Archive for August, 2011

DVD Geeks – August 30, 2011

The Twilight Zone - Season 5

The Twilight Zone Season 5 - "The Masks"

On this week’s DVD Geeks, one health we’re looking at the final release of the classic Twilight Zone series on Blu-ray in a superlative collection from Image Entertainment. All of the classic, iconic episodes are here along with an incredible array of special features (old and new) that put TZ in historical context and cement its place in TV history as one of the best shows ever made.

Next up, we’ll take a retro journey to “Skateland” in this comin-of-age story set in a Texas suburb. When the town skating rink closes, the teens who work and play there are at a crossroads of what to do with their lives. It’s funny, dramatic and goes out of its way to present authentic details of the period as a backdrop.

Finally, Carrie Fisher left behind Princess Leia to find a real-life war with mental illness and drug dependence. In her one-woman show “Wishful Drinking,” she spills her guts about all the skeletons in her famous family’s closet.

All that plus Geek Picks, honorable mentions and much more!

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DVD Geeks – August 22, 2011

X-Men First Class

Michael Fassbender in X-Men First Class

Mutants and mad-men are the dominant forces on this week’s DVD Geeks! We’ll get things started with a look at the disturbing independent serial-killer movie “A Horrible Way To Die” starring friend of the show A.J. Bowen.

Next up, oncologist we’ll see if the recent downward spiral of the X-Men franchise can be saved with the latest prequel “X-Men: First Class.”

The action thriller “Hanna” gives us a 13-year-old girl trained as an assassin by her spy father. She’s dangerous and curious about the mystery surrounding her identity. “Spy Kids” it ain’t.

Finally, there the gritty, about it tragic lives of northern Britons living in government housing is exposed in the jarring quasi-documentary “The Arbor.” Based on the short life of playwright Andrea Dunbar, the film picks up where her plays left off and with the broken family she left behind.

 

All those plus our weekly honorable mentions and much more!

Dexter Season 5

Julia Stiles as Lumen and Michael C. Hall as Dexter

This week’s show is all about murderers, order
mad men and mutant zombies. Rob G, co-creator of Icons of Fright and director of the documentary “The Psycho Legacy” joins us for a horror-themed episode. We kick off the show with the 5th season of Dexter, where Michael C. Hall and Julia Stiles come head to head for a tumultuous turn of events that echo themes of “I Spit on Your Grave.” Other highlights of the season include guest stars Peter Weller (Robocop) and Johnny Lee Miller (Dracula 2000) chewing scenery and playing against type.

Next, we go back in time to the Wild West where cowboy bounty hunters meet zombies in “The Dead and the Damned.” In this shoot ‘em up movie, miners in Jamestown, California crack open a meteorite that exposes townsfolk to spores that turn them into flesh-eating mutants.

Following that, we take a look at the prequel to Stevan Mena’s “Malevolence,” a twisted exploration of the psyche of a murderous mad man in “Bereavement.”

Finally, we take a look at the ultimate mad man through the letters of adoring fans in “Dear Uncle Adolf: The Germans and Their Fuhrer.” In this documentary, we explore some of the 100,000 fan letters that were seized by Soviet forces when Germany was conquered in 1945. Preserved in a secret Russian archive, the letters are read by actors while archival footage is shown depicting his rise to power and his decline in popularity. They run the gamut from love letters to health tips.

All these titles plus our weekly round up of honorable mentions and our very own Geek Picks. If you didn’t get your fill of genre DVDs, check out Rob G’s site Massive Hysteria, a pop culture round up filled with interviews and a nice horror slant.

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DVD Geeks – August 15, 2011

Paul

Paul and Simon Pegg in "Paul"

On this week’s episode, approved we spend a little quality time with Kim Catrall as a former adult film star in “Meet Monica Velour.” It’s a funny and often sweet, sensitive look at a boy coming of age while he seeks out the woman behind his adolescent fantasies. It’s a brave and intriguing performance from Catrall in a movie that titillates and warms the heart.

Next up, some of our favorite geeks on the planet – Simon Pegg and Nick Frost – encounter a smart-ass alient in “Paul.” It’s part E.T., part “Close Encounters and part road-trip comedy. Frost and Pegg make the most of their own “geek cred” and the technical achievement of Paul himself (voiced by Seth Rogen) elevate this movie to more than the sum of its parts.

Finally, when our friends over at The Asylum aren’t cranking out low-budget “mockbusters” like “Transmorphers” and the “Mega Shark” series, they sometimes try their hands at low-budget R-rated comedies. In “Barely Legal,” the unlikely premise of three girls trying to lose their virginitiies at the same party plays out with the intended results of naked skin, a few laughs and a couple of gross-out moments.

All that plus our round-up of the week’s honorable mentions and more!

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DVD Geeks – August 1, 2011

Stake Land

Connor Paolo (l) and Nick Damici (r) in "Stake Land"

It’s a dark, tooth gritty take on vampires that makes “Twilight” look like a high-school prom. “Stake Land” presents a post-vampire America in which a few lone survivors fight their way to “New Eden” to start a new life. We’ve got the inside story on the movie and the DVD special features.

Just to lighten the mood a little, visit we welcome back Kenny Powers for a second season of “Eastbound and Down” – the breakout HBO comedy that makes rednecks cool again. This season, web Kenny is in Mexico looking for his career, his dignity and his missing father. This two-disc set is full of commentaries, missing and deleted scenes and a great gag reel.

Finally, we have one of the most dramatic films of the year with David Schwimmer’s directorial debut “Trust.” It’s the story of a suburban Chicago family that is thrown into turmoil when their 14-year-old daughter is sexually assaulted. It’s disturbing and heart-wrenching, but it presents bravura performances from Clive Owen and newcomer Liana Liberato.

All those plus the weekly round=up of honorable mentions and the triumphant return of Geek Picks!

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