In 2002, director Gore Verbinski brought us the American remake of the Japanese horror film “Ringu”. “The Ring” ended up grossing nearly $250m and became a pop culture phenomenon. Three years later, a lackluster sequel that had nothing to do with the Japanese series came and went and the franchise was barely heard from again. Until now. On June 4, Well Go USA releases “Sadako 3D” on DVD and Blu-Ray. The latest in the Japanese “Ringu” series is a wonderful frightfest that stands alone as a great horror film and makes terrifying use of the third dimension. With an eerie new twist on the original’s plot device, “Sadako 3D” breaths new life into the decade-old classic… and just might make you think twice before playing that YouTube clip being passed around on Facebook. Read more
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Roughly ten years ago, I submitted an entry for the second season of “Project Greenlight”. Participants were required to judge other’s work and I remember receiving a script that stood out for all the wrong reasons. The story was about a lonely housewife who somehow meets up with a thinly-veiled Eminem and a fiery relationship begins. And I mean fiery. This thing was like a Harlequin romance novel… albeit written by a seventeen year-old learning English as a second language. It was awful, but telling. This was clearly the author’s fantasy, even if there wasn’t much of a story to hold it together. In some ways, “A Portrait of James Dean: Joshua Tree, 1951″ reminds me of this. The film, coming to DVD June 4th from Wolfe Video, blends fact and fiction to tell the tale of a pre-fame, bi-sexual James Dean – though you have to wonder how much is just the product of a fantasizing screenwriter. Read more
Pretty much everyone’s been in love before, but it’s that first time that’s the most awkward. As you mature, you’re stuck between being a child and an adult. You feel like nobody understands your situation (even though anyone with a pulse can relate) and you’re just sort of… shy about the whole thing. Not to mention the fact that you lack the maturity to do anything “right”. Now, what if you’re into the same sex? Now you’ve got to wonder if the people around you will be accepting and what if the object of your affection doesn’t feel the same attraction? Well, June is LGBT month and on the 4th Wolfe Video brings “Mosquita Y Mari” to DVD. An official selection of the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, the movie follows two Los Angeles teenagers as they fall in love for the first time. Read more
Sometimes it seems like our world is spiraling out of control. Schools and theaters are getting shot up, public places are being bombed in the name of religion and teenagers are getting gang raped by their peers before pictures of the atrocity are passed around on facebook faster than a joint at a DMB concert. Yes, you could argue that ancient Rome was worse, but I didn’t live then/there nor would I want to. These are strange times we live in and modern technology connects all of us weirdos together, for better or worse, in ways the world has never seen before. This is what makes Indomina Releasing’s “Wasted on the Young” (available now on DVD) so interesting. All the perversions found in today’s headlines are explored in a film made three years ago and half a world away… and it really hits home. Read more
There’s an old saying: Never assume – you only make an ass out of u and me. Clever. But sometimes we have no choice but to make certain assumptions or else forever be baffled. For example, I have to make certain assumptions about Chadd Harbold’s “Revenge for Jolly!”, coming to DVD May 7th from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. I assume Mr. Harbold is either currently a film student or one who recently graduated. I also assume he comes from a wealthy family or knows people with money. Finally, I have to assume that the film’s star is full of himself and quite possibly the guy giving Harbold the money to make this movie. But all assumptions aside, the fact is: there ain’t nothing jolly about “Jolly!” Read more
This past weekend was my baby nephew’s first birthday. He lives quite a distance from me, so I’ve really only seen him three times in his 12 months of life and it’s pretty amazing how fast it goes. When he was 4 months old, he just sort of sat there like a baby Jabba the Hut. At 8 months, he could move his arms, albeit a bit clunky-like. At 1 year, he can scoot around like a little race car on all fours, has a few teeth and can SCREAM like nobody’s business. When he’s in a good mood, he’s an angel. When he’s Mr. Grumps, I feel like scheduling a vasectomy, as I don’t think I could ever handle being a parent. So it was fitting that I brought along “Not Suitable For Children” (available 4/16 from Well Go USA) to watch while I was there. Because if a title describes you to a T, you’re bound to relate to the material.
And that can’t be half bad. Right? Read more
The “LUV” contest is now closed. Congratulations to the winners of our DVD giveaway!
Click “Read More” below to see if you were one of the lucky few! Read more
Ryan Kwanten (“True Blood”) stars in “Not Suitable For Children”, coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on 4/16. This is a romantic dramedy with a twist: it’s the guy whose biological clock is ticking! But time’s not just flying for Ryan, it is for you too. Send an email with your name and address to us here with the subject line “Not Suitable” for your chance to win a free “NSFC” DVD courtesy of Well Go USA. Three lucky readers will be chosen at random on Tuesday, 4/16/13 at 12:00 PDT! As always, this contest is only open to residents of the US and more than one entry will get you disqualified. Good luck!
The question is as old as time itself: What is love? Some may respond, “It’s the link between a parent and a child. Others may say , “It’s the bond shared with a spouse.” Internet memes will answer, “Baby don’t hurt me. Don’t hurt me, no more.”
All joking aside, there are many different kinds of love – but in the case of Sheldon Candis’s film “LUV”, we look at a mentorship; a young boy being brought into adulthood by an uncle. Nominated for the Grand Jury prize at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival, “LUV” debuts today on DVD. But the real question to be asked: Will you be giving it any love? Read more
When I think of great rock bands, I think of The Beatles, The Stones, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Metallica and our boys from Ireland, U2. But when I think of Irish music, I think of traditional songs like “Danny Boy”, Sinead O’Conner (though I don’t know why, seeing as she’s best known for covering a Prince song and tearing up a picture of the Pope) and The Cranberries. Riverdance also comes to mind. Maybe I’m just out of touch with anything outside of classic rock. Maybe I’m just trying to BS an intro to this review. Either way, Day 6 of St. Patrick’s week finds us watching “The Commitments” – out now on DVD from 20th Century Fox. Alan Parker’s 1991 dramedy about a Dublin soul band is a rocking good time… and Michael Flatley never even makes an appearance. Read more