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Today brings us the release of Oz the Great and Powerful, directed by Sam Rami of Evil Dead fame, from Disney. It is a prequel to the classic film The Wizard of Oz, a film I and many others grew up watching year after year. The original film told a timeless tale of self-discover that delivered a strong message of looking inside ourselves for the strengths we feel we lack, be they brains, a heart, or courage. So it was with quite a few expectations that I sat down to watch this film with the kids and decide if it would be a buy, rent, or skip movie. Continue reading

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These days films and television shows are overpopulated by movies in which a normal human and a supernatural being fall in love. There are so many of these in fact that simply using this plot device causes the film or show to lose points with me. So when I started watching Warm Bodies for the purpose of this review it already had some work to do. And hour and a half later, the film was over and I had my opinion on whether you should buy, rent, or skip this movie. Continue reading

It’s memorial day and as a result there was no new Game of Thrones or Defiance. In response to this I would like to quote Charlton Heston to HBO and SyFy: Goddamn you all to hell! I’m don’t usually curse in my reviews, but it expresses my sentiment perfectly. It also allows me to segue into this installment of Reviews from the Vault. You see, that was Mr. Heston’s final line, the line that ended the movie, in the original Planet of the Apes. Before Luke began training as a Jedi Knight with Obi-Wan Kenobi and before Captain Kirk and the crew of the Enterprise encountered V’ger, George Taylor landed on a planet not unlike our own. A planet that would mark the beginning of a vast film franchise and become a staple of geekdom. Continue reading

This coming week brings us the science fiction thriller Dark Skies to DVD and Blu-Ray. I managed to take a look at the film and bring you my review of it for this week’s DVD Buyers’ Guide. I am a huge fan of alien invasion movies and enjoy seeing the various methods filmmakers believe the event will go down (the same goes for zombie pandemic movies). That said, this has been the subject of so many movies that it is hard for filmmakers to actually bring something new to the table. However, this is mostly an abduction movie and there are quite a few of these out as well. The problem with abduction movies is that there is really only one of two ways the main event can go down: 1) someone gets abducted in the beginning of the movie and the rest of the movie is spent trying to convince others it actually happened, or, 2) the characters spend the most part of the movie trying to prevent someone from being abducted and ultimately succeed or fail in the end. Dark Skies, being an abduction movie, opts for door number two. Can this film escape the confines of its plot limitation? Should you buy, rent, or skip this on the new release rack? Read on. Continue reading