Pinocchio (Signature Collection): A Grand Adventure with a Twist of Morality (Blu-ray)

The Film: In 1937, Disney broke new ground and took one of the biggest gambles in cinematic history by producing the first feature-length animated cartoon. Nothing like “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” (or “Disney’s Folly” as some called it) had been seen before, with many believing it would fail big time. After all, who was going to want to sit through an 80-minute cartoon? Luckily Disney had the last laugh as it was massively successful, bringing in a boatload of profit for the studio. The problem became: How in the world do you follow it up? Walt’s answer was simply to pour those profits into upgrading every part of his animation department and plow full steam ahead with a new animated s

The Winners of the 23rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards

Tonight, the Screen Actors Guild handed out their awards for 2016, ending with the cast of "Hidden Figures" receiving the group's highest honor of Best Cast in a Motion Picture. It was certainly an unexpected result, for it was thought that Barry Jenkins' coming-of-age drama "Moonlight" would take the award rather easily, but still a great choice. When it comes to the other film awards, the only other big surprise was Denzel Washington taking Best Actor for "Fences" over presumed winner Casey Affleck for "Manchester by the Sea." Will this lead to Washington's third Oscar win? At this point, it doesn't seem particularly likely, what with the love for Affleck's performance. After all, it's ext

The Winners of the 28th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards

The Producers Guild of America has just finished handing out their awards, with the unsurprising result being that Damien Chazelle's musical masterpiece "La La Land" has claimed the top prize, thereby cementing its front-runner status for the Best Picture Oscar. You may recall that last year the PGA randomly chose "The Big Short" as their winner over the expected "Spotlight" (or even "The Revenant"), but most of us knew that Adam McKay's didactic banking manual of a film was not going to be able to get a consensus vote from the Academy, leaving the question of Best Picture up in the air. However, with "La La Land," things are quite different. The film is universally loved and has been, far a

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them Comes to Digital HD on March 7th and to Blu-ray/DVD on March

Last year, audiences were introduced to J.K. Rowling's spinoff series "Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them," which focused on writer and creature expert Newt Scamander (Eddie Redmayne) as he travels to New York several decades before the events of "Harry Potter." It was met with a rather mixed response, with some praising its visuals and special effects, while others found it lacking in excitement and an engaging screenplay, but it would appear that most fans of the franchise enjoyed it quite a bit. Today, Warner Bros. has announced the home release of the film, declaring that it will first arrive on Digital HD on March 7th, followed by the Blu-ray/DVD release on March 28th. The followin

Nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards

The nominations for the 89th Annual Academy Awards have just been announced, with Damien Chazelle's masterful musical "La La Land" leading the way with a record-tying 14 nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Original Screenplay. "Arrival" and "Moonlight" followed at quite a distance with eight nods each, including Best Picture, Best Director, and Best Adapted Screenplay. Looking through this list, I can't say that there's anything particularly surprising. We all knew "La La Land" was going to do very well, but perhaps not THIS well. It is rather disappointing to see Martin Scorsese's brilliant "Silence" reduced to just a nomination for Best Ci

The Man Who Fell to Earth (Collector's Edition): A Cold and Distant Cult Classic (Blu-ray)

The Film: We all know the amazing David Bowie as one of the greatest musicians who ever lived, delivering a number of brilliant albums that included “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars,” “Hunky Dory,” and “Space Oddity,” but surprisingly there are those that forget that he also dabbled quite a bit in acting as well. In this regard, I think it’s easy to say that most remember him as Jareth the Goblin King in Jim Henson’s fantasy classic “Labyrinth,” a film in which his charm and charisma really comes through. On the opposite side, we’ve also seen him rather subdued in roles like Nikola Tesla in Christopher Nolan’s mystery masterpiece “The Prestige” and for his very

Train to Busan: A Tense and Thrilling Zombie Outing (Blu-ray)

The Film: I’ve mentioned before how it’s nearly impossible to do anything original in the horror genre anymore thanks to there being practically nothing that hasn’t already been done before. However, when you break it down into a subgenre like zombie flicks, it becomes even harder to come up with something fresh for an audience to sink their teeth into. We’ve already seen the flesh-eaters done multiple ways, including a series of excellent films from the great George A. Romero (it’s best to stop after “Land of the Dead”), a not-so-successful attempt to serialize a zombie drama for television with “The Walking Dead,” and even a classic “zom-com” entitled “Shaun of the Dead” from director/co-w

Silence: Scorsese's Masterful Meditation on Faith

The great Martin Scorsese has never been one to shy away from difficult or controversial subjects. In this regard, most would probably think of his 1988 film “The Last Temptation of Christ,” which tackled the story of Jesus and his commitment to his cause. The film dealt with issues of faith and the temptation to lay that faith down for an easier life, which are topics that the director has chosen to explore once again in his latest project entitled “Silence,” based on the novel by Shusaku Endo. Though not as controversial as his last religious film, the themes are no less difficult to deal with in a slightly different context, but with a master of cinema at the helm, you can be sure that no

Nominations for the 69th Annual Directors Guild of America Awards

Today, the Directors Guild of America has announced the rest of their feature film nominations (Documentary nominees were announced yesterday), with mostly the expected results, but also with one very unexpected surprise. As predicted, Damien Chazelle ("La La Land"), Barry Jenkins ("Moonlight"), Kenneth Lonergan ("Manchester by the Sea"), and Denis Veilleneuve ("Arrival") have all made the cut. However, the DGA has gone with a completely left field choice for the fifth slot, naming Garth Davis ("Lion") as their fifth nominee (as well as a nominee for the First-Time Director category). That fifth slot was expected to be taken by a number of possible directors, including Mel Gibson ("Hacksaw R

Nominations for the 28th Annual Producers Guild of America Awards

Earlier this afternoon, the Producers Guild of America announced their feature film nominations for their 28th Annual Awards, and as expected, we find that mostly the same usual suspects have made the cut. The top three contenders of the year, "La La Land," "Manchester by the Sea," and "Moonlight," easily made the cut, along with popular nominees like "Arrival" and "Hell or High Water." The only two somewhat big surprises are the unexpected inclusion of "Deadpool," which has already nabbed nods from the WGA and ACE, and the disappointing omission of Martin Scorsese's masterful "Silence," which has been passed over by the major guilds over and over again. At this point, I'm not even sure if w

Nominations for the 2017 BAFTA Awards

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts has just finished announcing their nominations for 2017 with Damien Chazelle's marvelous musical "La La Land" (unsurprisingly) leading the pack with a whopping 11 nominations, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, Best Actor, and Best Actress. "Arrival" and "Nocturnal Animals" followed with nine nominations each, including Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay. As far as surprises go, there were plenty to be found, including their immense love of Tom Ford's "Nocturnal Animals," a film that hasn't seen more than a few nominations from critics' groups throughout the season. However, stranger still was that, despite BAF

Deepwater Horizon: A Thrilling and Powerful Telling of an Incredible True Story (Blu-ray)

The Film: Director Peter Berg has been making films for nearly 20 years. In that time, his career has been rather hit and miss, delivering decent films like “Friday Night Lights” and “Hancock” in his first decade, while unfortunately giving us forgettable spectacles like “Battleship” and “Lone Survivor” more recently. Even though he was in the middle of a downward swing, this hasn’t stopped him from putting out not one, but two films in 2016, starting with “Deepwater Horizon,” based on the true story of the biggest environmental disaster in U.S. history. As we saw earlier that year, Clint Eastwood was finally able to pull out of his downward spiral with “Sully,” but could 2016 be Berg’s come

Marvel's Doctor Strange Comes to Digital HD February 14th and Blu-ray/DVD on February 28th

Today, Marvel Studios announced the home release of "Doctor Strange," declaring that the film will first come to Digital HD on February 14th, followed by the Blu-ray/DVD release on February 28th. The film received a fair amount of positive reviews, but there were many that noted that its strongest element was its special effects, while the story itself was not particularly strong or memorable. Its other other main plus was its outstanding cast, featuring Oscar nominee Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme, Oscar winner Tilda Swinton, Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Mads Mikkelsen (who unfortunately played a quickly forgettable, stand-in villain). While the film didn't particularly

Nominations for the 69th Annual Writers Guild of America Awards

The Writers Guild of America has just announced their annual nominations for this year's awards, with their selections being almost entirely what was expected. For Original Screenplay, we have "Hell or High Water," "La La Land," "Loving," "Manchester by the Sea," and "Moonlight," while over in Adapted Screenplay, we have ""Arrival," "Deadpool," "Fences," "Hidden Figures," and "Nocturnal Animals." This year is a little unique in that none of the major players have been disqualified thanks to the WGA's silly rules. In the past this has removed such key screenplays as "Birdman," "The King's Speech," and "Django Unchained," all of which went on to win an Oscar. The only major surprise to be foun

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