Powered by Blogger.
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Kiefer Sutherland To Star In Flatliners Remake

Well, at least he knows something about the crazy science: though the reboot of 1990's thriller Flatliners has to this point been lining up a new cast that includes Ellen Page and Diego Luna, Deadline reports that one of the original actors will be popping by in some capacity. Kiefer Sutherland is that actor.

The 1990 film saw the likes of Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon and William Baldwin as medical students causing themselves all kinds of surreal mental anguish with their ill-advised near-death experiments. Purposely stopping their hearts to discover what might be on the Other Side seems like a good idea, but they end up with some paranormal consequences and have to face their own dark pasts.

Quite how the new version – which Niels Arden Oplev is scheduled to start directing in the next couple of days – will tweak that story has yet to be revealed, but the cast including Page, Luna, Nina Dobrev, James Norton and Kiersey Clemens (and, assuming he finds time in his schedule from new TV series Designated Survivor, Sutherland) are assembled. Source Code's Ben Ripley wrote the script and the movie should be out next year.

Please Leave A Comment-
Source-Empire
Read more...

Alicia Vikander's Tomb Raider Has A Release Date

Action adventure will follow a young Lara Croft.

According to The Wrap the upcoming “Tomb Raider” movie is set to be released on March 16, 2018, MGM and Warner Bros.

Alicia Vikander was cast as Lara Croft in late April, shortly after she took home an Oscar for her performance in “The Danish Girl.” The film is something of an origin story, which will follow a young and untested Lara Croft as she fights to survive her first adventure.

“Tomb Raider” is being produced by MGM and Warner Bros., which acquired the rights from GK Films.

March 16, 2018, has long been the rumored release date for “The Flash,” so it’s now clear that Warner Bros. has other plans for that film.

The studio also announced on Thursday that the thriller “Unforgettable,” starring Katherine Heigl, will open in theaters on April 21, 2017.

Norwegian filmmaker Roar Uthaug (“The Wave”) is directing “Tomb Raider,” which is based on the popular Eidos video games that have sold over 35 million units worldwide.

Graham King will produce under his GK Films banner. GK’s Denis O’Sullivan will oversee the project on behalf of the company, while Cassidy Lange will oversee for MGM.

Vikander takes over the role of Lara Croft from Angelina Jolie, who signed on to the first “Tomb Raider” movie after she, too, won an Oscar (for “Girl, Interrupted”).

The last film in Jolie’s series, “Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life,” was released in 2003.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

The Knot Invites You To The Wedding of the Ages. Ice Age: Collision Course.

You’re invited to a wedding of the ages! For the first time ever, characters in a film are receiving their own authentic wedding profile through 20th Century Fox’s newest campaign for Ice Age: Collision Course.

Check out the ICE AGE: COLLISION COURSE Wedding Profile HERE:
Check out the Pinterest Page HERE:

The digital stunt will be released over the course of 2 weeks on The Knot and Pinterest, making the happy couple’s wedding a digital reality while poking fun at modern marriage tropes thanks to tongue-in-cheek takes on wedding planning, the couple’s “Proposal Story” and “Ceremony Details” — and even their registry!

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LIGHTS OUT In Tucson

Enter for a chance to see LIGHTS OUT on July 18th at 7:00 PM in Tucson.


From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.



See how to enter after the Jump...

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LIGHTS OUT In Albuquerque

Enter for a chance to see LIGHTS OUT on July 18th at 7:00 PM in Albuquerque.


From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.



See how to enter after the Jump...

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LIGHTS OUT In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see LIGHTS OUT on July 18th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas.


From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.



See how to enter after the Jump...

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See LIGHTS OUT In Phoenix

Enter for a chance to see LIGHTS OUT on July 18th at 7:00 PM in Phoenix.


From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.



See how to enter after the Jump...

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast
CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.

Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Movie Review: #TheSecretLifeOfPets

The Secret Life of Pets is strangely familiar, but entirely adorable.

Review by Matt Cummings

As a pet owner and failed foster parent to three kittens (my wife and I actually kept all three), it goes without saying that my curiosity in The Secret Life of Pets went far above the cinematography, the animation, or really anything else. I just wanted to see what pets do - and think about - while their overlord oppressor goes to work. And while strangely familiar to the original Toy Story, this one more than makes up for it in cuteness and spectacular animation.

Among the hustle and bustle of New York City, the pets who reside with their owners are supposed to live docile, predictable lives: eat and sleep, repeat as necessary. But for Max (voiced by Louis C.K.), he's the king of his domain and apartment complex. He meets with a menagerie of other pets, including fat cat Katie (voiced by Ellie Kemper), and the Pomeranian Gidget (Jenny Slate), who enjoys Spanish tele-novellas and harbors a secret love for Max. But when Max's owner introduces the older dog Duke (voiced by Eric Stonestreet), it disrupts the balance in the house. Soon, the two are fighting for space and attention, destroying the apartment in the process. The two muts are eventually forced to work together after being collected by the NY City Pound, and uncover an underground world of downright ugly critters who are led by the violent rabbit Snowball (voiced by Kevin Hart). He's out to destroy the pet-owner caste system, while other freakish animals do his bidding his minions. On the run and initially without their friends, Max and Duke learn to put aside their differences, while Duke is forced to accept a devastating truth.

If the plot behind The Secret Life of Pets sounds familiar, it should: it's Toy Story all over again, with the perfect world of Woody disrupted by Buzz Lightyear, and the two become lost and must work together. But it's certainly the most polished of Illumination Entertainment's films so far, and the rehash plays off quite well because of its subjects. We come to quickly love these pets as they rock out at a lavish party, swing from the drapes, and ultimately band together to get Max and Duke back home. We typically anthropomorphize our pets, and that plays so well into Director Chris Renaud's feature. But it also emphasizes a different world, the seedy sewers that are dominated by pets who've been abandoned by unfit owners. It's a reality that Max and the others have difficulty understanding, a fact which happily gets somewhat resolved by film's end.

But it's not a grandslam homerun either. The ever-growing list of searchers includes the red-tailed hawk Tiberius (Albert Brooks) and the half-paralyzed Bassett Hound Pops (Dana Carvey), none of whom ever are really flushed out. They're odd, funny, and that's about it. Perhaps that's because Renaud is planning to make a series of these, a fact that our test audience would most likely support (me included). There's also the stunning plot rip-off that never really amounts to much, and even the reveal at the beginning of the third act lacks emotional resonance. Slate and Brooks are clearly the best here, their voices creating memorable characters instead of the animation being forced to do it for them. It's not that CK and Stonestreet are bad, but they just don't have the chops yet to pull off these roles. And while it would be easy to blame Illumination for doing its best Pixar, one has to admit they're getting close to cinematic perfection. They just need more time.

I really enjoyed Composer Alexander Desplat's Gershwin-esque score, which really helped to set the tone for the film. The animation is also stunning and should look great in 3D. But on the negative side, there is an absolutely forgettable short film of The Minions prior to the film's opening - it really is awful, and not even funny for what should be easy Minions pickings. The Secret Life of Pets is better than 2015's Minions, more original than Finding Dory, and sweeter than Zootopia. Its Toy Story plot might see it lose at next year's Oscars, but its cuteness and variety of characters make this an instant and satisfying hit. But I have to go now because my three mini-cats are calling. They need their lap time, and you know how upset your pets can get.

The Secret Life of Pets is rated PG for action and some rude humor and has a runtime of 91 minutes.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
Read more...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE In Las Vegas

Enter for a chance to see ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS on July 20th at 7:00 PM in Las Vegas


Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!



See how to enter after the Jump...

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE In Tempe

Enter for a chance to see ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS on July 20th at 7:00 PM in Tempe.


Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!



See how to enter after the Jump...

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE In NEW ORLEANS

Enter for a chance to see ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS on July 19th at 7:00 PM in NEW ORLEANS.


Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!



See how to enter after the Jump...

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

Enter For A Chance To Win Passes To See ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS: THE MOVIE In Houston

Enter for a chance to see ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS on July 19th at 7:00 PM in Houston


Appropriate for their big screen debut, Edina and Patsy (Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley) are still oozing glitz and glamour, living the high life they are accustomed to; shopping, drinking and clubbing their way around London’s trendiest hotspots. Blamed for a major incident at an uber fashionable launch party, they become entangled in a media storm and are relentlessly pursued by the paparazzi. Fleeing penniless to the glamorous playground of the super-rich, the French Riviera, they hatch a plan to make their escape permanent and live the high life forever more!



See how to enter after the Jump...

Make sure to LIKE SandwichJohnFilms on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for all your entertainment news and to be to notified about our upcoming Advance Screenings. Also make sure to subscribe and download our Podcast

CLICK HERE TO ENTER-

DISCLAIMER: ARRIVE EARLY! SEATING IS FIRST-COME, FIRST-SERVED, EXCEPT FOR MEMBERS OF THE PRESS AND STUDIO VIPS. THEATER IS OVERBOOKED TO ENSURE A FULL HOUSE. THEATER IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR SEATING OVER CAPACITY. THIS PASS DOES NOT GUARANTEE ADMISSION.

Duplicate passes will not be accepted.

In theaters July 22, 2016

NO RECORDING

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY

This screening will be monitored for unauthorized recording. By attending, you agree not to bring any audio and/or visual recording device including laptop computers into the theater and you consent to physical search of your belongings and person have against you. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability (including damages up to $150,000). *This includes, by way of example only, smart phones and your belongings and person for such device. If you attempt to enter with a recording device, you will be denied admission. If you attempt to use a recording device* you consent to your Immediate removal from the theater and forfeiture of the device. Unauthorized recording will be reported to law enforcement and may subject you to criminal and civil liability.


Please Leave A Comment-
Read more...

@FunkoDCLegion Review: July 2016

The first volley fired by DC looks strangely familiar.

Review by Matt Cummings

DC's Legion of Collectors box has established itself as a very good competitor to the flooded sub box market. Filled with an eerily similar Funko every-other-monthly, it's also grown to include awesome shirts. There have been some missed opportunities, but nothing so severe that caused me long-term worry. July's box all but removes any doubt, gifting us an impressive amount of Squad gear, while getting us ready for August's movie release.

The Promise
Before we begin, let's look at the deal again: promising a value of $50, the sub continues the tradition of Funko partnering each time to deliver an exclusive figure and t-shirt without the fluff or filter (their words). Joining at the VIGILANTE MEMBERSHIP, members receive 6 boxes every year, with the promise of an exclusive themed collectible gift on the one-year anniversary of your annual membership pf $150 p sh/h. You can also subscribe at the SIDEKICK LEVEL at $25 with $6.95 shipping. That's literally the same deal as Marvel Collector Corps.

DC/Funko promises a similar one-year anniversary item with VIGILANTE, so I'm jonzing to see what they will bring once my subscription is up.

The Delivery
We use QUALITY and TIMING to base our reviews, so let's see how this box stands up. As always, we'll end our review with some additional thoughts after the unboxing:

The Guts
We get a pretty cool interior for this one, complete with actual photos of the Squad, as opposed to comic-paneled glam shots. Deadshot, Entrantress, Harley Quinn, and others welcome us to a box with big plans and the goods to deliver them.

In addition to the nice box layout, I was very impressed with this month's pin/patch collection. Instead of playing it safe and adding The Joker here, Legion picked up Katana and a masked Deadshot. These are very cool, and an improvement over last month's Supergirl patch. VERDICT: WIN and WIN.

The Comic
The variant comic of Suicide Squad features the Funko version of Harley, and it's perhaps the best cover Legion has done so far. I love the color and detail, adding the Joker cards for a final smack across your face. Add the bagged/boarded presentation, and it's another WIN.

The Shirt
Delving deeper into the box, we get a surprise that I'll focus on in just a moment: Funko action figures! But for now, lemme crush all over this shirt, which is another score for Legion. It's been the most consistent part of their presentation - save the great Funko figures - and this shirt is one of my faves. It's soft right out of the bag, and will find a place of honor with my other Squad shirts (thanks, Terry!). For now, this is such a big WIN.

Action Figures
I wasn't aware that Funko did actual 3.75" figures, but these aren't bad. Coming from a guy who collects Marvel Legend 6" and Marvel Select 8", these of Harley and (finally) Joker are good enough, and Harley's bat is super cool. Still, they are 3.75" and not particularly poseable, but the paint and molds are sharp. I'll probably sell these off, because they are Funko exclusives, but if you're a collector this duo is going to do some serious damage in the film. VERDICT: PUSH.

Figure First Impressions
Funko brings us an exclusive Enchantress to the box; but as you can see, it looks like it might have been damaged in the shipping process. But it's a solid sculpt, reminding us that Funko kicks so much ass in their presentations, even if it's for someone that I frankly don't know much about. But isn't that the point with this particular box, to introduce us to this expansion of the DC Film Universe? No matter how you look at it, chock up Enchantress as another WIN.

The Bottom Line
DC's Legion of Collectors for July is a terrific introduction to The Suicide Squad film arriving in August. Filled with a diverse amount of offerings, including an excellent Funko Enchantress and Squad t-shirt, the box also features Legion's best variant comic. This is a great way to introduce us to the ultra-violent world that Rick Flagg (and eventually Batman) will have endure, and I cannot wait now to see how the film plays out. Until then, this box and series comes RECOMMENDED.

Want to read our other sub box reviews? We've got them all listed below: MARVEL COLLECTOR CORPS
May
June
August
October
December
February
April June

DC LEGION REVIEWS
May

GEEK FUEL REVIEWS
September
October
November
December
January
March
April
May

SMUGGLER'S BOUNTY
January
March
May

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125. Read more...

Blu-ray Review: #Jarhead3

The Direct-to-Video release doesn't make a strong case for consideration.

Review by Matt Cummings


The Direct-to-Video release of Jarhead 3: The Siege is one example of why VOD and the secondary release market has a long way to go before anyone will pay attention. First, it's highly likely that few people ever watched the sequel to the quite good 2005 flick with Jake Gyllenhall - who ran as far away from this franchise as he could - which tells you right there what we're talking about. Jarhead 3 is little more than a series hoping desperately to become a franchise, but utterly lacks the tools on which to built such dreams. And while it sounds good and looks OK, the story focusing on new marine Evan Albright (Charlie Weber) who struggles to maintain his identity in the Marine Corps while a long-thought-dead terrorist assaults an under-protected embassy - just isn't the Jarhead I remember. That was a thought-provoking film about what the military can do to its soldiers and the price they pay for such 'modifications.' None of that is here, replaced with big explosions and silly action, but branding itself from the same universe. Too bad.

The video and audio are good but not great, perhaps the best parts of this release. Colors look good, as does detail (although there is some issue with depth in CGI scenes. The audio is fairly strong, with plenty of room for all the big dumb explosions that occur throughout. Still, it's not reference quality in the least, so don't expect something like Saving Private Ryan.There's also the suggestion that there are two versions of this film on the disc. While that's the case, I didn't notice significant differences here, short of some action scenes which looked slightly differences. Perhaps the disc was accidentally pressed with the same version?

The Supplements are barely that, with Making 'Jarhead 3: The Siege': (7:02), which is a typical EPK featurette. It provides with very little insight into why this series has continued.

In the end, I'd skip Jarhead 3: The Siege, as there are plenty of great war films you should add to your collection first. And even then I'd skip this one, even if you find it in the discount bin within three months, which is the best one could hope from this disappointing release.

Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
Read more...

Blu-ray Review: 'Green Room'

The brawling Green Room looks and sounds good in its home release.

Review by Brandon Wolfe and Matt Cummings

The independent bloodbath Green Room didn't make a lot of waves when it was released in theaters earlier this year. In fact, its paltry $3.2m haul might suggest that the film was barely worth the effort. However, those who take a chance here might be rewarded with one of the best films of 2016. The Blu-ray release makes a good case for your attention, with good video/audio but an incomplete set of supplements.

The Movie - 4/5
The Ain’t Rights, a punk band from D.C., are doing an unceremonious tour of the Pacific Northwest in their ramshackle van. The hard-luck quartet – Pat (Anton Yelchin), Sam (Arrested Development’s Alia Shawkat), Reece (Joe Cole) and Tiger (Callum Turner) – find themselves playing sparsely populated gigs that net them a paltry $6 a man and are reduced to syphoning off gas to remain on the road. After a mohawked college DJ (David W. Thompson) takes pity on them, he sets them up with a gig just outside of Portland that he promises will pay a decent wage. The catch: the venue is a skinhead bar located deep in the woods. But a gig’s a gig, and the Ain’t Rights aren’t in a position to be choosy.

Green Room never really builds much in the way of characterization for any of the bandmates (Reece being something of a hothead is the closest we get), but their situation is nuanced to an almost painful degree. The filthy van, the scuzbucket clubs, the seedy patrons and the overall ignominy inherent to the touring process of a punk band struggling to build a name, all of it has a lived-in feel of authenticity. In these early scenes, the film paints a fascinatingly wart-covered portrait of life on the road. The Ain’t Rights have to be soldiering on for love of their craft because there don’t appear to be any other perks in the offing.

However, Green Room’s ultimate aim isn’t to explore the lowly path punk bands must tread. Once the Ain’t Rights arrive at the club in the woods and perform their set (opening bravely, if foolishly, with a cover of Dead Kennedys’ "Nazi Punks, F**k Off," which goes over with the crowd about as well as one might expect), Green Room quickly segues into a siege thriller. Pat returns to the green room to retrieve Sam’s phone and witnesses the immediate aftermath of a murder, with a young woman lying dead on the ground with a knife in her head and her friend Amber (Imogen Poots) sobbing helplessly on the sidelines. The band is locked inside the green room at gunpoint while the bouncer Gabe (Macon Blair) contacts the club’s owner, Darcy (Patrick Stewart), to get a handle on the situation. Soon, the band manages to overpower their captor and use the room as a stronghold away from Darcy’s encroaching red-laced acolytes.


From there, Green Room remains commendably tense for the duration of its running time. The Ain’t Rights and Amber have to struggle to figure out how to survive while Darcy and his men attempt to keep the situation contained. As the band members slip in and out of the green room in a series of escape attempts, the film is often unbearably nerve-wracking. Most interesting is the film’s brutality. The wounds sustained on both sides are sickeningly graphic, and the film freely kills off major characters in joltingly cavalier ways. Green Room is at its best when it’s at its nastiest.

The drawback is that the film is often very confusing, both in its staging and in the actions of its characters. The geography of the club outside of the green room is never neatly laid out, and our heroes frequently seem to have too much of a run of the place. If Darcy had simply left armed guards in the hallway outside of the green room, the situation would be resolved in his favor instantly, yet he and his men base themselves outside the building for the duration of the film, sending pit bulls inside at regular intervals. Darcy’s planning and the Ain’t Rights’ seat-of-the-pants improvising often don’t make a great deal of sense. Near the end of the film, for instance, our surviving heroes hatch a plot involving head-shaving and face paint that never makes much sense as depicted. Also, when the internal schism among the skinheads (most of which, save for Darcy, have hair) that led to the initial murder is revealed, it arrives with a half-hearted shrug.


Stewart is the big draw here, playing far against type as a villainous white supremacist, and he brings his usual gravitas to the role. Yet aside from one tossed-off epithet, Stewart never really embraces the role the way you want him to. Darcy never seems nearly as venal and frightening as he should. Stewart doesn’t allow himself to get ugly enough to really set the character apart from his house style. He remains stately and dignified in a role that really doesn’t require those qualities. He plays it safe, leaving you wishing Ben Kingsley had been deployed here in Sexy Beast mode.

Yelchin does fine work as a soft-spoken sort forced to toughen up fast, but if there is a standout in Green Room, it’s probably Poots’ Amber. Coming from a much rougher background than the band, she is the only one with a genuine tough side on display, and winds up becoming the quick-witted, merciless brains of the group. Poots infuses the role with a worldliness and intelligence that marks her as an intimidating force in spite of her size. She’s not in a punk-rock band, yet she’s the only person around who seems in any way punk-rock.

The Video – 4/5
Lionsgate presents Green Room with an MPEG-4/AVC-encoded transfer that is framed at 2.40.1. In short, the picture looks very good, considering all of the Saulnier’s visual issues. First off, Green Room is a very dark film in terms color and lighting, and Lionsgate doesn’t try to clean that up. Instead, it shows off the strong black levels, the variations in detail from one scene to the next, and the sometimes saturated color levels. Those are all tenants of Saulnier’s world, but his treatment of the actors shows just how good of a director he is. Human features – especially close ups – show off details in skin and hair, while clothing reveals sharp details. I did not notice any problems with banding aliasing, or compression, resulting in a very strong transfer from Lionsgate.

The Audio – 4/5
Green Room busts down the door with a very good DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio transfer that is quite immersive for such a small film. The track is most aggressive once the music, shooting, and violence start, enveloping you in a fairly detailed wall of sound. The center channel features crystal clear dialogue, which dials it up leaving other effects to play in the background. I always prefer a separated audio track, as the inclusion of other voices can create that wall. The left and right channels handle an impressive mix of music and effects, while the surrounds hit you hard by building up the atmosphere and suspense. By the time the action arrives, you feel like you’re in the middle of it, which is really the point of a film like this. I noticed no issues here (distortion, etc), leading me to commend Lionsgate once more for a very nice job. With Green Room, it’s clear that the studio has adopted a philosophy similar to other studios: every film matters in its home release. That is readily apparent here, and it’s much appreciated.

The Supplements – 4/5
Green Room contains two supplements, both of which are worth your time. The video is presented in HD, but it’s the only additional material available:
  • Audio Commentary with Director Jeremy Saulnier - The director takes us through an informative discussion of what it took to make this picture. He discusses every aspect of production, from story origins to changes that were made during production. He details the terrific casting, as well as the challenges of shooting on location in and around Portland, Oregon.

  • Into the Pit: Making Green Room – Featurette: This is a traditional EPX piece, complete with Saulnier and cast interviews, along with behind the scenes footage. It’s a bit insightful, but nothing you could have taken from the outdoors conditions and themes within the film.

  • Trailers: In addition to trailers for Green Room, we also get several before the menu appears.

    Our evaluation copy arrived as a Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack, complete with a Digital HD version of the movie. The slipcase is simple but effective. Considering the small haul this movie produced, hats off to Lionsgate for gifting us with a slipcase here.

    The Bottom Line – 4/5
    Green Room is a bloody bath of a good time, even though its story and geography surrounding the action is a bit hard to initially figure out. However, Lionsgate’s release makes up for any shortcomings, with good sound and audio, along with a very informative commentary track by the director. Green Room isn’t going to make any Oscar lists, but it’s a mostly effective thriller that could be one of the best of 2016. If you have a few extra bucks and are looking for an underground winner, try this one out. This release comes RECOMMENDED.

    Discuss this review with fellow SJF fans on Facebook. On Twitter, follow us at @SandwichJohnFilms, and follow author Brandon Wolfe at @BrandonTheWolfe. Also, follow author Matt Cummings at @mfc90125.
    Read more...

  •   © Site Graphics by Randy Jennings by http://www.artfreelancer.com/ 2009

    Back to TOP