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 ...

Popdose Giveaway: Win a copy of “Dumb and Dumber To” on Blu-ray!

To celebrate the February 17th release of Universal’s hilariously over-the-top sequel Dumb and Dumber To, we’re taking a look at a collection of unconventional dynamic film duos from the Universal archive:

The Blues Brothers (1980)

Inspired by their Blues Brothers ...

Blu-ray Review: “Nightcrawler”

Jake Gyllenhaal lost 25 lbs. to prepare for his role in Nightcrawler, this noirish drama written and directed by Dan Gilroy. Inspired by the lone coyotes he would see wandering the streets of Los Angeles when he was a kid, Gyllenhaal ...

Blu-ray Review: “Starry Eyes”

Newcomer Alexandra Essoe delivers a gone-for-broke performance that electrifies Starry Eyes, a film that took the horror community by storm last year and looks to become a cult classic now that it’s landed on home video. Filmmakers Kevin Kolsch and Dennis ...

Blu-ray Review: “A Walk Among the Tombstones”

I apologize for the delay in this review. I’ve been having trouble with FedEx the past month and it’s made it difficult to watch new releases in time for review deadlines. Typically I wouldn’t address issues with a courier service, but ...

Blu-ray Review: Genesis, “The Sum of the Parts”

As a longtime Genesis fan (in particular the Phil Collins era), I was pretty thrilled about this documentary coming out in the U.S. (it aired on the BBC under the title Together and Apart) especially when it was announced that the ...

Blu-ray Review: Matthew Crawley Goes Psycho in “The Guest”

From the opening titles of The Guest to the music and the film’s purposeful pacing, it’s pretty obvious that director Adam Wingard and his creative partner, writer Simon Barrett (they were both responsible for the twisted horror film You’re Next) are paying ...

2014 PICKS – A PLENTIFUL YEAR

Since I didn’t do this last year, I’m throwing my hat in with every one of the fine folks here at Popdose as 2014 was one of the most interesting, diverse and fruitful years – especially musically.  So rather than ...

No Concessions: “Big Eyes”

Last week’s national nightmare is over, sort of, as Sony puts The Interview into release–in a few, mostly out of the way theaters, and on a handful or so of balky streaming platforms. That’ll show ya, Kim! Likely to be playing nearer your ...

Box Office Flashback: December 22, 1983

As the latest round of would-be blockbusters not starring Seth Rogen and James Franco packs ’em in at a theater near you, Popdose looks back at the box office totals of yesteryear. This week we revisit the top ten films of ...

The Popdose Interview: Steve De Jarnatt

Not every creative professional can claim to have badgered Ringo Starr on network television, ushered the popular SCTV characters Bob & Doug McKenzie onto the big screen, and directed a nail-biting cult classic of ’80s cinema before having his first published short story, ...

No Concessions: Cancelling “The Interview”

On paper, The Interview looked–well, maybe not great, but half-decent, a rare attempt by a Hollywood studio at a comedy with satiric bite. Think co-director Seth Rogen and James (“I’m creating as fast as I can”) Franco as a contemporary Bob ...