The Bag Man, starring John Cusack and Robert De Niro, opens in a handful of movie theaters this weekend (“handful” = 1 screen only in each of a few major markets). It’s also available from most Video on Demand services if you don’t want to leave the house.
De Niro is operating in full anything-for-a-paycheck mode here. The best guess is that he filmed all his scenes in less than a week and he gets to rock a poufy hairstyle and some chunky glasses while spouting philosophical gangster dialog. +Continue Reading
Wireless audio presents a whole host of challenges for anyone building audio gear these days, but wireless audio is what consumers want. A decade of explosive growth in wifi and smartphones has created consumer expectations about how things should work.
Cambridge Audio has launched the Minx line of wireless speakers to address the new markets. We checked out the Minx Air 200 AirPlay/Bluetooth wireless speaker and the Minx Go portable Bluetooth speaker. Here’s the short review: the Minx Air 200 delivers exceptional audio performance for the price and the Minx Go is a solid performer in a price range crowded with Bluetooth options. +Continue Reading
Bill O’Reilly’s Killing Kennedy was a massive bestseller and the followup to his Killing Lincoln. Nat Geo TV had a lot of success with a Killing Lincoln TV movie that played like a documentary with live reenactments and quickly followed up with a straight drama feature starring Rob Lowe as JFK. Killing Kennedy was the most-watched program in the history of the channel and it’s now out on Blu-ray and DVD. +Continue Reading
The Counselor has resurfaced on Blu-ray after bombing last fall in theaters. The movie features stars after stars: Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Penélope Cruz with an screenplay by tough guy literary hero Cormac McCarthy and direction by the legendary Ridley Scott.
The movie has gotten what amounts to a radical makeover in a new extended cut that gets its own disk in the package. The revised film is twenty minutes longer and many of the scenes have been reshuffled in light of the extra material. That doesn’t really make the movie any less strange or challenging but it should help The Counselor find a few more hardcore fans who might corner you in a bar to recount the entire thing start to finish. +Continue Reading
The latest versions of the Kraken A.M.S. and Cyclops iPhone cases from Trident Case get a strong recommendation from us for a lot of reasons. While we tested them for an iPhone 5S, but Trident is one of the few manufacturers committed to making cases for a variety of Android, Blackberry and Windows phones as well. +Continue Reading
Zik Headphones are made by Parrot, a French company that makes elaborately designed, expensive stuff that appeals to its founder, Henry Seydoux. Military.com readers may know the firm from the AR.Drone, a smartphone-controlled drone that can send video direct to your device. It’s expensive ($300 at Amazon) and amazingly cool. Is it practical? Who’s to say what’s practical? +Continue Reading
Against the Odds is a new television documentary series that features incidents from Vietnam, Iraq, Korea and World War II where troops faced insurmountable opposition and managed to find a way to come out on top. The six-part series debuts Monday March 3rd at 10pm ET on the American Heroes Channel.
We talked to John Ligato, a Marine vet who’s featured in the premiere episode The Marines at Hue, which details their efforts to retake Hue City during the Tet Offensive in 1968. Ligato served in Alpha Company during the battle and later went on to have an incredible career that includes undercover work for the FBI.
(What is the American Heroes Channel? It’s a rebranding of the Military Channel that also launches on Monday. Obviously they’re not giving up on the military-themed programming but they say they want to “broaden the scope” of the channel. That probably means they’re going to make reality shows about first responders, but it’s early days. You can find the American Heroes Channel at the same number on your TV that you’ve been using for the Military Channel.) +Continue Reading
Even though Nebraska got nominated for a slew of Oscars (including Best Picture), the movie didn’t really find an audience in theaters, especially when you compare its box office to the last three pictures directed by Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Sideways and The Descendants).
Maybe it has something to do with the fact that it’s filmed in black and white and perhaps the audience that would love Nebraska thinks “no color” equals “art movie.” Fortunately, it’s out now on home video and you get another shot at this one. +Continue Reading
Stalingrad is the highest grossing movie in Russian history and its Doctor-Zhivago–meets–Call-of-Duty 3D sensibility arrives in U.S. IMAX theaters this weekend. +Continue Reading
Battery life is the weakest link in an always-connected world and that means there’s a huge market for devices that offer to fix the problem. There are a lot of backup battery/charging station/power banks out there, but the myCharge Amp 6000xt offers a few features that make it a serious candidate for users who need charging options in extreme circumstances.