Wednesday, November 26, 2014

HORRIBLE BOSSES 2 (review)

Review by Clay N Ferno
Produced by Brett Ratner, Jay Stern, John Morris
Screenplay by Sean Anders, John Morris
Story by John Francis Daley, Jonathan Goldstein, 
Sean Anders, John Morris
Directed by Sean Anders
Starring Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis, 
Jennifer Aniston, Jamie Foxx, Chris Pine,
Christoph Waltz, Jonathan Banks, Kevin Spacey


Hollywood returns to the well once again for another sequel that questions it’s own existence!

Thankfully, the familiar television and movie stars making up the ensemble cast do have their moments, and Horrible Bosses 2 isn’t a complete waste of time.

Jason Bateman, Jason Sudeikis and Charlie Day reprise their roles as Nick, Kurt and Dale and become their own bosses unleashing a new product "The Shower Buddy" onto the world.

Jennifer Aniston and Kevin Spacey return as well, along with mastermind “Motherfucker” Jones — Jamie Foxx.

Added this time around are the father/son team of leading man Chris Pine and Basterd Chrisopher Waltz.

For schlock value, if you like to tune out here’s a movie for you, with some funny moments but the spark isn’t as bright as the original concept or the director Sean Ander’s last effort behind the camera, Adam Sandler’s That’s My Boy.

THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING (review)

Review by Carolyn Thompson
Produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, 
Lisa Bruce, Anthony McCarten
Screenplay by Anthony McCarten
Based on Travelling to Infinity by Jane Wilde Hawking
Directed by James Marsh
Starring Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, 
Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, 
Simon McBurney, David Thewlis


The Theory of Everything is a composition of triumph through hardship delivered with amazing talent.

The film focuses on Stephen Hawking’s personal life, which are built and broken by his incapacitating illness and undying devotion to cosmology and astrophysics.

It’s an intense against-all-odds biopic that can be repetitive at times, and teases us with Hawking’s intellect instead of expanding on it, but regardless of the lacking scientific detail, the performances outshine anything that’s missing. 

Eddie Redmayne’s delivery of Stephen Hawking’s experiences after being diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease provides an authentic view into the life behind the science, and the woman, his wife Jane Wilde, who stood by his side aiding him physically and supporting him intellectually.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

KROLL SHOW: Seasons One & Two comes to DVD on December 9th


From the unique mind of Nick Kroll comes a new sketch series, Kroll Show, satirizing our television obsessed culture and the rabid fan base it breeds. More than just a collection of sketches, Kroll Show is about giving Nick's fans a chance to see his of-the-moment take on pop culture, sports news, nightclub culture, and what defines celebrity with characters and storylines that recur throughout each season.

Special Features: 
  • Free Album Download 
  • Kroll Karaoke 
  • Original Music Videos 
  • Publizity Interview 
  • Uncut Armond Trial 
  • Audio Commentaries with Cast & Creators 
  • Season 3 Teaser and more!


SUPERHEROSTUFF Sale Going On NOW!

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Black Friday is a few days away, marking the beginning of the holiday shopping season,

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And be sure to check back there on Black Friday where there will be almost 1000’s items marked down 20-30% and daily doorbusters 50% off on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.


GOTHAM S01E10: "Lovecraft" (review)

Bruce and Selina take center stage in this one as an assassin is out for Cat’s blood and the kids are no longer safe in Wayne Manor.

Meanwhile, Gordon is out of his element trying to track down Selina’s would-be assassin and Alfred has to step up.




DUNE and Pop Culture: Ripples in the Sand - Guest Post By Brian Herbert and Kevin J. Anderson

We were sitting in a dimly illuminated Mexican restaurant in Santa Fe, having dinner with the deputy publisher of Bantam Books, some months before the release of DUNE: HOUSE ATREIDES—the first of the new Dune novels, released in 1999, thirteen years after the passing of Frank Herbert. The deputy publisher was there to talk with us about the book, which was to be one of the lead titles of the year, but she didn’t seem to “get” the real significance of the Dune universe.

Brian stressed that DUNE was more than just a big science fiction novel; it was a real landmark.

“Everybody’s read DUNE,” Kevin added.

To this, Brian said, “Well, almost everybody, it seems.”

Then, as the busboy walked up and set water glasses down in front of us, Kevin looked at him and said, “You’ve read DUNE, haven’t you?”

Without missing a beat, the busboy exclaimed, “Oh yeah—DUNE, DUNE MESSIAH, CHILDREN OF DUNE, and the other three. I’ve read them all!” After he left, we nodded to the astonished deputy publisher, and asked if she now understood the significance of this novel.

Several months later, Brian and Kevin were speaking to an audience at a bookstore in San Francisco.

An elderly gentleman sat on one side, listening to the presentation of the authors. When it came time for questions, the man asked, “I’ve never read DUNE or any of the sequels or prequels. Why should I bother to read any of them?”

To this, Brian said, “I’m not going to twist your arm to read anything, but I will tell you this: If you don’t at least read DUNE, you’re missing an important part of our culture. It is a huge and very important story, on many levels.”

Celebrate Turkey Day with Mystery Science Theater 3000


It’s time to talk turkey, Mystery Science Theater 3000 style!

This Thanksgiving, fans of Mystery Science Theater 3000 have two reasons to give thanks: The Turkey Day Collection DVD Box Set and a newly curated Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day streaming marathon, hosted by show creator Joel Hodgson.

The MST3K Turkey Day Marathon starts at 9 am PT/ 12 noon ET on Thursday, November 27th, and will feature six timeless episodes hand-picked by creator himself, along with new episode intros and special guest appearances.

Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book (review)

Review by Lily Fierro
Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book: Essential Kurtzman Volume 1 HC
Written and Illustrated by Harvey Kurtzman
Introduction by Gilbert Shelton
Essay by Denis Kitchen
Conversation Between R. Crumb and Pete Poplaski
Published by Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 978-1-61655-563-4
Pub. Date: December 03, 2014 / $24.99


Satires just aren’t made the same way anymore.

Creating in the long standing, early 20th century American tradition of utilizing satire to expose the underbelly of American business and culture, Harvey Kurtzman achieved something special with his Jungle Book in 1959.  Kurtzman inspired a generation of underground and independent cartoonists and comic book writers, but his Jungle Book, a departure from the usual comic books in its stories and in its publication process, was printed with shoddy materials, and, consequently, original copies are not in the best shape today.

Thankfully, it has been restored by the good folks at Dark Horse Comics for a special series called Essential Kurtzman, and this restoration of Harvey Kurtzman’s Jungle Book will be available for every graphic novel enthusiast in December.

The Jungle Book contains four individual stories, with each representing some cultural or historical artifact of America. As discussed in the introduction by Denis Kitchen, who loaned his original print for the restoration, the Jungle Book’s stories parody popular television shows at the time, the publishing industry, and the Old West, all relics which may be lost on current generations but no less insightful and clever in their messages.

Warning: Spoilers ahead!

MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN Debuts on Digital HD/On Demand 12/16; Blu-ray/DVD 1/13

A Sensational Ensemble Including Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever,
Rosemarie DeWitt, Dean Norris, and Judy Greer Star in This Provocative Snapshot of Modern Life

Academy Award nominated director Jason Reitman (Up In the Air, Juno) delivers the “powerful and provocative” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”) MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN, debuting on Digital HD and On Demand December 16, 2014—four weeks before it’s available on disc—from Paramount Home Media Distribution. The film will be available on Blu-ray and DVD January 13, 2015.

Adam Sandler (Grown Ups), Jennifer Garner (Dallas Buyers Club) and Ansel Elgort (The Fault in Our Stars) lead “an amazing ensemble cast” (Mark S. Allen, CBS/CW TV) in this film about love and human connection in the modern world. MEN, WOMEN & CHILDREN tells the story of high school teenagers and their parents who attempt to navigate their complex relationships in an era defined by social media, online exchanges, and instant gratification. Discover how little you know about the people you know in the film critics are calling “a movie that could change your life! Not to be missed!” (Scott Mantz, “Access Hollywood”).