|Anchor Bay / Released 10/21/14|
The film is set in the future (AD 2031) where, after a failed experiment to stop global warming, an Ice Age kills off all life on the planet except for the inhabitants of the Snowpiercer, a train that travels around the globe and is powered by a sacred perpetual-motion engine. Its inhabitants are divided by class; the lower-class passengers in one of the last cars stage an uprising, moving car by car up to the front of the train, where the oppressive rich and powerful ride.
Last Word: Snowpiercer, the new action, science fiction, drama by Korean director Joon-ho Bong (The Host, Mother) is pretty damned amazing. The story, the stunning visuals, the acting and directing are all top notch and as fast-paced as the unstoppable train itself. This film is meticulously crafted and relentless. Based on a 1982 French graphic novel entitled Le Transperceneige written by Jacques Lob and illustrated by Jean-Marc Rochette, it is the story of the last group of surviving humans who's miracle 'ark', a train, hundreds of cars long, has become their prison.
After a horribly failed 'solution' to global warming froze the Earth solid all life on Earth was wiped out. That is except for a few survivors. Their last hope was this enclosed eco-system and totally self-sufficient train created by a man named Willard. Willard has become an almost mythological figure, at this point, by the population of the train. He and the sacred, never stopping engine have never been seen before and control everything.
Various class systems have evolved over the train's 17-year run on its infinite, closed loop track that spans the globe. In that time, the back of the train have become 'the slums'. Tired of everything from food and water to other necessities 'running backward' and being left with the scraps and the refuse of the rich, at the front of the train; an uprising is eminent.
Curtis (Chris Evans, Captain America, The Avengers), a man born before the great freeze, leads the back of the train to revolt and with the help of sagely old Gilliam, played by John Hurt (Alien, Hellboy), the brains to Curtis' brawn, hatches a plan to take over the train and bring equality to the people suffering in squalor in the rear compartments. Evans is fantastic as Curtis. He plays the role with gravitas, intensity and caring; bringing a likability and intelligence to the role. You wouldn't think twice about following him to your death for his cause. Tilda Swinton is magnificent as the authoritative and first-class citizen, Mason. Almost unrecognizable, Swinton, once again disappears in her role.
Conniving and deliciously privileged and entitled Mason is the perfect antithesis to Curtis. Curtis' right hand man, Edgar, (Billy Elliot's Jamie Bell) and bad ass mother, Tanya (The Help star Octavia Spencer, who's child is taken near the beginning of the film for reasons unknown and Ewen Bremmer (Trainspotting) as Andrew, who is disciplined for throwing a shoe at Mason all join Curtis in the taking of the sacred engine of the train. Along the way they acquire the help of the trains designer and drug burn-out, Namgoong Minsoo (Kang-ho Song, The Good, The Bad and The Weird) and his daughter Yona (Ah-sung Ko, The Host).
Some of the things that struck me about the film, as I watched it, was director Bong's ability to create perfect classicism and rank in each car as the rebellion marches forward. He also conveys the working eco system and the perfect balance that is needed to maintain order and a sustainable society within the confines of the speeding locomotive. Visually this film is stunning and basically perfect. The fight scenes are expertly choreographed and the cinematography is gorgeous whether is is a close quarters axe fight with 200 people or a serene moment between two characters pondering their future. Each shot is purposeful and executed with grace.
As the up-risers get closer and closer to the front of the train and the sacred engine things get stranger and stranger. Decadence and excess become greater and greater and as the well to do folk of the front try to make their 'world' more and more like the world as it was the more and more that world seems ridiculous and absurd. Stuck on a train, grasping for the amenities of the past but without the resources you get a mishmash of styles, cultures and tastes that clash at best. When all is said and done, in the end this story is about people. About their class and status. About what is right and wrong. About making the hard choices. It is a microcosm of the world today. A world, Bong, screenwriter, Kelly Masterson and original graphic novel creators Lob and Rochette all question whether it is worth saving in the first place. Snowpiercer is great cinema. (– Benn Robbins)
|Warner Home Video / Released 10/14/14|
Season Three serves up sweet surprises for two of Brooklyn's hottest waitresses, Max (Kat Dennings) and Caroline (Beth Behrs), who continue to dish up sarcasm and smarts. They've got a new cupcake business at the diner's back walk-up window, and Caroline and Max negotiate a work-study program at the Manhattan School of Pastry: Caroline works in the office so Max can study professional baking.
Plus, love - and the aroma of freshly cooked tarts - is in the air! Caroline has the hots for the school's hunky master chef, and Max falls head over sticky buns for the outrageous class clown. The girls still worry about money...but their friendship is worth a million bucks. Sit back and savor all 24 outrageous and witty episodes iced with scandal and laughs! Extras include deleted scenes and a gag reel.
Last Word: Another season of the post-modern Laverne and Shirley, 2 Broke Girls continues to be sharp and funny, albeit becoming a bit more of the stereotypical sitcom tropes. Extended storylines with Max and Caroline suddenly going to school (similar to last season's store opening) do little other than add a new location beyond the diner and their apartment. Guest stars include Gilles Marini, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Eric André, Brian Doyle-Murray, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Jeff Garlin, and Hal Linden join regular ensemble cast members Garrett Morris, Jonathan Kite, Matthew Moy and Jennifer Coolidge (and new cast member who's character didn't click, Federico Dordei). 2 Broke Girls is still funny, but it's execution is becoming as dated as the once popular cupcake trend.
|Warner Home Video / Released 10/14/14|
Ashton Kutcher stars as Internet billionaire Walden Schmidt looking to start over in love and life. Walden buys the Malibu beach house, where tightly wound divorcé Alan Harper (Jon Cryer) and his underachieving teenage son, Jake, have been living rent-free for almost a decade. Even though Jake is now serving in the army, the carefree Walden keeps Alan around for companionship - as well as domineering housekeeper Berta (Conchata Ferrell). Despite Alan's unsuccessful history with women, he finds himself mentoring the aloof Walden in the ways of love. While Walden and Alan continue to navigate their unusual living arrangement, they somehow maintain a family bond that promises to make each of them a better man. Extras include gag reel.
Last Word: Never say die! This season, former half man Angus T. Jones officially left the show. What to do? Introduce former man Charlie Harper's illegitimate, substance-abusing, lesbian daughter (Amber Tamblyn) who can make jokes about drugs, booze and sleeping with women, too. The season also continued the ridiculous plotline of Alan pretending to be someone else to Larry (D.B. Sweeney), Alan's former girlfriend Lyndsey (Courtney Thorne-Smith)'s fiancé. That is of course until Alan falls in love with Larry's sister (Kimberly Williams-Paisley). And Walden finds himself taking care of another man, Barry (Clarke Duke). For a series that should have ended with Charlie Sheen's absence, Two and a Half Men still plugs away, recycling jokes and delivering mediocrity.
|Anchor Bay / Released 10/28/14|
|17-DVD Box Set Arrives December 9th, 2014 from Timeless Media Group|
“Every government has its secret service branch. America, CIA; France, Deuxième Bureau; England, MI5. NATO also has its own. A messy job? Well that's when they usually call on me or someone like me. Oh yes, my name is Drake, John Drake.” So begins the dramatic 1960s British spy series Secret Agent.Read more »
On December 9th, 2014 bring home the adventures of John Drake with the complete series set of this classic spy show. The 17-DVD box set also contains a number of bonus features, including audio commentaries and a brand new interview with Catherine McGoohan.
|By Generoso Fierro|
|#1...Some People Are Actually Afraid of Halloween|
|Celebrated Anime Released For The First Time Uncut, Re-mastered And In High Definition; Limited Edition Blu-Ray/DVD Combo Pack Packed With Extras Fit For A Moon Princess!|
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VIZ Media, LLC (VIZ Media), the largest distributor and licensor of manga and anime in North America, delivers one of the most legendary anime series of all time with the home media release of SAILOR MOON Season 1, Set 1 as a Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and on DVD on November 11th.
SAILOR MOON has been completely re-mastered and is presented uncut and with a brand new English voice cast. The Standard Edition DVD and first-ever Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack each contain 23 episodes along with a wealth of bonus features and premium packaging. English dubbed as well as Japanese subtitled dialogue options are available on both formats. The limited edition SAILOR MOON Season 1, Set 1 Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack will carry a MSRP of $79.98 U.S. / $93.99 CAN; the DVD edition will have a MSRP of $44.82 U.S. / $51.99 CAN.
The stunning SAILOR MOON Limited Edition Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack offers a deluxe, 6-disc collection (3 DVDs & 3 Blu-rays), housed in a beautiful shimmery holofoil chipboard box with specialty printing, and contains an array of exclusive extra features along with an 88-page full-color booklet filled with artwork, character profiles, an episode guide, lyrics, and more! Blu-ray episodes are presented in full 1080p High Definition video.
|Action-Packed 2011 Reboot of Iconic 1980s Cartoon Arrives 11-11-14 |
Pre-Orders Available Now via WBShop.com
ThunderCats Ho! Warner Archive Collection is proud to offer an all-new Blu-ray edition of “ThunderCats: The Complete Series,” the 2011 reimagining of the classic 1980s animation action series. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, “ThunderCats: The Complete Series” will street on November 11, 2014 with pre-orders now available via wbshop.com.Read more »
|Casanova Quinn returns to solve the mystery of… Casanova Quinn|
Eisner Award-winners Matt Fraction, Gabriel Bá, and Fábio Moon team up with Pulitzer Prize-winning author Michael Chabon for an all-new Casanova Quinn story in CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, coming to Image Comics on January 7.Read more »
In CASANOVA: ACEDIA #1, Casanova Quinn returns to find himself caught between unlocking the riddle of his own past and discovering the hidden history of his mysterious new criminal benefactor. “When we last saw him, Casanova Quinn crash-landed on our Earth from the ruins of his past with absolutely no memory of who he is, where he came from, or anything that happened to him before — but he knows he was somebody dangerous and that people are out to kill him," said Fraction. "So new readers and Cass alike have the exact same blank-slate context for this all-new adventure in Los Angeles.”
|Review by Lily Fierro|
Based on the acclaimed 1973 Cormac McCarthy novel, director James Franco’s Child of God takes place in 1960s Tennessee, where Lester Ballard is a dispossessed, violent man – one the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Deprived first of his family and then his home, Ballard descends literally and figuratively to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into a disturbing life of crime and degradation.
|The first new story in 2 years debuts Wednesday|
Split Lip, the webcomic called "the best horror anthology on the Internet," is relaunching with new stories beginning Wednesday, October 29. The series' website is http://www.splitlipcomic.com.Read more »
"When I retired Split Lip, I thought that was the end. But even though I tried to move on to other things, I kept having ideas for new short horror stories. As I wrote them, I realized that these stories—in their tone, style, and approach—were Split Lip stories and that I had to relaunch the series," said Sam Costello, Split Lip's creator and writer.
Split Lip, which originally ran from 2006-2012, is relaunching with five months worth of comics already completed and an additional four stories underway.