Blu-ray Invasion – Week of October 4 & October 11
After thousands of years, Apocalypse – the world’s first and most powerful mutant – has awakened to find a world led by humans. Intent on cleansing the Earth of mankind, he recruits a group of mutants to create a new world order. In a desperate race to save humanity, Professor X (McAvoy) leads the young X-Men in an epic showdown – against an unstoppable enemy – that will determine the fate of the world.
The X-Men franchise is beginning to suffer a bit of fatigue the way the big Marvel Studios films are. It would almost seem as if this franchise as a whole would benefit from singular movies the way The Wolverine and Deadpool were. That being said, Apocalypse wasn’t bad at all. It certainly overcame whatever negativity the movie was hit with when the first photos of Oscar Isaac playing Apocalypse came out online. The extras provided aren’t too substantive, but they have some entertaining moments. Queue It
The Purge: Election Year
It has been two years since Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) stopped himself from a regrettable act of revenge on Purge Night – the 12 hours of lawlessness. This year, the annual ritual comes at the eve of a heated presidential election with the nation deeply divided between those who are pro and anti Purge. As head of security for Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell), Leo’s mission is to protect her during her controversial and contested run for president. But when a betrayal leaves them onto the streets of Washington, D.C. on the one night when no help is available, they must stay alive or both be sacrificed for their sins against the state.
The scope of the Purge films continues to expand in wild ways. It’s still a fascinating concept, and this third film is just as captivating as the first one. Frank Grillo delivers another kickass performance here as he did in the second film, and that is good enough to carry the entire film. Luckily the rest of the film is packed full of good action scenes, and on a purely fun level, Election Year delivers. Extra features are a little light, but that shouldn’t dissuade a potential purchase. Buy It
Swiss Army Man
Hank (Paul Dano) is stranded on a deserted island, having given up all hope of ever making it home again. But one day everything changes when a corpse named Manny (Daniel Radcliffe) washes up on shore; the two become fast friends, and ultimately go on an epic adventure that will bring Hank back to the woman of his dreams.
From the opening frame, to the very last frame and line, Swiss Army Man is truly one of the year’s best films. It’s easy to slap the label of ‘the farting corpse movie’ on it and build an audience on that premise alone. This is far from the sophomoric joke people thought it was when trailers were first released, it has real heart, and emotional peaks and valleys. It will bring all kinds of feelings into the light that movies rarely do anymore. Buy It
The Mind’s Eye
Zack Connors and Rachel Meadows were born with incredible psychokinetic capabilities. When word of their supernatural talents gets out, they find themselves the prisoners of Michael Slovak, a deranged doctor intent on harvesting their powers. After a daring escape, they are free from his sinister institution, but the corrupt doctor will stop at nothing to track them down so that he may continue to siphon their gifts for his own use.
Joe Begos has a gift for making excellent films that go way beyond small production budgets. This was evident with his last movie, Almost Human. Sadly, The Mind’s Eye doesn’t quite live up to the potential of its great idea. Performances aren’t quite up to snuff, and there aren’t a ton of extras on this disk. Given its subject matter, there are a ton of other similar movies that you’d be better off watching instead. Skip It
SATANIC follows a van full of young, college-aged coeds who are visiting old Satanic Panic-era sites in Los Angeles. They end up following the creepy owner of an occult store home, only to find themselves saving a suspicious girl from an apparent human sacrifice. Only this victim turns out to be much more dangerous than the cult from which she escaped.
Almost half of the movie is gone before it delves into the plot and it doesn’t get much better from there. Mostly unoriginal, has a nice ending buy by then it’s too little too late. Skip It
A social misfit with psychic powers wastes her prom to get even with pranksters.
This is a no brainer. It’s an all-timer of a film, it’s a Scream Factory release. Absolutely worth a buy. This Collector’s Edition boasts hours and hours of featurettes that have their own dedicated mini-documentary that cover everything from writing, editing, casting, visuals, the acting of Carrie. This is definitely the version of this film to own. It may not ever get any better. Buy It
When his estranged teenaged daughter (Erin Moriarty) is targeted by a drug cartel, ex-convict John Link (Gibson) must call upon connections from his criminal past – and his own lethal skills – to save his daughter’s future. Diego Luna, Michael Parks, and William H. Macy costar in this explosive story of how far one man will go to save his family.
A movie right in Mel Gibson’s action wheelhouse. A fun thrill ride with some great action and genuine heart. A classic revenge story, nothing too original about it, but could just be your favorite hidden gem of 2016. Buy It