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Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton (2015) *Incendiary Music Biopic*

Straight Outta Compton
So let’s talk about race.  You can’t talk about Straight Outta Compton without talking about race, because that’s the issue that drove the music that drove the controversy that is still driving a dialogue today.  Spike Lee isn’t organizing a boycott of the Oscars because Will Smith didn’t get nominated for Concussion.  It’s happening because Straight Outta Compton, one of the best-reviewed films of the year, was all but ignored when handing out nominations.  Should it have been nominated for Best Picture?  The Academy had two slots it could have used, but didn’t.  It’s one of the strongest years for film in a decade, so is there a real snub in F. Gary Gray’s biopic of the rap group, NWA, not being a bigger part of the Oscars?  After seeing it, I have to say, yes.  This is a better film, a more compelling film, than at least two of the films the Academy chose to nominate for Best Picture.  I could also list several others that are better than both those films and this, but I can see the reason for the anger.  It’s a mirror of the anger that the film chronicles. Continue reading Movie Review: Straight Outta Compton (2015) *Incendiary Music Biopic*

Movie Review: Love & Mercy (2015) *I Want to Lie in Bed for Three Years Now*

Paul Dano, Brian Wilson, Love & Mercy


Love & Mercy, the biopic of Beach Boy Brian Wilson, has the distinction of being the only movie I’ve ever seen that contains four fantastic performances from great actors and yet manages to fail completely in every other aspect of film-making.  It’s a frustrating, grating look at the troubled musical genius that in all seriousness was so unpleasant to watch that I went home with a migraine Continue reading Movie Review: Love & Mercy (2015) *I Want to Lie in Bed for Three Years Now*

Movie Review: San Andreas (2015) *Old School Disaster….Film*

San Andreas, Dwayne Johnson
I’m not proud of this, but I have a deep, deep commitment to seeing every film in the theater in which Los Angeles is destroyed, eaten, flattened, devastated, invaded by aliens or burned.  As a former Southern California resident (not native), I find it tremendously cathartic to watch areas where I spent collective days of my life stuck in traffic or damned to “I MISSED MY EXIT” hell.  All of this explains why I was at the first Friday morning showing of Dwayne Johnson’s new disaster film: San Andreas. Continue reading Movie Review: San Andreas (2015) *Old School Disaster….Film*

Amazing Spider-Man 2 DVD and Blu-Ray Date And Details

Amazing Spider-Man 2, Spider-Man, Peter Parker, Andrew Garfield, Electro, Max Dillon, Jamie Foxx

Though I am still trying to cleanse my mental palate of having one of the greatest comic scenes in comic history reduced to a throwaway and while Paul Giamatti’s MOOSE AND SQUIRREL-esque Russian accent still wakes me late at night screaming, I can see by box office numbers that some of you do not share my passionate hatred for Amazing Spider-Man 2.  For you, because I am a tolerant and compassionate man (though I do sort of want to punch Marc Webb), here are the details of what you’ll find on The Amazing Spider-Man 2 Blu Ray, due to hit stores on August 19th…..I have to go punch my rage pillow now….. Continue reading Amazing Spider-Man 2 DVD and Blu-Ray Date And Details

Trailer Time: The Amazing Spider Man 2 Trailer #4 (2014)

Here it is, Marvelites!  Your final Amazing Spider-Man 2 trailer before the sequel hits on May 1st.  Drink in the spidery goodness and then get to chatting in the comments.