DVD REVIEW: Warner Bros., “Looney Tunes Musical Masterpieces”

In this day and age, it’s near impossible to explain the beauty, brilliance and sheer joy of having grown up watching (and subsequently never forgetting) Warner Bros. masterful “Looney Tunes”/”Merrie Melodies” cartoons.  The genius of the writers, animators and voice ...

No Concessions: “Mad Max: Fury Road”

Mad Max: Fury Road is, among other positives, a time machine for film critics of a certain age. A few minutes in and I was back in front of HBO circa 1980 watching the original Max Max (1979), probably for the ...

DVD Review: “The Cobbler” starring Adam Sandler

Count me among the lone few who liked The Cobbler; the film currently holds a 9% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m unsure what critics were expecting with this lighthearted story from writer/director Tom McCarthy, perhaps something akin to his previous indie ...

No Concessions: “Maggie”

In Maggie, Arnold Schwarzenegger has a teenage daughter who’s a zombie. Not the usual, comatose-on-the-couch, waiting-for-a-boy-to-call zombie, but a zombie zombie–a victim of the “necro-ambulatory virus,” which, having ravaged our cities, is burning through the heartland, killing all plant and animal ...

Blu-ray Review: “The Babadook”

A widowed mother and her young son deal a monster haunting their every move in the frightening Australian film The Babadook.  First Time director Jennifer Kent proves to be an expert in scaring the shit out of viewers, as this is the ...

Blu-Ray Review: “Escape From New York, Collector’s Edition”

From the mid-70s to the late 80s, John Carpenter was an industry unto himself, variously writing, directing, producing, scoring and/or appearing in a string of well-executed genre entertainments that relied on atmosphere and colorful performances to make up for what they ...

Blu-ray Review: “Batman vs. Robin”

Warner Brothers continues their line of gritty, PG-13 animated films with their latest release, Batman vs. Robin. Picking up after the events of 2014’s Son of Batman, this new film finds Bruce Wayne/Batman adapting to fatherhood, having discovered that he has ...

Blu-ray Review: “Interstellar”

In a nutshell: Science fiction epic gets the science correct, but more importantly, is an emotional tearjerker that occasionally stumbles over its best intentions. Even so, it is a worthwhile viewing and a terrific entertainment.

The Spoiler Alert: There may be descriptions ...

Film Review: “Taken 3″

Ah, Spring Break. That time when families get together to celebrate Easter or Passover, spend some quality time together, and watch Liam Neeson kick some serious ass. Wait, you don’t celebrate religious holidays? Sorry. Well, the good news there’s still Liam ...

No Concessions: “Furious Seven”

“Cars don’t fly,” Brian (Paul Walker) tells his son early on in Furious 7, which caps, if not concludes, the boxoffice phenomenon revved up by The Fast and the Furious (2001). That is, of course, a joke–shiny, expensive cars spend more ...

Blu-ray Review: “Into the Woods”

I may be in the minority amongst lovers of movie musicals, but I found the 2002 Academy Award winning Chicago to be rather flat. Rob Marshall, the director of Chicago, also helmed the Daniel Day Lewis musical Nine, which was kind ...

Pearl Jam Bring Citizen Dick To Record Store Day

If you remember the ’90s movie Singles, helmed by Cameron Crowe, you’ll recall the band Citizen Dick. Or rather, you’ll recall Pearl Jam stalwarts Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament’s implausible backstory about the band and their one hit, ...

Does The Governator Have The Right Stuff In “Maggie”?

Well before his political days, action hero Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in a flick called End Of Days. Biblically-speaking,  the end of days is the culmination of signs and wonders speaking of the last battle of heaven and hell. One of those very ...

Film Review: “Exodus: Gods and Kings”

I’m so glad I watched Ridley Scott’s latest epic Exodus: Gods and Kings by streaming it on iTunes, because it took me three days to get through this two and a half hour movie and the freedom of a movie in ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “The Wrecking Crew” (documentary)

The Wrecking Crew is the brilliant new(ish) documentary from filmmaker Denny Tedesco; it’s a labor of love and small wonder – his late father Tommy was the brilliant guitarist who played in this incredible collective.  For those who really don’t ...

Blu-ray Review: Warner Brothers “Blu-ray Musicals Collection”

Fred Astaire, Bob Fosse, Doris Day and Gene Kelly. Four movie musical icons brought together in this one collection. All four of the films featured here are classics, three have been newly restored with Warner Brothers Motion Picture Imaging process, two ...

Blu-ray Review: “Beyond the Lights”

In the early 2000’s, I saw an exceptional film called Love and Basketball, a romantic drama following the lives of two young basketball players, one who goes on to the WNBA, and her soul mate, who becomes an NBA star. For ...

In Memoriam: Leonard Nimoy (1931-2015)

So we’re talking about Nimoy, huh? Okay. Fine.

But how about this. Let’s not talk about Spock; or at least, let’s talk about Spock at a remove. The Star Trek franchise was at yet another crossroads between life and death. The public ...

DVD Review: “Whiplash”

With only a handful of credits and just one feature under his belt, Writer/Director Damien Chazelle has made a revelatory film in his Academy Award winning Whiplash.  J.K. Simmons, Editor Tom Cross and Sound Mixers Craig Mann, Ben Wilkins and Thomas ...

Blu-ray Review: “Big Hero 6″

Big Hero 6 does something that was inevitable: It mashes elements of the Marvel movie writing formula and the Disney movie writing formula to create a product that is rather predictable and all too familiar to anyone who’s seen their share ...

MOVIE REVIEW: “St. Vincent” (2014)

To say that Bill Murray is getting better with age is an understatement; that he chooses interesting, meaty roles would probably be an accurate assumption.  Going back to his masterfully world-weary Herman Blume in Rushmore, he’s been consistent and worth ...

No Concessions: My Oscar Ballot, 2014 Edition

Two-bit analysis follows.

This year’s ballot:

Best Picture: Birdman

Best Director: Alexander Gonzalez Inarritu, Birdman

Best Actor: Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

Best Actress: Julianne Moore, Still Alice

Best Supporting Actor: J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

Best Supporting Actress: Patricia Arquette, Boyhood

Best ...

A Picture’s Worth a Thousand Words: Christine Sneed

“He had been nominated three times while we were married and had won twice, once for Best Actor and once for Best Supporting, but despite how much hype and anticipation surrounds this awards show each year, I did not look forward to ...

Spinning Discs: An Animated Discussion

Cabin fever set in? Home video can help. Here’s an alphabetical guide to get you through a few more weeks of winter.

But first: the kids. Them. My friends in Boston are practically home-schooling these days, due to weather-related disturbances. Fortunately there ...

Film Review: “Penguins of Madagascar”

Don’t blame the filmmakers of Penguins of Madagascar for the recent troubles at Dreamworks Animation. The movie may feel like the company just cashing in on the most popular characters of their Madagascar franchise (the animated TV show certainly did), but ...

Film Review: Hugh Grant and Marisa Tomei star in “The Rewrite”

Interested in a movie this weekend that doesn’t involve bondage, snipers or talking sponges? You want something funny and romantic. I suggest tracking down The Rewrite, the latest collaboration between writer/director Marc Lawrence and Hugh Grant. Previously, the two collaborated on ...

Film Review: “Girlhouse”

Maybe it’s my age. When I was in 7th and 8th grade, a slasher film like Girlhouse would have been at the top of my list of horror movies to see. I’m sure I would have read a feature article in ...