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Aisle Seat 4-26: April New Release Rundown
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/25/2016 - 9:00 PM
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s THE REVENANT (***½, 158 mins., 2015, R; Fox), the deservedly praised follow-up to his overrated Oscar winner “Birdman” is, if nothing else, a triumph of visual design and cinematography. Less successful is the movie’s basic, straightforward plot, wherein trapper Leonardo DiCaprio is left for dead by a fellow hunter (Tom Hardy), only to improbably resurrect himself and take revenge for the killing of his half-breed son.
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Aisle Seat 4-12: Twilight Time Spring Fever
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/11/2016 - 9:00 PM
Exploitation fans have long coveted the weird 1977 Canadian/Italian production SHADOWS IN AN EMPTY ROOM (98 mins., R), a wacky blend of action-thriller and murder-mystery that’s not nearly as “arty” as its title would lead one to believe. In fact, this strange melding of seemingly disparate elements delivers trashy B-level thrills from start to finish.
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Aisle Seat 4-5: April Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 4/4/2016 - 9:00 PM
As any horror fan knows, John Carpenter’s career tailed off, fast, in the 1990s. After taking a four-year sabbatical following the conclusion of his Alive Films/Universal deal (that saw the mixed returns of “Prince of Darkness” and “They Live”), Carpenter returned to helm a major-studio project with one of the biggest budgets of his career. The result, alas, was “Memoirs of an Invisible Man,” the ill-fated – though watchable – Chevy Chase fantasy with a William Goldman script that was beset by problems and released to disappointing box-office in the winter of 1992.
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Aisle Seat 3-31: FORCE AWAKENS Blu-Ray, BATMAN V SUPERMAN
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/30/2016 - 9:00 PM
Fueled by fan interest and the resurgence of sequels/prequels/remakes/reboots, STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS (***, 138 mins., 2015, PG-13; Lucasfilm/Disney) smashed records in theaters around the world, making Disney’s $4 billion purchase of George Lucas’ company and all of its properties look like a bargain – especially when you factor in the millions its sequels and spin-offs (apparently coming at us on an annual basis now) are sure to generate.
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Aisle Seat 3-29: Westerns, Sequels & Lambert's Sicilian
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/28/2016 - 9:00 PM
Making their first on-screen appearance together, Kiefer and Donald Sutherland provide a major boost to the low-key, entertaining western FORSAKEN (***, 89 mins., 2015, R; Momentum), a sturdy, if familiar, tale of a gunfighter trying to move away from his violent past, only to run into trouble once again.
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Aisle Seat 3-22: Spring Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
Olive’s March releases on Blu-Ray are highlighted by a pair of cult comedies and one of the earliest Chuck Norris action vehicles: the drive-in affair BREAKER! BREAKER! (85 mins., 1977, PG), which was notable for offering Norris his first starring role.
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Aisle Seat 3-15: Shout-Tastic March Rundown
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/14/2016 - 9:00 PM
Proof that comedy producer Judd Apatow could manufacture a satisfying product within the disciplined confines of network TV, the sadly short-lived series FREAKS AND GEEKS (aprx. 14 hours, 1999-2000) continues to be an enduring fan favorite. Filled with future talent in front of and behind the camera, this often hilarious, wisely observed tale of growing up in suburban Detroit circa 1980 makes its high-definition debut later this month courtesy of Shout! Factory in a wonderful new nine-disc box-set.
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Aisle Seat 3-8: March Mania Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 3/7/2016 - 9:00 PM
The easy-going charm of James Garner carried the breezy SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SHERIFF (93 mins., 1969), a United Artists western parody that may not have grilled the genre as sharply as Mel Brooks’ later “Blazing Saddles,” but comes off today as a genial vehicle for its charismatic star.
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Aisle Seat 3-1: March Arrival Edition
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/29/2016 - 9:00 PM
Folks seem to have forgotten that the original “Species” was one of the bona-fide sleepers of Summer ‘95, raking in an impressive $60 million (a solid figure for 20 years ago, back before the benefit of 3-D and IMAX) and spawning a slew of sequels. Scream Factory brings those follow-ups to Blu-Ray this month with all new special features, offering fans a high-def trip back into the gooey world of sex, blood and H.R. Giger’s half-alien/half-human creatures.
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Aisle Seat 2-23: Arrow, Grindhouse & New Releases
Posted By: Andy Dursin 2/22/2016 - 9:00 PM
Anyone else going through infant potty training? Believe me, it’s a drain on movie viewing! Without any further discussion of my personal life, here’s a look at what I’ve been able to sample over the last few days – with some tasty exploitation favorites on Blu-Ray being first and foremost on the list.
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