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Waking Ned Devine (Streaming Review)

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WAKING NED DEVINE now streaming through Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix

What a lucky week for our readers!  So far we’ve explored Ireland’s fables, love, war, religion, music and of course, beer.  Now, day 7 of CJD’s St. Patrick’s Week, we reach the end of the rainbow and everybody knows what’s found there.  Gold.  Lots of it…  $6,894,620 worth, actually.  Today we take a look at director Kirk Jones’ “Waking Ned Devine”, a little fable of greed, money and community.  As such I pose a queston: What would you do with a pot full of money?  Better yet, what would you do with someone else’s pot full of money?
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The Commitments (DVD Review)

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THE COMMITMENTS available now on DVD from 20th Century Fox

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

Beer (Streaming Review)

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BEER now streaming through Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus and Netflix

It’s been around since 9500 BC.  One of the oldest man-made beverages, it’s shown up in ancient manuscripts and is thought to have been important in the development of civilization (according to Wikipedia – heh, heh). Though celebrated as the drink of the working man, it’s enjoyed by people of every socioeconomic level.  It’s beer  and the reason I bring it up, is that you just can’t celebrate St. Patrick’s Day without it.  Day 5 of our week-long Irish holiday focuses on Orion Pictures’ 1985 film “Beer”.  This little known comedy screams 80′s fun with a slobs vs. snobs story wrapped in a commentary on the advertising practices of the day.  A movie about beer commercials?  How could you possibly go wrong?? Read more

Fifty Dead Men Walking (Streaming Review)

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FIFTY DEAD MEN WALKING streaming now through Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video

Ireland isn’t all blarney stones and shamrocks. It had long been plagued with violence between Irish Roman-Catholics and British Protestants during a 30 year period commonly known as “The Troubles”. Our 4th day of St. Patrick’s week, we look at Canadian director Kari Skogland’s “Fifty Dead Men Walking” – available now to stream on Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Instant Video. Based on a true story, the film depicts a darker side of the Emerald Isle at the worst of The Troubles. Forgoing shots of rolling green hills in favor of the gritty streets of Belfast, this urban crime drama reminds us, for better or worse, of the very complex history of St. Paddy’s homeland.

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The Quiet Man (DVD Review)

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THE QUIET MAN available on DVD from Artisan pictures

The greatest American movie genre is easily the Western. Italy may have made them cool, but some of the best came from the good ol’ U.S. of A. where John Ford ruled the roost.  When John Wayne starred as his leading man, not only were some of the great Westerns made (“Fort Apache”, “The Searchers”), but some of Hollywood’s most classic films.  Day 3 of our St. Patrick’s week, might be a little surprising at first glance.  It’s a classic John Ford film, but one that’s as far from the West as the Atlantic is wide. “The Quiet Man” is as Irish as a Guiness and despite not having a single leprechaun or a glowing pot of gold, shows the Emerald Isle in all her beauty with every exterior shot. Read more

Leprechaun 4: In Space (DVD Review)

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LEPRECHAUN 4: IN SPACE available now on DVD

In 1979, “Alien” redifined the horror genre. It’s tag line: “In space no one can hear you scream.” For nearly 35 years, it’s been the gold standard for I’m-trapped-with-a-monster-in-closed-spaces movies; often imitated and never duplicated. Films like “Deepstar Six” and “Jason X” obviously ripped off the idea, while everything from “Spaceballs” to the “Space Quest” game series have included nods to the classic. To kick off our St. Patrick’s Week, Cinema Judgement Day takes a look at yet another “Alien” knockoff: “Leprechaun 4: In Space”. ***PLEASE NOTE: This film is most enjoyable with copious amounts of green beer and a frontal lobotomy.***

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Rust and Bone (DVD Review)

RUST AND BONE available 3/19 on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RUST AND BONE available 3/19 on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

In 2009, French writer-director Jacques Audiard made “A Prophet”, a prison drama about an incarcerated Arab man who becomes a crime boss.  The film was well received the world over, even getting nominated for “Best Foreign Language Film” at the 2010 Academy Awards.  His follow up film, “Rust and Bone”, based on a collection of short stories by Canadian author Craig Davidson  was equally adored.  The film won two BAFTAS and nine Cesar’s and has helped to cement Audiard’s reputation as a filmmaker with cross-Atlantic appeal.  On March 19th, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment brings “Rust and Bone” to DVD and Blu-Ray.  Just don’t expect the feel-good movie of the season;  this is a pretty twisted tale. Read more

WRECK-IT RALPH: A Video Game Archaeologist’s Wet Dream. (Blu-Ray Review)


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WRECK-IT RALPH available now on DVD and Blu-Ray from Disney Home Video

I’m in my early 30′s and like most of you I’m sure, grew up guiding Mario (and Luigi if you were unlucky enough to get controller 2) through a world full of pipes and blocks that gave you coins if you punched them. ***DISCLAIMER: Cinema Judgement Day and I are in no way endorsing this behavior and are not responsible if you go around punching bricks hoping to get a quarter*** If you’re an adult or a kid or an adult with kids or an adult who is still a kid, Wreck-It-Ralph is a nice nostalgic trip back to your childhood of “wasting” sunny days inside (if you asked your parents) trying to master the Zangief 360 Spinning Pile Driver or guiding a cracked-out frog across a busy highway. Read more

Ooga Booga (DVD Review)

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OOGA BOOGA, available 3/12 exclusively through Grindhouseflix.com – from Full Moon Features

Cinema Judgement Day loves taking a dip on the Hellicious side and more often than not, we do so with a title from Full Moon Features.  Last week, I was cordially invited to a studio screening of Charles Band’s 260th Full Moon picture: “Ooga Booga”.  The film, an exploitation pic about a killer African doll (Tagline: “He’s 16 inches with an attitude”), will be the first film to premiere on Full Moon’s Grindhouseflix.com streaming service on March 12th.  But how does it stand against classics like “Puppet Master” and “The Gingerdead Man 2: Passion of the Crust”?

Well, 16″ tall of course!

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The Intouchables (DVD review)

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THE INTOUCHABLES available 3/5 on DVD and Blu-Ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Here’s something worth thinking about:  In 2012 “Cloud Atlas” was released in 2,032 theaters across America. Starring some of the biggest names in Hollywood, it only grossed $27 million domestically ($87 million foreign).  Nobody saw it and yet everybody knew about it.  The same year,  ”The Intouchables” grossed over $10 million in only 194 theaters, domestically.  Its foreign tally was over (brace yourself) $416 million – making it the most successful foreign language film in North America that year.   Everybody saw it, yet nobody here seemed to know about it.  Even when I tell people about it, they think I’m screwing up the name of that Brian DePalma movie.  Sadly, foreign language films typically get limited releases in the States, leaving many of us in the dark as to what’s being produced overseas.  Well fortunately, there’s a chance to rectify this.  On March 5th, “The Intouchables” comes to DVD and Blu-Ray courtesy of Sony Pictures Home Entertainment and it’s easy to see why it did so well both critically and commercially without the glamour of big names or a multi-million dollar budget. Read more