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Good Time

by Cap'n Carrot on November 21, 2017 · 0 comments

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good-time-blu-rayRobert Pattinson stars as Connie, a criminal who uses everyone he comes into contact with including his mentally-handicapped brother Nick (Benny Safdie) who he ropes into helping him rob a bank. While the score goes off without any issues, the botched getaway leaves Nick in jail and Connie working every angle he can to free him including calling on an old girlfriend (Jennifer Jason Leigh), taking advantage of an impressionable 16 year-old (Taliah Webster), and planning a jail break after his brother is taken to a nearby hospital.

While respecting the tone and pace of of directors Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie‘s film, Connie’s selfishness eventually began to wear on me. There’s a method to Connie’s madness, although his actions rarely lead to the expected outcome. And he does have guilt over Nick being locked up in prison, although it’s hard not to look at these actions as predominantly selfish in keeping himself out of prison.

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Lemon

by Cap'n Carrot on November 21, 2017 · 0 comments

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Writer/director Janicza Bravo‘s oddball dark comedy stars Brett Gelman as a thoroughly-unlikable and constantly-sullen actor and theater teacher with a blind girlfriend (Judy Greer) who wants nothing to do with him, an equally-pretentious prize student (Michael Cera sporting some insanely ridiculous hair) with whom he has a very unusual relationship, and a dysfunctional family (Fred Melamed, Rhea Perlman, Shiri Appleby, Martin Starr, Hannah Heller, and David Paymer).

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Kedi

by Cap'n Carrot on November 14, 2017 · 0 comments

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kedi-blu-rayThe documentary from Ceyda Torun showcases the locals of Istanbul and their relationship with the street cats who roam the city and are fed, protected, and cared for by its people. Telling us as much about the people who choose to care for them as the cats themselves, from artists to fishermen to restaurant and store owners, Kedi is the kind of life-affirming documentary which will leave you feeling a little sad when you walk down the street and don’t find a feline or two waiting for you.

Certainly aimed at a target audience, cat lovers will undoubtedly get more from the documentary than others. Initially choosing to follow 19 cats around the city using a special rig to offer the street level perspective of the film’s four-legged stars, Torun decided to trim the film to focus on seven cats (Sari, Duman, Bengü, Aslan Parçasi, Gamsiz, Psikopat, and Deniz). along with some Samaritans who each feed and entire block of cats.

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samurai-jack-season-five-dvdAfter years of waiting Samurai Jack‘s (Phil LaMarr) journey comes to a close in the fifth, and final, season of Samurai Jack. Even with Mako (Greg Baldwin steps in to voice Aku), this final installment is a gem. Set years after the last time we saw Jack, the season opens with the weary warrior separated from his magical sword and any hope of ever defeating Aku or returning home. The introduction of Ashi (Tara Strong), one of five deadly Daughters of Aku sent to slay the samurai, will help push Jack back on his path and lead to his final confrontation with the shape-shifting master of darkness.

Highlights include Jack’s battle with the Daughters of Aku, Ashi’s search for the samurai, a quest for the sword, the return of a hero, Aku’s victory over Jack, and the series finale.

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highlander-5-film-dvdDon’t lose your head. For die-hard Higlander fans comes the Highlander 5-Film Collection. Including the original Highlander and its sequels, the collection follows the adventures of immortal Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert) and his sword fights with other immortals battling to become the last of their kind. The first film, which sets up the universe and character to follow, is the best of the collection and is really what you are paying for (although I do enjoy Endgame as well).

While goofy as hell, and at times entertaining despite its best efforts, Highlander II is problematic for the changes (afterwards forgotten) it made to the franchise. The Final Dimension brings back an immortal (Mario Van Peebles) from Connor’s past, and Highlander: Endgame and Highlander: The Source incorporate TV’s Highlander Duncan MacLeod (Adrian Paul) into the movie franchise (the latter is nearly unwatchable).

As with most of these types of collections, you will get some basic features but less than the special editions of previous separate releases.

[Lionsgate, $19.98]

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big-bang-theory-season-10-blu-rayThe tenth season of The Big Bang Theory marks a major change for the nerds as Sheldon (Jim Parsons) and Amy (Mayim Bialik) begin living together apart from newlyweds Leonard (Johnny Galecki) and Penny (Kaley Cuoco). Over the season the guys will work on a project for the Untied States Air Force (with mixed success), Leonard and Penny will re-do their I Do’s for family and friends, Bernadette (Melissa Rauch) will give birth, and Sheldon and Amy’s relationship will be tested leading into a surprise proposal to close out the season.

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the-flash-season-3-blu-rayWhile the Third Season of The Flash feels a bit too familiar with the introduction of yet another evil speedster, the show does provide several memorable moments including a dark turn for Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker), the death of a major character, a musical crossover episode featuring Supergirl (Melissa Benoist), and the shake-up of The Flash’s world following his Flashpoint adventure. There are a few clunkers here, but when it’s good The Flash can be awfully good.

Other highlights include a fun Christmas episode, characters dealing with the complexity of what Savitar is, a trip into the future, the season finale, meta-humans altered by Doctor Alchemy to match characters from the Flashpoint reality, Jesse Quick racing into action, the Invasion crossover, the two-part return of Grodd, the introduction of Gypsy (Jessica Camacho), and the first appearance of a classic Flash villain.

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supergirl-season-2-blu-rayIn a year where both The Flash and Arrow found themselves recycling different versions of the same story (evil speedsters and archers), Supergirl took a definite step forward as the best of DC’s television line-up. Sure, the exit of Cat Grant (Calista Flockhart) as a regular after the first couple of episodes left a huge hole to fill and there were some clunkers early on, but this season saw Kara (Melissa Benoist) grow considerably over the course of the year take on Cadmus, get a boyfriend (Chris Wood) and deal with his evil mother (Teri Hatcher), and make an unlikely friend in Lena Luther (Katie McGrath).

Highlights from this year include the two-part season finale, the show taking a hard stand against anti-immigration policy, the first appearance of Mr. Mxyzptlk (Peter Gadiot), exploring what’s next for Superman’s best friend, Kara flexing her reporting muscles and standing by her friends, the return of Livewire (Brit Morgan), the introduction of Superman (Tyler Hoechlin), and a super-team-up against Metallo.

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star-wars-rebels-season-three-blu-raySet some time after the events of the end of the show’s Second Season, the Third Season of Star Wars Rebels offers the return of Darth Maul (Sam Witwer) and his final confrontation with Obi-Wan Kenobi (Stephen Stanton), the arrival of a dangerous new adversary in Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen), and the continued fight of the Ghost’s crew against the Empire.

Highlights include Thrawn’s victory in the season finale, the growth of the Rebellion, Thrawn’s discovery of a traitor in his ranks, Sabine‘s (Tiya Sircar) training with the Darksaber and her return to Mandalore, and the introduction of Wedge Antilles (Nathan Kress).

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lucifer-dvd-season-2Lucifer‘s Second Season introduces us to Lucifer’s mother (Tricia Helfer) who escapes Hell and arrives on Earth in the body of a beautiful lawyer with plans to return to Heaven. Along with providing plenty of new drama for Lucifer (Tom Ellis) and Amenadiel (D.B. Woodside), the Goddess’ arrival will lead to the reveal of why Chloe (Lauren German) is immune to Lucifer’s charms along with her unusual origins.

Highlights from the season include the appearance of a man who believes he’s God, Lucifer’s need to punish himself after the death of his brother, humans becoming all murdery when getting their hands on Azrael’s blade, Lucifer testifying in court, the season finale, murder at a prestigious school, Lucifer’s wife, and a girls’ night out.

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