Top Ten DVD List for June 13, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 13, 2017

LEGO Batman, DVD Releases, movies, Kam Williams, A United Kingdom, Honorable Mention

                       

LEGO Batman

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06W53FHJJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A United Kingdom

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y4S4VBX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Un Padre No Tan Padre

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07227R5HG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

John Wick: Chapter 2

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XWWZ955/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XSG672L/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Chapter & Verse

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XYCM3V2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHDLC8N/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music Baby!

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHVMGQF/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: American Patriot

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N2BJQAV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

3 Generations

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0713YRV8C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

American Epic

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BGYFTK4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Mine

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XNMW8J6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bitter Harvest

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XXP2KFK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Take Flight

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MRV3UEX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for June 6, 2017

 

 

 
 
This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 6, 2017 

Juice, Bambi, DVD Releases, Top Ten, Movies, Wentworth, Kam Williams

                     

Juice: 25th Anniversary Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XX7R9TY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Operation Mekong

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MY6UZT6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bambi: 75th Anniversary Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XS99HCG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XRQM39S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Wentworth, Season 3

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XD4DTSP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Aaron’s Blood

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071P6HT43/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Young Pope

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTICQ6M/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Heartland

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XGZ3Y5L/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Aftermath

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y6HFF4S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sky on Fire

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XNPP6GQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Last Word

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XDDWCGN/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Assignment

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZY1GXH7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Where the Buffalo Roam: Collector’s Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WRXCMF4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Prisoner X

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XD3YVCY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

American Masters: Jacques Pepin – The Art of Craft

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XKN1BHS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

The Biggest Part of American Culture: “And the Award Goes To…”

 

The Biggest Part of American Culture: “And the Award Goes To…”

by Amy Lignor

 

Whether it is the biggest part of American culture or just the one most recognized, awards season is actually a time of the year that is waited for by movie, TV, and entertainment fans of all types. Not only are people dying to see what others are wearing, but they are also just American culture, Golden Globes, Johnny Depp, People's Choice Awards, Oscars, Entertainment, standouts, movies, televisionwaiting to cast their personal reviews for the host and/or hostess that was chosen to be at the head of it all. Not everyone can be Billy Crystal—that much became obvious long ago. But the one many are waiting to see (and loving the fact that he and his bad mouth are back at the helm) is Ricky Gervais. He, again, will be leading the Golden Globes. Which is everyone’s favorite awards show of the season because people very much like to watch all those so-called elegant superstars get drunk as skunks.

 

For the “unofficial kickoff” to the 2016 awards season, Johnny Depp was honored at the Palm Springs International Film Festival Awards Gala last night and given the Desert Palm Achievement Award for all his good work. But there were other heavyweights of Hollywood who attended, mostly to talk about their own movies and get going on the publicity they need in order to win themselves the “Super Bowl” trophy of awards season – a small, golden man named Oscar.

 

Yes, the people will choose their favorites at the People’s Choice Awards, but the Hollywood Foreign Press is usually the judge of what “should” happen at the Oscars. This time out, it seems the Foreign Press has fallen head over heels in love with the 1950s romance, “Carol,” which garnered five nominations, including best picture in the drama category. But, remember, the Oscars do like to change things up a bit.

 

Whereas “Carol” landed nods for the director, as well as stars, Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara, “The Big Short” with Steve Carell and Christian Bale received four nominations, including best picture in the comedy arena. But seeing as that the Oscars do not separate the laughter from the crying, it’s still anyone’s guess who the biggest award will go to in the end.

 

“The Revenant” may just be the twisted movie that finally lands much looked-over Leonardo DiCaprio an Academy Award, even though he has received four Golden Globes thus far. And the rest of the drama category at the Globes offers movies nominated that an Academy Award will most definitely not be given to: “Mad Max: Fury Road” will never take home an Oscar.

 

There are no standouts yet, as far as best picture is concerned, but most are claiming that the Boston Globe drama “Spotlight” is the favorite at the moment. When you ask viewers, however, it is Jennifer Lawrence (again) and her spin in “Joy” that have people raving she should take home all awards this season.

 

When it comes to the world of television, Netflix once again basically proved that regular TV is not necessary. “Fargo,” “Mr. Robot,” “Outlander”… Seems as if the TV world has turned far away from women running around NYC in overly high heels, onto a more scientific/futuristic path, making the return of “The X-Files” in January the perfect fit.

 

Will Smith is another true Oscar contender with “Concussion,” seeing as that anything about the NFL draws headlines. But, oddly enough, the name not mentioned at the Golden Globe nominations was the same name that “kicked off” this awards season: Johnny Depp’s character Whitey Bulger in “Black Mass,” was never heard of.

 

Are there esteemed veterans this time out? Oh yes. Al Pacino, Maggie Smith, Jane Fonda, even Lily Tomlin is back. But perhaps the most personal with millions of fans is the fact that Sylvester Stallone earned a nomination for “Creed.” In other words, the great Rocky Balboa garnered yet another nomination, as he did back in 1976. Talk about an icon in American culture; it would be nice to see Rocky KO the competition.

 

So…get ready. Hold on to your hats, bustles, and drinks as the incredible Gervais brings on the Golden Globes; one night of pure fun leading up to the always elegant (and incredibly boring for two hours) Academy Awards airing on February 28th.

 

GO ROCKY!

 

American culture, Golden Globes, Johnny Depp, People's Choice Awards, Oscars, Entertainment, standouts, movies, television

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening November 13, 2015

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Movies, openings for this week, November 13, 2015, Independent & Foreign Films, Big Budget Films

For movies opening November 13, 2015

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

The 33 (PG-13 for profanity and a disaster sequence) Fact-based docudrama recounting the 2010 collapse of a Chilean mine which left 33 men trapped underground for 69 days. Ensemble cast includes Antonio Banderas, Lou Diamond Phillips, James Brolin, Juliette Binoche and Gabriel Byrne. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

By the Sea (R for nudity, profanity and graphic sexuality) Romance drama, set in the South of France in the Seventies, revolving around a writer (Brad Pitt) and a retired dancer (Angelina Jolie) who try to revitalize their flagging marriage while vacationing in a quaint village located along the coast. With Melanie Laurent, Niels Arestrup and Sarah Naudi. (In English and French with subtitles)

Love the Coopers (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and mature themes) Holiday comedy, set in Pittsburgh, about the hijinks which unfold when several generations of a dysfunctional family convene for their annual Christmas gathering. Co-starring Olivia Wilde, Amanda Seyfried, Anthony Mackie, Diane Keaton, John Goodman, Ed Helms and Marisa Tomei

My All American (PG for mature themes, mild epithets and brief partial nudity) Bittersweet biopic about Freddie Steinmark (Finn Wittrock), the college football great diagnosed with cancer a couple days after leading the University of Texas to the 1969 NCAA National Championship. With Aaron Eckhart, Sarah Bolger and Robin Tunney.

  

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

All Rise (Unrated) Legal argument documentary following the fortunes of seven law students from seven different countries (Palestine, Israel, Uganda, Jamaica, Russia, India and Singapore) as they compete in the world’s largest moot court competition staged in Washington, DC .

Casa Grande (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama, set in Rio de Janeiro, about a spoiled-rotten teen (Thales Cavalcanti) who’s decadent lifestyle comes to an abrupt end when his father’s (Marcello Novaes) hedge fund goes belly up. Cast includes Suzana Pires, Alice Melo and Bruna Amaya. (In Portuguese with subtitles)

Entertainment (R for profanity, sexuality, crude humor, brief drug use and a disturbing image) Road drama about a washed-up comedian (Greg Turkington) who does some stand-up shows in dives while driving cross-country en route to a rendezvous with his long-estranged daughter. With John C. Reilly, Tye Sheridan, Michael Cera, Amy Seimetz and Dean Stockwell.

Funny Buddy (Unrated) Romantic dramedy about a childhood obesity counselor (Kentucker Audley) and an emotionally-stunted trust fund baby (Olly Alexander) competing for the affections of a reclusive animal activist (Joslyn Jensen). Featuring Louis Cancelmi, Anna Margaret Hollyman and Marisa Brown.

Ingrid Bergman in Her Own Words (Unrated) Reverential documentary offering a behind-the-scenes look at the life of one of the most celebrated actresses of her time. Featuring archival footage as well as commentary by Sigourney Weaver, Liv Ullmann, and Ingrid’s offspring: Pia Lindstrom, Isabella Rossellini, Isotta Rossellini and Roberto Rossellini. (In English and Spanish with subtitles)

James White (R for sexuality, nudity, profanity and drug use) Christopher Abbott handles the title role in this character study, set in New York City, about a self-destructive slacker, still living at home, forced to mature when his mom (Cynthia Nixon) becomes seriously ill. With Ron Livingston, Scott Mescudi, Makenzie Leigh and David Call.

Man Up (R for profanity and sexual references) Romantic comedy about a woman (Lake Bell) unlucky at love who finally finds Mr. Right (Simon Pegg) after being mistaken for his blind date. With Olivia Williams, Rory Kinnear and Ophelia Lovibond.

Shelter (Unrated) Character-driven drama, marking the directorial debut of Paul Bettany, revolving around the love which blossoms between a homeless street performer from Nigeria (Anthony Mackie) and a heroin-addicted widow (Jennifer Connelly) also living on the streets of New York.    

Song of Lahore (PG for mature themes, smoking and violent images) Cross-cultural documentary chronicling the musical collaborations of a Pakistani classical orchestra and Wynton Marsalis’ big band. (In Urdu with subtitles)

Steve McQueen: The Man & Le Mans (Unrated) The making of documentary revisiting the shooting of the legendary actor’s auto racing classic in 1971.

Sweet Micky for President (Unrated) Haitian documentary chronicling Michel Martelly’s presidential campaign in the wake of the earthquake which devastated his homeland in 2010. Featuring appearances by Pras Michel, Sean Penn, Wyclef Jean and Ben Stiller.

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening November 6, 2015

 

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:
Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, Movies, Opening this Week, November 6, 2015, Big Budget Films, Independent & Foreign Films
For movies opening November 6, 2015

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Brooklyn (PG-13 for a sex scene and brief profanity) Romance drama, set in the Fifties, revolving around a homesick immigrant to the U.S. (Saoirse Ronan) who finds herself torn between a suitor (Emory Cohen) she meets in New York and another (Domnhall Gleason) she left behind in Ireland. With Julie Walters, Jim Broadbent and Michael Zegen.   

The Outskirts (PG-13 for profanity, crude humor, suggestive content and teen partying) Revenge comedy about a couple of ostracized nerds (Victoria Justice and Eden Sher) who join forces with other geeks to topple the clique of popular classmates making high school miserable. Supporting cast includes Peyton List, Ashley Rickards, Katie Chang and Ted McGinley.

The Peanuts Movie (G) Charlie Brown (Noah Schnapp), Lucy (Hadley Belle Miller), Linus (Alexander Garfin) and company make their big screen debut in this adaptation of the Charles Schulz classic comic strip. Adventure finds Charlie pining for the object of his affection (Francesca Capaldi) while his pet pooch Snoopy (Bill Melendez) takes to the skies in a biplane for a dogfight with his nemesis the Red Baron. Voice cast includes Rebecca Bloom, Mar Mar and Venus Schultheis.   

Spectre (PG-13 for violence, sensuality, profanity, intense action and disturbing images) Daniel Craig is back as James Bond for another globetrotting adventure which finds 007 going rogue to infiltrate a sinister organization. With Monica Bellucci, Christoph Waltz, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris.

Spotlight (R for profanity, sexual references and mature themes) Screen adaptation of the Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize-winning investigation of the Catholic Church’s cover-up of child molestation by clergy members. Ensemble cast includes Rachel McAdams, Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Liev Schreiber and Stanley Tucci.

   

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Barista (Unrated) Coffee documentary chronicling the competition among entrants in the National Barista Championship to brew the best cup of java.

In Jackson Heights (Unrated) Melting pot documentary about an ethnically-diverse neighborhood in Queens, New York where 167 languages are spoken. (In English, Spanish, Arabic and Hindi with subtitles)

Miss You Already (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity and mature themes) Bittersweet dramedy about a couple of lifelong BFFS whose relationship becomes strained when one (Drew Barrymore) starts a family around the same time that the other (Toni Collette) is diagnosed with breast cancer. With Dominic Cooper, Paddy Considine and Tyson Ritter.

   

My Nazi Legacy (Unrated) Truth and reconciliation documentary about a descendant of Holocaust survivors’ visit to concentration camps in the company of two sons of Nazi war criminals.

Palio (Unrated) Sport of kings documentary about the oldest horse race in the world which is staged twice a year in the city of Siena. (In Italian with subtitles)

Peggy Guggenheim: Art Addict (Unrated) Prestige biopic about an iconoclastic socialite with impeccable taste who amassed one of the most impressive collections of 20th Century art.

Sembene! (Unrated) Reverential documentary about Ousmane Sembene (1923-2007), the Senegalese filmmaker/writer/freedom fighter who used storytelling as his weapon.

Theeb (Unrated) Jacir Eid Al-Hwietat plays the title character in this coming-of-age saga about a young Bedouin boy who escorts a mysterious British officer on a secret mission (Jack Fox) across the Arabian desert during World War I. Featuring Hussein Salameh Al-Sweilhiyeen and Hassan Mutlag Al-Maraiyeh. (In Arabic with subtitles)

Trumbo (R for profanity and sexual references) Historical drama, set in the late Forties, recounting the blacklisting of Hollywood screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) and some colleagues after being branded as Communists because of their progressive political views. With Diane Lane, Elle Fanning, John Goodman and Helen Mirren.

Source:  Baret News

For movies opening October 9, 2015

OPENING THIS WEEK

Kam’s Kapsules:  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                                                               

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, October 9, 2015, Weekly Previews, Movies

For movies opening October 9, 2015

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Pan (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, action and violence) Levi Miller plays the title character in this prequel to Peter Pan, a fantasy adventure about a 12 year-old orphan spirited away to Neverland, a magical kingdom where he is fated to find his destiny. With Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Amanda Seyfried.

Steve Jobs (R for profanity) Michael Fassbender portrays the late Apple founder in this warts-and-all biopic spanning

OPENING THIS WEEK

                                               Kam’s Kapsules:  Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun                                                               

by Kam Williams

Kam's Kapsules, October 9, 2015, Weekly Previews, Movies

For movies opening October 9, 2015

BIG BUDGET FILMS

Pan (PG for mature themes, mild epithets, action and violence) Levi Miller plays the title character in this prequel to Peter Pan, a fantasy adventure about a 12 year-old orphan spirited away to Neverland, a magical kingdom where he is fated to find his destiny. With Hugh Jackman, Rooney Mara, Garrett Hedlund and Amanda Seyfried.

Steve Jobs (R for profanity) Michael Fassbender portrays the late Apple founder in this warts-and-all biopic spanning the critical period from 1984 to 1998 highlighting the Machiavellian CEO’s drive to gain a competitive edge in technological innovation. Cast includes Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston and Michael Stuhlbarg.

The Walk (PG for mature themes, peril, brief nudity, drug references, smoking and mild epithets) Historical drama, set in Manhattan in 1974, recreating daredevil Philippe Petit’s (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center. With Ben Kingsley, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Schwartz and James Badge Dale.

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

Big Stone Gap (PG-13 for brief suggestive material) Romantic comedy, set in Appalachia in 1978, revolving around a shy and retiring spinster (Ashley Judd) who finds herself being courted by several suitors when a surprising secret about her long-lost father surfaces. Ensemble cast includes Whoopi Goldberg, Patrick Wilson, Jane Krakowski, John Benjamin Hickey and Jenna Elfman.   

Breaking Through (Unrated) Coming-of-age drama about a Youtube dance sensation’s (Sophia Aguiar) attempt to balance sudden fame and her authentic identity before she loses everything she cares about. Co-starring Julie Warner, Jay Ellis and Robert Roldan.    

A Faster Horse (Unrated) Reverential documentary chronicling America’s love affiar with the Mustang, the crown jewel of the Ford Motor Company fleet, from its introduction in 1964 to its recent redesign earlier this year.

The Final Girls (PG-13 for profanity, drug use, violence, sexuality and crude humor) Horror comedy revolving around the grief-stricken daughter (Taissa Farmiga) of a recently-deceased scream queen (Malin Akerman) who is magically transported into her mom’s most memorable movie where she ends up on the run from a deranged maniac (Dan Norris) while having to fend off the unwanted advances of young alpha males with raging hormones. With Alia Shawkat, Alexander Ludwig and Nina Dobrev.   

The Forbidden Room (Unrated) Undersea adventure about a lumberjack (Roy Dupuis) who mysteriously materializes aboard a submarine stuck on the bottom of the ocean with a cargo of unstable explosives. Featuring Charlotte Rampling, Geraldine Chaplin, Clara Furey, Mathieu Amalric and Udo Kier.

In My Father’s House (R for profanity) Prodigal father documentary chronicling Grammy-winning rapper Rhymfest’s reunion with the deadbeat dad who abandoned him at an early age.

Knock Knock (R for nudity, profanity, disturbing violence and graphic sexuality) Home alone horror flick about a happily married man (Keanu Reeves) who comes to regret allowing a couple of stranded damsels-in-distress (Lorenza Izzo and Ana de Armas) enter the house while his wife (Ignacia Allamand) was away for the weekend. With Aaron Burns and Colleen Camp.

The Prime Ministers: Soldiers and Peacemakers (Unrated) Israeli documentary examining the legacies of Levi Eshkol, Golda Meir, Yitzhak Rabin, Menachem Begin and Shimon Peres administrations  as seen through the eyes of Yehuda Avner who served in each of their administrations.

Reversion (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller about the daughter (Aja Naomi King) of a high-tech billionaire (Colm Feore) who starts wondering about the accuracy of her memories of her late mother after she’s kidnapped by a stranger (Jeanette Samano) with a hidden agenda. With Gary Dourdan, Amanda Plummer and Lela Rochon.

(T)error (Unrated) Whistleblower featuring a former FBI informant’s scathing indictment of the Bureau’s use of illegal surveillance and interrogation tactics during a counterterrorism sting operation.

Winter on Fire (Unrated) Ukraine documentary revisiting the events surrounding the 2013 revolution leading to the coup d’etat ousting President Viktor Yanukovich.(In Ukrainian, Russian and English with subtitles)

Source:  Baret News

Fads: Resurrected, Reborn, Renewed

 

Fads: Resurrected, Reborn, Renewed

~ Amy Lignor

 

It is great fun to see “lists.” Whether they be lists of the best, the newest, the oldest, the ones that became the worst over time – fads are one of the #1 things to read up on. The funny part is that there are a lot of fads throughout history that have been resurrected as of late. True. 2015 seems to have sparked a revolution, making antique malls out and “pickers” in. Example: Tag sales, yard sales, garage sales – you name it – everyone seems to be doing it. And there are other fads that you can find on lists from “bygone” ages that are most definitely found on the 10-Ten lists of today. They simply had a bit of a facelift to match the technology.

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Take Top Ten Lists to begin. They were once fun. It was a cultural kook that became even greater when people like Letterman adding them to his show. The fad did eventually become boring and drifted away. Now…it’s back like a behemoth. Pinterest is behind resurrecting and rebirthing the Top Ten List, and it will continue to escalate.

 

There are those historical fads like sideburns that seemed to go away when “The King of Rock & Roll” no longer showed their masculine glory. The mullet took over for a time with Stamos and MacGyver. Nowadays, you can thank Duck Dynasty for bringing back the belief that hair on a man is the best thing possible. Of course, you also have to give a nod to the hockey players who literally believe that to win it all, you can NOT shave. (Although, bathing would be nice.)

 

Movies have changed, of course, throughout time. There was an age that loved their beach blanket musicals; there was an age that needed that sad-eyed boy that personified the rebel; and, of course, there was the age that if war was not spoken about or a sweeping epic did not grace the screen, then movies were lacking. Even 3-D was a hot topic that…drained quickly. Nowadays, it is the larger-than-life superhero that everyone wants to see. Yes, we have the spy’s coming out of the woodwork, with TV shows always coming to the big screen; from Mission: Impossible to now The Man from U.N.C.L.E. But this generation has called up the caped crusaders, the hammer-wielding gods, and the units that come together to fight for justice. They don’t have to sing, and the wars they fight are always won by the good guys. Reality certainly needs that.

 

In the world of music, fads went from records to tapes to the hot invention of CD’s to the realm of MTV. Now, the MTV station is a station of television shows, with barely a video to be found. Country has come back, big-time, even though most of the ones you see now don’t have a Stetson between them. Rock & Roll has crossed over into Country, and the new generation is just fine with that fact. And as far as the music devices are concerned, downloading from the Internet is the place to be. After all, you need that music to be mobile.

 

Television is one of the things that hasn’t changed all that much. Yes, there are the new fads. Zombies being a big one with “The Walking Dead.” There are far more horrific sights to be seen on TV and far less medical shows (thank you!) But the cops, of course, still reign. If you can turn to a station without a “Law & Order” repeat, a “CSI” marathon or an “NCIS” from somewhere, it is actually a miracle. What has come to TV is Netflix and the original shows that have people chomping at the bit for more.

 

The one thing that no one still understands, however, is fashion. Although some “looks” pop up every now and then, the constant wave of what to wear and how to wear it continues to turn as fast as the Colorado Rapids. Or, if looking back on bygone lists: as fast as Chubby Checkers used to “Twist!”

 

Source:  Baret News Wire

Revenge-Fueled Horror Flick Released on DVD

Unfriended

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Revenge-Fueled Horror Flick Released on DVD

On April 9, 2013, Laura Barns (Heather Sossaman) drank too much at a high school classmate’s unsupervised keg party, and promptly passed out and pooped on herself. Time was when such immature behavior might be
Unfriended, DVD Review, Digital Age, Horror, movies, Skype, cyber-bullingforgiven as a youthful indiscretion and quietly swept under the rug just as soon as the hangover wore off the next morning. 

  But then came the unforgiving Digital Age during which the slightest faux pas can so easily come back to haunt you forever. That’s precisely what happened to Laura, thanks to the mean-spirited fellow reveler who, instead of coming to the assistance of a damsel-in-distress, whipped out a cell to record an embarrassing video of her sprawled on the ground with her skirt hiked above the waist.

The initial invasion of privacy escalated to cyber-bulling when the movie was posted online followed by a thread of cruel comments. After several days of mercilessly teasing, the tortured teen finally took her own life with a gun.

Now, it’s exactly one year later, and we find Laura’s former BBF Blaire (Shelley Hennig) flirting with Mitch (Moses Jacob Storm) via Skype. Their sensual exchange comes to an abrupt end when they are joined in the chatroom by a trio of friends, Jess (Renee Olstead) Adam (Will Peltz) and Ken (Jacob Wysocki).

Next thing you know, an anonymous intruder claiming to be Laura announces her presence and starts divulging deep secrets about each of them. The spooked quintet assumes the uninvited guest to be their prankster pal, Val (Courtney Halverson), until she pops up on a separate screen. Then, when “Laura” starts knocking them off one-by-one, it becomes clear that they are dealing with a disembodied spirit bent on vengeance.

Unfriended, DVD Review, Digital Age, Horror, movies, Skype, cyber-bulling
Directed by Levan Gabriadze, Unfriended is a found footage horror flick ostensibly designed with Millennials in mind. For, this novel genre-bender unfolds on a computer from beginning to its terrifying end. Although most folks over 30 are apt to find the hyperactive adventure visually-disconcerting, the up-and-coming generation weaned on screens is likely to be right at home, given how they’re glued to electronic stimuli, 24/7.

Revenge as a dish best served pixilated!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for violence, sexuality, teen drug and alcohol abuse, and pervasive profanity

Running time: 83 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

To order a copy of the Unfriended Blu-ray/DVD combo pack, visit:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00WF9XP9W/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for July 21, 2015

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

This Week's DVD Releases, Top Ten, movies

Top Ten DVD List for July 21, 2015   

                   

What We Do in the Shadows

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00ZA9T4JE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

My Beautiful Laundrette [Criterion Collection]

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00W6OFI9Q/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

I, Madman

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VX223IQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

X-Men: Days of Future Past [The Rogue Cut]

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00X99CUV6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Committed

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00W64YPKE/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Stories of a Young Country

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00UC3C40Y/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sherlock Holmes: The Complete Series [39 Classic Episodes]

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VX21VAM/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

I Am FEMEN

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00W64YQO4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Kung Fu Killer

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VHAG0NI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bulletproof: Tough Guys of Action [8 Movies] Last Action Hero / Universal Soldier: The Return / The Russian Specialist / Into the Sun / The Stone Killer / Silent Rage / Shamus / The Anderson Tapes

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VX21WJ2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Because They’re Young

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VX21WDS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Adventure Time: The Complete Fifth Season

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00VSKT1V0/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Ugly Benny

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00WV7TP7E/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Last Call

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00WAZHRW2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20 

Scooby Doo! And Kiss: Rock and Roll Mystery

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00WGHOM6I/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Let’s Learn: Kindness

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00X59E4BY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News Wire

MOVIES OPENING THIS WEEK!

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Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening May 9, 2014

 

 

BIG BUDGET FILMS

 

Chef (R for profanity and sexual references) Jon Favreau wrote, directed and stars in this kitchen sink comedy as a cook who quits his job at a fancy restaurant in L.A. before returning to his Miami roots to operate his own food truck while reconciling differences with his estranged ex (Sofia Vergara). Cast includes Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo, Robert Downey, Jr., Oliver Platt, Bobby Cannavale and Amy Sedaris.

 

Legends of Oz: Dorothy’s Return (PG for scary images and scenes of peril) Animated sequel to The Wizard of Oz finds Dorothy (Lea Michele) venturing back to the Emerald City where she joins forces with a princess (Megan Hilty), an owl (Oliver Platt), a tugboat (Patrick Stewart) and a marshmallow (Hugh Dancy) after she finds the Scarecrow (Dan Aykroyd), Tin Man (Kelsey Grammer) and Cowardly Lion (Jim Belushi) under the spell of a wicked Court Jester (Martin Short). Voice cast features Bernadette Peters as Glinda the good witch, Tacey Adams as Auntie Em and Michael Krawic as Uncle Henry.

 

Moms’ Night Out (PG for mild action and mature themes) Faith-based comedy about a tight-knit group of housewives in need of a break from their domestic duties who come to regret having their hapless husbands babysit for a few hours. Starring Sarah Drew, Patricia Heaton, Trace Adkins and Sean Astin.

 

Neighbors (R for crude humor, graphic sexuality, frontal nudity, pervasive profanity and widespread drug use) Ensemble comedy chronicling the frustrations of a couple (Seth Rogen and Rose Byrne) with a newborn forced to live next-door to a rowdy fraternity house. With Zac Efron, Lisa Kudrow and Christopher Mintz-Plasse.

 

 

INDEPENDENT & FOREIGN FILMS

 

App (Unrated) Sci-fi thriller, set in Amsterdam, about a psychology student (Hannah Hoekstra) terrorized by a cell phone app that circulates her secrets, photos and videos over the internet. With Isis Cabolet, Robert de Hoog and Alex Hendrickx. (In Dutch with subtitles)

 

Borgman (Unrated) Jan Bijvoet stars in the title role of this psychological thriller as a hobo who destabilizes the upper-class family that befriends him. Support cast includes Hadewych Minis, Jeroen Perceval and Alex van Warmerdam. (In English and Dutch with subtitles)

 

Breastmilk (Unrated) Lactation documentary extols the health and mother-baby bonding virtues of nursing while shedding light on one of the female body’s most remarkable functions.

 

Devil’s Knot (Unrated) Fact-based legal drama, set in the Bible Belt, revolving around the efforts of a skeptical private investigator (Colin Firth) to reopen the case against three teens (James Hamrick, Kristopher Higgins and Seth Meriwether) convicted of performing ritualistic, Satanic killings of young children. With Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Elias Koteas, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood and Amy Ryan.

 

The Double (R for profanity) Jesse Eisenberg stars in this adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s classic novella about a nerdy milquetoast whose life is turned upside-down by the hiring of a co-worker who’s his spitting image and has all the charm and confidence he lacks. Support cast includes Sally Hawkins, Mia Wasikowska, Gemma Chan, Wallace Shawn and Chris O’Dowd.

 

Fed Up (PG for mature themes, brief profanity and smoking images) Agribusiness expose, narrated by Katie Couric, indicting the food industry for sickening far more consumers than most people realize. Featuring commentary by Michele Simon, President Bill Clinton and Senator Tom Harkin.

 

God’s Pocket (R for violence, sexuality and pervasive profanity) The late Philip Seymour Hoffman stars in this adaptation of the Pete Dexter best-seller as a struggling working-class hero who finds himself stuck with a trophy wife (Christina Hendricks) he can’t please, a body he can’t bury and a debt he can’t pay after his crazy stepson (Caleb Landry Jones) dies in a construction accident. With Eddie Marsan, Jack O’Connell and Bill Buell.

Palo Alto (R for graphic sexuality, drug and alcohol abuse, and pervasive profanity) Gia Coppola makes her writing and directorial debut with this coming-of-age drama based on a James Franco short story revolving around a clique of rebellious teens with a knack for finding trouble. Ensemble cast includes Franco, Emma Roberts, Val Kilmer, Chris Messina and Nat Wolff.

 

The Rescuers (Unrated) Cross-cultural documentary follows Rwandan activist Stephanie Nyombayire’s travels with British historian Sir Martin Gilbert to 15 countries to interview Holocaust survivors as well as the descendants of diplomats who had saved thousands of Jews from the Nazis.

 

Stage Fright (R for profanity, sexual references and graphic violence) High body-count horror flick, set at a snobby drama camp terrorized by a bloodthirsty slasher who hates musical theater. Starring Meat Loaf, Minnie Driver and Allie MacDonald.

 

Still I Strive (Unrated) Uniquely-structured documentary interweaves reality with dream images to relate a tale of healing and transformation through compassion at a Cambodian orphanage where child actors train for a command performance for royalty. (In Khmer with subtitles)