-ray Review

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“They carry guns now – our guns. If anything, Dawn takes a stab at Second Amendment flag wavers and those who believe weapons are a solution. Villainous ape Koba (Toby Kebbell) bows and relents to Caesar, then taking charge with the unwieldy power he believes is given to him by bullets. Motivated by distrust and shaky loyalties, Dawn becomes two different films, one before the guns and one after. Only one of them can be viable.”

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UHF Blu-ray Review

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“Through a glaze of weirdness, UHF becomes a cult hit in the sense that is applies to a definitive cult audience – too messy for mainstream, too soft for the hardcore, and utterly baffling to most everyone else. But, as the film focuses on the weirdly lucid microcosm of now extinct television production, it speaks to those who most need it.”

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Maleficent Blu-ray Review

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“In this way, Maleficent brings together the storytelling artistry of old Disney and the contemporary humor of a more cutthroat, broadly entertaining Disney fairy tale update. None of the action reeks of the tightly clenched seriousness of Snow White and the Huntsman or the unchecked absurdity of Tim Burton’s Alice. Often, Maleficent is raw beauty, celebrating the silhouetted form as a sign of unnerving danger and the splendor of daydreaming colors in fields teeming with life to celebrate good.”

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Hercules (2014) Blu-ray Review

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“In the same way audiences have appreciated “realistic” super heroes, Hercules gives us a realistic demi-god, who may or may not be a god but he totally punched a hyrda in the face once. Dwayne Johnson swells to super beefcake size for this starring role, a dead serious spin on legend with a wealth of side characters allowed to pierce the veil of sincerity for one-off gags. Hercules is high fantasy without any actual fantasy. Creatures and monsters are explained away because imagination is stupid nowadays.”

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Snowpiercer Blu-ray Review

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“Snowpiercer is not subtle but it is complex. With origins in the pages of a French graphic novel, the feature swings barbarically as a catch-all for society’s ills. Opening text monologues stagger themselves with global warming parables, setting up the need for this rickety train as a final bastion of humanity’s existence. Snow coated exteriors represent the sole purity left with high-ranking passengers treating it as a fearsome punishment.”

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Godzilla vs Megalon Blu-ray Review

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“Megalon bides its time. It has to: Godzilla doesn’t show up for an hour, meaning this paper thin script has to drum up some enthusiasm with Robert Dunham attempting to salvage this thing as the king of Seatopia, a tortured underground civilization. For reasons unknown, Japan has begun frequently testing nukes below the surface, igniting this barren war where villains spill entire plots to the heroes and continually find themselves knocked out by punches, model airplanes, or the ludicrous production design. And consider this: Godzilla is actually defending Japan’s rights to use nuclear weapons in this movie. Two decades prior, he was the bomb’s physical embodiment.”

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Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu-ray Review

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“It is as tragic as Spider-Man himself. Both sides become genuinely effective if still committing the sins of movie’s past. Amazing Spider-Man 2 douses the screen in villains, roping them in with multiple origin stories when this sub-piece of Marvel cinematic literature isn’t even done building Parker’s own. Aside from the strain of Sony’s infecting product placement, this reboot follow-up (that’s a thing now) bides its time. Despite shifting toward the morose, never does this piece feel a need to rush into another segue action scene. Considering the way films are currently structured – even Disney’s own Marvel escapades at times – Spider-Man is unusually story friendly.”

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300: Rise of an Empire Blu-ray Review

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“Visually is where new director Noam Murro and otherwise strong cinematographer Simon Duggan splinter, lost in-between measures to clone yet differentiate their cinematic palette. Empire washes out with a weaker grain and same post-production, green screen infatuation, but none of the graphic novel induced density. While battalions of ships on eerily calm, CG waters are intense, memorability is reduced to zero. Cliff falling, bodies warped into a tree, and Meme generating kicks are lost. Where Snyder’s work induced praise like “visionary,” this is raw 3D bloodshed without uniqueness.”

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