Thursday, May 22, 2014

Cinexamine: Ben-Hur 50th Anniversary Ultimate Collector's Edition

New DVD & Blu-Ray Collection Update

Film and Television collection update featuring old and new releases. Includes TV and Movie Reviews.

Featured Films


Directed by William Wyler (The Letter, The Memphis Belle),

Written by Karl Tunberg (Where Were You When the Lights Went Out?)

Starring: Charlton Heston (The Ten Commandments, Planet of the Apes), Jack Hawkins (The Cruel Sea, The Long Arm, Man in the Sky, The League of Gentlemen), Haya Harareet (The Interns), Stephen Boyd (The Oscar), Hugh Griffith (How to Steal a Million), Martha Scott (Charlotte's Web), Cathy O'Donnell (The Best Years of Our Lives), Sam Jaffe (The Day the Earth Stood Still), Finlay Currie (Stars and Stripes Forever), Frank Thring (King of Kings, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome), Terence Longdon (The Avengers) and George Relph (The Final Test).

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Cinexamine: Snow White and the 12 Angry Men

New DVD & Blu-Ray Collection Update

Film and Television collection update featuring old and new releases. Includes TV and Movie Reviews.

Featured Films

Garfield's Holiday Celebrations:

Garfield's Halloween Adventure

Directed by Phil Roman (Tom and Jerry: The Movie),

Written by Jim Davis

A Garfield Christmas Special

Directed by Phil Roman and George Singer (The Pink Panther Show)

Written by Jim Davis

Garfield's Thanksgiving

Directed by Phil Roman, Gerard Baldwin (Tiny Toon Adventures), Bob Nesler (Garfield and Friends), and John Sparey (Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures).

Written by Jim Davis and Kim Campbell

Starring Lorenzo Music (Darkwing Duck), Thom Huge, Gregg Berger (Monsters University), Julie Payne (Rain Man), and Pat Caroll (The Little Mermaid).


Directed by Andrew Stanton (A Bug's Life)

Written by Andrew Stanton and Jim Reardon (The Simpsons)

Starring Ben Burtt (Star Wars), Elissa Knight (Ratatouille), Jeff Garlin (The Goldbergs), Fred Willard (Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Anchorman),  John Ratzenberger (Superman: The Movie), and Sigourney Weaver (Alien).

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs:

Produced by Walt Disney

Starring Adriana Caselotti, Lucille La Verne, Harry Stockwell.

12 Angry Men:

Directed by Sidney Lumet (Network)

Written by Reginald Rose

Starring Henry Fonda (Once Upon a Time in the West, On Golden Pond), Lee J. Cobb ( Death of a Salesman), E.G. Marshall (The Defenders), Martin Balsam (Psycho, A Thousand Clowns), Jack Warden (Shampoo, ...And Justice for All, Problem Child), John Fiedler (The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh, Star Trek), Jack Klugman (The Twilight Zone, Quincy, M.E), Edward Binns (Patton),  Joseph Sweeney (The Philadelphia Story), Ed Begley (The Great Gatsby), JirĂ­ Voskovec (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold), and Robert Webber (The Dirty Dozen).

Cars 2:

Directed by John Lasseter (Toy Story)

Written by Ben Queen (Drive)

Starring Larry the Cable Guy ( Larry the Cable Guy: Health Inspector) Owen Wilson (Meet the Parents, Wedding Crashers, Midnight in Paris), Michael Cain (Alfie, The Dark Knight),  Emily Mortimer (Notting Hill, Lovely and Amazing),  John Turturro (The Big Lebowski, Anger Management, Transformers), Edie Izzard (Across the Universe), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron), Joe Mantegna (The Godfather Part III, Baby's Day Out), and Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Spider-Man).

Finding Nemo:

Directed by Andrew Stanton (John Carter)

Written by Andrew Stanton, Bob Peterson (Up) and David Reynolds

Starring Albert Brooks (Broadcast News), Ellen DeGeneres (The
Ellen DeGeneres Show ), Alexander Gould (How to Eat Fried Worms, Weeds), Willem Dafoe (Platoon), Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond), Allison Janney (The West Wing), Geoffrey Rush (Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl), and Eric Bana (Hulk, Troy, Black Hawk Down).

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Top 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2014

Another year has passed and like most geeks I am looking forward to what this new year promises to deliver in the world of cinema! There are several films I am looking forward to seeing, but this list consists of my 10 Most Anticipated Films of 2014!
10. The Giver

Considering the source material, it is entirely conceivable that Hollywood will drop the ball on this adaptation of Lois Lowry's children's novel. The story is relatively dark and explores complicated ideas for a children's story that could be diluted by the hands of executives aiming for mass appeal. Despite the fact that what should be a prominent film seems to be filming under the radar, I am anxious to see the novel I thoroughly enjoyed as a child  finally being brought to life on the big screen.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas 2013

Wishing You All A Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! Decorations, Cookies, Snowglobes, Nutcrackers and Christmas Tree Ornmaments All Featured in My Seasons Greetings!

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Sunday, December 22, 2013

Friday, December 20, 2013

In Nolan We Hopefully Trust Again: "Interstellar" Teaser Trailer

It feels like the time when Christopher Nolan was not a source of geek contention is further into the past than it probably is in actuality. Even the months before The Dark Knight Rises were belligerent as geeks engaged in a suddenly more vocal debate between those who deemed the gritty realism of the Dark Knight Trilogy to be either appropriate for the source material or detrimental to the superhero genre. 

Following the divisive response to The Dark Knight Rises, that at the very least was underwhelming compared to the films predecessor, Christopher Nolan became an increasingly contentious figure. Supporting Nolan, even  while admitting any shortcomings, meant one was a delusional and biased fanboy. Conversely, criticizing Nolan was met with vile and even violent reactions. Such was and arguably still is the atmosphere around the internet whenever Nolan's name is brought up.

I do not feel a need to defend or explain myself when it comes to my adoration of Christopher Nolan, but to set the record straight: I absolutely adore The Dark Knight, I love Inception in spite of my criticisms towards the first act of the film, and I find The Dark Knight Rises to be highly entertaining despite unfortunately being Nolan's weakest film. (albeit for reasons no worse than most common blockbusters *goughTheAvengerscough*).

Whatever kind of Nolan fan that makes me, even I was beginning to criticize the filmmaker and found myself yearning for the enthusiasm I once had for him to return. While Man of Steel was a box office success, it was hardly the juggernaut Warner Bros. had been hyping it up to be to say nothing of the mixed-at-best critical reception. Assigning blame between Snyder, Nolan and Goyer for the underwhelming response towards the film seems to remain a unresolved issue among nerds (I personally feel all three individuals were the wrong choice considering the source material). For some time I have been waiting for a new Christopher Nolan film to reinvigorate my support for the director. If the teaser for the 2014 film titled Interstellar is to be believed, I may just get my wish granted.

Monday, December 16, 2013

Top 10 Best Christmas Specials [Part 1 of 2]

It is finally beginning to look a lot like the most wonderful time of the year! I tolerate 11 months of the year solely for Christmastime and now it is finally here! Seriously, unless you have a 'Phoebe Cates-esque' reason for hating Christmas, all the Scrooges in the world can kiss my yuletide ass!

I love Christmas for several reasons (The music, the presents, the decorations, the presents, the family, the presents ect.), but one of the most special aspects of Christmas to me are the films and TV specials. Missing any one of these classic specials causes the Holiday season to feel incomplete. They were a huge part of my childhood Christmases and remain a strong reason why I still enjoy the yuletide season to this day.

This list will focus on the 10 Christmas Specials I consider to be the greatest of them all!