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TV & Video Review: ‘Sorority Row’ (DVD)

How often has this happened to you: you decide to play a prank on a friend, but someone ends up dead; so you cover up the murder and vow never to speak of it again? Never? Really? Because it’s a regular occurrence in the movie world. The sisters of Theta Pi are sworn to “trust, […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Pandorum’ (DVD)

The poster and cover art for Pandorum was fairly misleading, but my best description of the film is it’s a captivating sci-fi that’s a cross between Cube, Serenity and Sunshine – but also entirely different. Astronauts Cpl. Bower (Ben Foster) and Lt. Payton (Dennis Quaid) wake up from hyper-sleep to find themselves alone, trapped and […]

TV & Video Review: ‘The Invention of Lying’ (Blu-ray)

The Invention of Lying was set to be the biggest laugh of last year. Ricky Gervais, comedy genius behind television’s The Office and Extras, had his name all over this picture including co-writing and -directing credits; but it sadly disappointed in one way or another. Mark Bellison (Gervais) lives in a world where no one […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Zombieland’ (Blu-ray)

“Nut up or shut up.” This phrase is said repeatedly before key moments in Zombieland, but it is also a good descriptive for the film because it takes every device it employs to its absurd end. Columbus (Jesse Eisenberg) has more than 30 rules he strictly lives by in the world now overrun with zombies […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Terminator Salvation: The Machinima Series’

With the perpetuation of the Terminator series and its continued success, it’s no surprise to see a new animated installment that picks up where Terminator: Salvation left off. Blair Williams (Moon Youngblood) reprises her role in the resistance as one of humanity’s top agents. She is on a mission to eliminate “a ghost” that has […]
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TV & Video: ‘Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves’ (Blu-ray)

The film has been played on romantic dates, the single has been chosen as a first dance wedding song countless times and the story is a timeless classic that has been retold over and over – but never as well. Robin Hood (Kevin Costner) is the prince of Nottingham, but his kingdom was stolen from […]
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TV & Video Review: ‘Underworld: Rise of the Lycans’ (DVD)

With the conclusive events of the second Underworld film, the only place to go was back to the beginning. Viktor (Bill Nighy) was head of the vampires as other elders slept and even then they were known as death dealers, killing the feral werewolves that inhabited their territory. But when Lucien (Michael Sheen) was born, […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Fanboys’

This film is a tribute to the fanboys and fangirls of the world. You know who you are. It’s 1998 and the countdown to the release of Star Wars Episode 1 has commenced. Linus (Chris Marquette), Hutch (Dan Fogler) and Windows (Jay Baruchel) are obsessed with all things Star Wars, but after high school their […]
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TV & Video Review: ‘Blood Ties: Season One’

Last season, vampires were all the rage. I blame Twilight. Gladly, and somewhat surprisingly, romantic action series Blood Ties rose above the mire. Vicki Nelson (Christina Cox) used to be a cop but to avoid being trapped behind a desk due to a deteriorating eye disease, she’s become a private investigator. Her ex-partner Mike Celluci […]
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TV & Video Review: ‘True Blood’ (Season One) (Blu-ray)

Television has brought us a lot of bad vampire-based shows — but HBO isn’t regular television. In the world of True Blood, vampires revealed themselves two years ago and a drop of their blood is an unmatchable high for humans. The narrative follows Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer), a 173-year-old vampire that recently returned to Bon […]

TV & Video Review: ‘American Dad! – Volume 4’ (DVD)

After years of The Simpsons‘ Homer existing unchallenged in his foolhardiness, Seth MacFarlane arrived on the scene. First he brought us Peter Griffin, then Stan Smith. Now Stan’s fourth season escapades are permanently captured on DVD. Stan is a CIA agent that’s relatively good at his job despite never actually killing anyone. His wife Francine […]
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TV & Video Review: ‘Twilight’ (DVD)

It is nearly impossible for a movie based on a book with such a loyal (and sometimes obsessed) following to live up to expectations, unless they’re kept low. If you wisely did this, then the film fairs as an adequate adaptation of Stephanie Meyer’s book. Bella Swan’s (Kristen Stewart) mom recently remarried; so to give […]

TV & Video Review: ‘Zack and Miri Make a Porno’ (DVD)

The title could not be more specific. However, it’s really about two lifelong best friends entering uncharted territory. Zack (Seth Rogen) and Miri (Elizabeth Banks) have been friends since first grade. As adults, they are roommates with no secrets and a complimentary dynamic. But when their minimum wage salaries can no longer pay the bills, […]

TV & Video Review: Pride and Glory (DVD)

If a film is released and the central characters are a family of cops, it’s not surprising to discover the family is Irish. Pride and Glory is that movie. The title refers to the reason these guys joined the force, although for some it wasn’t enough. Francis Jr. a.k.a. Franny (Noah Emmerich) is a commanding […]
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TV & Video Review: Moonlight (Complete Series) (DVD)

If people with superhuman abilities become crime fighters, it should be no surprise that Moonlight is about a vampire who is also a private investigator preying on the city’s scum. Mick St. John (Alex O’Loughlin) lives in Los Angeles with a few hundred other vampires. He’s only been a bloodsucker for a little over 50 […]
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TV & Video Review: ‘Postal’ (DVD)

Uwe Boll is infamous. Best known as one of the worst directors to have polluted theatre screens; he uses video games as source material but it’s not just the gamers trashing him – it’s everyone. Nonetheless, he assures us he recoups his expenses and more through DVD sales. I’m not so sure even that will […]