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Top Ten DVD List for July 18, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for July 18, 2017 

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Kong: Skull Island [Riveting Reboot of Classic Franchise]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0714C2W9C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Vince Giordano: There’s a Future in the Past [Swing Jazz Documentary]

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071RLM3YK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

With Great Power [The Stan Lee Story]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B008MZZCZI/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Promise [WWI Epic about Ethnic Cleansing of Armenians]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0719XBL75/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Penguin Counters [Antarctic Climate Change Documentary]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071V6CPGC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: Poverty, Politics and Profit [Housing Crisis Expose]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZZ2XN4J/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Buster’s Mal Heart [Fugitive on the Run Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZZBYD3G/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Free Fire [All Guns/No control Action Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071S6ZX49/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Nature’s Great Race [Odysseys of Migration]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y1T4H7H/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Great Yellowstone Thaw [How Nature Survives]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071NMRB46/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Masterpiece Mystery: Grantchester [Season 3]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01NHDGIM8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Shooter: Season One [Framed Vet Struggles to Clear His Name]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XY1ZXY3/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Do You Take This Man? [Gay-Themed Romance Drama]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072M6THBP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: Second Chance Kids [Juveniles Serving Life Sentences]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071YDR6MZ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Resident Evil: Vendetta [When Evil Seeks Vengeance]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072HSQ7J1/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Arthur: Brothers and Sisters [8 Stories about Siblings]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06X6D448M/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News 

 

Top Ten DVD List for July 11, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for July 11, 2017 

DVD Releases, Top Ten, This Week, Kam Williams, movies, The Fate of the Furious

                   

The Fate of the Furious [8th Installment of High-Octane Franchise]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y3KS6S9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Songwriter [Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071VSD8Z6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Underground: Season Two [Underground Railroad Epic]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN//B072L69KC7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Diana: Queen of Hearts [Lady Diana Retrospective]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071ZC6PY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Lost City of Z [Adaptation of Fact-Based Best Seller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071YLQH65/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Rake: Series 2 [Law and Disorder]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XW8RDBS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Species [Collector’s Edition]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y3KS3G5/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Masterpiece: Prime Suspect [Tennison]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XBP7992/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Smurfs: The Lost Village [Adventure in the Forbidden Forest]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y2M7YY9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Beast [Soviet Afghan War Saga]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0725PJD71/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Gardens of Stone [Vietnam War Classic Re-Release]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071Z7MBTL/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

King Solomon’s Mines [Patrick Swayze Miniseries]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071ZSTFPC/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dragon Wars: D-War [An Ancient Evil Awakens]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072BWBWPB/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

London Heist [Brit Revenge Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07259QLZP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20R

Spark: A Space Tail [Fearless Monkey Animated Adventure]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0716S2XQG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Caillou: Things That Go! [From Planes and Trains to Boats and Cars]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WVJ7T5X/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Tunnel: Sabotage [Season 2]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N703WAA/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Masterpiece: My Mother and Other Strangers [Irish Tale of Forbidden Love

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y1YFNTD/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for July 4, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for July 4, 2017 

 

Zookeeper's Wife, Top Ten, 4th of July, DVD List, Kam Williams

                     

Homicide: Life on the Streets [The Complete Series]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y3WJFZ8/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Zookeeper’s Wife [Holocaust Heroine Biopic]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZXXC768/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Vincent-N-Roxxy [Rebel Meets Drifter Road Thriller]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072BB7D7P/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bitcoin Heist [Crypto-Currency Crime Caper]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071CVLVMP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Tonight Show [Featuring Steve Martin, Robin Williams and Eddie Murphy]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071SBK7W7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Food: Delicious Science [Chemical Investigation of Our Diet]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y5R5RKS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Smithsonian: Mummies Alive [Autopsies of Ancient Civilizations]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XC6KZF7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Evil in Us [Idyllic Island Vacation Ruined by Cannibals]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B072HVHMK7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Song to Song [Love and Betrayal in Austin, Texas]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071XSVLLJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: The Fish on My Plate [Marine Life Sustainability] 

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MV7BJV2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Gil’s Goodwill!

 

Gil Robertson

The “Book of Black Heroes” Interview

with Kam Williams

Gil’s Goodwill!

For nearly three decades, writer/author Gil L. Robertson, IV has used the written word to enlighten, empower and uplift. The one-time political organizer initially made his mark in entertainment journalism, penning over 50 national magazine covers and contributing bylines to a wide range of publications that include the Los Angeles Times, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, USA Today, Billboard, Fortune, Essence and Ebony.

Gil is also the founder and creator of the nationally-syndicated Arts & Lifestyle column, The Robertson Treatment, which began a couple of decades ago with an interview with Samuel L. Jackson for EVE’S BAYOU. Today, The Robertson Treatment has a reach of nearly two million.

As an author, Gil has specialized in books that empower his readers, beginning first with the self-published “Writing as a Tool of Empowerment” (2003), a resource guide primarily aimed at young people interested in journalism. From there, he edited the groundbreaking 2006 anthology “Not in My Family: AIDS in the African American Community” where he gathered a diverse mix of voices that include Oscar-winner Mo’Nique, Congresswoman Barbara Lee, legendary singer Patti LaBelle and former U.S. Surgeon General Joycelyn Elders, all addressing one of the most pressing public health and social challenges of our time.

His subsequent anthologies—”Family Affair: What It Means to Be African American Today” (2008) and “Where Did Our Love Go: Love and Relationships in the African American Community” (2013)—ignited a national conversation about identity and love and relationships in the 21st Century. In addition, Robertson has been a regular contributor to The African American Almanac (Gale Press). Accolades for his work include “Pick of the Week” selection by Publisher’s Weekly for “Family Affair” and NAACP Image Award nominations for “Not in My Family” and “Family Affair”.

His latest  offering is “Book of Black Heroes: Political Leaders Past & Present” from Just Us Books. The opus represents a full-Gil Robertson, Book of Black Heroes, Interview, Kam Williams, writer/author,  political organizer, AAFCA co-foundercircle moment for Gil who began the first phase of his career in politics. This collection of biographies on game-changing elected political leaders like former President Barack Obama, pioneering Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley, current U.S. Senator Kamala Harris and Reconstruction era governor Pinckney Benton Stewart Pinchbank is intended to introduce young readers especially to not only dynamic personalities but to the concept of individual and political leadership.

Never one to sit on the sidelines of any pressing issue, in 2003, Gil rolled up his sleeves and got to work as the co-founder of the African American Film Critics Association (AAFCA), the largest collection of Black film critics in North America. As the organization’s president, he oversees the annual AAFCA Awards, which has become a recognized fixture of the Hollywood awards season. In addition to highlighting African-American achievement behind and in front of the camera, AAFCA works with the industry to usher in and support African-Americans in the Hollywood community, uniting consumers, creators and gatekeepers.

He also serves as a public ambassador for diversity within the industry, appearing on numerous shows on networks like CNN. With a B.A. in Political Science from Cal State Los Angeles, Gil is a professional member of the National Press Club, National Association of Black Journalists, The Recording Academy, The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and the Motion Picture Association of America. And he lectures nationwide on issues ranging from diversity in the entertainment industry to personal and community development.

Kam Williams: Hi Gil, thanks for the interview.

Gil Robertson: Thanks, Kam. It’s always a pleasure speaking with you.

KW: What inspired you to write Book of Black Heroes?

GR: Following Obama’s election, I was astonished to discover how little most people knew about the contributions of African-Americans in politics. When most people think of blacks in U.S. politics, they usually fall back on the same group of leaders who came into prominence during the Civil Rights Movement. So, I wanted to do my part in expanding people’s level of awareness of black people who have been active participants in national politics since Reconstruction, and that their contributions continue to this day. Black political leaders make enormous contributions to the quality of our lives, and I simply wanted to provide readers with an introduction to who these people are and, as a by-product, stimulate aspirations among young people to consider a career path in political leadership.

KW: Who’s your intended audience?

GR: People who are curious about contributions that African-Americans have made to the political and social landscape in America. This book offers an amazing tapestry of leaders, both past and present, who have fascinating back stories, but who all stepped up to the challenges of leadership.

KW: What’s the appropriate age group for the book?

GR: The target age group for Book of Black Heroes are young adult readers in the 10 – 14 age group. But I believe it will have an appeal to all teen readers and even adults. Readers will discover political leaders that they’ve never heard of who are creating great opportunities both within black communities and beyond.

KW: How did you decide which icons to include?

GR: Well, that was a challenge. At the onset of the project, I was only going to write bios on individuals who were a part of the new wave of African-Americans in politics: people like Kasim Reed, Kamala Harris and Corey Booker. However, when I completed those bios, my publisher felt we should include leaders from the past as well to provide readers with the full scope of accomplishments that have been made by black elected officials.

KW: Did you include Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas? I know that some people have complained that he doesn’t have an exhibit in the National Museum of African-American History and Culture in Washington, DC.

GR: No Clarence Thomas, but not for the reasons you might think. The book only includes elected officials, and Justice Thomas was appointed to his seat on the Supreme Court.

KW: What message do you want children to take away from the book?

GR: I want them to understand that being a leader is something that is attainable. I hope the book provides readers with an appreciation for African-American political leaders and motivates them to do their part in harvesting their skill sets to improve the lives of others.

KW: Ling-Ju Yen asks: What is your earliest childhood memory?

GR: The love and generosity of my parents.

KW: Who loved you unconditionally during your formative years?

GR: Throughout their lives, my parents loved me completely with no conditions.

KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

GR: The best advice that I can give others is to be truthful to themselves about their abilities and to also live their lives with purpose.

KW: Thanks again for the time, Gil, and best of luck with the book.

GR: My pleasure, Kam.

For more information about Gil Robertson, visit www.robertsontreatment.com

To purchase a copy of “Book of Black Heroes,” visit:  https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1933491213/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20

Source:  Baret News

                                                                                                                     

Top Ten DVD List for June 20, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 20, 2017

 

 

Life

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XT9C1C9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Car Wash

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHGM6SZ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Merlin

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071DVMV36/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Paul Naschy Collection [Vengeance of the Zombies / Horror Rises from the Tomb/ Blue Eyes of the Broken Doll /Night of the Werewolf / Human Beasts]

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHSN8X4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

La Granja

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0716C1BJ2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Audubon

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XX4VY6H/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Isolation

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZYW67DB/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Lawnmower Man: Collector’s Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHSV95G/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Railroad Tigers

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XNQJZJR/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Workaholics: The Final Season
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZZH3W7Z/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

Nature: Forest of the Lynx

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WVN6Z6D/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Nature: Hotel Armadillo

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06W5QC4CW/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Nova: Building Chernobyl’s Mega Tomb

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XC7X5YJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Gyllenhaal Gives Great Performance in Sci-fi Horror Flick

 

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Blu-Ray Review by Kam Williams

Gyllenhaal Gives Great Performance in Sci-fi Horror Flick

In recent years, Hollywood has started serving up some outer space adventures, a la The Martian (2015) and The Space between Us (2017), suggesting that the Red Planet is basically a benign environment free of any hostile creatures. But just when we thought it was safe to visit Mars again, along comes Life, a cautionary horror flick unleashing a terrifying alien force aboard an international space station.

Directed by Daniel Espinosa (Safe House), the claustrophobic thriller co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Ryan Reynolds as Dr. David Jordan and Roy Adams, respectively, the Pilgrim 7’s  flight engineer and chief medical officer. The balance of the six-person crew is composed of Center for Disease Control quarantine specialist Dr. Miranda North (Rebecca Ferguson), systems engineer Sho Kendo (Hiroyuki Sanada), eco-biologist Dr. Hugh Derry (Ariyon Bakare) and the spaceship’s captain, Katerina Golovkin (Olga Dihovichnaya).

As the film unfolds, we learn that their appointed mission is merely to deliver a single-cell organism arriving via space probe from the surface of Mars. It all sounds easy enough as the disarming plotline initially devotes itself to developing the characters’ back stories, like how David is a disenchanted, Iraq War vet.   

Upon retrieving the capsule, they celebrate the discovery of the first incontrovertible proof of life beyond Earth. They even allow Sho’s daughter to give the ostensibly-innocuous substance a cute, cuddly name, oblivious of the danger lurking just over the horizon.

The plot thickens when “Calvin” begins reproducing via mitosis, and every cell of its luminescent ectoplasmic mass proves to be an irrepressible mix of brains and muscles. By day 25, the sentient creature develops proto-appendages and becomes strong enough to breach containment.

Initially, it nibbles on a finger of Hugh’s, who somehow discerns that “Calvin doesn’t hate us, but he’s got to kill us to survive.” Great. What ensues is a desperate race against time to return to Earth before the mushrooming monster devours them all, one-by-one.

Though reminiscent of such sci-fi classics as Alien (1979) and Species (1995), Life is a worthwhile addition to the extraterrestrial on the loose genre. Substantial credit in this regard goes to the ever-underappreciated Jake Gyllenhaal who turns in the latest in a long line of impressive performances which includes outings in Nocturnal Animals (2016), Southpaw (2015), Nightcrawler (2014) and Prisoners (2013), to name a few.

Strap yourself in for a cardiovascular screamfest that’ll keep you squirming from beginning to end.  A riveting reminder that it still ain’t smart to mess with Mother Nature!

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated R for violence, terror and pervasive profanity

In English, Japanese and Chinese with subtitles

Running time: 104 minutes

Distributor: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

Blu-ray Extras: Deleted scenes; Astronaut Diaries; Claustrophobic Terror: Creating a Thriller in Space; Life: In Zero G; and Creating Life: The Art and Reality of Calvin.

                                                                 

To order a copy of Life on Blu-ray, visit  https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XT9C1C9/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News

 

Top Ten DVD List for June 13, 2017

 

This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 13, 2017

LEGO Batman, DVD Releases, movies, Kam Williams, A United Kingdom, Honorable Mention

                       

LEGO Batman

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06W53FHJJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

A United Kingdom

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y4S4VBX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Un Padre No Tan Padre

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B07227R5HG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

John Wick: Chapter 2

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XWWZ955/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XSG672L/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Chapter & Verse

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XYCM3V2/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Cheech and Chong’s Next Movie

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHDLC8N/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Kuu Kuu Harajuku: Music Baby!

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XHVMGQF/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Frontline: American Patriot

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01N2BJQAV/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

3 Generations

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B0713YRV8C/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

American Epic

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01BGYFTK4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Mine

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XNMW8J6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bitter Harvest

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XXP2KFK/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Dinosaur Train: Dinosaurs Take Flight

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MRV3UEX/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Top Ten DVD List for June 6, 2017

 

 

 
 
This Week’s DVD Releases

by Kam Williams

Top Ten DVD List for June 6, 2017 

Juice, Bambi, DVD Releases, Top Ten, Movies, Wentworth, Kam Williams

                     

Juice: 25th Anniversary Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XX7R9TY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Operation Mekong

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01MY6UZT6/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Bambi: 75th Anniversary Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XS99HCG/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Joan Miro: The Ladder of Escape

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XRQM39S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Wentworth, Season 3

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XD4DTSP/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Aaron’s Blood

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B071P6HT43/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Young Pope

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B01LTICQ6M/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Heartland

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XGZ3Y5L/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Aftermath

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06Y6HFF4S/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Sky on Fire

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XNPP6GQ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Honorable Mention

The Last Word

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XDDWCGN/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

The Assignment

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06ZY1GXH7/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Where the Buffalo Roam: Collector’s Edition

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06WRXCMF4/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

Prisoner X

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XD3YVCY/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

American Masters: Jacques Pepin – The Art of Craft

https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XKN1BHS/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

 Source:  Baret News

Desperate Survivors Lead Spartan Existence in Post-Apocalyptic Suspense Thriller

 

It Comes at Night,  Film Review, Kam Williams, Joel Edgerton, Carmen Ejogo, spine-tingler , horrorIt Comes at Night

Film Review by Kam Williams

Desperate Survivors Lead Spartan Existence in Post-Apocalyptic Suspense Thriller

Paul (Joel Edgerton) found a safe refuge for his family far from the rest of humanity in the wake of a deadly plague that’s been decimating the planet. At least that’s what he thought about their remote hideout until his wife’s (Carmen Ejogo) dad somehow caught the disease.

After allowing Sarah and their son (Kelvin Harrison, Jr.) to say their goodbyes through germ-proof respirators, Paul put a bullet in his ailing father-in-law’s head before he had a chance to infect one of them, too. While the body was being cremated, traumatized, 17 year-old Travis tried to comfort himself as much as his pet dog, saying, “Don’t worry, Stanley, I’m going to take care of you.”

But as any movie fan knows, such an assurance is ordinarily an ominous kiss of death in a horror flick. And true to form, Stanley’s the next to go in It Comes at Night, a claustrophobic suspense thriller set inside a darkened cabin in the woods.

  The picture is the sophomore offering from writer/director Trey Edward Shults who made an impressive debut a couple of years ago with Krisha. Here, the emerging wunderkind again makes the most of a micro-budget, crafting a harrowing tale guaranteed to make your hair stand on end.

The plot thickens when another family of refugees, desperate for shelter and sustenance, shows up unannounced. Against his better judgment, Paul invites the strangers to share their already meager rations, provided none of them is infected..

Patriarch Will (Christopher Abbott) assures him they’re healthy, but there’s something suspicious about the way that his wife, Kim (Riley Keough), keeps their baby covered up. Anyhow, the six proceed to pass a peaceful enough, if Spartan, existence until things mysteriously start to go bump in the middle of the night.

Whaddya expect to happen in a scary, spine-tingler with such a big hint in the title?

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated  R for profanity, violence and disturbing images

Running time: 97 minutes

Production Studio: Animal Kingdom

Distributor: A24

Source:  Baret News

Shades of “Groundhog’s Day” in Adaptation of Young Adult Best Seller

 

Before I Fall,  DVD Review, Kam Williams, Zoey Deutch, Erica Tremblay, bittersweet tale of redemption, Lauren Oliver, Groundhog DayBefore I Fall

DVD Review by Kam Williams

Shades of “Groundhog’s Day” in Adaptation of Young Adult Best Seller

Samantha “Sam” Kingston (Zoey Deutch) was a spoiled-rotten brat the night she perished in a tragic car crash. First of all, she and her little sister Izzy (Erica Tremblay) were lucky enough to be raised in the lap of luxury by a couple of loving parents (Jennifer Beals and Nicholas Lea).

Secondly, the recently-deceased 17 year-old was not only leaving behind a handsome boyfriend in Rob (Kian Lawley), but an ardent admirer in Kent (Logan Miller), a Platonic friend she’d taken for granted since grade school. Sam was also pretty popular at Ridgview High School where she was a member of an exclusive clique along with her three BFFs, Liz (Halston Sage), Elody (Medalion Rahimi) and Ally (Cynthy Wu).

The snobby quartet took delight in teasing classmates like lesbian Anna (Liv Hewson) and reclusive outcast Juliet (Elena Kampouri). So, Sam would think nothing of participating in such mean girl rituals as dumping drinks on Juliet while calling her a “psycho bitch.” 

However, after the accident, she was afforded an unusual opportunity to reconsider her cruel behavior when, instead of proceeding to the hereafter, her spirit miraculously reentered her body. Upon opening her eyes, she realized that it was again dawn on February 12th, and that she was about to relive the same day again.

In fact, Sam’s about to experience February 12th over and over, while learning valuable lessons in tolerance each go-round. Thus unfolds Before I Fall, a bittersweet tale of redemption based on Lauren Oliver’s young adult novel of the same name. 

At first blush, the picture’s premise reads rather reminiscent of the Bill Murray classic Groundhog Day (1993), although this is a drama as opposed to a comedy, and it’s set on February 12th instead of the 2nd. The movie was directed by Ry Russo-Young (Nobody Walks), who puts a fresh enough spin on the familiar theme to make you forget Groundhog Day after 15 minutes.

Kudos aplenty are in order for Zoey Deutch who’s incredibly convincing as Sam in a demanding role which calls for the exhibition of a considerable acting range over the course of the story. Her supporting cast delivers stellar work selling an escapist fantasy which might otherwise fall apart oh so easily.

A deja vu-driven, surrealistic morality play designed to leave you deep in reflection and weeping as you walk up the aisle. 

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated  PG-13 for mature themes, bullying, sexuality, violent images, profanity and underage drinking

Running time: 99 minutes

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Extras: None

To order a copy of the Before I Fall Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, visit: https://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/B06XPS28JJ/ref%3dnosim/thslfofire-20

 

Source:  Baret News