Saturday, April 30, 2016

High-Rise Theatrical Feature Film Review

I saw High-Rise today at a private advanced screening. I really liked it, but there seemed to be a moment where the film jumps ahead of itself because the depravity, class warfare and anarchy that develops within the tower seems to escalate from zero to one hundred almost out of the blue when the film clearly states the action occurs over the course of three months. Maybe the novel it is based on by J. G. Ballard fills the transition in better. I really liked the movie though I think this is an acquired taste and will not please everyone's palette. Definitely not a family film so make sure the kids are properly being watched after before you sneak away to view this. In some ways the High-Rise is reminiscent of Snowpiercer, but a lot edgier.

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Friday, April 29, 2016


Florida Justice Transitions, aka "Pervert Park," is home to 120 convicted sex offenders. (Like in many other U.S. states, sex offenders are not allowed to live within 1000 feet of places frequented by children). The crimes committed by the residents range from simple misdemeanors to horrendous acts too unbearable to contemplate. Blending shockingly candid interviews with observational footage, filmmakers Frida and Lasse Barkfors gradually reveal the personal stories behind each of their subjects--their offenses as well as their demons--often bearing witness to stories no one has ever heard before.
A compelling and empathetic film about the people no one wants as neighbors, Pervert Park follows the everyday life of the sex offenders in the park as they struggle to reintegrate into society, giving viewers the chance to understand who they are and, most importantly, the destructive cycle of sexual abuse. 
"If audiences went in thinking they'd be allowed to simply hate on and ridicule the offenders, they might have completely changed their minds by the time they come out 75 minutes later. In the best sense of the word, the film's an eye-opener that completely demystifies what one would think goes on in a place the neighbors all call Pervert Park.

Boyd van Hoeij, The Hollywood Reporter 





Makenzie Vega, Dre Davis, Cassidy Freeman and Bill Sage

Star in the Horror-Thriller Feature Written and Directed by Mark Pavia

New York, NY – April 29, 2016 – Chiller and Scream Factory™ announced today that original movieFENDER BENDER will premiere FridayJune 3 at 9 PM ET. Written and Directed by Mark Pavia (Stephen King’s The Night Flier), the movie stars Makenzie Vega (The Good Wife), Dre Davis (Pretty Little Liars,Scavenger Killers), Cassidy Freeman (SmallvilleLongmire) and Bill Sage (American PsychoWe Are What We Are).  Evocative of the horror-thriller classics of yesteryear, FENDER BENDER brings you back to a time when the boxes on the shelf at your local video store beckoned you with masked, knife-wielding maniacs and a twisted sense of morals.

In a small New Mexico town, a 17-year-old high school girl who just got her driver's license gets into her first fender bender, innocently exchanging her personal information with an apologetic stranger.  Later that stormy night, she is joined in her desolate suburban home by a couple of her school friends who try their best to make a night out of it, only to be visited by the stranger she so willingly handed all of her information to -- a terrifying and bizarre serial killer who stalks the country's endless miles of roads and streets with his old rusty car, hungrily searching for his next unsuspecting victim.


Shout! Factory and Brainstorm Media present an EchoWolf Production. A Mark Pavia Film

FENDER BENDER stars Makenzie Vega, Dre Davis, Cassidy Freeman, Kelsey Leos Montoya, Harrison Sim and Bill Sage as The Driver.  Casting by Sig De Miguel and Stephen Vincent; director of photography, Tyler Lee Cushing; edited by Lana Wolverton; music by Night Runner.

Executive producers, Richard Foos, Bob Emmer, Garson Foos, Meyer Shwarzstein, Mark Pavia, Nadia Redler; produced by Carl Lucas,Joshua Bunting, Jordan Fields and Gus Krieger. 

Written and directed by Mark Pavia.  


FENDER BENDER is developed and executive produced by Shout! Factory in association with Chiller.


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Twitter: @fenderfilm 

Instagram: fenderbenderfilm


Thursday, April 28, 2016

Dark Horse Announces "Fight Club 2" Book Tour 2016 Featuring Chuck Palahniuk!

Upcoming Lionsgate Premiere and Focus Feature Theatrical Releases For Summer, 2016.

Release Date: June 3, 2016 - In Theaters and On Demand
Cast: Justin Chatwin, Ashley Greene, Alexis Knapp, Bar Paly, Chris Geere, Nick Thune, introducing Kea Ho, with Danny Masterson and Pierce Brosnan
Directed By: Aaron Kaufman
Screenplay By: Jerry Stahl
Story By: Aaron Kaufman, Jason Zumwait, Guy Busick
Genre: Thriller
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere

A weekend getaway takes a dangerous turn when a mysterious nightclub owner (Pierce Brosnan) introduces a group of friends to a new designer drug. Stripped of their inhibitions, they start living out their wildest fantasies - but what starts out as a fun night of partying quickly turns deadly, as the island paradise deteriorates into a tropical madhouse.

The Duel
Release Date: June 24, 2016 - In Theaters and On Demand
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Liam Hemsworth, Alice Braga, Emory Cohen
Directed by: Kieran Darcy-Smith
Written by: Matt Cook
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere

THE DUEL stars Liam Hemsworth as a Texas Ranger who investigates a series of murders in a small town led by a charismatic preacher played by Woody Harrelson. However, the routine undercover investigation soon turns personal for the ranger who must solve the case before he loses everything to the mysterious town.

Release Date: July 2016
Cast: Jahking Guillory, Christopher Jordan Wallace, Christopher Meyer, Kofi Siriboe, Mahershala Ali
Directed by: Justin Tipping
Written by: Justin Tipping & Joshua Beirne-Golden
Genre: Drama, Adventure
Distributor: Focus World

In Justin Tipping's feature debut Kicks, nothing is as simple as it seems. Fifteen-year-old Brandon longs for a pair of the freshest sneakers that money can buy; assuming that merely having them on his feet will help him escape the reality of being poor, neglected by the opposite sex and picked on by everyone -- even his best friends. Working hard to get them, he soon finds that the titular shoes have instead made him a target after they are promptly snatched by local hood, Flaco. Seemingly the embodiment of menace, Flaco harbors complexities of his own that will be revealed when Brandon goes on a mission to retrieve his stolen sneakers with his two best friends in tow.
Boasting a strong ensemble cast and featuring a memorable lead performance by newcomer Jahking Guillory, the film transcends a deceptively traditional hero's journey to deliver an entertaining and sobering look at the realities of inner-city life, the concept of manhood and the fetishization of sneaker culture. Visually and thematically rich, with an amazing soundtrack of both hip-hop classics and Bay Area favorites, Kicks creates an authentic and original portrait of a young man drowning in the expectations of machismo.

Blood Father
Release Date: August 26, 2016 - In Theaters and On Demand
Cast: Mel Gibson, Erin Moriarty, Diego Luna, Michael Parks and William H. Macy
Directed by: Jean-François Richet
Screenplay by: Peter Craig and Andrew Berloff
Based on the novel by: Peter Craig
Genre: Action
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere

BLOOD FATHER stars Mel Gibson as Link, an ex-convict who fights to protect his estranged daughter from the drug cartel that is hunting her down. In this thrilling action film, John must use his connections from his past life and his skills as an ex-criminal to keep him and his daughter alive.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople
Release Date: Summer 2016
Cast: Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, Oscar Kightley, Rhys Darby, Stan Walker, Cohen Holloway, Mike Minogue, Troy Kingi, Tioreore Ngatai-Melbourne
Written & Directed by: Taika Waititi
Based on the novel by: Barry Crump
Genre: Adventure Comedy
Distributor: The Orchard 

Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, the cantankerous Uncle Hec, and dog Tupac. When a tragedy strikes that threatens to ship Ricky to another home, both he and Hec go on the run in the bush. As a national manhunt ensues, the newly branded outlaws must face their options: go out in a blaze of glory or overcome their differences and survive as a family.  

Titles previously circulated.

Manhattan Night
Release Date: May 20, 2016 - In Theaters and On Demand
Cast: Adrien Brody, Yvonne Strahovski, Campbell Scott, Jennifer Beals, with Linda Lavin and Steven Berkoff
Written & Directed By: Brian DeCubellis
Based On The Novel By: Colin Harrison
Genre: Thriller
Distributor: Lionsgate Premiere

Adapted from The New York Times' Notable Book of the Year by Colin Harrison, MANHATTAN NIGHT tells the story of Porter Wren (Adrien Brody), a Manhattan tabloid writer with an appetite for scandal. On the beat he sells murder, tragedy and anything that passes for the truth. At home, he is a dedicated husband to his wife (Jennifer Beals) and father. But when Caroline (Yvonne Strahovski), a seductive stranger asks him to dig into the unsolved murder of her filmmaker husband Simon (Campbell Scott), he can't resist. In this modern version of classic film noir, we follow Porter as he is drawn into a very nasty case of sexual obsession and blackmail  - one that threatens his job, his marriage, and his life.

Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Release Date: June 3, 2016
Cast: Andy Samberg, Jorma Taccone, Akiva Schaffer, Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows, Maya Rudolph, Joan Cusack
Directed by: Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone
Written by: Jorma Taccone, Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer
Genre: Comedy
Distributor: Universal Pictures

Universal Pictures' Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping is headlined by musical digital-shorts superstars Andy Samberg, Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, collectively known as The Lonely Island. The comedy goes behind the scenes as singer/rapper Conner4Real (Samberg) faces a crisis of popularity after his sophomore album flops, leaving his fans, sycophants and rivals all wondering what to do when he's no longer the dopest star of all. 

The latest comedy from blockbuster producer Judd Apatow (Trainwreck, Superbad, Knocked Up) co-stars Sarah Silverman, Tim Meadows and Maya Rudolph and many of the biggest names in comedy and music in cameo performances.  Co-directed by Schaffer and Taccone and written by The Lonely Island trio, POPSTAR is also produced by Rodney Rothman (producer of Get Him to the Greek, Forgetting Sarah Marshall; co-writer of 22 Jump Street), as well as Samberg, Schaffer and Taccone.

Now You See Me 2
Release Date: June 10, 2016
Cast: Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Daniel Radcliffe, Lizzy Caplan, Jay Chou, Sanaa Lathan, David Warshofsky, Tsai Chin with Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman
Directed by: Jon M. Chu
Written by: Ed Solomon
Genre: Suspense 
Distributor: Lionsgate 

THE FOUR HORSEMEN [Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Dave Franco, Lizzy Caplan] return for a second mind-bending adventure, elevating the limits of stage illusion to new heights and taking them around the globe. One year after outwitting the FBI and winning the public's adulation with their Robin Hood-style magic spectacles, the illusionists resurface for a comeback performance in hopes of exposing the unethical practices of a tech magnate. The man behind their vanishing act is none other than WALTER MABRY [Daniel Radcliffe], a tech prodigy who threatens the Horsemen into pulling off their most impossible heist yet. Their only hope is to perform one last unprecedented stunt to clear their names and reveal the mastermind behind it all.

Puerto Ricans in Paris
Release Date: June 10, 2016 - Theatrical & VOD
Cast: Luis Guzman, Edgar Garcia, Alice Taglioni, Rosie Perez and Rosario Dawson
Directed by: Ian Edelman
Written by: Ian Edelman and Neel Shah
Genre: Comedy
Distributor: Focus World

"Puerto Ricans In Paris" is a story of friendship, loyalty and a life-changing trip to Paris. Detectives Luis Lopez and Eddie Garcia are childhood best friends, brother-in-laws, and partners in the New York Police Department Luxury Goods Recovery Unit tasked with hunting down Canal Street's infamous bootleggers. With Luis as the slick, self-styled "brains" of the operation and Eddie as the shy, quiet "muscle," they've been running through the streets of the Lower East side in search of fake Louis Vuitton for 20 years - long enough for them to be the best in the business. While their work mostly keeps them below 14th Street, a random visit from a celebrated French designer and her business partner set in motion a sequence of events that take them on a wild goose chase through the streets of Paris - from fashion parties to hipster nightclubs - in search of a stolen handbag (and delicious French macarons).

As the investigation deepens with no sign of the bag, our two best friends start to grow suspicious of everyone around them - including each other. "Puerto Ricans in Paris" is a fashion whodunnit with laughs, drop-crotch pants, and a lot of heart.

The Infiltrator
Release Date: July 15, 2016
Cast: Bryan Cranston, John Leguizamo, Diane Kruger, Benjamin Bratt, Amy Ryan, Joseph Gilgun
Directed by: Brad Furman
Written by: Ellen Sue Brown
Based On The Novel By: Robert Mazur
Genre: Crime, Drama
Distributor: Broad Green Pictures

Based on a true story, U.S. Customs agent ROBERT "BOB" MAZUR (Bryan Cranston) goes deep undercover to infiltrate Pablo Escobar's blood-soaked drug trafficking scene plaguing the nation in 1985 by posing as slick, money-laundering businessman Bob Musella. Teamed with impulsive and streetwise fellow agent EMIR EBREU (John Leguizamo) and rookie agent posing as his fiancé KATHY ERTZ (Diane Kruger), Mazur befriends Escobar's top lieutenant ROBERTO ALCAINO (Benjamin Bratt). Navigating a vicious criminal network in which the slightest slip-up could cost him his life, Mazur risks it all building a case that leads to indictments of 85 drug lords and the corrupt bankers who cleaned their dirty money, along with the collapse of the Bank of Credit and Commerce International, one of the largest money-laundering banks in the world.

Hollywood, MIT & Silicon Valley Join Forces to Create Film Recommendation Engine

Hollywood has just joined forces with
MIT and Silicon Valley to save an hour of frustration every Friday night!

What happens when Emmy winning film critic Joyce Kulhawik, Hollywood star Topher Grace, recent Y-Combinator graduate & serial entrepreneur Simon Borrero, Sundance featured producer Daniel Posada, and MIT professors Donald Sull and David Hartzband get together?

They create the world’s best movie recommendation engine! The catch? They didn’t spend a dime on their algorithm.

Here’s the issue, just because you watched “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” doesn't mean you want to watch Adam Sandler’s new western movie. Not even Adam Sandler liked that movie! And just because you watched “The Basketball Diaries” doesn't mean you want to watch “Air Bud.”

Algorithms still just don’t get it when it comes to movies.

Enter FilmFish: the first movie recommendation engine to rely on film-buffs, not robots, to make their suggestions. Our team has expertly curated recommendations for over 15,000 movies, capturing the essence of why you love the films you do. Once you find a movie, FilmFish will show you exactly where to watch it across your subscriptions. 

FilmFish relies on people, not robots, to recommend films.

Each one of their recommendations is hand-picked by an expert film buff who aims to capture the essence of why you love the movies you do. In surveys, 75% of users prefer this approach to the competition. 

Once you find a movie, FilmFish shows you exactly where to watch it across leading streaming services, so you never have to use Netflix for your recommendations again.







Peanuts, the brand-new animated series based on one of entertainment’s most iconic brands, heads to Boomerang on Monday, May  9. For the first time, the individual Peanuts print comic strips come to life in vignettes filled with humor and heart for the whole family. New episodes premiere daily at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT.


The series captures the spirit of the timeless adventures of Charlie Brown’s gang and his wildly imaginative, supremely confident and world-famous beagle, Snoopy. The watercolor art style, textured backgrounds and framing deliver a viewing experience that will excite both classic Peanuts enthusiasts and new fans alike.


Viewers will be able to catch a sneak peek of Peanuts on Cartoon Network the week of May 9 at 10:30 a.m. (ET/PT) and further engage with the series as select individual shorts roll out on the Cartoon Network video app. 


Boomerang’s exclusive U.S. premiere of Peanuts further establishes the network as a prime destination for original, family-friendly animated programming with a slate that includes Bunnicula, Wabbit, Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!, The Tom and Jerry Show, and the hour-long special Super Hero High.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Medusa Bust Almost Sold Out On Preorder.

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Because of the unexpected demand of the Medusa 1:1 Scale Bust we have already reached about 90% of our edition size. Although the Pre-order ends next month, please remember that if we meet the 500 edition mark the Pre-order WILL CLOSE!! This item is now on a first come first serve basis and we would like for all of you to get a chance at this amazing piece. Please make sure to place your orders asap as the Pre-Order can close at anytime.

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J-POP SUMMIT 2016 Announces First Line-Up Of Live Artists To Play SF Festival In July



The San Francisco Bay Area’s Premiere Japanese Pop Culture Event Announces Exciting Slate Of Top Japanese Pop/Rock/Electronica/Dance Artists To Play at Fort Mason Center This Summer


San Francisco, CA, April 27, 2016 – J-POP SUMMIT 2016, one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, has announced an exciting and diverse first line-up of music artists set to perform this year. This summer’s festival will be highlighted by an exciting 3-day slate of live music from a wide range of top Japanese pop idol, ani-pop (anime pop), electronica, and rock artists that will complement an extensive roster of attractions, participants and exhibits, and other live programming. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 6th at:


J-POP SUMMIT 2016 starts with “Kyary Pamyu Pamyu LIVE at J-POP SUMMIT OPENING NIGHT - KPP 5iVE YEARS MONSTER WORLD TOUR 2016 in San Francisco” on Friday, July 22nd at The Regency Ballroom. Other musical guests to perform at J-POP LIVE concert on Saturday and Sunday July 23rd and 24th at Fort Mason Center include electronic dance group, WORLD ORDER, all-female pop rock band, Silent Siren, pop house unit, Wednesday Campanella, and ani-pop duo, GARNiDELiA. Additional live artists and specific set times will be announced soon.



WORLD ORDER is an electronic dance performance group produced by Genki Sudo, the legendary mixed martial arts fighter. The group is known globally for its pop and sensitive dance music and the choreographed performances that feature tightly syncopated movements by suited members. Their monotonous black suits and eerie, robot-like movements are deliberate and prompt the audience to reflect on contemporary society, working styles, global culture, and images of modern Japan. From its inception, WORLD ORDER aimed to become a globally known group and has gained widespread support in Asia, North and South America, and EU countries.

Official artist web site:

YouTube Channel:


Silent Siren is a 4 piece all-female band formed by Su (Sumire Yoshida on vocals and guitar), Hinachu (Hinako Umemura on drums), Ainyan (Aina Yamauchi on bass), and Yukarun (Yukako Kurosaka on keyboards). Silent Siren held its first overseas concert in Hong Kong in 2014. Since then, they have actively performed overseas. An Asian tour in 2015 saw the group perform 20 shows in over 16 cities, and a solo concert in Jakarta, Indonesia was celebrated by over 2,000 local fans. Silent Siren made history as being the first all-female band to perform a solo concert at Nippon Budokan the legendary hall for singers in Japan. All of their 12 singles and albums after their 3rdalbum have been ranked in the Top 10 in the national music charts. 

Official artist web site:



Wednesday Campanella is a pop house unit that delivers a mixture of house, techno, and trance style music. The unit is formed by Kom I (front man), Kenmochi Hidefumi (composer), and Dir.F (all the rest). Of the three, Kom I will be the only one to perform at the J-POP SUMMIT this year.The group is recognized for its comical and sensational music videos and for the singer’s very unique personality. The group’s recent activity includes release of the album, “Zipangu” based on a concept of traveling around Eurasia and looking back to Japan from overseas. Wednesday Campanella has performed major music festivals such as South by Southwest 2016, Summer Sonic 2015, Rising Sun Rock Festival 2015, and the Rock in Japan Festival 2015. 

Official artist web site:

YouTube Channel:



GARNiDELiA is a Japanese ani-pop duo consisting of vocalist, MARiA, and composer, toku. Their first major single, “ambiguous” was used as the opening theme of the anime series, Kill la Kill. Many of the duo’s subsequent singles have been used in popular anime series such as The Irregular at Magic High SchoolGundam, Reconguista in GLinkage Ring, and Gunslinger Stratos. GARNiDELiA actively performs both inside and outside of Japan. Their recent global activity includes performances in Anime Festival Asia 2014 Indonesia, Anime Festival Asia 2014 Singapore, SakuraCon in the U.S., Anison Dream Stage 2015 in Hong Kong, and SMASH in Australia. The duo is on their way to becoming one of the hottest ani-song units in recent years. 

Official artist web site:

YouTube Channel:



J-POP SUMMIT is one of the world’s biggest Japanese pop culture events, held every summer in San Francisco, CA. By introducing the latest in Japanese music, fashion, film, art, games, tech-innovations, anime, food, as well as niche subcultures, the festival has become a landing platform for new trends from Japan.


Official website:

Official YouTube:


Horror classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre gets immersive facelift in 4K UHD/Auro-3D Blu-Ray re-release

Classic Horror Story gets an immersive release in Auro-3D®


Turbine Media Group releases The Texas Chainsaw Massacre with Auro 13.1 on 4K UHD Blu-ray™ in select territories


‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ remains one of the best horror films in cinema history and the 1974 movie now gets another release. From Turbine Media Group, this time on 4K UHD Blu-Ray™, the most controversial and influential horror movie becomes immersively scary as it will come with a 13.1 Auro-3D® mix.


Remixed specifically for the home theater environment, the Auro-3D® mix creates an exciting three-dimensional soundscape thanks to the addition of a Height layer in front, above and all around the listener. Auro-3D® is an exciting move from two-dimensional surround sound formats to three-dimensional sound. The Auro-3D® sound format is the next generation in audio, marking an exciting leap forward from standard Stereo and Surround sound that increases the dramatic   impact of feature films such as THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE.


Wilfried Van Baelen, CEO of Auro Technologies, states, “To have such an iconic and influential movie released again in Auro-3D, is truly worth the excitement. We are glad to have worked with Turbine Media Group to have this movie mixed at Galaxy Studios and to soon release this on 4K UHD Blu-Ray™. Having 4K image combined with true 3D sound, will uplift this classic tale to a new dimension’.  


‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ is a 1974 American horror film, directed and produced by Tobe Hooper. As one of the best and scariest horror films in history, the movie is credited with originating several elements common in the slasher genre, including the use of power tools as murder weapons and the characterization of the killer as a large, hulking, faceless figure. Though initially branded as perverted and glorifying violence, only the courageous critics at that time saw it as “the film that redefined horror”. ‘The Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ has shocked and stunned audiences worldwide, but set a standard in its genre, making Leatherface and his chainsaw one of the most iconic characters in the horror scene.


Consumers can maximize the Auro-3D® immersive experience at home with Auro-3D® enabled AV receiver and speakers or enjoy the soundtrack in 5.1. Territories featuring the Auro audio technology include Germany, Switzerland and Austria.


Synopsis:  Back in 1974, writer, director and producer Tobe Hooper unleashed his dark vision on humanity with a story about five young friends whose innocent trip into the woods on a summer’s afternoon became a horrible nightmare. The film follows this group of friends as they fall victim to a family of cannibals whilst on their way to visit an old homestead. For an entire generation, Leatherface became a horror icon and the film became a cult hit.


Country/Year: USA / 1974

Actors:Marilyn Burns, Jim Siedow, Gunnar Hansen,…

Director:Tobe Hooper

Distribution:Turbine Classics


Release date:May 27th 2016


Technical data UHD Blu-Ray™:

Audio: German: Auro-3D 13.1, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Surround, 

    DTS 2.0 Mono

    English: Auro-3D 13.1, Dolby Atmos, DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 Surround, 

    DTS 2.0 Stereo, DTS 2.0 Mono

    Music and effects: DTS-HD 7.1

Image: 4K (3840 x 2160 Pixels) 

Subtitling: Main movie: German for the hearing impaired, German, English

                   Commentary: German

Reconsidering Batman Returns As Arguably The Best Of The Original Four Film Anthology;

Some of you may disagree with me, but I have been watching the Batman movies and although back in 1992 the film was not as popular as the first Batman, I think I like Batman Returns more and I will tell you all what I like about it. While still a very huge Hollywood production, the film does not look as bloated as the 1989 film and while the late production designer Anton Furst did a beautiful job on the original, I think Batman Returns feels more like a Tim Burton film when he was in his developing prime. The screenplay by Heathers scribe Daniel Waters is in some ways smarter and actually darker as it tackles themes that are more serious with implications that suggest The Penguin was far more evil than The Joker. Early in the film, Bruce Wayne uncovers newspaper reels detailing that children disappeared from the circus The Penguin would later control, suggesting he was a child killer and when you combine that with his perverted behavior and his plan to kill the first born of Gotham's elite, I think one would agree, The Penguin has more than horrible. Perhaps the only character that comes close to his degree of evil is Christopher Walken as Max Shreck. At the time Batman Returns was released, the banks and corporations did not get the repeal of laws in the States that prevented monopolies, protected worker benefits and kept banks from investing in the stock market against their own patrons. The power plant that hoards power that Shreck wants to build in Batman Returns seemed like the stuff of fantasy in 1992, but it feels prophetic now. Plus the mental illness or duality both Batman and Catwoman display the conflict and angst within their respective characters as well as their oddness, including the scene where Batman is partially disrobed and calling Alfred on the phone after being clawed by Catwoman. It is a great odd looking scene. Finally we see more detecting from Batman than we ever saw in Batman as well as the Schumacher films that followed. For these reasons and more is why I think Batman Returns might be my favorite of the four films Warner Brothers produced and released between 1989 and 1997. Thank you.

(C) Copyright 2016 By Mark A. Rivera
All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

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The Brothers Grimsby Debuting on Digital May 24 and on Blu-ray & DVD June 21



“I loved Grimsby…his funniest film in a decade.”~ Darren Franich, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY


“Sacha Baron Cohen’s best since Borat!” ~ Pete Hammond, DEADLINE.COM






Available to Pre-Order Now


Debuting on Digital May 24

On Blu-ray & DVD June 21


A Full Load of Content Including Hilarious Outtakes, a Blooper Reel, 

Deleted & Extended Scenes and More!



CULVER CITY, Calif. (Apr. 26, 2016) –From the man who brought you Borat comes the outrageous comedy you have to see to believe, THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY, debuting on digital May 24 and on Blu-ray and DVD June 21 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Sacha Baron Cohen stars as Nobby, a dimwitted English football hooligan who teams up with his super spy brother to thwart a global terrorist attack. Cohen is joined by an all-star cast, including Mark Strong (Kingsman: The Secret Service), Penelope Cruz (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect), Isla Fisher (Now You See Me) and Gabourey Sidibe (“Empire”).


THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY Blu-ray, DVD and digital formats are loaded with boundary pushing bonus content, including “The Making of The Brothers Grimsby,” where viewers get a sidesplitting look at how the film was brought to life; and “Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes”, which showcases the comic improvisation skills of the cast. The Blu-ray and digital formats include even more outrageous content, with deleted and extended scenes, a blooper reel, and the wild featurette “The Elephant in the Room,” which explores how the filmmakers created one of the most talked about scenes in the film.



Nobby (Sacha Baron Cohen), a sweet but dimwitted English football hooligan, has everything a man from the poor fishing town of Grimsby could want, including nine children and the most attractive girlfriend in Northern England (Rebel Wilson). There’s only one thing missing: his little brother, Sebastian (Mark Strong), who Nobby has spent 28 years searching for after they were separated as kids. Nobby sets off to reunite with Sebastian, unaware that not only is his brother MI6’s deadliest assassin, but he’s just uncovered plans for an imminent global terrorist attack. On the run and wrongfully accused, Sebastian realizes that if he is going to save the world, he will need the help of its biggest idiot.


Directed by Louis Leterrier from a story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Phil Johnson and a screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Phil Johnson & Peter Baynham, THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY is produced by Sacha Baron Cohen, Nira Park, Peter Baynham, Ant Hines and Todd Schulman, with Louise Rosner Meyer, Phil Johnston, James Biddle, Eric Fellner, Tim Bevan, Adam McKay, Bruce Berman, Greg Basser and Ben Waisbren serving as executive producers.  


Blu-ray & Digital Extras Include:

§  Two Featurettes:

o    “The Making of The Brothers Grimsby

o   “The Elephant in the Room” 

§  Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes

§  Blooper Reel

§  Deleted & Extended Scenes


DVD Extras Include:

§  “The Making of The Brothers Grimsby” Featurette

§  Line-O-Rama: Hilarious Outtakes


The Brothers Grimsby has a run time of approximately 83 minutes and is rated R for strong crude sexual content, graphic nudity, violence, language, and some drug use.