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Bill and Ted’s Most Excellent Collection – Blu-ray Review

The success of Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure came as a mild shock to many in the world of filmmaking. The premise is just north of a Tim and Eric sketch: A duo of kinder, gentler Spicoli clones make their way through time kidnapping historical figures with the help of a George Carlin clad in Ray-Bans on a quest to get an A in history class. Yet, somehow, the heart and humor of the movie managed to resonate with 1988’s movie going public, delivering a bonafide hit that saw a sequel (Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey) rushed into production along with a glut of tie-in merchandise: Bill and Ted were featured in everything from breakfast cereal to Saturday morning cartoons to video games. For a joyous few years, Bill and Ted could enjoy their time in the spotlight. However, unlike the vast majority of brief hits in the 80s and 90s, the praise of Bill and Ted only seemed to grow with age. Now twenty eight years past its original release date, the Bill and Ted films enjoy a comfortable place in the nostalgic memories of millions of filmgoers. Few films depict successful utopias and I would argue that no utopia on film is as hopeful and encouraging as the rock n’ roll paradise that Bill and Ted’s band Wyld Stallyns bring to life, all through the power of rock ‘n roll.


The Karate Kid – Blu-ray Review

There are very few things as memorable or as easily recognizable as the film The Karate Kid. It is one of those films that even if you haven’t seen it, through some form of osmosis you know it well enough to recognize moments, names, scenes, and characters.  I refer to this as the Pop-Culture effect. If something rises to a certain level of notoriety or fame it gets nuanced into popular cultural items. It could be as simple as T-Shirts, being referenced in a song, or, with the film at hand, it is more than likely the sheer amount of times it has been parodied. Parodied might even be the wrong word for how The Karate Kid has been treated over the years. Most parodies come from a place of critique or a joke that the item/event/movie being parodied is not privy to. No, The Karate Kid is almost always lovingly referenced. Whether it’s wax-on/wax-off or the infamous (illegal) Crane Kick, you’ve seen it hundreds of times undoubtedly. 


The Tax Collector – 4K UHD Review

The Tax Collector is a 2020 American action thriller film that was written, directed, and produced by David Ayer. The film stars Bobby Soto, Cinthya Carmona, George Lopez, and Shia LaBeouf, and follows two enforcers (also known as “tax collectors”) working for a Los Angeles crime lord whose business becomes upended, resulting in one of them desperately protecting his family from an old rival.


Michael – Blu-ray Review

Michael is a 1996 American fantasy film that was directed by Nora Ephron. The film stars John Travolta as the Archangel Michael, who is sent to Earth to do various tasks, including mending some wounded hearts. The cast also includes Andie MacDowell, William Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Joey Lauren Adams, and Robert Pastorelli as people who cross paths with Michael.


Bloodrunners – Blu-ray Review

Bloodrunners is the latest film to come out by Director Dan Lantz and was written by Michael McFadden from SpeakEasy Pictures. The film features McFadden, Ice-T, Chris Boylan, Airen DeLaMater, Peter Patrikios, Julie Ek, Kelly Buterbaugh, Dan Doherty, Tammy Jean, and Tina Marie Connel and tells us the story of a corrupt cop who is on a mission to rid his town of the crew of vampires who are running the local speakeasy during the prohibition era.


Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland – Blu-ray Review

Blue Mountain State: The Rise of Thadland is a 2016 American comedy film that is based on Spike TV’s television show that operated under the same name. Directed by Lev L. Spiro, the film features Darin Brooks, Alan Ritchson and Chris Romano. In March 2013, Ed Marinaro stated in an interview with Class Act Sports that he was working on a film and continued to hint on Twitter at some behind-the-scenes work being done. In early March 2014, Page Kennedy had started hinting at a Blue Mountain State” reunion project on various social media platforms along with Darin Brooks, Kelly Kruger, Alan Ritchson, Sam Jones III, Frankie Shaw and Romanski. Then on April 8, 2014, the film was officially announced, followed by a Kickstarter campaign shortly thereafter, following in the same footsteps as the hugely successful 2013 campaign for the Veronica Mars movie. The goal was to raise $1.5 million by May 15 to fund the film. There were several rewards for donating to the campaign, such as personalized tweets from the cast members (for donating $10), shot and pint glasses with the BMS logo (for donating $20), and a speaking role in the film (for donating $10,000). At the end of the campaign, the final funds raised were upwards of $1.9 million from approximately 23,999 backers.