Gunsmoke complete series review

Let’s be frank here, I would not have been able to do a timely review on the collection if I had chosen to do it season by season for there are twenty series in the complete collection of Gunsmoke courtesy from CBS Television.

The audio transfer here is probably the most impressive distinction made that I noticed. However, I have never seen any episodes of Gunsmoke before so I have no clue how it sounded or looked before putting it in my Xbox One, the episodes I chose to review guest-starred Jodie Foster and the other one starred John Saxon(Nancy’s father from A Nightmare on Elm Street) which were both exceptional episodes.

I would love to go back someday and watch the series but with all the stuff constantly coming in for review I have no clue when I’ll have the chance to do it. Overall I enjoyed what CBS gave me I think fans of Gunsmoke will be happy with the complete series if it is even a tad pricy.

Overall grade:

3.5/5 stars

Why Don’t You Just Die Review

Why Don’t you Just Die is a relentlessly entertaining action-packed movie that is one of the years best and a must-see for every action and horror fan. It features witty action sequences that rival Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez.

While this year is different for movies with theaters being temporarily closed for the foreseeable future, if you’re looking for an adult oriented action film with tons of violence and stylish direction Why Don’t You Just Die is the perfect answer for your theater blues.

The performances took me for surprise, I wasn’t expecting such gripping acting from the cast involved in this but holy cow they knocked it out of the park. All of them. Including the directing was just unbelievable to witness.

Why Don’t you just die is currently on demand and digital platforms.

Overall grade

3.5/5 stars

Time Warp THE GREATEST CULT FILMS OF ALL-TIME VOLUME 2 HORROR AND SCIFI

Time Warp has been the most entertaining documentary of the year this far. Including actors and directors spanning from Kevin Pollack, Jeff Goldblum, Joe Dante, Sid Haig, Bruce Campbell, George A. Romero.

It spans from Night of the Living Dead to breaking down The Evil Dead, Blade Runner, The Devils Rejects. It’s a really fun time and really insightful. You will learn a lot of stuff from your favorite cult films that you may have not known before. The stuff about the chainsaws from The Evil Dead and of course Texas Chainsaw Massacre I had no clue about and it was really amazing to find stuff like that.

Synopsis:

The greatest cult horror and science fiction films of all-time are studied in vivid detail in the second volume of Time Warp. Includes groundbreaking classics like “Night of the Living Dead,” and “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” and sci-fi gems such as “Blade Runner,” and “A Clockwork Orange.”

On Digital and VOD May 19th

The True History of The Kelly Gang review

The True History of The Kelly Gang is a truly mesmerizing true story that has to be seen to be believed. The cast is pitch-perfectly cast. From Charlie Hunnam’s menacing performance to Nicholas Hoult’s charisma and George MacKay’s emotionally driven performance that may be better than his from 1917. Thomasin McKenzie from the memorable Jojo Rabbit is a natural scans stealer in every scene she’s in.

The direction by Justin Kurzel( 2015’s Macbeth) is brilliant along with the cinematography by Ari Wegner(Lady Macbeth, In Fabric) is Oscar-worthy and should be noticed when award season comes around this year… If it does.

The storytelling isn’t half bad as well, at points I think some the pacing problems could have been fixed by editing a few scenes out here and there but overall it’s solid in a year where theaters have been closed for some time this is a great movie to seek out at home.

Overall grade:

4/5 stars

Millennium Bugs Review

MILLENNIUM BUGS is the new breakout film directed by Alejandro Montoya Marin, who got his first feature produced by Robert Rodriguez in Roberts show on the El Rey Network called Rebel Without a Crew and made his debut feature ’Monday’ for 7K.

Right of the bat Bugs is a major step up from the before mentioned Monday. Even though Monday is the strongest film out of the reality show with The Good Exorcist(now on prime) being a close second. Alejandro has a lot of charisma behind him and he shows it here behind the camera in spades. This is a film that would be taking film festivals by storm if it wasn’t for our circumstances, currently being quarantined.

Katy Erin gives a memorable breakout performance as Kelly that comes off as reminiscent of Mary Elizabeth Winstead in All About Nina, the vulnerability she allows you to see is captivating to watch. Michael Lovato is the exact same way as Miguel, in his life being torn between his immigrant parents and wanting to pursue his dream of being a stand-up comedian.

The chemistry between the actors on screen is really fun to watch, all the relationships are really believable. I’m really impressed with what Alejandro Alex Marin did with his sophomore effort and am looking forward to what he does next.

Overall grade:

4/5 stars

Alejandro’s next movie is called Captive a horror flick starring Scout Taylor-Compton from Rob Zombie’s Halloween franchise.

Resistance Review

Resistance is the most important movie of the year and features an all-time performance from Jesse Eisenberg. It may be a little too bleak for some viewers and others may find the tension beautifully crafted.

Marcel Mangel became a famous meme that could be caught on late night talk shows later in his career, however, this movie explores his heroism before he became the famous mime that many people know him by now.

It’s a really touching look on how many children he saved during Nazi occupied France during WW2. The statistics of the amount he saved was astounding, what’s even more astounding is that I’ve never heard of this story till this movie came out.

In the time of closed down theaters and people looking for content to view and some movies they’ve never seen before Resistance is well worth your while, even if you’re not sold on Jesse Eisenberg outside of Zombieland 1&2 I would suggest you seek this one out.

Overall grade:

5/5 stars

Universal Horror Collection Volume 4 review

Universal horror collection volume 4 review

Shout Factory! Reminds us every time they release a horror collection, why they’re number one on bringing the curated care we need for these collections. The movies in this collection are all great, with a great cast from the original days of horror.

Now some of the readers may not find these to be horror per se but back in the day of the early going movie experience, they were considered to be top-notch horror drama movies.

The collection includes:

Night Key which stars the iconic Boris Karloff in a fantastic role, I don’t think I’ve seen a movie of his that I didn’t like his performance. The movie itself is a little over an hour-long which is basically a tv show in modern times. The audio and picture transfer is fantastic here.

Night Monster which stars Bela Lugosi who absolutely owns this movie every way you could appreciate. He was simply a masterful actor of his time.

House of Horrors which stars Bill Goodwin in a really suspenseful thriller.

The Climax which is another fantastic Boris Karloff vehicle.

The overall grade of the collection.
5/5 stars

Portrait of a Lady on Fire review

Portrait of a Lady on Fire review

NEON hit us with Parasite which was the first foreign-language film to win the Best Picture at the Oscars, this year with the film Portrait of a Lady on Fire they may have another best picture nominee on their hands. I wasn’t in love with Little Women last year outside of Florence Pugh’s performance, I bring up Little Woman because of how I felt about Portrait of a Lady on Fire is how I wanted to feel about Little Women.

The performances in Portrait of a Lady on Fire are breathtaking and beautiful, as women are still fighting for equal pay and equal respect in their fields shared with male counterparts this movie is also timely. When the artist says she messes up her paintings on purpose so she doesn’t get in trouble for them being too perfect. Was a significant line in the film.

The thought of forbidden fruit as the two leads have an affair that goes towards Chasing Amy territory with me, which is why I probably liked it as much as I did. Céline Sciamma deserves a damn Oscar nomination for best director, her direction is a thing of beauty and the cinematography is stunning, to say the least, the cinematography is up there with last year’s A Hidden Life.

Overall grade:

5/5 stars

Portrait of a Lady on Fire is currently playing in theaters

Written by: AJ Friar

Trauma Center Review

Trauma Center is a white knuckle thriller from Lionsgate that is surprisingly good. I say surprisingly good because when you see a Bruce Willis straight to videos-on-demand vehicle, you’re expectations should be lowered. However Trauma Center debunks that myth of recent movies that have Bruce Willis in an extended cameo for one, he comes out to play in this one and delivers a worthy performance that his action fans would enjoy.

Bruce Willis and Nicky Whelan in Trauma Center

Nicky Whelan(Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2)gives an admirable performance in Trauma Center as the majority of the film falls on her and she keeps it moving. As far as the story goes it’s impressive what she does here. The other supporting cast may not be as strong as Nicky is in Trauma Center but it is worth a watch.

Synopsis:

Alone and trapped in a locked-down hospital isolation ward overnight, an injured young woman must escape a pair of vicious killers who are after the only piece of evidence that can implicate them in a grisly murder: the bullet in her leg.

Overall grade:

3/5 stars

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Perps short film review

Perps is a new short film by Alex Montoya Marin of Rebel Without a Crew: The Series fame. After he hit the scene with probably the strongest film out of the films Robert Rodriguez produces for the series in Monday he is back with Perps.

It is a laugh a minute ride for a good 9 minutes that never feels like it over stays it’s welcome, which is a problem short films are often faced with. Here Alex continues his portray into comedies. This one has a little less action than his feature film Monday. There is one great hysterical fight at the end.

If you have been watching No Activity on CBS all access and enjoying this short film is for you, wildly entertaining shenanigans including perps and two cops. Honestly I’d like the two cops in this short film have their own web series. Also for a short film it’s really easy to follow and well worth your time.

Overall grade:

5/5