Every week the Hollywood studios release more and more previously released movies on Blu-Ray, looking to squeak out a few extra dollars from their stagnant home video businesses. Most movies don’t need Blu-Ray. Do you need to see Sleepless in Seattle in Blu-Ray? What about a comedy made in 1950? As I said, most movies […]
Six years after a NASA probe crashed in northern Mexico, bringing with it an extraterrestrial pathogen that spawned a new species of massive creatures, a good section of the country has been quarantined. The United States has never been safer from Mexicans; unfortunately, both sides now have to contend with hard-to-kill aliens. Monsters, the new […]
One of the first movies to receive Oscar buzz this year, Winter’s Bone was released over the summer without much fanfare – but lots of critical praise. Coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on October 26, Winter’s Bone features an intriguing story and star-making performance by Jennifer Lawrence. Unfortunately, the movie itself fails to live up […]
Survival of the Dead, the latest in George A. Romero’s insufferable zombie franchise, is the latest proof that the once acclaimed filmmaker is decades behind the curve. The movie overflows with terrible dialogue, bad acting and embarrassing special effects. Read FilmJabber’s full George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead movie review.
All but a shoe-in for an Oscar nomination, Alex Gibney puts Jack Abramoff in the spotlight in his latest punishing documentary Casino Jack and the United States of Money, which paints a disturbing web of bribes, greed, corruption and twisted American views amongst some of the most powerful men in the government, primarily Republicans. Read […]
Brian Cox and Paul Dano star in the dialogue-fueled The Good Heart, a movie about a jackass bartender and owner who takes in a young homeless man to raise him as his successor. Sharp-tongued and brutal, he in many ways plays overlord to his young counterpart, even though he does sincerely care for him. Read […]
The Oscar-nominated documentary The Garden explores the sad story of a community garden in the heart of L.A. threatened by bulldozers, politicians and greed. The largest of its kind in the country, the garden arose from the Rodney King riots, providing typically poor immigrants the means to grow their own food. The land, unfortunately, is […]
Babies. What can I say about the documentary Babies? Babies are cute, and filmmaker Thomas Balmès delivers an hour-and-a-half of baby cuteness. Located throughout the world (Mongolia, Namibia, Japan and the U.S.), their settings and skin color may be different, but when all is said is done babies aren’t that much different. They are curious, […]
Lisbeth Salander and Mikael Blomkvist return in The Girl Who Played with Fire, the second movie in The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo franchise. Still in theaters and about to be released on DVD and Blu-Ray, The Girl Who Played with Fire is another brutal and intriguing tale of murder, revenge and corruption, and is […]
Philip Seymour Hoffman makes his directorial debut with Jack Goes Boating and, fittingly, the movie gives the celebrated but frumpy actor the rare opportunity to star in a romantic comedy. The movie, while not perfect, is one of the most heartwarming and emotionally charged romances of the year. Read FilmJabber’s full Jack Goes Boating movie […]
While not perfect, It’s Kind of a Funny Story is a fun, quirky film with a lot of heart. The story follows depressed teenager Craig, who after a slew of suicidal thoughts decides to check himself into the psychiatric ward at a nearby hospital. The juvenile wing is closed, so he is placed in the […]
What’s better than one Edward Norton in a movie? Two of him! In the dark comedy/crime thriller Leaves of Grass, Edward Norton stars alongside Edward Norton in Leaves of Grass, about a collegiate professor and his white trash, drug dealing identical brother who get mixed up in some bad things. In addition to Norton, the […]
The Oscar-winning thriller The Third Man was recently released to Blu-Ray for the first time. It was also my first viewing of the classic, which won an Oscar for Best Cinematography, was nominated for Best Director and Best Editing and is currently ranked #57 on AFI’s Top 100 Movies and #75 on AFI’s Top Thrillers.
Mr. Miyagi is dead, long live Jackie Chan. Wait. What? The loveable action star plays Mr. Han, Mr. Miyagi’s “predecessor” in the remake of The Karate Kid. It’s a risky move, not just casting Chan in such a venerable, Oscar-nominated role but redoing an 80’s classic that still holds up well today. But the risk […]
Facebook. Love it or hate it, people are using it. The social networking website has 500 million users and counting, and for many it has become a way of life, a way to stay connected to friends and family across the country and around the world, especially the ones you don’t like enough to actually […]