Film Review “Oasis: Supersonic”

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

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

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


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.

“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.

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.”

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.

Film Review “The Nice Guys”

4 Stars. Outrageously funny from start to finish…The two leads play off each other perfectly.

Film Review: “Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising”

It’s just unfortunate that such an enlightening movie has to hammer home its theme at nearly every chance it can get. It’s nice to see that the five male writers were willing to flip the script and poke fun at the overtly sexual nature of college men who see women as objects.

DVD Review: “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour Country Special”

This release is classic 70’s variety hour programming at its finest. From those cheesy comedic segues to overdubbed musical performances which at times were just a touch off, it’s all here.

“The Ten Commandments” to Be Unveiled in Omaha

Joslyn Art Museum’s Witherspoon Hall Theatre is holding a 60th Anniversary screening of Cecil B. DeMilles’ classic epic “The Ten Commandments” on Friday, May 27

Film Review: “X-Men: Apocalypse”

X-Meh “With a cast that includes three Oscar-nominees, it seems like they may have gotten bored with their roles. All do good work here, but there almost seems to be a look of relief in their eyes that they’re done with the spandex for good. “

Film Review: “Captain America: Civil War”

5 Stars. Marvel has seriously outdone themselves once again. Civil War is a near-flawless cinematic experience that neatly packages one of the most pivotal story lines in comic book history.

Director Matt Brown on “The Man Who Knew Infinity”

The writer-director spoke about bringing the compelling true life story of a mathematical genius to the screen with stars Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel.

TFF: Keegan-Michael Key on “Keanu” and the Upcoming “Don’t Think Twice”

Star of “Key & Peele” opens in their feature comedy “Keanu” and spoke about it while promoting the Tribeca premiere of Mike Birbiglia’s “Don’t Think Twice”

Film Review “Keanu”

I urge you to head to the theatre. You won’t be disappointed.

TFF Film Review: “High-Rise”

From the brutalist production design to a stunning score by Clint Mansell (Requiem for a Dream), High-Rise is a darkly humorous, sexy, and oftentimes grotesque cinematic experience.

Film Review “Papa: Hemingway in Cuba”

“Papa: Hemingway in Cuba” feels like a TV movie with a few ‘F’ bombs to spice it up

Film Review “Mother’s Day”

As for all you hard working moms in the world out there, you do deserve a movie that loves and supports you, but “Mother’s Day” is not that movie

Film Review “Green Room”

Once we get our fill of Nazi symbolism, hidden drug rooms, and knives to the stomach and throat, the “Green Room” is forgettable

Tribeca Film Fest Review: “Holidays”

Horror anthologies thrive on bringing a lot of different things to the table…but if there’s one thing they shouldn’t be, it’s boring. And for seven out of eight of these, I was just plain bored.

Film Review “Elvis & Nixon”

The film moves quickly, buoyed by the performances of its stars.

Film Review “The Invitation”

Fans of the horror movie genre might be able to pick up on what’s going on, but not without a lot of fight and sway by “The Invitation”.

Tom Hiddleston and Susanne Bier Premiere AMC’S The Night Manager

Tom Hiddleston and Oscar-winning director Susanne Bier spoke with me at the Tribeca Film Festival about their hit spy series “The Night Manager” which premieres this week on AMC.

Film Review “Criminal”

“Criminal” takes itself too seriously to be enjoyably farcical and its characters are too inherently silly to be earnest.

Film Review “The Jungle Book”

Told through the amazing use of computer generation, “The Jungle Book” is very faithful to the animated film that proceeds

Film Review “Born to Be Blue”

A bio-pic that flits around, “Born to Be Blue” takes its name from one of Baker’s best known songs.

Sitting down with “Everybody Wants Some!!” stars J. Quinton Johnson, Glen Powell and Wyatt Russell

The three stars of Richard Linklater’s ‘spiritual sequel’ to his hit Dazed & Confused sat down with our Mike Smith to talk about going back to the 80’s.

Film Review “Demolition”

Demolition is poignant, yet emotionally rejuvenating. It’s a visually entertaining story, with an at-times confusing narrative.

Film Review “The Boss”

A film that is both funny and works to McCarthy’s strengths. It is a little over the top at times (and a little more “adult” than you might expect) but it’s definitely a film that will make you laugh out loud.

Film Review “I Saw the Light”

“The onslaught of darkness in I Saw the Light is it makes Williams’s untimely passing at age 29 feel like a foregone conclusion. Still, as a showcase for the versatile Hiddleston and fiery Olsen, I Saw the Light impresses.” This film is playing in NY, LA & Nashville, nationwide on Friday.

Film Review “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2”

As a big fan of both Lainie Kazan and Michael Constantine, I enjoyed most of the film.

DVD Review: Judas Priest “Battle Cry”

Though not the first live concert performance release from metal gods Judas Priest it is however the first live release from the band to cover material from practically every album including “Redeemer of Souls”.