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“HAPPY DEATH DAY” (WRITTEN Review & Trailer)

October 12th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Up front I’ll tell you that the movie Happy Death Day has so many twists and turns that you would think you were on a wild ride at Universal Studios. The fun, but deadly storyline is a cross between Scary Movie and Groundhog Day and the maze of thrills will have you spooked out until the very end. Or what you think is the end, so don’t get up out of your seat until it’s ALL over. Again! and Again! Read more…

Blood Stripe Movie Review

October 12th, 2017 No comments

Yevette Renee Movie Review: BLOOD STRIPE
October 7, 2017

Director: Remy Auberjonois
Screenwriters: Kate Nowlin, Remy Auberjonois
Cast: Kate Nowlin, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Lipinski, Rusty Schwimmer, Chris Sullivan,
Ken Marks
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Through The Lens of a Female Combat Veteran

Remy Auberjonis makes his directorial debut with his compelling drama BLOOD STRIPE that exposes the horrific toll of war on US Marine combat veteran, Sarge (Kate Knowlin), after three tours of duty in Afghanistan and the challenges she faces as she attempts to find her place at home and in her community. So often, films show the effects of war on our male combat soldiers and seeing the hardship and struggles from a women’s perspective adds a new dimension to the conversation on veterans and PTSD.

Returning to her husband, Rusty (Chris Sullivan) in their small town, Sarge does her best to assume her role as his wife, but her violent temper, excessive drinking and the painful exercise routine that she subjects herself to, makes it exceedingly difficult for her to cope, yet she refuses to go to the VA hospital for medical care because of substantial wait time for treatment. Imagine, having a PTSD crisis and later off to the kitchen cooking, cleaning and pouring coffee. The honeymoon is short lived.

When she is honored with a celebration it triggers another PTSD episode and the natural human instinct of self- preservation kicks in and fear and flight takes over. Where does one go for help? She runs and runs until she finds herself at a lakeside camp, the great outdoors, where she vacationed as a child.

Upon reaching the camp, she is not alone and finds caretaker Dot (Rusty Schwimmer) and her husband closing the camp for the season. Dot barters with Sarge for room and board in exchange for her doing caretaking chores. Dot’s way of doing what she can to help an injured soul.

The grueling work required provides Sarge with a small amount of reprieve from emotional and mental anguish yet the demons keep roaring back as she struggles for her sanity. As the saying goes, Where ever you go, there you are.

By choosing a small town and the summer camp as well as not showing Sarge in actual combat, her character is not lost in what is happening around her and is kept in the forefront of the film.

A non-traditional take on our military combat veterans with a female Shero. A film worth seeing.

Not Rated
Runtime: 87 minutes

Production Company: Tandem Pictures

Cast: Kate Nowlin, Rene Auberjonois, Tom Lipinski, Rusty Schwimmer, Chris Sullivan,

Ken Marks

Director: Remy Auberjonois

Screenwriters: Kate Nowlin, Remy Auberjonois

Producer: Schuyler Weiss, Julie Christeas, Remy Auberjonois, Kate Nowlin

Executive producer: G. Mac Brown

Director of photography: Radium Cheung

Production designer: Cassia Maher

Costume designer: Camille Benda

Editor: Jeremy L. Kotin

Casting directors: Kerry Barden, Paul Schnee

 

“BLADE RUNNER 2049” (Written review & Trailer)

October 5th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Opening this weekend, the long awaited sequel of one of the most creative classics of all time, Blade Runner 2049. The film follows the original some 30 years later where the people left on Earth are still trying to survive the social decay and authoritarian abuse. The movie has excellent direction by Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve, amazing cinematography and a nicely connected storyline. The nearly 2 hour film may feel long, but true fans of Blade Runner will think it’s not enough. Read more…

“THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US” (Written Review & Trailer)

October 5th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Sometimes it’s very hard to get it right, especially if you are filming under excruciating circumstances. That seems to be the fate of The Mountain Between Us a survival film that depends on getting the right shot and mood in order to create a chemistry between two opposites. The movie starts with a trite beginning, takes on a difficult situation and then tries to bring a couple together in spite of the ordeal they have to overcome. Read more…

“Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” (Blu-ray/DVD Written Review)

October 3rd, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review By John Delia, Sr.

The “final installment” of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales starts with a rip roaring adventure and ends with a heartfelt reunion of sorts by the original main characters. When it first began the buzz was “how can you make a movie from an attraction in a Disney park” with some critics even going so far as saying “it will never sail”. Well that was 14 years ago and the franchise still continues with this last hurrah and it’s probably the best sequel yet. Now on Blu-ray, DVD, and Ultra 4K Blu-ray with oceans of Bonus Extras. Read more…

“Princess Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember” (DVD Review & Trailer)

October 1st, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

“Princess Elena of Avalor: Celebrations to Remember” takes you on six adventures in her kingdom of Avalor, each with a special meaning and heartfelt message. Now on DVD the special programing is perfect for the very young (boys and girls) and pre-teen girls.  Included on the DVD are two bonus features of never before seen chapters in Elena’s life. Read more…

“AMERICAN MADE” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

September 28th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

Providing a wild and wicked romp around Central and South America the movie American Made tells a true story of spying, gun running, drug smuggling and money laundering. Set in the late 1970’s to early 1980’s the film uses true events, exposés and government scandals to reveal what one man could do with the help of a little radical espionage. Read more…

“MICKEY MOUSE MERRY & SCARY” DVD (Written Review & Trailer)

September 24th, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia, Sr.

A fun DVD for kids arrives on September 26 just in time for October Trick or Treat season.  The two movie video disc features both an exciting bump in the night “pumpkiner” and a laugh filled Christmas delight with Disney’s Mickey Mouse Merry & Scary.  Both films are approximately 30 minutes each and deliver a lot of fun for the youngsters.
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“STRONGER” (Written Review & Trailer)

September 21st, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

If you watch one true story drama this year, check out Stronger, a compelling and heartfelt movie. The film grabs you from the very start with its story involving the tragedy, heroism, and determination of a man and a woman dealing with a difficult recovery from traumatic circumstances. When you go to see the film, and you should, bring some tissues as it pulls at your heartstrings with messages of love, courage and family. Read more…

“KINGSMAN: THE GOLDEN CIRCLE” (Written Film Review & Trailer)

September 21st, 2017 No comments

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Review by John M. Delia, Jr.

“Kingsman” are an undercover group that manages to rescue the world without anyone actually knowing. These well-dressed proper mannered agents deal with many dangerous situations to overcome impossible odds to save the day. Now, England’s most secret service agency are back in business after the first films adventure and ready to face more threatening situations. Read more…