Blu-ray Review “Don’t Breathe”

Actors: Dylan Minnette, Jane Levy, Stephen Lang, Daniel Zovatto Directors: Fede Alvarez Rated: R Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment Release Date: November 29, 2016 Film: 3 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3 out of 5 stars I had really solid expectations for the film “Don’t Breathe”. The director Fede […]

Blu-ray 3D/4K Ultra HD Review “The Secret Life of Pets”

Actors: Louis C.K., Eric Stonestreet, Kevin Hart, Jenny Slate, Ellie Kemper Directors: Chris Renaud Rated: PG Studio: Universal Studios Home Entertainment Release Date: December 6, 2016 Run Time: 91 minutes Film: 4.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 5 out of 5 stars 3D: 4.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 4 out of 5 stars From […]

Blu-ray Review “The BFG”

Filled with not funny fart jokes throughout… this was a complete failure in my book.

Blu-ray Review “The Hollars”

PLEASE watch this movie just make sure to have some tissues handy

Film Review: “Bad Santa 2”

“Bad Santa 2” isn’t a genuine sequel. It’s a greedy studio cash grab in the season of giving.

Film Review: “Loving”

While “Loving” strikes many emotional chords, I was left with more questions than answers.

Film Review: “Moana”

Both brilliant and breathtaking, “Moana” is sure to be the next Disney classic. The characters are beautifully established and the actors behind them are pitch perfect.

Blu-ray Review “Black Sails: The Complete Third Season”

Actors: Toby Stephens, Ray Stevenson, Zach McGowan, Luke Arnold, Jessica Parker Kennedy Number of discs: 3 Rated: NR Studio: ANCHOR BAY DVD Release Date: November 8, 2016 Run Time: 549 minutes Season: 3.5 out of 5 stars Blu-ray: 4.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 3 out of 5 stars Black Sails is a great show […]

Film Review “Bleed for This”

This is another in a list of fine performances by Miles Teller, who was so good in last year’s “Whiplash.” Here he captures the ego of Pazienza perfectly, making a man whose boasting should make him unlikable actually become someone to care about.

Blu-ray Review “Finding Dory”

Every time I watch it it only gets better and better…and BETTER!

Film Review: “Arrival”

“Arrival” is a profoundly tragic and beautiful sci-fi movie that transcends its interstellar subject material with an introspective look at what it means to be human

Film Review: “Christine”

“Christine” is the story of television personality Christine Chubbuck and is an in-depth look into a problem that was either misdiagnosed or just ignored: depression.

Blu-ray Review “Hell or High Water”

“Hell Or High Water” easily has some of the best performances of the year

Blu-ray Review “Nerve”

If you are a Millenial that like to tweet, Instagram or whatever else you kids do, you will enjoy this but anyone over 30 should steer clear.

Film Review: “Doctor Strange”

Outside of being the most mentally and spiritually stimulating entry into the Marvel movie catalog, “Doctor Strange” features a superhero that prefers brains over brawn.

Film Review: “Hacksaw Ridge”

“Hacksaw Ridge” relies on strong performances and brilliant storytelling to tell the story without being heavy-handed.

Blu-Ray Review: “T.A.M.I. Show and The Big T.N.T Show”

Fans of classic rock and soul can now own the legendary concert film “T.A.M.I. Show” along with its long -lost and much requested follow up “The Big T.N.T Show”.

Film Review: “Inferno”

I found “Inferno” quite boring at times, wishing I had paid my money to have someone read the book to me, which would have been more exciting than what was happening on screen.

Official and Poster Released Trailer for “V/H/S” spinoff, “SiREN”!

SiREN will be released in theaters on December 2nd and on VOD, Digital HD and DVD on December 6th

DVD Review “Doc McStuffins: Toy Hospital”

I wish the DVD continued the “Toy Hospital” trend though and included more episodes from season four

NYC Metrograph to Host Paul Schrader Retrospect

To honor a career that has spanned more than four decades, The Metrograph in New York City will be hosting a retrospect of Paul Schrader

Film Review “Oasis: Supersonic”

Running over two hours, I felt like it could have been summed up in a one hour MTV special

DVD Review “Feed the Beast: Season 1”

With a show coming from the minds of the people behind “Dexter” and “Nurse Jackie”, I expected much more

Film Review: “American Honey”

“American Honey” grew on me, much like a melancholy memory from my youth. I may not have enjoyed the experience at the time, but looking back on it I slowly begin to understand its importance and significance.

Film Review: “The Accountant”

Smartly directed, with a nice twist in the story, “The Accountant” rests squarely on the shoulders of Ben Affleck.

DVD Review: “Wild Oats”

A small film with big laughs, “Wild Oats” is one you should look for next time you’re at the video store.

“Marvel’s HULK: Where Monsters Dwell” premiering Oct. 21 on Digital HD!

Hulk, Dr. Strange and the Howling Commandoes join forces to defeat Nightmare in this action-packed, feature-length film premiering Oct. 21 on Digital HD!

Film Review: “The Birth of a Nation”

Haunting. When people have asked me my opinion of “The Birth of a Nation,” that is the word I’ve used most. The story, the images, the history…

Film Review: “The Girl on the Train”

“The Girl on the Train” will most likely be compared to 2014’s “Gone Girl” which is really unfair. “The Girl on the Train” isn’t as smart, witty, or amusingly dark as “Gone Girl”.

Blu-ray Review “Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV”

Slow moving, all over the place and very hard to follow

DVD Review “Amazonia”

Actors: Martin Sheen Directors: Thierry Ragobert Rated: G Studio: Lionsgate DVD Release Date: October 4, 2016 Run Time: 93 minutes Film: 3.5 out of 5 stars Extras: 2.5 out of 5 stars Originally released in France in 2003, this film was re-narrated with Martin Sheen (“The West Wing”) and released in the US. I have […]

Film Review: “Masterminds”

The script has fun with the film’s premise and setting, which is the late 90’s where everyone in the South hangs out, robs banks and hire hitmen. With every instance you can’t help but be amazed how such a stupid group of people could pull off the biggest cash robbery in United States history.

Film Review: “Deepwater Horizon”

The absolute panic and mayhem that takes over when the rig finally explodes into a massive fireball is intense to watch. This isn’t like most disaster movies where people complete inhuman feats of heroism to escape, this is blue collar men and women finding a way to survive in a scenario none of them were trained or prepared for.

“Army of One” with Russell Brand & Nicolas Cage Available on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand November 15, 2016

ONE MAN’S MOSTLY TRUE QUEST TO CAPTURE OSAMA BIN LADEN

Media Mikes 2016 Fall/Holiday Movie Preview

With the end of summer comes the beginning of fall and the start of Hollywood’s “Prestige Movie Push!”

Blu-ray Review “Supernatural: The Complete Eleventh Season”

“Supernatural” is quite a marvel in terms of television that is going on 12 seasons now and honestly shows no end in sight.

Blu-ray Review “The Neon Demon”

I found myself holding my breath and unable to look away at this marvel! If you enjoy something that isn’t a sequel or remake/reboot, this is a must see!

Film Review: “The Magnificent Seven”

“Magnificent Seven” is a stick of dynamite blast half the time, but the other half of the time it’s like watching a tumbleweed blow unenthusiastically in the wind.

Blu-ray 3D Review “Warcraft 3D”

The visual effects on this film were simply amazing. I LOVED the 3D effects, in fact they were the best that I have seen in a movie since “Edge of Tomorrow” with Tom Cruise

“Wild Oats,” starring Shirley MacLaine and Jessica Lange, heading to DVD/VOD on 10/4

Two legends have teamed up for the first time in the film “Wild Oats,” which will be released on DVD and Video on Demand on Tuesday, October 4th.

Film Review: “Blair Witch”

The Blair Witch has entered the digital age. It’s no longer trapped in the Circuit City video camera age with a $22,000 budget. It now has drones, Bluetooth headset cameras, and $5 million to play with. And maybe that’s why it has inherently lost a lot of its horror charm and bite.

Blu-ray Review “Now You See Me 2”

“Now You See Me” was a good film…but it was not a film that was asking for sequel in any way. The only thing that the unnecessary sequel does is enlarge its cast.

Film Review: “Sully”

Centuries from now, should movies still be being made, film historians will still be talking about Tom Hanks and Clint Eastwood…if you want to introduce your little one to a true hero, introduce them to “Sully.”

Blu-ray Review “Equals”

When I started watching “Equals”, I got very excited because it has this really cool futuristic feel to it that I was digging. Unfortunately by the end it wasn’t able to hang on tightly to that vibe and ended up feeling very generic and forgettable.

Film Review: “The Light Between Oceans”

Full of inconsistent time jumps and heavy handed foreshadowing, “The Light Between Oceans” starts off strong but peters out by the time the film ends…about 40 minutes too late.

Film Review: “Morgan”

Whenever the movie gets close to developing a theme or message, it reverts back to finding meaning behind violence like a Kindergartener throwing a temper tantrum, frustrated that it couldn’t find a way to expel upon its interesting premise. If this is the final movie of the summer, the summer certainly went out on an uncreative whimper.

Blu-ray Review “Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two”

he best part of the season was the return of Ahsoka Tano, Darth Maul and introduction of… Darth Vader.

Blu-ray Review “The Jungle Book (2016)”

The visuals were amazing and at times it was almost difficult to see the line between real and CGI with the characters but I wasn’t grabbed in

Blu-ray Review: “The Commitments” 25th Anniversary Edition

If it’s been 25 years since you saw “The Commitments,” I urge you to see it again. If you haven’t seen it yet….what are you waiting for?

Blu-ray Review “Narcos: Season One”

The show is extremely engaging and locks you in from the very first episode

DVD Review “Castle: The Complete Eight and Final Season”

I have been a hardcore “Castle” fan since the very first episode. It is really hard for me to close the book on this series with “The Complete Eight and Final Season”.

Blu-ray Review “Ash vs Evil Dead: The Complete First Season”

The season is jam packed with enough amazing fanboy head explosion moments to satisfy any hardcore fan.

Blu-ray Review “Clown”

Probably recommend skipping this and watching “Stephen King’s IT”.

Film Review: “War Dogs”

Based on a true story, the action keeps the film flowing smoothly without becoming preachy. As one of the last films of the summer season, “War Dogs” is definitely one to watch before you end your summer vacation.

Film Review: “Kubo and the Two Strings”

“Kubo” will surely be keeping Disney and Pixar on the edge of their seat come award season. Laika Studios is proving to be a worthy adversary and showing that stop-motion can be just as colorfully lively, emotionally heartbreaking and creatively inspiring, than a lost fish in the sea or what your pets do while you’re at work.

Film Review: “Hell or High Water”

“Hell or High Water” captures the rustic West, the deep-seeded “Don’t Mess with Texas” attitude of its characters and the unflinching misery of living in impoverished small town America. It flips between jovial Western and teeth gritting thriller flawlessly.

DVD Reviews “Power Rangers Megaforce & Power Rangers Super Megaforce: The Complete Seasons”

Personally, I haven’t watched “Power Rangers” in a long time but watching these parts of this season I was easy drawn back in

Blu-ray Review “11.22.63”

“11.22.63” is a great Stephen King novel, which was ruined in it’s TV expansion by casting James Franco as the star.

DVD Review “Halt And Catch Fire: The Complete Second Season”

I love how this show has evolved since the first season

Blu-ray Review “Supergirl: The Complete First Season”

I actually stopped watching this show on two different occasions since I was just fed up with it going nowhere in the season.

DVD Review “Demolition”

Starring: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper Director: Jean-Marc Vallée Rated: R (Restricted) Studio: 20TH CENTURY FOX DVD Release Date: July 19, 2016 Run Time: 100 minutes Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars Actor Jake Gyllenhaal has been very consistent with his choice of roles (since Prince of Persia). They are usually very craft […]

Top Five Things I’d Like to See in A Ghostbusters Sequel

I live in a world where there’s six Police Academies, four Sharknadoes and I need more of Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters.

Fred Williamson Talks About His Film Career and the State of the NFL Today

Fred “the Hammer” Williamson talks with Mike Smith about his lengthy film and football career

Film Review: “Sausage Party”

The first half-hour of “Sausage Party” is a comedy masterpiece. With great jokes and an amazing musical number, the film delivers on all cylinders. However, when the “chosen” ones realize what the outside world has in store for them, it becomes a hit or miss comedy. And a filthy one.

Film Review: “Pete’s Dragon”

“Pete’s Dragon” is a sure bet for families needing a Summer escape and a positive message, but just like the original, this remake may inevitably end up in the Disney discount bin.

DVD Review “LEGO Nexo Knights: Season 1”

Not just for kids either, definitely stole my 34 year old attention with no trouble.

DVD Review “Peppa Pig: Sunny Vacation”

Number of discs: 1 Studio: 20th Century Fox DVD Release Date: August 2, 2016 Run Time: 60 minutes Our Score: 3.5 out of 5 stars I have seen literally every single episode of Pegga Pig due to my 4 year old’s love for this show. Actually let me fix that statement, I have seen every […]

Blu-ray Review “The Tiger”

Easily one of my favorite films this year

Film Review: “Suicide Squad”

“Suicide Squad” is a wham-bam action punch with enough exuberant and unique performances to help overshadow the lacking plot structure. You’ll be talking about Robbie’s Harley Quinn more than you will about Leto’s Joker

Film Review: “Bad Moms”

It makes sense that the film is directed and written by the writers of “The Hangover” because it shares a lot of that film’s DNA. Three people, mismatched at times, decide to cut loose with alcohol and dirty talk.

Film Review: “Nerve”

“Nerve” is a sleek techno thriller utilizing America’s current craving for online infamy, naive adolescent sensibilities, and the mob mentality that the Internet has created.

Film Review: “Absolutely Fabulous: The Movie”

Like the best laid plans of a “Saturday Night Live” inspired film, the bits only work in small doses. Exposing the girls to 90 minutes of screen time leads to a lot of hit-and-miss jokes and outrageous situations.

Film Review: “Ghostbusters”

The new installment is pretty damn funny and stands as tall as the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man.

Film Review: “The Infiltrator”

We’ve seen “The Infiltrator” before. There are plenty of movies about the lengthy history of the worldwide drug war. But Cranston’s multi-faceted acting abilities create tension and heart pounding action where there isn’t.

Film Review: “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

“Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates” has four actors that have no chemistry and are recycling vulgar jokes and punchlines from much better films. This movie should have been called “Zac, Aubrey, Adam and Anna Wanted to go to Hawaii”.

Film Review: “The Secret Life of Pets

“The Secret Life of Pets” is from the same studio that brought you the adorable Minions from the “Despicable Me” films, and the animation is amazing. One scene finds our two pups in water that looks so realistic you can feel the wetness.

DVD Review “Tom and Jerry: Back to Oz”

If you love “Wizard of Oz” and Tom and Jerry, this is a must see!

Blu-ray Review “The X-Files: The Event Series”

I was just happy to see the major cast return to the series and get back in the game, even if it was just for 6 episodes

Film Review: “The Legend of Tarzan”

“The Legend of Tarzan” is a contrived, silly blockbuster. But on that same note, it’s an entertaining, and funny, summer escape.

Film Review: “RAIDERS!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made”

Told with the same exuberance as the filmmakers being profiled, “RAIDERS!” shares the backstory of the production, including footage both from the film and behind the scenes.

Film Review: “The BFG”

Based on Roald Dahl’s book, in the hands of director Spielberg, “The BFG” becomes a new masterpiece that the whole family will enjoy.

Film Review: “The Purge: Election Year”

“The Purge: Election Year” is the best of three, but still more of the same. It’s not a smart, tongue-in-cheek look at our inherently violent culture, race relations, or the current American class struggle. But it’s a chance to watch and cheer on our most animalistic tendencies, killing people who are holding us down.

Blu-ray Review “The Martian: Extended Edition”

This all-new extended cut features over 10 minutes of footage not shown in theaters

Film Review: “Hunt for the Wilderpeople”

Five stars. An unconventional spin on the tried-and-true old mentor meeting his younger match that manages to be action packed, unpredictable and heartfelt without veering into the saccharine territory oft trod by coming of age stories…Julian Dennison delivers a star-making performance.

Film Review: Free State of Jones

“Free State of Jones” is another; white man comes to save the day for minorities, history lesson from Hollywood.

Film Review: “A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary”

“A Fat Wreck: The Punk U Mentary” is half inspirational story of chosen family and community and half debauchery as it tells the story of Fat Wreck Chords founder Fat Mike (bassist for the band NOFX) and his ex-wife Erin-Kelly Burkett.

Blu-ray Review “Rick and Morty: The Complete Second Season”

One of the best cartoons to hit TV since “The Simpsons”

DVD Review “The League: Final Fantasy”

There is a whole lot of talent here that makes this show worth checking out for sure

DVD Review “Strawberry Shortcake: Campberry Stories”

Any fan of the series will want to pick up this latest collection of themed episodes.

Blu-ray Review “Roots: The Complete Original Series”

If you haven’t seen this series ever or not for a long time, now is the time to revisit this for sure!

Film Review: “Central Intelligence”

Funny as hell, with a sweet message built in, “Central Intelligence” is successful in part thanks to its genius casting, which makes Hart the Bud Abbott-like straight man while Johnson grabs the majority of the laughs.

Film Review: “Finding Dory”

It’s known that Pixar is willing to do sequel, just as long as it’s as emotionally resonant and intellectually stimulating as the original. “Finding Dory” does both, even while treading familiar waters.

Film Review: Warcraft

“Warcraft” is a bore in desperate need of a skip button. It’s another lazy attempt by the studios to cash on naïve videogamers.

Blu-ray Review “Zootopia”

“Zootopia” is the latest smash hit from Walt Disney Animation Studios!

Mark Hamill’s Pop Culture Quest Set For Fall 2016

Best known for his iconic role as Luke Skywalker in the original Star Wars trilogy, Mark Hamill will bring his encyclopedic knowledge of pop culture and passion for memorabilia to Comic-Con HQ, the new subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) destination that will extend the experience of San Diego Comic-Con into a year-round event.

Film Review: “Weiner”

A true “fly on the wall” documentary, “Weiner” gives the viewer almost unfettered access to the man and his campaign.

Film Review: “Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping”

It does drag on some but Samberg’s performance is so infectious that you’re willing to let a couple slow parts go by.

Film Review: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows”

The CGI spectacle steps in where the script is missing, providing mouth silencing eye candy for the kids. So if you’re in need of a two hour daycare, this might be your best bet.

MediaMikes 2016 Summer Movie Preview

Here is our annual “Summer Movie Preview” so you can mark your calendars early!

Film Review: “It’s So Easy And Other Lies”

One half performance footage from Duff’s book reading at The Moore Theater in Seattle, WA and one half documentary consisting of archival footage and new interviews with former/current band members and friends. “It’s So Easy And Other Lies” is a unique spin on your standard biographical documentary.