Saturday, October 14, 2017

What's On Netflix?: BIG MOUTH - Season 1



Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick out a series or film currently playing on Netflix and review it for the fans. This week's selection is the original animated series about the joys and pitfalls of puberty, BIG MOUTH, which premiered on September 29, 2017 on Netflix.

Side by Side: SAW IV (2007) vs. SAW V (2008)



Welcome to another installment of SIDE BY SIDE, where we dissect the differences and similarities between two films, be it a remake/reboot with its original, a sequel with its original, or two similar movies. Our five-part discussion of the Saw series continues, as we prepare for the October 28th release of Jigsaw, the eighth installment in this landmark series. In case you're late to our game, you can get caught up with part one, discussing the first film, and part two, covering chapters two and three. This week, we continue with SAW IV and SAW V.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

What's On Netflix?: MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS


Welcome to another installment of What's on Netflix?, where we choose a film or series that is currently playing on Netflix and review it for our faithful and wonderful fans. This week we'll be taking a look at a series that was adapted from a Japanese television show, and originally ran from 1993-1995 ... MIGHTY MORPHIN' POWER RANGERS.

Side By Side: SAW II (2005) vs. SAW III (2006)



Welcome to another installment of SIDE BY SIDE, where we dissect the differences and similarities between two films, be it a remake/reboot with its original, a sequel with its original, or two similar movies. This week is part two of our series looking back at the Saw franchise, as we prepare for the October 28th release of Jigsaw, the film previously known as Saw VIII. If you missed it, you can read part one, discussing the original film, here. In this installment, we'll be discussing the first two sequels in the franchise: 2005's SAW II, and 2006's SAW III.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Movie Review: MOTHER!


Sometimes you come across a film that you know almost nothing about, and it knocks your socks off with just how deep it really is.  Mother! is that film for me.  I saw the first teaser and the first trailer for this film, but still had no clue what it was really about.  My first assumption was that it was some sort of horror movie, which it’s really not.  If anything, it’s more of a thriller than anything else.  I had also heard that the trailers for this movie are very misleading and that the film isn’t what you expect, so going in I was able to alter my expectations and go in with an almost clear slate, truly not knowing what to expect.  And that, I believe, was the best possible thing that could have happened for me.

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Short Film Spotlight: MOTHER'S DAY



Welcome back to another installment of SHORT FILM SPOTLIGHT, where we highlight some of the best short films out there. This week we take a look at Mother's Day, a documentary directed by Elizabeth Lo, exploring how children are affected by the incarceration of their parents in the state of California.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dont' Watch This Alone!: SAW (2004)



Welcome to another installment of DON'T WATCH THIS ALONE!, where we review the best, worst, and everything in between in the world of horror. This week, we begin to prepare for the October 28th release of Jigsaw, the eighth installment in the Saw franchise, by looking back at each of the seven films in the original serial, beginning with the sleeper hit that started it all: SAW.

Sunday, September 24, 2017

Movie Review: THE LAYOVER



Of all the films I watch in any given year, comedies are usually the ones that I disagree the most with other critics.  I seem to be able to give a much leaner pass to comedies as long as they actually make me laugh.  In 2017 alone, there have been some comedies that got panned by critics and audiences that I actually enjoyed, namely CHiPs and Baywatch.  These two films got slammed hard in the reviews, but when I went to watch them, I had a damn good time with both.  The same, however, cannot be said for the latest William H. Macy directed film, The Layover.

Saturday, September 23, 2017

What's On Netflix?: ATYPICAL - Season 1


Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we choose a series or film playing on Netlfix and review it for the fans. This week's selection is the series, ATYPICAL, created and written by Robia Rashid and directed by Seth Gordon.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Ian Truitner, Writer & Director of 'Beyond The Trek'



Writer/Director Ian Truitner describes his new movie, Beyond The Trek  as one that reflects back to classic Sci-Fi in its aim to challenge how we see the world and ourselves. It's not the frantic spectacle of special effects extravaganzas made by huge studios, rather we aimed to draw audiences in with suspense, multidimensional characters and thought-provoking themes. 

After a successful a festival run that saw the film screen for Sci-Fi fans around the world, Beyond the Trek is now available to everyone. In keeping with that, we have an exclusive interview with writer/director Ian Truitner where we discuss his new movie, filmmaking, and the damages of piracy in the film making industry.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Retro Review: DON'T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER'S DEAD (1991)


Welcome to another installment of RETRO REVIEW, where we take a look back in time at films made before the year 2000. Today we review the 1991 dark teen comedy, DON'T TELL MOM THE BABYSITTER'S DEAD.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Don't Watch This Alone!: HELLRAISER: INFERNO (2000)



Welcome to another installment of DON'T WATCH THIS ALONE!, where we review the best, worst, and everything in between in the world of horror. This week we look back at the fourth sequel in the Hellraiser franchise, and the series' first direct-to-video release: HELLRAISER: INFERNO.

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with 'Suburban Cowboy' Director, Ryan Colucci




Suburban Cowboy, from Ryan Colucci and Grammy-nominated EDM artist Dragan Roganovic (aka Dirty South), is a gritty story that offers insight into the otherwise hidden world of drug dealing and its consequences. It follows a drug dealer on Long Island who finds himself over his head when one of his soldiers robs a connection to ruthless Serbian gangsters. When the debt falls on his shoulders, he is forced to take drastic measures. Frank Raducz Jr, Alandrea Martin, Louie Iaccarrino, and Matty Finocchio star and the film is currently out of VOD platforms.



Monday, September 11, 2017

Directorial Debut: Jerusha Hess' AUSTENLAND


Welcome to a new installment of DIRECTORIAL DEBUT, where we take a look at some of the most interesting and iconic directors and the films that started their careers. This week, I'll be reviewing Jerusha Hess's AUSTENLAND from 2013

Trash Bin: YOGA HOSERS


Welcome to another installment of the TRASH BIN, where we watch the worst movies Hollywood has to offer, according to the critics, and give you our thoughts, good or bad. This week is the alleged comedy by Kevin Smith, YOGA HOSERS.

Friday, September 8, 2017

SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE 2017 - Final Results


Alright, my fellow Mercs, the Summer film season has officially come to a close, and with it come the end of the SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE!!  It's been a crazy ride, full of ups and downs, but we finally have the results.  Check out the Top 10 Domestic Box Office earners and the point standings below along with some words from the challengers.

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Movie Review: IT (2017)



On Tuesday, September 5th I was invited to a press screening of the theatrical remake of Stephen King's iconic horror movie, IT, directed by Andy Muschietti. Before the movie began, there was a short video preface by King himself saying how he is really pleased with how this movie turned out. I think he and I will have to part ways on this sentiment in some areas regarding IT. 

Sunday, September 3, 2017

Don't Watch This Alone!: THE BABADOOK



Welcome to another installment of DON'T WATCH THIS ALONE!, where we review the best, worst and everything in between in the world of horror. This week we review a film about grief and the complicated relationship between a mother and her child, THE BABADOOK.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Fox & MGM Celebrate Halloween with New Collectible Blu-ray & DVD Packaging



From renowned Mexican-Cuban-Americasn artist Orlando Arocena comes 19 unique Blu-ray & DVD designs for classic Halloween titles, celebrating his contemporary street fusion style.

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

What's On Netflix?: DEATH NOTE (2017)



Welcome to another installment of WHAT'S ON NETFLIX?, where we pick out a film or series currently playing on Netflix and review it for the fans. This week we review Netflix's adaptation of the popular manga series DEATH NOTE.