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The Young Ones: Extra Stoopid Edition
The Young Ones: Extra Stoopid Edition (2007) NR
Actors: Rik Mayall, Adrian Edmondson, Nigel Planer
Release Year: 2007

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/17/2018 5:15 PM
"The Young Ones ran from 1982 to 1984, and too briefly at that. Two seasons, 12 episodes. Pure genius comedy, ranking with or better than Monty Python. I've watched these episodes so many times since a child that I've lost count. It's off the wall situational comedy with quite violent slap stick combined. Four of the most unlikely college students you can think of are sharing rent, paid to a crazy Russian landlord who tends to show up out of the blue and cause chaos (Alexei Sayle). One never knows what's around the corner each episode.

Each episode features a musical artist from the day, like Madness, The Damned, or Motorhead. Several cameos you'll recognize along the way too. This newer release appears to have been remastered. A couple scenes have been restored as well. And another removed, which was on the previous set. The extras are not as good in this newer release either. Guess I'll have to keep both. Either way, this is one of those must own shows; and I highly recommended seeking it out.

Sadly, Rik Mayall died early in 2014 at the age of 56. Most of you will recognize him from the movie "Drop Dead Fred".
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Brass Teapot
Brass Teapot (2013) R
Actor: Brass Teapot
Release Year: 2013

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/17/2018 5:38 AM
"Pretty quirky but different plot that had a good ending!"


The Brass Teapot [Blu-ray]
The Brass Teapot [Blu-ray] (2013) R
Director: Ramaa Mosley
Actors: Juno Temple, Michael Angarano
Release Year: 2013

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/17/2018 5:37 AM
"Pretty quirky but different plot that had a good ending!"


Second String
Second String (2003) Unrated
Director: Robert Lieberman
Actors: Van Miller, Doug Flutie, Mike Ditka
Release Year: 2003

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/17/2018 4:08 AM
"Really enjoyed this one! Some great acting and football action!"


DVD - Dragons Dinosaurs And The Bible
DVD - Dragons Dinosaurs And The Bible (0) NR
Actor: Answers in Genesis

Review by: Schuylar L. (schuym1) - 7/16/2018 8:44 PM
"This video completely ignored science or even science based on a biblical understanding of it. Rather, the video tries to teach that dinosaurs lived with people and that meat eating dinosaurs actually ate plants."


Fresh
Fresh (2012) NR
Director: Ana Joanes
Actors: Joel Salatin, Will Allen, David Ball
Release Year: 2012

Review by: Gloria B. (glowbird) - 7/16/2018 9:52 AM
"This film is by far the best film I've ever seen on agriculture! In it, the filmmaker tours small farms that are attempting to change the local food systems. The farmers are highly literate on agricultural issues, and their own farming practices. The big star of the film are some piglets that are so darn cute. We see different models for sustainable agriculture, and some of the people have created ingenious systems. The most important message is what we already know--we can make a difference by buying local. I can't recommend this film highly enough. I didn't want it to end, it was that good."


Days of Heaven (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
Days of Heaven (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (2010) PG
Director: Terrence Malick
Actors: Richard Gere, Brooke Adams, Sam Shepard
Release Year: 2010

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/15/2018 11:03 PM
""Days of Heaven" is the second full length film from Terrence Malick, on the heels of his first "Badlands" (which is something to behold if you get the chance.) This is the sort of movie one experiences, as it is indeed graceful. It'll stick with you too. Two things take precedence here: the brilliant visuals and Ennio Morricone's score. These elements are almost characters in themselves. And they reinforce each other, become another creature combined.

The script itself is secondary and it almost seems like we are viewing the tale from afar. Dialogue is sparse. Many of these scenes were filmed in twilight, right before the sun is setting. This is the account of a teenage girl, related by her, and its subject is the way that her spirit has become subdued. Life's promise and comfort have all but left her soul. Thus the manner in which this film is presented. It's her story. And it is interesting how it all turns out."


Man in a Suitcase Set 1
Man in a Suitcase Set 1 (2011) NR
Actors: Richard Bradford, Donald Sutherland
Release Year: 2011

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/15/2018 6:56 PM
"There were numerous British, James Bond type knock-off shows produced during the 1960s and 1970's: Danger Man, The Saint, The Prisoner, The Baron, Secret Agent Man, The Avengers, The Persuaders, Callan, The Champions, Gideon's Way, and I'm sure there's more. "Man in a Suitcase" is another piece of Cold War fare. And a wee bit grittier at that.

Richard Bradford plays John McGill, a CIA agent who's resignation is imposed upon him. After this, he becomes said title of this series, traveling place to place as a free-lance detective and fixer. I've rarely seen the type of berserk assaults and scuffles which take place in these episodes. I can imagine viewers in 1968 being taken quite aback. A few of these have the tar being completely kicked out of our leading protagonist.

Things don't always end up going as planned in these tales either. Some end really awful. And of course, drinking and smoking is pretty much second nature to every character portrayed. This show has held up well over time. It's a dark one. And you'll see many familiar faces throughout. Give it a try!"


Bright Star
Bright Star (2010) PG
Actors: Abbie Cornish, Ben Whishaw
Release Year: 2010

Review by: Leah G. (Leahbelle) - 7/15/2018 2:51 PM
"Stellar acting in this sad tale about the poet John Keats and Fanny Brawne."


Twitch City - The Complete Series
Twitch City - The Complete Series (2007) NR
Director: Bruce McDonald
Actors: Bruce McCulloch, Mark McKinney, Don McKellar
Release Year: 2007

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/15/2018 1:13 PM
"All 13 episodes from both seasons of this cult Gen X series. Ran 1998-2000. The show is mostly about the life of Curtis, an agoraphobic television addict. The premise of most episodes is this: Curtis' roommate Nathan gets nicked for something ridiculous and is thusly imprisoned. Subsequently, Curtis and Nathan's girlfriend have to find ways to rent out Nathan's room, all of which are ludicrous.

This is rather black comedy, some of it fatuous, and some of it plain depressing. I also love the fact that the producers chose to not include a laugh track. Let viewers choose when they want to laugh, or what they find funny. A show not to be missed."


Coyote Ugly (Unrated Special Edition)
Coyote Ugly (Unrated Special Edition) (2005) Unrated
Actors: Piper Perabo, Adam Garcia, John Goodman
Release Year: 2005

Review by: Michel D. (michelann) - 7/15/2018 12:49 PM
"First caught bits and pieces of this movie on movie channels then got this great film for my very own! Love the inter-action among the cast. A movie that entertains totally!"


The Assignment [Blu-ray]
The Assignment [Blu-ray] (2017) R
Director: Walter Hill
Actors: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver
Release Year: 2017

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/15/2018 5:42 AM
"The movie really took off once Michele Rodriguez show up."


The Assignment [DVD]
The Assignment [DVD] (2017)
Director: Walter Hill
Actors: Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver
Release Year: 2017

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/15/2018 5:42 AM
"The movie really took off once Michele Rodriguez show up."


The Assignment (Stepping Stones Entertainment)
The Assignment (Stepping Stones Entertainment) (0)
Director: Timothy J Nelson
Actor: Lindsey Godfrey

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/15/2018 5:42 AM
"The movie really took off once Michele Rodriguez show up."


Styx - Return to Paradise
Styx - Return to Paradise (1999) NR
Actor: Styx
Release Year: 1999

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/15/2018 2:30 AM
"This is one of the best live concerts that I have seen on DVD. A must watch for Styx fans!"


Creepy Crawlers
Creepy Crawlers (2000) PG-13
Director: Ellory Elkayem
Actors: Thomas Calabro, Dean Stockwell, John Savage
Release Year: 2000

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/15/2018 12:23 AM
"I've watched this movie multiple times now. I don't know what's wrong with me. Maybe it is the director, Ellory Elkayem, was also responsible for "Eight Legged Freaks"? (And you know, who can't resist spider slime sudoriferously suppurating from a punctured car roof into someone's gaping maw?) It's sort of a B movie, but then maybe not. Some well known actors here too. You know, if movies don't keep me entertained, I'll start poking around online, call someone, or fall asleep. This title keeps me fixated. Not sure why.

Originally entitled "They Nest". It's available for streaming on Prime now, if you got that. Otherwise, put it on your Wishlist!"


Frank Herbert's Dune (Sci-Fi TV Miniseries) (Special Edition Director's Cut) (3-Disc DVD Set)
Frank Herbert's Dune (Sci-Fi TV Miniseries) (Special Edition Director's Cut) (3-Disc DVD Set) (2002) Unrated
Director: John Harrison
Actors: William Hurt, Alec Newman, Giancarlo Giannini
Release Year: 2002

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/13/2018 11:59 AM
"In several top 100 Scifi book listings, you'll find Dune in the top ten, if not number one. Like Tolkien's work, a rich mythology is contained, and shifted frames of reference to familiarize oneself with. Aired in year 2000 on the Syfy Channel, this miniseries is the most faithful (so far) to the actual novel, although I think Lynch's 1984 film version more correctly assimilated the tone. This Director's Cut has an extra half hour and a bit of frontal nudity. So ensure all kiddios in the room are blindfolded whilst viewing.

Frank Herbert left us with 6 main Dune novels upon passing. Years later, his son Brian discovered a 5 inch floppy disc in a lock box which contained a detailed outline of where Frank had intended to take the franchise. And so, Brian, a Scifi writer himself has done just so, with the assistance of Kevin J. Anderson. Which has added an additional 17 titles and several short stories to the mix. Brian's writing style is quite linear and different than his father's, who often told his tales with an apprentice/pedagogue dialogue.

I've read all of these selections and am surprised that Hollywood has not latched onto this universe and produced an ongoing television series, which could well rival many of the popular Scifi franchises out there. A two-part film (of the original novel) is currently being made by Denis Villeneuve (Arrival and Blade Runner 2049.) Which will give us a third version of this tale.

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POMPEII
POMPEII (0)

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/13/2018 5:21 AM
"Bad reviews but great movie. The storyline was great, the action was great and the CGI was great. A must watch!"


POMPEII (Rental Ready)
POMPEII (Rental Ready) (0) PG-13
Actors: Kit Harrington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Kiefer Sutherland

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/13/2018 5:20 AM
"Bad reviews but great movie. The storyline was great, the action was great and the CGI was great. A must watch!"


Pompeii
Pompeii (2014) PG-13
Actor: Kit Harington
Release Year: 2014

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/13/2018 5:20 AM
"Bad reviews but great movie. The storyline was great, the action was great and the CGI was great. A must watch!"


Pompeii
Pompeii (2014) PG-13
Release Year: 2014

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/13/2018 5:20 AM
"Bad reviews but great movie. The storyline was great, the action was great and the CGI was great. A must watch!"


Pompeii
Pompeii (2014) PG-13
Release Year: 2014

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/13/2018 5:20 AM
"Bad reviews but great movie. The storyline was great, the action was great and the CGI was great. A must watch!"


Crime Traveller: Complete Series
Crime Traveller: Complete Series (2008) NR
Actor: Michael French
Release Year: 2008

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/12/2018 8:10 PM
"BBC series which aired in 1997. Ran for one season, but wrapped things up nicely at the end. Written by Anthony Horowitz, who is responsible for many a fine television series like "Foyle's War" or "Robin of Sherwood" or "Midsomer Murders". Crime Traveller is detailed time travel and clever crime fare. All eight of these episodes are absolute gems. If you are a fan of Doctor Who you need to check this title out. And yes, "traveller" is the preferred British spelling of the word :)"


Codename: Icarus
Codename: Icarus (2006) NR
Director: Marilyn Fox
Actors: Debbie Farrington, Barry Angel, Jack Galloway
Release Year: 2006

Review by: Samuel K. (Solvanda) - 7/12/2018 5:45 PM
"Five part BBC miniseries which aired in 1981. This is one of my old favorites. The title combines elements of teenage drama and conspiracy thriller, and involves child prodigies being manipulated by the Icarus Foundation (school for gifted children) as the basis for a complex scheme involving nuclear missiles. The main character Martin is quite delighted to find an institution which finally fits his needs and I.Q. And he has no idea what is happening to him, either.

There is also a book which was released during the initial run of this series. It fleshes things out more. Amazon's run time is incorrect too. This title totals 146 minutes."


The Bounty/King Of The Sun
The Bounty/King Of The Sun (2010) PG-13
Actor: Artist Not Provided
Release Year: 2010

Review by: K. K. (GAMER2012) - 7/12/2018 4:45 AM
"I forgot how good this movie was. It was made before CGI, green screens and CGI costumes. Most impressive sets and acting. The film is dated but Mel Gibson and Anthony Hopkins were at this best, especially Mel Gibson!"