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“DREAMLAND” a Fantasy Crime Thriller

June 3rd, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Wow, this indie film Dreamland came out of nowhere and it really puts the combination of crime/horror/fantasy genres in a very good place. Nicely directed, written and acted, the film takes you into the minds of some very evil protagonists and antagonists. Hard to define who is the wickedest, once the film begins it’s a diabolical whirlwind. Read more…

“BECKY” Kicks Ass!

June 1st, 2020 No comments

 

Review by John Delia

“There was a little girl, who had a little curl, right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good, she was very good indeed, but when she was bad she was horrid.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

One of the best thrillers this year Becky turns her world upside down and sideways. Nicely directed and written the incredible tale takes you into the mind of a 13-year-old who is hell bent on saving her father by turning her sorrow into some quick thinking vengeance. Don’t mess with this pissed off teen! On Demand and Digital June 5th. Read more…

“ROBERT THE BRUCE” Dividing Kingdoms, now on Blu-ray

May 29th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

The map of Great Britain can be a bit confusing as it has minor separations between countries much like Europe. To the north of England is the land mass of Scotland that attaches with a regular border and is easily accessible by roadways. The country of Scotland, much like Ireland is currently under the rule the Queen of the United Kingdom. Scotland became independent from the United Kingdom for a time following civil war with Robert the Bruce who declared Scotland’s sovereignty. Nearly 200 years ago, at that point in history, this historic change of power took place with the rise of Robert the Bruce. This is the story of how the only separation of powers between nations in the kingdom actually happened. Read more…

“FERAL” Living Homeless

May 29th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Very interesting the film Feral, a drama filmed like a documentary, follows a young lady as she circumnavigates New York City’s underground and backstreets. It’s a very good production, but the tale runs out of energy toward the end. The performance by Annapurna Sriram as the main character provides a nice arc that peaks a little early before bringing everyone down. Read more…

“VILLAIN” Extreme Pot Boiler

May 21st, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

Opening tomorrow in your living rooms is Villain a gritty crime thriller with a lot of disturbing violence. The movie does have some good directing, acting and a decent storyline so it should be considered for fans of extreme crime thrillers. What’s good is that the action stars early and gets very compelling so you won’t get bored. Read more…

“THE PAINTER AND THE THIEF” Art and Non-Fiction

May 20th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

A very odd documentary, The Painter and the Thief tells an offbeat accounting of a theft and a relationship with the thief. Quite interesting however, the film plays out like a drama looking for answers and finding an unexpected connection instead. If you are a fan of non-fiction and would like to delve into the reasoning and outcome, then try this film now available on VOD and other platforms. Read more…

“INHERITANCE” a Barn-Burner

May 20th, 2020 No comments

 

 

 

Review by John Delia

The mystery thriller Inheritance takes the stage on VOD and it’s a killer! Nicely acted and directed, the film moves along at a good pace getting the audience involved in the plot early on with a death in the family before getting to a critical point in the storyline. From there on out it’s a barn-burner to a twisted finale that kicks butt. Read more…

“TOP GUN”, “DAYS OF THUNDER”, “WAR OF THE WORLDS” now on 4K

May 19th, 2020 No comments

 

Three of Tom Cruise’s iconic films that pushed him to the top of his career have been released in separately on 4K home video. Now available for the first time is Top Gun (1986), Days of Thunder (1990) and War of the Worlds (2005) in the new Ultra HD format the highest resolution of 2160, twice that of the current Blu-ray of 1080p. The picture and sound quality are a far cry from what it seems not too long ago when Blu-ray took over for DVD. Read more…

“Time Warp Vol. 2” all about Horror and Sci-fi

May 18th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

In Volume 2 of Time Warp: The Greatest Cult Films of All-Time “Horror and Sci-fi” the panel of Joe Dante, John Waters, Ileana Douglas and Kevin Pollak present a documentary involving interviews of film stars, directors, writers, critics and others. It’s a fun trip to the past as they talk about the films that were forerunners of the slash and stab genre that started with what are now called horror cult classics. Read more…

“THE POST CARD KILLINGS” a Tricky Mystery

May 16th, 2020 No comments

 

 

Review by John Delia

If you are looking for a good mystery with a few twists leading up to a surprise ending, then The Postcard Killings should do the trick. Taken from a “Best Seller” novel by James Patterson and Liza Marklund, the movie is nicely directed, well-acted and the production value looks high end. With not much to choose from due to the corona virus, the Blu-ray or DVD provides a good night of entertainment. Read more…