Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Official Trailer and Teaser Poster for the Upcoming Sequel "Creed II"


Warner Bros and MGM recently released the official trailer and teaser poster for the ucpoming film "Creed II". The film stars Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone Wood Harris, Russell Hornsby, Florian "Big Nasty" Munteanu, Andre Ward, Phylicia Rashad and Dolph Lundgren.

"Creed II" is slated to hit theaters on November 21st.

Plot Synopsis:

Life has become a balancing act for Adonis Creed. Between personal obligations and training for his next big fight, he is up against the challenge of his life. Facing an opponent with ties to his family's past only intensifies his impending battle in the ring. Rocky Balboa is there by his side through it all and, together, Rocky and Adonis will confront their shared legacy, question what's worth fighting for, and discover that nothing's more important than family. Creed II is about going back to basics to rediscover what made you a champion in the first place, and remembering that, no matter where you go, you can't escape your history.

"Creed II": Official Trailer

First Trailer for the Upcoming Sexy Thriller "Serenity"


Avirion Pictures recently released the official trailer for the upcoming thriller "Serenity". The film stars Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey, Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway, Jason Clarke, Djimon Hounsou, Jeremy Strong and Diane Lane.

"Serenity" hits theaters on October 19th.

For more information on this film, you can visit the film's official website at: www.SerenityFilm.com.

Plot Synopsis:

From the creative mind of Oscar nominee Steven Knight comes a daringly original, sexy, stylized thriller. Baker Dill (Academy Award winner Matthew McConaughey) is a fishing boat captain leading tours off a tranquil, tropical enclave called Plymouth Island. His quiet life is shattered, however, when his ex-wife Karen (Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway) tracks him down with a desperate plea for help. She begs Dill to save her - and their young son - from her new, violent husband (Jason Clarke) by taking him out to sea on a fishing excursion, only to throw him to the sharks and leave him for dead. Karen's appearance thrusts Dill back into a life he'd tried to forget, and as he struggles between right and wrong, his world is plunged into a new reality that may not be all that it seems.

"Serenity": Official Trailer

Sony Celebrates the 35th Anniversary of "Christine" with 4K UHD Release


Sony Pictures Home Entertainment recently released information for the upcoming 4K UHD release of the John Carpenter classic "Christine". The 1983 film stared Keith Gordon (The Legend of Billie Jean, Back to School), John Stockwell (Into the Blue, Top Gun), Alexandra Paul (“Baywatch,” Piranha) and Harry Dean Stanton (Alien).

Special features on the release includes Deleted Scenes, Commentary with Director John Carpenter and Keith Gordon, “Christine: Ignition”, “Christine: Fast and Furious” and “Christine: Finish Line”.

"Christine" 35th Anniversary Edition hits retail on September 11th.

Press Release:

The scare factor in John Carpenter’s (Halloween, The Thing) terrifying classic CHRISTINE revs up even higher when it debuts for the first time on next-generation 4K Ultra HD on September 11 from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Celebrating its 35th Anniversary, CHRISTINE follows a sentient and violent vintage Plymouth Fury and its effect on the car’s new teenage owner. The film stars Keith Gordon (The Legend of Billie Jean, Back to School), John Stockwell (Into the Blue, Top Gun), Alexandra Paul (“Baywatch,” Piranha) and Harry Dean Stanton (Alien). In addition, the film will also debut in 4K via participating digital platforms.

CHRISTINE is presented in 4K resolution and includes newly-remixed Dolby Atmos audio – perfect for this dynamic and impactful film. 4K Ultra HD features four times the resolution of high definition, high dynamic range (HDR)--which produces brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays--and Dolby Atmos audio, remixed specifically for the home theater environment, delivering captivating sound that places and moves audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

Synopsis:
John Carpenter brings Stephen King’s best-selling novel to life in this chilling thriller. She was born in Detroit ... on an automobile assembly line. But she is no ordinary automobile. Deep within her chassis lives an unholy presence. She is CHRISTINE – a red and white 1958 Plymouth Fury whose unique standard equipment includes an evil, indestructible vengeance that will destroy anyone in her way. She seduces 17-year-old Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon), who becomes consumed with passion for her sleek, rounded chrome-laden body. She demands his complete and unquestioned devotion and when outsiders seek to interfere, they become the victims of Christine’s horrifying wrath.

Enlist in "Operation Red Sea" on DVD and Blu-Ray


Well Go USA recently send us over information for their upcoming DVD and Blu-Ray release of "Operation Red Sea". The film stars Zhang Yi (Goldbuster), Huang Jingyu (Guns and Kidneys), Hai Qing (Finding Mr. Right), Du Jiang (The Wasted Times), Jiang Luxia (Legend of the Naga Pearls), Yin Fang (Fist & Faith), newcomer Wang Yutian and Simon Yam (IP Man).

No special features were announced.

"Operation Red Sea" hits retail on July 24th.

Press Release:

Famed action director Dante Lam returns with this explosive follow-up to his 2016 box office smash Operation Mekong when OPERATION RED SEA debuts on digital, Blu-ray™ and DVD July 24 from Well Go USA Entertainment. Set amid militant unrest in a fictional Middle Eastern country, it tells the stories of a ship’s crew and an assault team as they rescue Chinese citizens and foreign refugees, resolving a potential nuclear crisis along the way. A massive box office hit, the film is China’s first modern naval film and a celebration of the 90th Anniversary of the Founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and the party's 19th National Congress. OPERATION RED SEA stars Zhang Yi (Goldbuster), Huang Jingyu (Guns and Kidneys), Hai Qing (Finding Mr. Right), Du Jiang (The Wasted Times), Jiang Luxia (Legend of the Naga Pearls), Yin Fang (Fist & Faith), newcomer Wang Yutian and Simon Yam (IP Man)

. Synopsis:

When a terrorist plot to obtain nuclear materials is hidden under the cover of a violent coup, only the Chinese Navy's elite Jiaolong (Sea Dragon) Assault Team have the deadly skill and precision needed to take on the situation.

Monday, June 18, 2018

"Incredibles 2" Review by Tim Hellman


'INCREDIBLES 2': Four Stars (Out of Five)

Pixar and Disney's long anticipated sequel to their 2004 animated superhero blockbuster 'THE INCREDIBLES'. The plot follows the Parr family once again, as they battle a new enemy, who wants to turn the public against all 'supers', while they also try to deal with normal family life as well. The film was once again written and directed by Brad Bird, and it features returning voice cast members including Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson. Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk, Sophia Bush and Bill Wise also join the cast this time. The movie has received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics (like it's predecessor), and it's also expected to be a huge hit at the Box Office once again as well. I enjoyed it, but definitely not as much as the original.

The Parr family is still acting as the superhero team known as 'The Incredibles' when the authorities become too concerned about the damage being done during their battles with supervillains, and the team is ordered to halt their actions. Then they're contacted by a superhero fan named Winston Deavor(Odenkirk), and invited to his house for a proposition, along with their friend Frozone (Jackson). There Winston and his sister Evelyn (Keener) offer Helen Parr (Hunter) a superhero job fighting crime, in order to win back the support of the public. Helen accepts the job offer, and Bob Parr stays home to watch the kids while she works. Helen has to battle a new supervillain in the process, and Hank finds parenting even harder than crime fighting, especially when he learns their baby Jack-Jack has even greater superhero powers than they all do.

The movie is really well made once again, and always beautiful to watch. The action scenes are mostly exciting too, and the humor is clever and witty (all once again). It's also great how progressive these films are, especially this time having the wife superhero be the one fighting crime, while the husband stays home to watch the kids. Of course he also finds parenting to be even harder than crime fighting too. That's all great about this movie, but it still didn't live up to my very high expectations of matching the original (or even coming close to it). It doesn't capture the same magic, and after the original film was so refreshing and somewhat groundbreaking at the time of it's release, there wasn't much this sequel could do to live up to it of course. It's still really well made though, and entertaining enough.

"Hereditary" Review by Tim Hellman


'HEREDITARY': Five Stars (Out of Five)

The new critically acclaimed horror flick about a family that begins to experience supernatural hauntings, after the death of their estranged grandmother. The film was written and directed by debut feature filmmaker Ari Aster, and it stars Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, Gabriel Byrne, Milly Shapiro and Ann Dowd. The movie is a modest hit at the Box Office, and it's also gotten nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics. I absolutely loved it!

After the death of their reclusive grandmother, the Graham family begins having disturbing (and quite terrifying) experiences. They also learn more about their mysterious ancestry, as depression sets more and more in for some. Severe mental illness also begins to cause havoc for the Graham family,especially for the mother, Annie Graham (Collette). The shocking death of yet another family member soon leaves Annie at a mental breaking point too, and the rest of the family begins feeling haunted as well.

The film is one of those hauntingly memorable horror flicks, that's so well made that it will leave you creeped out and disturbed for days after you leave the theater (at least if you're someone that's sensitive like me). I love horror films, and I really respect a movie that can make me feel this way. The climax and the ending of the film are so classic, and masterfully effective, that I ultimately had to give the movie the highest rating possible as well. Collette also gives one of the best performances of the year so far too. The film truly is a must see for any die-hard horror fan, or just a movie lover in general as well!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Shaun Berk's 10 Movie Recommendations- 657th Edition


Welcome to the 657th Edition of my series.  I will wish all the dads out there a Happy Father's Day and hope you all have a good day however celebrated.  I am not a dad but am going to celebrate by watching MONEY IN THE BANK tonight on the WWE Network.  This week, I have obtained a 2004 Honda Odyssey which drives really good and while I'm not a fan of car payments, I do like my vehicle.  I will get on with my selections now.


Escape Fire:  The Fight to Save American Healthcare (2012):  I start the week out with this documentary taking a look at the healthcare industry which you might have guessed by the title and the problems of healthcare here in the states.  Susan Froemke and Matthew Heineman directed this documentary where they interview various people in the health industry and the difficulty they have working in a system where the more people they see, the more money they make essentially making it difficult for them to give their patients the care they need.  This also shows ways other doctors have done in thinking outside the box.  This is a pretty eye-opening documentary on our flawed system in the United States.  This is available to watch on the Hoopla Digital website.


A Mighty Wind (2003):  I go from a documentary to a mockumentary.  Christopher Guest directs and wrote this comedy which features most of the other alums from these movies.  This centers around the folk music industry where a well-known concert promoter has died where a tribute show gets put on which includes duo Mitch and Mickey, classic troubadours the Folksmen, and the New Main Street Singers.  This is shot like a documentary showing them putting the concert together and the bands in preparation.  Guest, Harry Shearer, Michael McKean, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara, Bob Balaban, Paul Dooley, Paul Benedict, Floyd Van Buskirk, Jane Lynch, John Michael Higgins, Parker Posey, Fred Willard, Ed Begley Jr., Larry Miller, Jennifer Coolidge, Bill Cobbs, and many others co-star in this mockumentary.  This has a lot of funny moments and has a pretty good soundtrack.  My favorite stuff was between Mitch and Mickey, played by Levy and O'Hara, who are an estranged duo that was broken up and try to reconnect.  A good double feature would be to watch this with their other music mocumentary in THIS IS SPINAL TAP.


Seven Psychopaths (2012):  This is part three of my possible five part Woody Harrison series.  Martin McDonagh wrote and directed this rather violent comedy.  Colin Farrell stars as struggling screenwriter Marty who inadvertently becomes caught up in the criminal underworld when his friends Billy and Hans, played by Christopher Walken and Sam Rockwell, kidnap a dog which belongs to a ruthless mobster named Charlie, played by Harrelson.  That's about the best I have to say about this film.  It was a very well-written comedy with some really good characters and performances.  Tom Waits, Gabourney Sidibe, Olga Kurylenko, Michael Pitt, Harry Dean Stanton, Kevin Corrigan, Zeljko Ivanek, Brendan Sexton III and Abbie Cornish all co-star in this film.  It is a good film on a writer struggling to write a screenplay and kind of comes to life when he does write the screenplay.  This has a lot of comedy and violence and is available to watch on Amazon Prime.


Joy Ride:  an Auto Theft (1976):  This is my short film for the week which is a driver's education short from this era.  This is apparently based on a real incident where teens decide to steal a car and take a joy ride which result in some really bad consequences.  This gives the message to not drive with a licence but also shows how wrong it is to steal a car.  This is very heavy handed but they wanted to pound these messages in so hopefully more people thought twice about stealing a car and driving without a license.  This is availalbe on Amazon Prime on "Driver's Education Scare Films".


Baby Doll (1956):  Elia Kazan directed this film which was written by Tennessee Williams.  Karl Malden stars as Archie Lee Meighan who is in a loveless marriage with the 19 year old "Baby Doll" Meighan, played by Carroll Baker.  Their marriage agreement has them consummating their marriage on her 20th birthday but Baby Doll does what she can to complicate things.  Eli Wallach, Mildred Dunnock, Lonny Chapman, and many others co-star in this film and Wallach makes his film debut.  This is a little too complicated for me to really explain but this plays out in typical Tennessee Williams fashion.  This was very controversial in its time and banned in many countries.  The Catholic Legion of Decency had this condemned for its "carnal suggestiveness" which ruined a lot of money for the movie at the time.  This is still a very unusual film even by today's standards and is available to watch on Filmstruck.


The Front Page (1931):  Pat O'Brien stars as newspaper reporter Hildy Johnson who is engaged to marry Peggy Grant, played by Mary Brian, and planning to move to New York for higher paying jobs.  Hildy sees an opportunity for a good story through when death row inmate Earl Williams, played by George E. Stone, escapes hanging and uses his honeymoon money for an inside scoop on the escape.  Adolphe Menjou, Edward Everett Horton, Mae Clarke, Slim Summerville, Matt Moore, Frank McHugh, and many others co-star in this comedy.  This is billed as a "screwball comedy" but is more of a look at the newspaper industry and everyone competing for that story.  This has a lot of laughs and is satire that remains rather relevant to today.  This is also available to watch on Filmstruck.


The Girl Next Door (2004):  This is my raunchy romantic comedy for the week.  Luke Greenfield directed this comedy which stars Emile Hirsch as Matthew Kidman who is about to graduate high school  and has big plans for himself.  Elisha Cuthbert co-stars as Danielle who is housesitting for their neighbors and Matthew thinks he has found the girl of his dreams.  Things get complicated for him when he learns that Danielle is a former adult film star and clouds his usual good judgment.  Timothy Olyphant, James Remar, Chris Marquette, Paul Dano, Timothy Bottoms, Olivia Wilde,  and many others co-star in this comedy.  First of all, please don't confuse this with the 2007 movie of the same name which is based on a horrible true story.  I did not really know what to expect out of this movie.  It is pretty raunchy so not for everyone but I was able to laugh quite a bit and in the end I felt it had a rather good message.  In some ways, this could be our modern day RISKY BUSINESS so could be a good double feature sometime.


Dragon Inn (1967):  This is my Asian film for the week.  King Hu wrote and directed this film where the Eunuch has ordered the commander of his army condemned for betrayal and insurrection.  The commander's family is murdered except a son and daughter who were expelled to the outlands.  From there, we get to see a lot of good action and swordplay and a really good action climax.  This is a must for fans of the Asian cinema.  This is available to watch on Filmstruck.


Senechal the Magnificent (1957):  This is my French comedy for the week which was directed by Jean Boyer.  French comedic actor Fernandel stars as theater actor Senechal whose latest play does not have the success that it deserved and partly blames the recent advent of television for "murdering" the theater.  Out of work, he is dressed up as a Foreign Legion officer and is mistaken for a real one giving him the idea to have real-life roles.  I had never heard of Fernandel before coming across this movie but I found a very pleasant surprise in this movie.  In some ways, this was a film of sketch comedy and all of them being really funny especially a trial scene.  This is also on Filmstruck but only until June 23rd.  I suggest checking out this really underrated comedic actor in Fernandel who measures up to just about anyone I have seen.


Captain Underpants:  the First Epic Movie (2017):  I end the week with this animated movie based on the children's novel series by Dav Pilkey.  David Soren directed this adaptation which revolves around 2 overly imaginative 4th grade pranksters in Harold Hutchins, voiced by Thomas Middleditch, and George Beard, voiced by Kevin Hart.  They are two best friends who just try to keep things fun and do their own comic stories like with the character of Captain Underpants.  They are always at odds with the unfriendly Mr. Krupp, voiced by Ed Helms, and manage to hypnotize him into becoming their character Captain Underpants.  They also must go against Professor Poopypants, voiced by Nick Kroll, who is trying to rid the world of laughter.  Jordan Peele, Kristen Schaal, DeeDee Rescher, Brian Posehn, Mel Rodriguez, and many others provide their voice in this animated movie.  This is mostly geared to older elementary children.  This is rated PG for the crude jokes told in the film.  This has been the subject of some controversy so maybe check out a few novels before deciding if you want your kids to watch this movie.  This is available to watch on Netflix.

Well, that is all for this week.  Tell me what you like and dislike and stay tuned for next week which so far includes Woody Harrelson, and many others.