With Halloween going on, scary movies are all over the place. I should put scary in quotes, because, many horror films are violent or eerie but they’re not exactly “scary”. They’re too safe. Real scary, is the stuff that’s too disturbing to be explained away. Like that Ariel Castro asshole. He was scary because he was so far out there, it was impossible to make sense of. Well, if they ever made a biopic of that piece of filth, it might look a little like “Hidden in the Woods”, available now from Artsploitation Films. This Chilean film is supposedly based on a true story and it’s so messed up, there’s no doubt in my mind that it is. Want something terrifying for the 31st? Leave Freddy in slumberland and experience the kind of evil that can only be found in a real life psychopath. Read more
Archive for October 2013
Ever since its release in 1988, “Die Hard” has been the action movie that spawned a million imitators. It’s almost become a joke to those who pitch films… “It’s like Die Hard on an aircraft carrier!” (“Under Siege”). There’s Die Hard in a mall (“Point Blank”), Die Hard in a prep school (“Toy Soldiers”) and even Die Hard on a mountain (“Cliffhanger”)! Bonus points to “Executive Decision” which did Die Hard on a plane exactly 6 years after Renny Harlin did it in “Die Hard 2″. Ok, well that was Die Hard in an airport, but still… close enough. In any event, Roland Emmerich the man who brought us such shallow, yet enjoyable blockbusters as “The Day After Tomorrow” and “Independence Day” presents “White House Down” or Die Hard in The White House. Even if it’s not the deepest movie out there, it sure is a fun time. Read more
Sometimes, searching for “bad” movies turns up a few surprises. Case in point, I recently came across this press release for “One Direction: This Is Us”, coming to 3D Blu, Blu-Ray and DVD on Dec. 17. I haven’t heard much of their music, but I know they’re HUGE with teenage girls. Naturally, my first thought is that these guys are the Superman 2 to Justin Bieber: where he is just one, they are five – bursting out of their British phantom zone to reek havoc on US pop culture. Then I saw this documentary was directed by one of my favorites… Morgan “Super Size Me” Spurlock. Mind = blown. Did he sell out or is this thing actually pretty good? Feel free to comment if you’ve seen it, as I’m actually kind of interested in hearing some reactions. Click “READ MORE” below for specs on the various editions being released. Read more
One has to be skeptical when reading that a film is based on or inspired by a true story. It’s almost like buying juice boxes: how much of the stuff is real? This one’s 10% juice, this one’s 20%… this one is 100%, but it’s been diluted with apple juice. How much really occured and how much is the result of “artistic license”? There’s clearly a bit embellished upon in Lavinia Currier’s “Oka!”, coming to Blu-Ray 10/22. Based in part on ethnomusicologist Louis Sarno’s book “Last Thoughts Before Vanishing”, the film takes us on a beautiful, humorous and sometimes trippy journey through Central Africa. In some ways it reminded me of an episode of “This American Life”… but with elephant steaks and a whole lot of smoking. Read more
Meth. It’s bad for your teeth, your skin… your social life. What better way to fight against this heinous drug than to sit on your couch and watch the cops bust some dealers?? That’s where Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day happily come in. We’re joining forces to fight the evils of this street drug by giving away “Drug War” on Blu-Ray! Ready to fight the good fight? It’s as easy as sending us an email with “Just Say No” as the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body. We’ll be running the contest until Thursday 10/31, at which point we’ll drop our mini Snickers bars and randomly chose 2 lucky entries from the bunch. Both winners will be announced on the CJD website as soon as their win is verified. Good luck to everyone!
Congratulations go out to the winners of our “Zombie Hunter” Blu-Ray giveaway! Both of our lucky readers will be watching Danny Trejo slaughter the undead from the comfort of their own living rooms courtesy of Well Go USA. As always we’d like to thank all who entered and wish all of your entries could have survived the zombie apocalypse…
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Want to feel worldly? Sure you could travel, but who’s got the time? Well, you’re in luck… Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day are giving you the chance to experience Central Africa without leaving your couch! Just enter our “OKA!” Blu-Ray Giveaway. It’s easy! Send us an email with “African Music” as the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body and you’re good to go. The contest will run until Saturday 11/2. 2 Lucky winners will be notified via email and announced on the CJD website once they confirm the win. Good luck to all!
Walter White has done what poor, old Stephanie Tanner couldn’t – he’s single handedly made meth pop culture’s drug du jour. Need proof? You could run out to Best Buy and check out “Grand Theft Auto V” with its meth dealing anti-hero Trevor. Better yet, you could go half way around the world to Hong Kong and scope Johnnie To’s new action thriller “Drug War” to see how far this trend has gone. What? You don’t want to hop a flight to Asia? You’re in luck! On 10/15 Well Go USA brings the film to Blu-Ray, right here in the States. This badass film is fun, exciting and violent… and while it doesn’t share much with “Breaking Bad”, you might think of it as a Hong Kong movie version of “GTA”. I don’t think anybody would complain about that. Read more
With “Gravity” pulling everybody into theaters over the last few weeks, it looks like space movies are making a comeback. I mean, what better setting for a high-tension drama than an infinite void that could suffocate or crush you at a moment’s notice. Space is one bad motha and since we don’t know all that much about it, that makes it even more intimidating. In “Astronaut: The Last Push”, available now on DVD from Vision Films, we join a crew of two looking to explore the vast unknown… and naturally things don’t go as planned. Read more
Hey boys and ghouls! It’s Halloween time and what better way to enjoy your fun size Snickers bars than with a zombie movie? Did I mention it’s a zombie movie with Danny Trejo?!? Well Go USA and Cinema Judgement Day are giving away Blu-Rays of “ZOMBIE HUNTER” to 2 lucky readers. All you have to do is send us an email with “Zombie” as the subject line and your name and mailing address in the body. The contest will run until Saturday 10/19. Winners will be notified via email and announced on the CJD website on Sunday 10/20. Good luck!!!