Blu-ray Pick: Johnny Simmons, Ethan Hawke Power Baseball Tale ‘The Phenom’

Now available on Blu-ray and DVD via RLJ Entertainment, The Phenom is a baseball movie that refreshingly breaks convention by not focusing on the sport itself. Instead , this subtly and evocatively rendered drama is a character study of the highest order, focusing on the little details that pushes talented and unassuming pitcher Hopper (Johnny … Continue reading Blu-ray Pick: Johnny Simmons, Ethan Hawke Power Baseball Tale ‘The Phenom’

Blu-ray Pick: 5 Reasons To Love ‘To Have and Have Not’

  The comparisons to Casablanca were inevitable, as To Have and Have Not has resistance fighters, a memorable piano player (Hoagy Carmichael), and smoldering chemistry between the leads. But even then and now 72 years later, To Have and Have Not is a classic that stands on its own, and Warner Archive Collection has done … Continue reading Blu-ray Pick: 5 Reasons To Love ‘To Have and Have Not’

Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

The Girlfriend Experience was originally a film directed by Steven Soderbergh and headlined by porn star Sasha Grey, and now it's a critically acclaimed series on Starz that was just released on Blu-ray this week. Riley Keough (she's Elvis Presley's granddaughter) delivers a star making performance in the role of Christine, a woman who's drawn … Continue reading Blu-Ray Review: ‘The Girlfriend Experience’

Blu-Ray Pick: Warner Archive’s ‘Dark Passage’ Is A Bogart & Bacall Classic

I really love Warner Archive's latest Blu-ray release Dark Passage, a film noir about Vincent Parry (Humphrey Bogart), a recently escaped convict who is trying to prove he didn't murder his wife. Lauren Bacall is Irene Jansen, a rich young woman who has her own reasons for giving temporary shelter in her tony residence. Here … Continue reading Blu-Ray Pick: Warner Archive’s ‘Dark Passage’ Is A Bogart & Bacall Classic

Blu-Ray Pick: ‘Bad Influence’ Packs Punch With Rob Lowe & James Spader Pairing

  Thanks to the success of such shows as The Blacklist and Boston Legal, James Spader's innate charisma can easily travel to fever pitch levels (he was, of course, the voice of Ultron!). But Spader is more of a low key figure in the Los Angeles set thriller Bad Influence, which was recently released on … Continue reading Blu-Ray Pick: ‘Bad Influence’ Packs Punch With Rob Lowe & James Spader Pairing

Blu-ray Pick: “Susan Slept Here” A Subversive Comedy From Warner Archive

Cinema, at its creative best, offers more than a superficial display of a narrative, and though it can be seen as a bright and bubbly comedy, director Frank Tashlin’s “Susan Slept Here” (97 minutes) is a subtly beguiling (and if you love Debbie Reynolds, bewitching) experience. Debbie Reynolds stars with Dick Powell in Susan Slept … Continue reading Blu-ray Pick: “Susan Slept Here” A Subversive Comedy From Warner Archive

Blu-Ray: ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’ Spotlights Punk Rock’s L.A. Ascension

  For those few not in the know, The Decline of Western Civilization is a seminal documentary directed by Penelope Spheeris. The project takes an in-depth look at the 1980 Los Angeles punk scene as seen through the eyes of such bands as Black Flag, X, The Germs, Catholic Discipline, and Circle Jerks. The Decline … Continue reading Blu-Ray: ‘The Decline of Western Civilization’ Spotlights Punk Rock’s L.A. Ascension

Blu-Ray Pick: “Our Brand Is Crisis” (Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton)

Our Brand Is Crisis was one of last year's more overlooked films, and hopefully the film a bit more attention now that it's out on Blu-ray and DVD. When Bolivian presidential candidate (Joaquin de Almeida) is slipping in the polls, semi-retired strategist "Calamity" Jane Bodine (Sandra Bullock) is hired to save the day. Though Jane … Continue reading Blu-Ray Pick: “Our Brand Is Crisis” (Sandra Bullock, Billy Bob Thornton)

Blu-ray Pick: ‘Ricki And The Flash’ (Meryl Streep)

  Recently released on Blu-ray and DVD, Ricki and The Flash stars Mery. Streep as Ricki, a rock singer who attempts to reconnect with her daughter Julie (Mami Gummer) who is heartbroken over the breakup of her marriage. Ricki is used to carving out her own path in life, and her determination to make it … Continue reading Blu-ray Pick: ‘Ricki And The Flash’ (Meryl Streep)

Blu-Ray Pick: “The Bear” Is Exhilarating Filmmaking

As witnessed from director Jean-Jacques Annaud's work in Quest for Fire, Seven Years in Tibet, and Enemy at the Gates, man is consistently beset with larger than life challenges and journeys. That struggle can also be felt in the animal kingdom, and his work The Bear is an compelling story of survival. Shout! Factory recently released The Bear: 25th Anniversary Collector's Edition … Continue reading Blu-Ray Pick: “The Bear” Is Exhilarating Filmmaking