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How ‘Batman v Superman’ Failed On Every Level

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Midnight Special

by Cap'n Carrot on April 8, 2016 · 0 comments

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Writer/director Jeff Nichols‘ latest is an unusual movie more likely to appeal to sci-fi nerds than the general public. Midnight Special is a good science fiction movie with two major flaws which keep it from becoming the great science fiction movie that starts out with so much promise during its first half-hour.

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Macbeth

by Cap'n Carrot on April 1, 2016 · 0 comments

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macbeth-2016-blu-rayDirector Justin Kurzel‘s take on Macbeth received a modest theatrical release in December and January despite strong performance from Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in two of William Shakespeare‘s most famous roles and the memorable cinematography from Adam Arkapaw who makes striking use of the movie’s limited budget through the use of bright colors and location shooting in both Scotland and England.

Macbeth is one of those stories that seems to work as well today as when it was written (just look at House of Cards). Kurzel’s film moves at a bisque pace while highlight Macbeth’s ambition, initially fueled by his wife, and the guilt and paranoia which follow. It may not add much new to the story, but cast and crew do the play justice, and it is certainly worth seeking out for fans of the Bard.

Available on both Blu-ray and DVD, extras include a short behind-the-scenes featurette and an interview with Fassbender.

[Anchor Bay, Blu-ray $26.99 / DVD $22.98]

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What did I just watch? Returning to the scene of the crime while building on the shaky foundation of 2013’s Man of Steel, a film which turned DC Comic’s moral center into a cold-blooded killer, director Zack Snyder and writer David S. Goyer expand DC’s bleak, joyless universe with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Our Brand is Crisis

by Cap'n Carrot on March 23, 2016 · 0 comments

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our-brand-is-crisis-blu-rayLoosely adapted from the documentary of the same name, Our Brand is Crisis is the fictionalized account of American political operatives getting involved in the 2002 Bolivian Presidential election. Sandra Bullock stars as a burnt-out political operative brought in to save the failing campaign of President Pedro Castillo (Joaquim de Almeida) whose opponent has hired Jane’s old nemesis (Billy Bob Thornton) to win him the election.

Our Brand is Crisis is a by-the-numbers tale with few surprises (there are no good people in politics, lies and manipulation win the day, etc.). The script is also sadly saddled with a sappy last-minute change of heart from our heartless political operative which simply doesn’t work.

Available on DVD and Blu-ray, the only extras available are a short behind-the-scenes featurette and trailers for other films.

[Warner Home Video, Blu-ray $29.98 / DVD $28.98]

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The Intern

by Cap'n Carrot on March 15, 2016 · 0 comments

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the-intern-blu-rayNancy MeyersThe Intern is a fun, if lightweight, affair casting Robert De Niro as the unlikely new intern at an online fashion company who, of course, turns out to be the perfect man for the job. Immediately loved by everyone else in the company, it takes longer for the company’s CEO (Anne Hathaway) to take to the firm’s newest employee.

The Intern succeeds mainly on the likability of its stars, although the script gets into trouble with an ill-conceived heist sequence and a rather awful girl’s night out hotel bonding sequence between the pair late in the film.

Also troubling is that for the smart, successful businesswoman Hathaway portrays she’s incapable of making the easiest (and most obvious) decision in the entire movie which she needs the help of not one but two men (both her intern/new best friend and her less-than-trustworthy cheating husband portrayed by Anders Holm) to make for her.

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Point Break

by Cap'n Carrot on March 10, 2016 · 0 comments

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point-break-blu-rayNot unlike Keanu Reeves himself in the film, Point Break is as dumb as a bag of rocks… but gloriously so. Directed by Kathryn Bigelow (Zero Dark Thirty, The Hurt Locker), the 1991 film casting Reeves as an undercover FBI agent looking for bank-robbing surfers led by the charming Bodhi (Patrick Swayze) has no illusions about what kind of movie it is. A pure B-movie action flick about surfing and sky diving, Point Break proves to be better than the sum of its parts.

Throw in Gary Busey and Lori Petty and you’ve got the makings of a complete disaster and unwatchable trainwreck. Yet, somehow, Bigelow and company pull it off by embracing the sheer ridiculousness of what we see unfold (something the best-forgotten recent remake failed to understand) set around some well-shot action sequences. The result isn’t Shakespeare, but Point Break works as an enjoyable action bromance between cop and robber who, in another life, could have been the best of friends. And its very existence inspires Hot Fuzz two of its best moments.

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Batman: Bad Blood

by Cap'n Carrot on March 7, 2016 · 0 comments

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batman-bad-blood-blu-rayBatman: Bad Blood is the third straight-to-DVD movie in the series that began with 2014’s Son of Batman. Following the events of Batman vs. Robin, the third movie continues to adapt previous comic storylines (this time both Dick Grayson‘s temporary stint as Batman and the events of “Leviathan“) while growing Batman’s supporting cast. Written by J.M. DeMatteis, Bad Blood begins with Batman‘s (Jason O’Mara) disappearance from Gotham while saving new vigilante Batwoman (Yvonne Strahovski) from an attack by the League of Assassins led by the Heretic (Travis Willingham).

Realizing Gotham needs a Batman, Nighwing (Sean Maher) takes on the mantle of the Bat while working along with Batwoman and Damian (Stuart Allan) to keep Gotham safe while investigating Batman’s whereabouts. Like most of Grant Morrison’s later work, “Leviathan” is messy, over-complicated, and flawed. DeMatteis takes the best aspects of the story, boiling it down, and merges it with Dick and Damian’s entertaining time as the Dynamic Duo.

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Beginning with Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray) narrowly escaping an encounter with Fifth Brother (Philip Anthony-Rodriguez) and Seventh Sister (Sarah Michelle Gellar), master and student seek out the advice of Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) which leads the three warriors to the Jedi Temple on Lothal in an episode that foreshadows dark days for our heroes. While the episode only features two regulars and one important guest-star, it is none the less an important turning point in the season suggesting bad ends for possibly all three of the Jedi warriors.

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Zootopia

by Cap'n Carrot on March 4, 2016 · 0 comments

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Part wacky buddy movie, part crime drama, part small town girl in the big city, there’s no shortage of themes in Disney’s latest animated feature Zootopia. Boasting three directors and more than a half-dozen writers, the various story elements pull the movie in numerous directions over its 108-minute running time. What the film lacks in a coherent vision it makes for in old-school animated fun.

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