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Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

by Alan Rapp on March 16, 2017

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  • Title: Beauty and the Beast
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Disney's Beauty and the Beast Blu-ray reviewReleased several times over the years on both Blu-ray and DVD, Disney’s 1991 animated feature was a break-out success with audiences and critics alike and became the first animated film to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture. Love for the film hasn’t died, as can be seen in the new live-action adaptation about to hit theaters. For Throwback Thursday, we take a look back at the original.

Based on Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont’s French fairy tale, the story introduces us to a bright young woman named Belle (Paige O’Hara) who doesn’t quite fit into the quaint French town where she and her father (Rex Everhart) live. When her father is caged by a Beast (Robby Benson) for trespassing, Belle agrees to take his place and stay in the magical castle in his stead (unaware that she alone will have the power to release the curse and return all of the castle’s odd characters back into humans).

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The Edge of Seventeen

by Alan Rapp on March 8, 2017

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  • Title: The Edge of Seventeen
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The Edge of Seventeen Blu-ray reviewNadine’s (Hailee Steinfeld) life is falling apart. Her only real friend (Haley Lu Richardson) has begun dating her brother (Blake Jenner) which has only caused the outspoken high school student to become more the anti-social. Her new refuge in the storm that is her life is an equally sarcastic teacher (Woody Harrelson), who likes the student more than he lets on.

Written and directed by Kelly Fremon Craig, The Edge of Seventeen focuses on the emotional tumult of a teenager’s life leading to an honest, and sometimes quite funny, film. Steinfeld balances the protagonist’s frayed emotional state with aplomb in the story of a troubled young woman that is still hopeful even as Nadine swerves closer and closer to the edge.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

by Alan Rapp on March 2, 2017

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  • Title: X-Men Origins: Wolverine
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X-Men Origins: Wolverine Blu-ray reviewIt’s somewhat amazing that between X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine that 20th Century Fox didn’t manage to destroy their X-Men movie franchise. For Throwback Thursday we take a look back at the first of the Wolverine standalone films. X-Men Origins: Wolverine delves into the unexplored past of Logan (Hugh Jackman) while continuing to refuse to quite nail down the exact date of his birth. Not fitting in at all with the timeline of the other X-Men films, the movie has been largely ignored in current continuity (although one important aspect does return in Logan).

Along with a brief introduction of Logan as a child, and a montage of him working with Team X, the story jumps forward to events which will pull him out of his quiet life in the Canadian wilderness with Silverfox (Lynn Collins) and lead to both his adamantium upgrade and events which will cause him to lose memories of his past.

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5 Film Collection: Gangsters

by Alan Rapp on March 1, 2017

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  • Title: A History of Violence, The Departed, Training Day, The Town, Gangster Squad
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5 Film Collection: GangstersWhat the hell is Gangster Squad doing on this set? The 2013 film wastes a talented cast on this idiotic take on a 50s cop (Josh Brolin) attempting to take down Mickey Cohen (Sean Penn). What a piece of shit. The rest of this collection is actually quite good, making you wonder who decided to try and polish this turd by putting in in their company.

Ben Affleck‘s The Town is the second-weakest entry in the set, but the look at Boston bank robbers is at least occasionally compelling. While flawed, 2001’s Training Day is worth a look for the performances of Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke as the older detective introduces his new partner to his world.

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X2

by Alan Rapp on February 23, 2017

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  • Title: X2
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X2 Blu-ray reviewThis week’s Throwback Thursday takes us back to 2003’s sequel to X-Men. Bringing back most of the cast of director Bryan Singer‘s first film, X2 explored the origins of Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) with a series of flashbacks which would be further explored in the best-forgotten X-Men Origins: Wolverine six years later. Although Magneto (Ian McKellen) returns, he’s not the villain his time around. Instead the villain is William Stryker (Brian Cox) who is using his own son’s mutant abilities to start a war against mutants in hopes of wiping them out completely. His maneuvering includes brainwashing Nightcrawler (Alan Cumming) to try and assassinate the President and attacking the X-Men in their own home.

Along with Nightcrawler, the franchise expands mutants with the additions of Pyro (Aaron Stanford), Colossus (Daniel Cudmore), and Lady Deathstrike (Kelly Hu), and a number of mutant children living in Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters.

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