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DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 11/18: "TIME TO DRINK FROM THE FIRE HOSE!"
by Peter Sobczynski
"All is good with the world tonight--"UHF" is now on Blu-ray. . ." (more)
THE CURIOUS CASE OF "THE GAMBLER" - THE WOES OF HOLLYWOOD'S INTERNATIONAL RELEASE STRATEGY
by Dan Kelly
"On Thursday a full trailer for Paramount's remake of The Gambler went live, following on from the potty-mouthed teaser. With a cast including Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, Jessica Lange and Brie Larson, the film, like the original (which featured James Caan) has a high calibre cast, but more excitedly marks director Rupert Wyatt's first film since 2011's impressive Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Wyatt walked from the equally excellent sequel (this year's Dawn of the Planet of the Apes) back in 2012, for reasons that were never entirely clear, lining up The Gambler as his next project. Despite reservations from original scribe James Toback, the film trundled into production late last year, and wrapped in the first quarter of 2014. Things went quiet for a few months, then came trailers, posters and crucially, release announcements. Like Wahlberg's Lone Survivor the film will undergo a small December exhibition (to qualify for awards consideration) before expanding on New Year's Day. All fine, and more than a little promising. As a fan of the creatives and marketing materials,I was eager to find out when UK audiences might sample the film, presuming that sometime around January/February was probable. The UK release calendar works a little differently than the US, in that we tend to get the big awards contenders a month or two after Christmas, as opposed to 6 weeks before. As a result, I was perfectly willing to accept that there might be some delay with The Gambler. It's an outsider, and Paramount will like any sensible studio, want the film to perform in a comfortable window, without having to worry about an assortment of higher profile pedigree horses. Heck, even March 2015 would be fairly pragmatic. This morning I flicked open the IMDB to confirm it's international release pattern, and was shocked. 1st May 2015. That's almost 5 whole months after it débuts in the States. A full 135 days by my calculation." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: INSERT "BLIND SIDE" JOKE HERE
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "23 Blast" and "Stonehurst Asylum."" (more)
DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 10/19: "THE MAN HAS RAISINS IN HIS BRAINPAN!"
by Peter Sobczynski
""1941" and "Krull" are now on Blu-ray--all is finally right in the world, at least from a home video perspective. . ." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: WE'VE GOT MUSIC, WE'VE GOT RHYTHM
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Rudderless" and "Whiplash"" (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: BACK TO THE WHORING BED
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "Dracula Untold," "Kill the Messenger" and "Nymphomaniac Uncut."" (more)
DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 9/28: "BIRDIE NUM NUM."
by Peter Sobczynski
"Gee, Halloween must be approaching, based on the number of elaborate special edition Blu-ray packages featuring some of the most notable horror titles of all time in this round-up of recently-released titles. Even if you aren't a fan of the genre, there are some interesting films on display--one of Oliver Stone's more underrated works, one of the best Shakespeare adaptations and the triumphant return of a guy that I like to call Godzilla." (more)
VANCOUVER'S FAVORITE IFF IS BACK AND THERE ARE NO BUTS ABOUT IT
by Greg Ursic
"With the loss of its main venue in 2012, many naysayers made dire predictions about the Vancouver International Film Festival's (VIFF) future, however, like our reliable liquid sunshine, festivalgoers came out in droves delivering one of the festival's strongest showings in 2013. And it shows no signs of slowing down: in the span of 16 days (September 25th to October 10th ) VIFF 33 will have multiple screenings of 360+ films from over 70." (more)
FILMS I NEGLECTED TO REVIEW: LOOK AT ALL THE LONELY PEOPLE
by Peter Sobczynski
"Please enjoy short reviews of "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Them," "God Help The Girl," "The Notebook," "This Is Where I Leave You" and "A Walk Among The Tombstones."" (more)
DVD/BLU-RAY REVIEWS FOR 9/7: "WHAT'S THE MATTER, DON'T YOU LIKE MUSICAL COMEDY?"
by Peter Sobczynski
"It is kind of a weak-looking roundup of new titles available on DVD and Blu-ray for the most part but while it may be lacking in decent A-list material, there are a bunch of TV shows hitting shelves so that people can brush up before their new seasons begin, a couple of last summer's best under-the-radar movies to catch up on and, oh yeah, one of the greatest movie musicals ever made." (more)

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