Downsizing is a really great premise, but the back half starts to feel like a different movie, and I’m not sure it is for the better. I shared my thoughts on it, at length, in my latest Unscripted review for The Orland Park Prairie. You can read it in full by clicking here.
Title: Cars Edition: Ultimate Collector’s Edition // MPAA Rating: G // Directed by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft // Written by: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft // Starring: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub // Studio: Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment Edition Rating: Review by: Bill Jones While Cars may have the dubious distinction of being the first Pixar film to buck the studio’s high-quality trend, at least in the eye’s of critics, it has also proven an undeniable success for children and, as a result, a ridiculous marketing piece for all sorts of Continue reading Cars makes solid use of 3D on new Blu-ray release [Home Video Review]
Title: Bret “Hit Man” Hart – The Dungeon Collection Format: DVD // Studio: WWE Home Video Rating: Review by: Matt Peters There is something truly special about hearing Bret Hart talk wrestling. Even though he has physically seen better days, he still gets a certain twinkle in his eye when he reminisces over his amazing career. The recently released 3-disc set from WWE Home Video provides viewers the opportunity to sit down with the Hit Man as delivers story after story of his glory days. The set starts out strong, with a Dynamite Kid match from the heyday of Stampede Continue reading Bret Hart, WWE serve up four-star collection [Guest Home Video Review/Wrestling]
Title: Gangster Squad Edition: Blu-ray + DVD + UltraViolet // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Ruben Fleischer // Written by: Will Beall // Starring: Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Sean Penn, Nick Nolte, Emma Stone, Anthony Mackie, Giovanni Ribisi, Michael Peña // Studio: Warner Bros. Film Rating: Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film It’s unfortunate that, in retrospect, Gangster Squad will mostly be remembered as the film that had to pull a scene originally teased in its theatrical trailer — in which a group of gunmen cut through the screen of a theater with tommy guns — after Continue reading Gangster Squad pulls its punches [Home Video Review]
Title: Easy Money Edition: DVD // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Daniel Espinosa // Written by: Maria Karlsson // Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin Varela, Dragomir Mrsic // Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment Film Rating: DVD Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film From watching wrestling for way too many years, I’ve learned that what generally makes a triple threat match interesting is the fact that there are inevitably alliances and breakups that occur throughout the match. The stakes are too high for each competitor to not be in it for himself, but the extra man always has the option Continue reading Easy Money struggles with the triple threat [Home Video Review]
Title: Killing Them Softly Format: Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Andrew Dominik // Written by: Andrew Dominik // Starring: Brad Pitt, Scoot McNairy, Richard Jenkins, James Gandolfini, Ray Liotta // Studio: The Weinstein Company Film Rating: Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film Killing Them Softly is a movie that purports itself to be something more than it really is. It wants to be a mob movie with a political conscience. It wants the stylized nature of its violence to say something more than its surface value. And it wants its Continue reading Like being beat over the head with the blunt end of a message [Home Video Review]
Title: Argo Edition: Blu-ray + DVD + Ultraviolet // MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Ben Affleck // Written by: Chris Terrio // Starring: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman // Studio: Warner Bros. Film Rating: Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones The Film Argo’s greatest strength may be the complete and utter unbelievability of its wild “based on true events” story and the convincing level of detail with which it makes us believers. It’s also simply a wonderful dramatization of an incredible tale about which we’re amazed to be learning — many of us for the first Continue reading Argo fuck yeah! [Home Video Review]
Title: Peter Pan Edition: Diamond Edition Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy + Storybook App // MPAA Rating: G // Starring: Bobby Driscoll, Kathryn Beaumont, Hans Conreid, Bill Thompson // Studio: Disney Blu-ray Rating: Review by: Bill Jones In the realm of fairy tales, almost anything Walt Disney got his hands on became not only an animation classic but also the epitome of the tale. Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Sleeping Beauty all exist in numerous forms, but few would argue that Disney’s versions of all have become the archetypes of those stories. But Peter Pan has Continue reading Peter Pan gets Diamond Edition Blu-ray release [Home Video Review]