Disclaimer: Kino Classics has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Thursday, September 23, 2021
Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Warner Bros DC R-Rated Injustice: Gods Among Us Trailer is Here!
Inspired by Injustice: Gods Among Us, NetherRealm Studios’ popular video game, and the best-selling DC graphic novel based on the video game, Injustice: Gods Among Us: Year One by Tom Taylor, the animated film Injustice stars Justin Hartley (This is Us, Smallville) and Anson Mount (Star Trek Discovery, Hell on Wheels) as Superman and Batman, respectively.
Please note: this trailer is R-rated and meant for a mature audience.
Justin Hartley (This is Us, Smallville) and Anson Mount (Star Trek Discovery, Hell on Wheels) lead the Injustice all-star cast as Superman and Batman, respectively. The massive cast also includes Janet Varney (The Legend of Korra, You’re The Worst) as Wonder Woman, Brandon Micheal Hall (God Friended Me) as Cyborg, Kevin Pollak (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel) as Joker & Jonathan Kent, Anika Noni Rose (The Princess and the Frog, The Good Wife, Dreamgirls) as Catwoman, Reid Scott (Veep, Venom) as Green Arrow & Victor Zsasz, Edwin Hodge (The Tomorrow War, Mayans M.C.) as Mr. Terrific & Killer Croc, Gillian Jacobs (Community, Invincible) as Harley Quinn, Oliver Hudson (Rules of Engagement, Nashville) as Plastic Man, Laura Bailey (Critical Role, Avengers Assemble) as Lois Lane & Rama Kushna, Faran Tahir (Iron Man, Star Trek) as Ra’s al Ghul, Derek Phillips (Friday Night Lights, 42) as Nightwing & Aquaman, Yuri Lowenthal (Ben 10 franchise, Young Justice, RWBY) as Mirror Master, Flash & Shazam, Zach Callison (Steven Universe, The Goldbergs) as Damian & Jimmy Olsen, Brian T. Delaney (Fortnite, Batman Unlimited) as Green Lantern, Fred Tatasciore (Family Guy, American Dad!) as Captain Atom, and Andrew Morgado (DC’s Legends of Tomorrow) as Mirror Master Soldier.
Matt Peters (Justice League Dark: Apokolips War) directs Injustice from a screenplay by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush). Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is Producer and Alyessa Ornelas (Mortal Kombat Legends: Scorpion’s Revenge) is Associate Producer. Producer is Rick Morales (Mortal Kombat Legends franchise). Sam Register is Executive Producer.
The Injustice 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray features a Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition and a digital version of the movie.
Catch a sneak peek at Injustice when DC FanDome, the ultimate global fan experience, returns on Saturday, October 16 at 10 a.m. PDT, with an all-new, epic streaming event. The free virtual event will once again welcome fans from around the world to immerse themselves in the DC Multiverse at DCFanDome.com and celebrate the stars and creators of their favorite feature films, live-action and animated television series, games, comics, home entertainment releases and more. DC FanDome 2021 will also be available on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, giving fans more ways to watch the events unfolding in DC FanDome’s Hall of Heroes.
Injustice – Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray and Digital
Adventures in Storytelling – Injustice: Crisis and Conflict (New Featurette) – The storytellers behind the new Injustice animated film discuss how all the intense drama and unabashed action was brought to life.
DC Universe Movies Flashback
The Death of Superman
Reign of the Supermen
From the DC Vault
Justice League – Injustice For All, Part I
Justice League – Injustice For All, Part II
Looking for a refresher course on animated Super Hero entertainment before seeing Injustice? HBO Max has a rich catalog of DC Universe Movies and DC-centric films and series.
Injustice will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Disclaimer: Kino Studio Classics has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Disclaimer: Paramount Pictures has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
A Brilliant Partnership - Martha De Laurentiis on Breakdown
Plot Summary: THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE is an intimate look at the extraordinary rise, fall and redemption of televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker. In the 1970s and 80s, Tammy Faye and her husband, Jim Bakker, rose from humble beginnings to create the world’s largest religious broadcasting network and theme park, and were revered for their message of love, acceptance and prosperity. Tammy Faye was legendary for her indelible eyelashes, her idiosyncratic singing, and her eagerness to embrace people from all walks of life. However, it wasn’t long before financial improprieties, scheming rivals, and scandal toppled their carefully constructed empire.
Looking back, Tammy Faye was probably one of the stranger icons of the ‘80s and’90s. Director Michael Showalter is tasked with peeling back the layers of makeup and the press driven caricature to showcase an in-depth character study. But did he succeed in telling a richly drawn bio-pic? For the most part, yes. Interestingly, Showalter follows a music-bio-pic framework (though Faye was a singer with albums, so maybe that’s not a huge stretch). It starts in the present (which is 1994), before going before the public, then it flashes back to her childhood in the fifties which sets up her troubled history with her mother. Then we move forward to her meeting Jim Bakker, their break in television, etc. This framework is frankly kind of tiring, but it’s an easy and firmly established way to tell a person’s life story. The highs and lows are, again, probably pretty predictable: drug abuse, traumatic family issues, the intoxicating raise and utterly heartbreaking fall. Though I will say that it has some above-avenge writing to help keep it from becoming a snore-fest.
I actually felt like the more interesting aspect is how the film paints Jim Bakker. I assumed he was going to be the movies defacto-bad guy, a shady con man that believed in money over everything else. Rather, it paints Jim as a complicated man that was ultimately a good person who just made some very bad choices. Jerry Falwell Sr on the other hand (played with a nice subtly by Vincent D’Onofrio) is the real villain who is petty, jealous and ultimately vengeful of the Bakkers. Caught in the center is Tammy who is shown as an innocent girl from very humble roots that is literally thrust into the public and given it all just to have it taken away seemingly just as quickly. Even the unsupportive mother seems to have somewhat of a redemptive arc. Again, even if it never strays far from its biopic format, I couldn’t help but feel it told an engaging story that was paced well. Tammy Faye herself is such a fascinating and engaging figure that you cannot help but be transfixed for the 120 minutes of runtime. In fact, I thought we could have used a better epilogue to her story post-Bakker breakup. I also love how the movie doesn’t shy away from Tammy Faye and her activism and icon status within the LGBTQ+ community. In a very moving scene, we see her interview an AIDS patient (which has a payoff that will make you emotional if you have any kind of feelings). Its also heavily implied that Jim himself was a deeply closeted man. I’m glad that they realized that the LGBTQ+ community was and remains an important part of Tammy’s story and lasting legacy in pop culture.
The glue or rather Aqua Net that holds this movie together is of course the cast. Holy crap! Jessica Chastain gives what is easily an Oscar worthy performance. These days, it is considered the norm for an actor to completely disappear into a role when playing a famous or historical person. Some work, but in a lot of cases, it just doesn’t. However, I totally lost the actor Chastain and I believed that Tammy was right up there on the silver screen in all her vivacious glory. It is at times damned uncanny to the point its almost eerie. I also respect the fact that the Chastain found a perfectly comfortable spot in terms of how big to take her. The end result is a nuanced performance that is filled with range, and thankfully is never a cheap SNL parody. The same can be said for Andrew Garfield. Whilst I feel like Garfield’s aged up makeup is, shall we say less convincing at times, his fantastic performance shines through. Though obviously not as splashy as Chastain’s role Garfield takes moments and makes them his own. The film also has a fantastic supporting cast including Cherry Jones, Vincent D’Onofrio and Gabriel Olds.
The Eyes of Tammy Faye is frankly a pretty standard bio-pic in terms of structure and plot beats. But it’s writing is solid enough to make for an engaging two-hour film rollercoaster of emotions. Not to mention being utterly spellbound by its lead performers. It might just lead to some mascara running by its finale.My Original Review Posted HERE for Geek Vibes Nation
Monday, September 20, 2021
Four NEW Horrifying Night of the Animated Dead Images! Comes to Home Video from Warner Bros. Oct 5th
Four newly released images give greater insight into the mounting tension within Night of the Animated Dead, an animated remake of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic coming to Digital tomorrow – Tuesday, September 21 – and to Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 5.
RLJE FILMS PRESENTS
Available on Digital HD and Blu-ray on September 21, 2021
LOS ANGELES, (Aug. 23, 2021) – RLJE Films, a business unit of AMC Networks, has picked up select rights to the horror film, VIOLATION from Shudder, AMC Networks’ premium streaming service for horror, thriller and the supernatural. RLJE Films will release VIOLATION on Digital HD and Blu-ray on September 21, 2021.
The feature screenwriting and directorial debut of Madeleine Sims-Fewer and Dusty Mancinelli, VIOLATION stars Si
In VIOLATION, with her marriage about to implode, Miriam (Sims-Fewer) returns to her hometown to seek solace in the comfort of her younger sister and brother-in-law. But one evening, a tiny slip in judgement leads to a catastrophic betrayal, leaving Miriam shocked, reeling, and furious. Believing her only recourse is to exact revenge, Miriam takes extreme action, but the price of retribution is high, and she is not prepared for the toll it takes as she begins to emotionally and psychologically unravel.
Check out the trailer: https://youtu.be/
Bonus features on the DVD include:
We DO NOT have copies of VIOLATION available for review. We would appreciate inclusion of the title in your Digital HD and Blu-ray listings for September 21, 2021.
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Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Entertainment has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Saturday, September 18, 2021
The Hunchback of Norte Dame (1923) Kino Classics 9/28/2021
Directed By: Wallace Worsley
Starring: Lon Chaney, Patsy Ruth Miller, Norman Kerry, Kate Lester
When it comes to stars of the silent era few transformed themselves figuratively and literally like Lon Chaney Sr. He played a wide range of now iconic characters including the Phantom in The Phantom of the Opera (1925) and the tragic Quasimodo. Charles Laughton would later play the character and while his take is different and has its own quality, it's hard to compare to Chaney who brought something incredible to the role. At the time the movie was one of the most expensive, costing over one-million dollars (a lot in the early '20s) but brought in over three-million at the box office. Based on 1831 novel by Victor Hugo, Hunchback tells of a misunderstood person named Quasimodo (Lon Chaney) who is an outcast in Paris and the performer named Esmerelda (Patsy Ruth) helps not only save by redeem the poor man.
Huge in scope and scale, Hunchback of Norte Dame is on every level a marvel to behold. From the rich costumes, the highly detailed sets that breath life into the world. And of course you have Lon Chaney transforming and pushing his body to the very limit to embody the titular character. As always, Chaney delivers a heartbreaking, and wholly complex. Equally great is Patsy Ruth. Ruth like Chaney finds the core of the character and the two play off one another really well.
The movie is also paced really well which is sometimes not the case with silent films of the era. Wallace doesn't provide filler and basically everything in the film is in service to develop characters but also move the plot forward. Also, for a early film the photography is rich and composition and blocking is rather complex and interesting to look at.
The Hunchback of Norte Dame is a stagger achievement in cinema and its scary to think that without a surviving 16mm version this movie would be lost forever.
Picture: In 2023 The Hunchback of Norte Dame will turn one-hundred years old. Seeing how well over half of silent films are sadly thought to be totally destroyed or lost to time, its a small miracle that this movie survives let alone is able to get a new transfer. Kino Classics presents a 4k transfer provided by Universal Studios. I am here to say that I don't think Hunchback has ever looked this great on home video. The film of course has scratches and noise but this should not be judged harshly when you consider how old this film is not to mention what condition the original film elements were in. You can tell though how the image has a cleaner, sharper look with small details in sets, costumes and locales. Unless an actual 35mm print can be found (thought to be lost or destroyed) I think this is the best this is ever going to look. Kino has once again outdone themselves in terms of providing a nice crisp and exciting visual presentation.
Sound: Hunchback provides a fantastic score by Nora Kroll-Rosenbaum &Laura Karpman. Though silent the score does incorporate sound design.
Extras: Hunchback has a nice array of extras including: A feature length commentary track with film critic Farran Smith Nehme
Life in Hollywood newsreel (8mins), Rare 16mm home footage of Lon Chaney from the film and video archive collection at UC Berkley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (13mins), Production Still slideshow, Publicity material slideshow. Also includes a booklet with essay by Michael F. Blake.
Friday, September 17, 2021
Citizen Kane: Ben Mankiewicz Talks about His thoughts on Mank, RKO 281 and More
TCM and Fathom Events kindly invited me on a roundtable with other journalists to talk to TCM Host and Ben Mankiewicz about the iconic classic Citizen Kane
And, for those interested in seeing this movie on the big screen Click HERE for Fathom Events Info.
Hey. Hi, Ben. Thanks so much for having me. So now, I'm curious what you thought of movies like Mank and RKO 281?
You know, it’s funny, I haven’t seen RKO 281 in ten-twelve years and, I actually re-watched it a few nights ago, I think it was Friday night. I love some of the changes made in that that had you know, Welles never met Hearst in real life, but they're in RKO to anyone they have Welles that you know, at the castle and interacting with Hearst. You know, there was a time in my life I would have been like I that didn’t happen! And, you know, now I think that's interesting. Yeah, it doesn't matter. It's fine. Your allowed, its fine time settle down. So, I like RKP 281 very much. My memory is that, yeah I liked it because it made it seem like Herman wrote the screenplay. But yeah, it was great. And I love Liev Schreiber and John Malkovich . So you know, not a lot of people saw but I thought was great. I love almost any good inside Hollywood story. I totally forgotten Melanie Griffith played Mary. Right, you know, it has such a great cast, So I liked it. And then you know, Mank. Look, man, I started sobbing at the title card for crying out loud. I mean, it's, it's called Mank. And they say Mank 100 times 112 times in the movie. And everybody in my families called Mank. So, I thought magic was really great. I just thought it was a wonderful, wonderful movie. I mean, I get that it doesn’t connect with everybody. Itsreally just a slice of slice of life in this struggling writer. It was like, my father talked to Fincher, which he didn't, you know, my dad died in 2014. And so I just kept thinking, man, my dad would love this, you know, that Herman? Smart? Funny? Yeah, but also drunk, gambler, reckless, filled with self-loathing, all those things, that was true. But he was never mean, you know, my dad regretted that he'd come home and fall asleep, pass out. So, you miss time with him. But you know, he loved his father. And I think, you know, but recognized that torture, and that's why my dad didn't want to make movies. My dad would have been a brilliant screenwriter. But he, he saw that you know it drove his father to an early death. It's silly but I want I want to go back in time and tell my grandfather, you know, stop wallowing moron. Like what you're doing is valuable. This is great. What you're doing this is art. But you know, he didn't. He did not see it that way.
So,yeah I love Mank and I think RKO 281 is terrific, too. My wife hasn't seen it. So I'm gonna we're gonna start it over and watch it together. I did get to meet John Malkovich. This was 15 years ago. And I was like Hey, I’m Ben Mankiewicz, you never knew my grandfather, but you played him. And he was like, Oh, my God! I guess that meant more to me than him. He was very nice. But you forget that it's not like, he was really mad. He played a lot of people. So anyway, I think they're both, you know, I think they're both really great movies.
Big thank you to Mr. Mankiewicz for his time.
TCM Website HERE
Fathom Events Info HERE
Nick Davis's Book: Competing with Idiots: Herman and Joe Mankiewicz Link HERE
Thursday, September 16, 2021
Disclaimer: RLJ Entertainment has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections.
Wednesday, September 15, 2021
Four key characters – Ben (voiced by Dulé Hill), Barbara (Katharine Isabelle), Judy (Katee Sackhoff) and Tom (James Roday Rodriguez) – get the spotlight in new images released today from Night of the Animated Dead. Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will distribute the animated remake of George A. Romero’s 1968 horror classic on Digital starting next Tuesday, September 21, and on Blu-ray Combo Pack and DVD on October 5.
Tuesday, September 14, 2021
Monday, September 13, 2021
BATMAN: YEAR ONE
THE DARK KNIGHT ORIGIN STORY REMASTERED FOR
4K ULTRA HD™ BLU-RAY COMBO PACK & DIGITAL ON 11/9/21
BURBANK, CA, (September 13, 2021) – Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) celebrates the 10th anniversary of the DC Universe Movies release Batman: Year One with a fully-remastered version of the film and a newly-created bonus feature, Reinventing Gordon. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation and DC, the PG-13 rated film arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $33.99 SRP; Canada $39.99 SRP) and Digital starting November 9, 2021.
Originally released on Blu-ray and DVD in 2011, Batman: Year One is based on the landmark 1987 DC titles from 12-time Eisner Award winner and Eisner Award Hall of Fame member Frank Miller and illustrator David Mazzucchelli. The film depicts young Bruce Wayne’s return to Gotham City in his first attempts to fight injustice as a costumed Super Hero. The playboy billionaire chooses the guise of a giant bat to combat crime, creates an early bond with a young Lieutenant James Gordon (who is already battling corruption from inside the police department), inadvertently plays a role in the birth of Catwoman, and helps to bring down a crooked political system that infests Gotham City.
Six-time Emmy® Award winner Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad, Trumbo, Your Honor) and Gotham star Ben McKenzie (Southland, The O.C.) lead a star-studded cast as Lieutenant James Gordon and Bruce Wayne/Batman, respectively. Eliza Dushku (Dollhouse, Buffy the Vampire Slayer) provides the voice of Selina Kyle/Catwoman, Katee Sackhoff (The Mandalorian, Battlestar Galactica) gives voice to Detective Sarah Essen, and the late Alex Rocco (The Godfather) is the voice of crime lord Carmine Falcone. Additional voices/characters include the late Jon Polito as Commissioner Loeb, Jeff Bennett as Alfred, Grey Griffin as Barbara Gordon & Vicki Vale, Robin Atkin Downes as Harvey Dent, Keith Ferguson as Jefferson Skeevers, Fred Tatasciore as Detective Flass, Stephen Root as Brendon, Liliana Mumy as Holly and Nick Jameson as Merkel.
Lauren Montgomery (Wonder Woman, Voltron: Legendary Defender) and Sam Liu (Batman: Soul of the Dragon, Superman: Red Son) co-directed Batman: Year One from a script penned by Academy Award® nominee Tab Murphy (Gorillas in the Mist, Disney’s Tarzan). Animation legend Bruce Timm (Batman: The Animated Series) is executive producer of Batman: Year One. Executive producers are Sam Register, Michael Uslan and the late Benjamin Melniker.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie.
Get a sneak peek at the new special feature Reinventing Gordon at DC FanDome. The ultimate global fan experience returns on Saturday, October 16 at 10 a.m. PDT with an all-new, epic streaming event. The free virtual event will once again welcome fans from around the world to immerse themselves in the DC Multiverse at DCFanDome.com and celebrate the stars and creators of their favorite feature films, live-action and animated television series, games, comics, home entertainment releases and more. DC FanDome 2021 will also be available on Twitch, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter, giving fans more ways to watch the events unfolding in DC FanDome’s Hall of Heroes.
Batman: Year One – Special Features
4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
Featurette – Reinventing Gordon (New) – An examination of the history of James Gordon through comics, animation, and feature films.
Featurette – Conversations with DC Comics – The Batman creative team at DC discusses the personal influence of Batman: Year One on their careers. Batman producer Michael Uslan leads the chat amongst well-known writers, editors, and artists of Batman lore, focusing on the darker, realistic interpretation of Batman’s origins by Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli.
Audio Commentary – Featuring co-producer Alan Burnett, co-director Sam Liu, DC creative director Mike Carlin and casting/dialogue director Andrea Romano.
Featurette – Heart of Vengeance: Returning Batman to His Roots – “The Dark Knight Returns” provided the denouement of Batman's life. Frank Miller's next seminal work would provide his near-mythic origin in “Batman: Year One.” This documentary spotlights the contemporary genius of Miller and the audience that was poised to appreciate the depths of his work.
DC Showcase – Catwoman (2011 Animated Short) – The felonious feline’s adventure takes her through the seedy streets of Gotham City. Eliza Dushku reprises her Batman: Year One role as the voice of Catwoman. The short is directed by Lauren Montgomery (Batman: Year One) from a script by Paul Dini (Batman: The Animated Series).
DC Universe Movies Flashbacks
Batman: Soul of the Dragon
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part One
Batman: The Long Halloween, Part Two