Links – Downsizing Blu-ray review

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.

My wife reviews the Nicholas Sparks DVD collection [Guest Review]

Title: Nicholas Sparks: Limited Edition DVD Collection Studio: Warner Home Video Review by: Sarah Jones Bill’s Note: I’m not a huge Nicholas Sparks fan. He — much like Bruno Mars and John T. Mayer before him — is the type of person who continually raises the bar for romance to unrealistic heights, basically saying I would literally have to overcome someone else’s Alzheimer’s through the power of storytelling to show my true devotion and love. That’s rough. But my wife eats this stuff up, so when I saw Warner Home Video was releasing a collection of his films, I requested Continue reading My wife reviews the Nicholas Sparks DVD collection [Guest Review]

Don Jon’s flashes of brilliance overshadowed by miscues [Theatrical Review]

Title: Don Jon MPAA Rating: R // Directed by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt // Written by: Joseph Gordon-Levitt // Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore, Tony Danza Rating: Review by: Bill Jones It’s hard to deny the star power of Joseph Gordon-Levitt right now. People love him for his acting talents, be they employed as an integral character in Christopher Nolan’s Inception, in a heartfelt comedic turn alongside Seth Rogen in 50/50 or doing a wonderful Bruce Willis impression in Looper. So it’s not much of a surprise that Relativity Media was willing to indulge the actor in Don Jon, a Continue reading Don Jon’s flashes of brilliance overshadowed by miscues [Theatrical Review]

Bret Hart, WWE serve up four-star collection [Guest Home Video Review/Wrestling]

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]

Gangster Squad pulls its punches [Home Video Review]

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]

Like being beat over the head with the blunt end of a message [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]

The Top 10 Movies of 2012 [Movies]

By Bill Jones Around this time of the year, it seems like everyone has a list of the top films of 2012, but why not? It’s a fun conversation piece, ideally eliciting both some agreement and argument. Plus, as an entertainment journalist, it’s nice to — after often criticising plenty of less-than-wonderful films — bestow some praise upon the year’s best. The Top 10 Movies of 2012 list that follows is one picked not by a particular points system or by a panel of editors, but rather solely by me. I’d like to think that with my experience with reviews Continue reading The Top 10 Movies of 2012 [Movies]

Argo fuck yeah! [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]