Fargo (1996) – Joel Coen and Ethan Coen

The next big title in DK Canada’s very enjoyable The Movie Book is the Coen Brothers’ classic, Fargo. Supposedly based on a true story, it’s not, the film follows the inept kidnapping and subsequent murder all organized by a car salesman, Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy). It seems Lundegaard is in a bit of financial…

Miami Vice (1986) – Shadow in the Dark, and El Viejo

Chuck Adamson pens the script for the first episode up this week, Shadow in the Dark, which plunges Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Micheal Thomas) into an unusual burglary case that puts Sonny into the mind of a cat burglar, known as The Shadow (Vincent Caristi), a trip that may cost him…

Monsters, Inc. (2001) – Peter Docter

The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book following my screening of Toy Story is this Pixar classic starring Billy Crystal and John Goodman as two monsters trying to keep their world alive. Those noises under your bed, the shadow in the closet, they’re all real. Monsters come through to…

Escape From L.A. (1996) – John Carpenter

I love me some John Carpenter, and his work with Kurt Russell is always enjoyable, but this next stop in the Sci-Fi Chronicles book isn’t as good as it could have been, but I still enjoy parts of it, I mean there’s Kurt as Snake Plissken, again. This time the year is 2013, L.A. has…

The Big Lebowski (1998) – The Coen Brothers

  The next recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Raging Bull (as a sports movie) is one of my all time favorite comedies, and one I quote almost as often as Ghostbusters and Back to the Future. Sports, in the form of bowling, is involved peripherally…

Reservoir Dogs (1992) – Quentin Tarantino 

  The final recommendation from the Great Movies – 100 Years of Film book for my screening of Rififi is Quentin Tarantino’s first film, Reservoir Dogs. Now, it’s been a number of years since I had watched this film, but it’s always there in the back of my head about how good a film it…

Boardwalk Empire: Season 5

HBO’s Emmy and Golden Globe winning period series comes to a close this week, with its final season being released to Blu-Ray and DVD today. A truncated eight episode season wraps up storylines for the show’s characters as Nucky Thompson’s (Steve Buscemi) career seems to be coming to an end. Set six years after the…

Boardwalk Empire Season 4

Releasing today on Blu-Ray and DVD, is the latest installment, season 4, of HBO’s Emmy winning period gangster piece, Boardwalk Empire. I was lucky enough to get a look at it ahead of time, and once again, I love how HBO has pulled out all the stops, to make it the best that it can possibly…

Armageddon (1998) – Michael Bay

  The 101 Action Movies brings us another Michael Bay cotton candy confection of entertainment featuring an extinction level event, too-rapid cutting, cardboard characters, a power ballad, an all-star cast, and a number of well-placed American flags to show how noble and amazing they are. Bruce Willis leads the cast, playing Harry Stamper an oil…

Con Air (1997) – Simon West

  The third of Nic Cage’s action trio from the late 90s makes its appearance on the 101 Action Movies list in this film directed by Simon West. Cage plays retired Ranger Cameron Po, who after his service is eager to rejoin his newly pregnant wife (Monica Potter) to raise their child together. On their…

Desperado (1995) – Robert Rodriguez

  101 Action Movies brings Robert Rodriguez into the fold with this sequel/remake/self-homage follow-up to his shoestring budget independent action film, El Mariachi. Desperado has a two ridiculously good-looking leads amongst an all-star cast. Antonio Banderas takes over the role of the Mariachi, and Salma Hayek is Carolina. The first time I saw this movie was the first time I had…

Boardwalk Empire – The Complete Third Season Blu-Ray

  HBO was kind enough to send me an advance copy of their hit series Boardwalk Empire, starring Steve Buscemi, to take a look at. I wasn’t sure how to approach this one, as I am first and foremost very much NOT a fan of the gangster genre. I appreciate the Godfather series as cinema,…