Archive for September 2013

THE STRANGER WITHIN (DVD Review)

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THE STRANGER WITHIN available on DVD, 9/3 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

When it comes to psychological thrillers, everybody wants to be Hitchcock. Director Adam Neutzsky-Wulff, begs and pleads for this comparison to be made just in the opening credits of “The Stranger Within“.  As each name shows up on the screen, it dissipates into lines that recall the opening of “Psycho“.  Even the score sounds suspiciously reminiscent of Bernard Herrmann’s famous theme, with faced-paced violins pulsing away at your ears. Unfortunately, after Al, everybody else is just a pretender to the throne and while imitation may be the sincerest form of flattery, it usually just makes the end result look 2nd rate.  Not so in this case.  Neutzsky-Wulff’s movie comes off as 3rd or 4th rate at best and manages to enter that rare pantheon of films known as “So bad, they’re good.”  I’d say I managed to scratch my head maybe three times before my mind was completely blown. Read more

THE ICEMAN (Blu-Ray Review)

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THE ICEMAN coming to Blu-Ray and DVD on 9/3 from Millennium Entertainment

There’s a danger in adapting a true story for the screen. For an audience that’s been weened on the traditional, three-act Hollywood film, it would be a frustrating, fruitless experience to watch a literal adaptation of someone’s life. Real lives don’t have neat dramatic arcs. Real people tend not to learn their lessons. Somewhere along the line, liberties must be taken. Events are shuffled and condensed. Characters are cut and composited. All in an effort to give structure to what seems like chaos. So, how much of that story stays true? It’s an intriguing question. Fortunately, The Iceman is so engrossing, you won’t have time to think of it. Read more