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Share Memories of Earth With the ‘Interstellar’ Time Capsule

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Are we allowed to talk about the plot of Interstellar yet or is the ending still supposed to be a secret? The direct Christopher Nolan has partnered up with Google Play and Paramount Pictures to curate a time capsule short film that will chronicle life on earth as we live now. Made and produced by David Brodie and Angus Wall,  the film will compile photos, videos, songs, diary entries or anything else that might represent people of the world today into the modern version of a cave painting to represent our era to future generations. +Continue Reading

First-Person POV Comes to the Movies

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Hardcore is an upcoming feature film starring Sharlto Copley (District 9, Maleficent) and directed by Ilya Naishuller, the guy who made that amazing POV music video “Bad Motherf***er” for the band Bad Elbows last year. +Continue Reading

Revisiting the Vietnam Era in ‘I Am Ali’

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Depending on your perspective Muhammad Ali is either America’s most famous conscientious objector or its most notorious draft dodger. The boxer still calls up a lot of fevered reaction from folks who lived through the Vietnam era. The new documentary I Am Ali (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD) aims to present the boxer in a more intimate and personal light than previous films about the champ. +Continue Reading

Former SEAL Kristin Beck Describes Her Journey

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Lady Valor is a documentary film about Kristin Beck, a former Navy SEAL who came out as a transgendered woman on Anderson Cooper’s CNN program in 2013. The network then commissioned this film, aired it last month and now it’s available on VOD and DVD from Wolfe Video. Kristin Beck comes off as exactly the sort of badass you’d expect a special ops warrior to be. Over the course of an interview about her Navy career as Christopher Beck, she calmly describes her resumé and it’s spectacular.

The movie is aimed at everyone who’s not predisposed to understand or accept Kristin Beck’s transformation and highlights the role the United States Military has historically played in changing mainstream America’s attitudes about race, religion, national origin and sexuality. Beck thinks transgendered Americans can and will serve their country as well as anyone else. +Continue Reading

Dangle Shorts in Baghdad & Other Tales of ‘Reno 911!’

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Reno 911!: The Complete Series is out now on DVD. You can get all 6 seasons (88 episodes) with over 3 hours of bonus features and commentary tracks for 32 episodes for $46 (but you can find it for around $30 without looking too hard). The show started out as a straight up parody of Fox’s wildly successful reality show Cops, but it soon morphed into its own weird parallel universe and eventually led to the movie Reno 911!: Miami.

The three creators of the series all played lead roles: Thomas Lennon played Lt. Jim Dangle, whose name was echoed by some inappropriately short shorts, Robert Ben Garant played redneck Deputy Travis Junior and Kerri Kenney-Silver played Deputy Trudy Weigel. All three came to fame on the MTV comedy series The State.

We talked to Lennon and Garant about the release of the DVD, why the show has so many fans in law enforcement and what happened after Lennon sent a pair of Dangle shorts to Iraq around the time that Saddam Hussein fell. +Continue Reading

‘Dragon 2′ a Sequel That’s Better Than the Original

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How to Train Your Dragon 2 is a surprise. It’s both an improvement on the first movie and it’s definitely one of the best movies that DreamWorks Animation has ever made. It’s out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. +Continue Reading

Remembering Louis Zamperini for Veterans Day

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Each year, the American Legion Magazine publishes a list of America’s Most Beloved Veterans. The name most likely to be added to that list in 2015 is Louis Zamperini, the former Olympic athlete who survived incarceration in a Japanese POW camp after enlisting in the Army Air Corps. His inspirational story was chronicled in Laura Hillenbrand’s 2010 bestseller Unbroken and that book is now the basis for a new movie directed by Angelina Jolie. +Continue Reading

‘Unbroken’ Director Takes an Acting Gig in ‘Maleficent’

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Unbroken director Angelina Jolie has this other gig as an actor that’s she’s sort of ignored the last few years, but she made a big time return to the screen this past winter with Maleficent (out now on Blu-ray/DVD/Digital combo pack). +Continue Reading

Dark Military Humor in ‘Hercules’

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Dwayne Johnson tries to revive the “sword and sandal” with Hercules (out now on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital). Director Brett Ratner doesn’t get bogged down in detailing the twelve labors and dispenses with several of them as quick flashbacks. That sort of begs a question: does anyone study Greek or Roman mythology in school anymore? Does anyone under the age of 50 even know what the twelve labors are?

The movie suggests that the whole “son of Zeus” thing might just be PR for his mercenary business. Hercules agrees to help King Cotys defend Thrace from incursion by the warlord Rheseus but later decides that Cotys is the bad guy and brings down the kingdom.  +Continue Reading

Cars Falling From the Sky in ‘Furious 7′ Trailer

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The latest film in the Fast & the Furious street racing saga has a final title: Furious 7 and an April 3rd release date next spring. A new trailer debuted over the weekend and it looks like the series is getting back to the eye-popping stunts that made Fast Five so good and dialing down the overwrought plot elements that were such a drag in Fast & Furious 6.

This time we get cars with special parachute rigs jumping out of airplanes and an incredible bus-falling-off-a-cliff rescue of the late Paul Walker’s Brian O’Conner character. Saw and The Conjuring director James Wan takes over the series here and the producers obviously aren’t afraid of an audience letdown when they’re giving away such spectacular footage before the movie even opens. +Continue Reading