Friday, August 18, 2017

Side By Side: ROCKY (1976) vs. ROCKY BALBOA (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 we're comparing the first and final outings in the saga of Philadelphia's favorite son: 1976's ROCKY, and 2006's ROCKY BALBOA.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Why Haven't I Seen That?: CAKE



Welcome to a new installment of WHY HAVEN'T I SEEN THAT?, where we talk about a must-see or iconic movie that we've never seen... until now. This week we take a look at an independent film about how humans react to tragedy in our lives, starring the wonderful Jennifer Aniston...CAKE.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

What's On Netflix?: THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES



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's selection is the romantic comedy THE INCREDIBLE JESSICA JAMES.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE 2017 - Week 14 Update


Welcome to week 14 of Merc With A Movie Blog's SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE!!  This week saw the release of two new films -- The Dark Tower and Kidnap. During this disappointingly lean week for theaters, we saw The Dark Tower take the top spot with just under $20 million, while the other newcomer, Kidnap, only made it to the #5 spot with just over $10 million.

Trailer Review: MOTHER!


The new trailer for MOTHER!, the newest project from director Darren Aronofsky, is here. Check it out.

Don't Watch This Alone!: GREMLIN (2017)


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 the 'monster in a box' horror movie, GREMLIN

Saturday, August 5, 2017

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW with Tony Germinario, Writer/Director of BAD FRANK




Bad Frank is a slow burn action/thriller that delves into the world of mental illness. The film centers on Frank Pierce, who leads a seemingly normal life, but when his disturbing past re-emerges and something precious is taken from him, his mask of sanity loosens and unearths the urge to be violent once again. Here at Merc With A Movie Blog, we talk to Tony Germinario, the writer/director of BAD FRANK.

Whats On Netflix?: OZARK


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's selection is the original, provocative series, OZARK.

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE 2017 - Week 13 Update



Welcome to Week 13 of Merc With A Movie Blog's SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE!!!  This week we saw the release of two new films, The Emoji Movie and Atomic Blonde.  For an animated film, The Emoji Movie failed to make a mark, bringing in less than $25 million, and only hitting second place.  Atomic Blonde, while making less than The Emoji Movie, made a decent amount hitting over $18 million, which is pretty solid for a film that only cost $30 million to make.

Why Haven't I Seen That?: THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES



Welcome to a new installment of WHY HAVEN'T I SEEN THAT?, where we talk about a must-see or iconic movie that we have never seen...until now. This week we review the 2007 biopic western THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES.

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Retro Review: THE OMEN (1976)


Welcome to another installment of RETRO REVIEW where we take a trip back in time to look at films made before the year 2000.  This week we review the Richard Donner directed supernatural thriller from 1976...THE OMEN.  Enjoy!!

Gregory Peck stars as Robert Thorn who has been appointed as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Kingdom. When his wife Katherine (Lee Remick) unfortunately has a stillborn baby, he decides to switch it with another child. Strange and frightening events start happening that seem to be connected to the presence of this child.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE 2017 - Week 12 Update


Week 12 of our SUMMER FILM CHALLENGE is here and this week we saw the release of three films, Dunkirk, Girls Trip, and Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets.  We also so something that none of us here thought would happen back in April when we made our initial picks -- Wonder Woman has overtaken Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 as the top film at the Summer domestic box office.

Family Movie Night: THE GOONIES

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Welcome to a new installment of FAMILY MOVIE NIGHT, where we give our recommendation on a family-friendly movie to enjoy. This week I'll be reviewing the wonderful '80s classic, THE GOONIES! If you grew up in the '80's then you most likely watched this film over and over. It was directed by Richard Donner and Chris Columbus wrote the screenplay. Steven Speilberg was one of the producers and the story was his idea.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Farewell, Chester - Your Light Will Forever Shine In The Darkness



Music is something that I don't normally post about on my site, but as Chester Bennington and Linkin Park have been a major part of my life for many years, shaping who I am today, I decided to write my thoughts down and get them out in the open.

Trailer Review: JIGSAW



Just when you thought the games were over (Dun dun duuuuun), the first trailer for Jigsaw, the eighth in the Saw series, is released.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

What's On Netflix?: OKJA



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's selection is the newest project from the director of Snowpiercer, OKJA.

Monday, July 17, 2017

George A. Romero: The Life Of A Legend


George A. Romero.  This is a name that will forever carry with it the legend of an entire genre.  This is a man who inadvertantly changed the landscape of horror forever with a little black-and-white independent film.  The zombie film has grown and evolved over the last several decades into a subgenre that rivals pretty much any other in the world of horror, and it started with Romero’s classic, Night of the Living Dead.

Trash Bin: STEP UP


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's pick is the dance drama STEP UP from 2006, starring Jenna Dewan and Channing Tatum as two talented dancers with different artistic styles.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Side by Side: PLANET OF THE APES (1968) vs. PLANET OF THE APES (2001)


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 we get ready for the upcoming release of War for the Planet of the Apes by looking at film that started it all, 1968's PLANET OF THE APES, and compare it to Tim Burton's 2001 remake.

What's On Netflix?: CASTLEVANIA



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 the Netflix original series CASTLEVANIA, based on the video game series from Konami.