WALL-E Arrives On Criterion Collection 4K UHD

Filmmaker Andrew Stanton has overseen a director approved 4K Ultra HD release of WALL-E through the Criterion Collection. The film, a spiritual cousin of Idiocracy, was one of the best films of 2008 and feels more current as we close in on next year’s 15th anniversary of its theatrical release. At a time when Disney Animation was still getting back in order, Pixar was churning out some of the best animated films ever. This film is…

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Ghostbusters: One Of The Best Comedies Ever

Ghostbusters isn’t only one of the best comedies ever made but the film was influential in changing up the visual effects game. Ivan Reitman had broken onto the map as a director with Meatballs and shortly followed with Stripes. However, Ghostbusters is certainly the film that would change the game. It’s the film that gave us Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ray Stantz (Dan Aykroyd), and Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis). The Ectomobile! The keymaster and the gatekeeper! Ray Parker’s…

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Ghostbusters: Afterlife Gets The Nostalgia Right

Ghostbusters: Afterlife hits at all the nostalgic emotions as the torch gets passed to a new generation of Ghostbusters. If you read nothing else, please make sure to sit through the end of the credits. There is a mid-credit and a post-credit scene. Jason Reitman takes the best of his father’s two films and the best of Paul Feig’s solo outing to bring this bittersweet sequel. If bittersweet is the right word, that is. It’s…

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Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters

Cleanin’ Up The Town: Remembering Ghostbusters is the definitive documentary about the making of the classic 1984 horror comedy. Where Ghostheads is a documentary about Ghostbusters fans, Cleanin’ Up The Town is about the film itself. This is an extended cut so that speaks to how many people were interviewed and the type of never-before-seen footage available. You could make this film three hours long and people would still watch it. Produced on a $25-30…

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Secrets of the Whales: The Newest Earth Day Series

Rather than launch a new Disneynature film, Disney+ turns to James Cameron and National Geographic for Secrets of the Whales. It was only a matter of time before Disney, through its National Geographic unit, released a documentary on whales. The thing is–there is so much content here that it’s not limited to a single film. Instead, the newest Earth Day feature is a documentary series. The four episodes run close to 50 minutes in length,…

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My Salinger Year: A Charming Coming-Of-Age Film

My Salinger Year is a charming coming-of-age film that draws on Joanna Rakoff’s experience working at an agency representing J.D. Salinger. Joanna Rakoff (Margaret Qualley) leaves grad school for New York in hopes of starting a writing career.  Next thing you know, she’s working for Margaret (Sigourney Weaver) at a literary agency.  The agency is old school with typewriters everywhere and nary a computer in sight.  It certainly is not a smart idea to inform…

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James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction

James Cameron’s Story of Science Fiction arrives home on Blu-ray and DVD after the six-part documentary series aired in 2018. This limited documentary series, which originally aired on AMC, features just about every major person ever associated with the genre.  Whether it’s filmmakers, visual effects designers, actors, or commentators, there is no shortage of commentary.  The commentary, of course, is expertly weaved in with montage of film clips or archive footage.  Most importantly, James Cameron’s…

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WALL-E: A Spiritual Cousin of Idiocracy

WALL-E, a spiritual cousin of Idiocracy, was one of the best films of 2008 and feels more current some twelve years after its theatrical release. At a time when Disney Animation was still getting back in order, Pixar was churning out some of the best animated films ever.  This film is certainly no exception.  While WALL-E managed to take home an Oscar for Best Animated Feature, it could certainly have crossed over into Best Picture…

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Galaxy Quest: Star Trek Send-Up Is A Classic

Galaxy Quest, the Star Trek send-up, still remains a sci-fi comedy classic as fans across the globe celebrate the 20th anniversary. No list of the all-time best comedies can be complete without Galaxy Quest.  To make such a list without this cult classic would be–By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan–illogical to say the least.  When I first saw the film, I had never been initiated into the Star Trek universe.  A real introduction…

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Dave: The President We Need Right Now

Dave is able to hold up so well 25 years after it’s release because of such a strong performance by Kevin Kline. Ivan Reitman followed his 1980s successes by directing the political comedy from Gary Ross’ hilariously written screenplay.  There are so few political comedies that can work in a way that the script does.  Could the Oscar-nominated screenplay be written today and still appeal to movie going audiences?  I’d like to think so.  A…

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