Wall-E, one of the best actors who ever lived, comes to life [Video + Classic BR Review]

POSTED IN:  by Carl Johnson, Jul 2, 2012 at 00:00 EST

With main characters that utter almost no dialogue, WALL-E is brilliant visual storytelling that drives this animated epic into classic territory, as Pixar Animation ventures into the future, into space, and into photo-realistic computer animation. More »

Knowing Blu-ray review – sci-fi fans not afraid to suspend your disbelief, this is your movie

POSTED IN:  by Carl Johnson, Jul 12, 2009 at 00:00 EST

Director Alex Proyas might be best known for the Will Smith vehicle I, Robot, but it’s his fan-favorite Dark City that earns massive respect in my book. While Knowing is designed to appeal to wider audiences than Dark City, it takes several risks that make it stand out from similar pictures. And it looks really, really fantastic on Blu-ray. More »

Clint Eastwood is tough-as-nails and old-as-dirt in Gran Torino

POSTED IN:  by Carl Johnson, Jul 10, 2009 at 00:00 EST

The years have been fair to Clint Eastwood. In the twilight of his life he has starred in and directed motion pictures that have garnered massive acclaim, he has won Oscar gold, and with Gran Torino he returns to a tough-and-gruff character reminiscent of the roles of his prime. Directed by and starring Eastwood, Gran Torino is a strong finale in his tough-guy film portfolio. More »

Ghostbusters Blu-ray review – should excessive grain keep you from buying this beloved classic?

POSTED IN:  by Carl Johnson, Jul 10, 2009 at 00:00 EST

The Ghostbusters franchise is seeing a resurgence for the first time since Ghostbusters 2 hit theater screens in 1989. Twenty years later Ecto-1 has been restored, Ghostbusters is finally playable as a next generation videogame, contracts are being signed for a third installment, and the Blu-ray release of the classic original has hit store shelves. In short, it’s a totally freaking awesome time to be a Ghostbusters fan! More »

So much hype I didn’t want to like it – yet I ended up loving Slumdog Millionaire

POSTED IN:  by Carl Johnson, May 30, 2009 at 00:00 EST

Slumdog Millionaire doesn’t seem like the type of film that would be enjoyable. A tale of loss, struggle, corruption, crime and overcoming, Slumdog manages to be hip, funny, fast paced, and full of enjoyable performances that are never too stuffy. All too often “it” film’s are unfairly voted for Oscar gold, and Slumdog was certainly an “it” film. Fortunately though, it deserved to be. More »

The Matrix gets the high-def treatment it deserves in 10th Anniversary Blu-ray

POSTED IN:  by Carl Johnson, May 13, 2009 at 00:00 EST

“I know why you’re here, Neo. I know what you’ve been doing… why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why night after night, you sit by your computer. You’re looking for him. I know because I was once looking for the same thing. And when he found me, he told me I wasn’t really looking for him. I was looking for an answer. It’s the question that drives us, Neo. It’s the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did.” “What is the Matrix?” More »

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