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Jan 16th - 22nd Downloads
& DVDs
 
  • Blade Runner 2049:

    The original movie from 35 years ago is seen by many to be a classic of the sci-fi genre, a look into a dystopian society that relies upon slave labour in the form of androids called "replicants" to do all of those things that need doing ... until there is a revolt among the replicants who have become total sentient beings.  The new movie is another 40 years into that future, and we learn that replicants still do slave labour, but that humans have learned to program them so that they always obey and always tell the truth.  Ryan Gosling is "K" ... he is an LAPD officer as part of a unit the job of which is to track down and "retire"  the old replicants from days gone by that still hide out among the humans.  Like the first movie, this one is dark, it's wordy, although it carries more action, and it has a story to tell, but at  2:43, is too long in the telling, with director Denis Villenueve too concerned with creating the right visual impact and stretching scenes to allow the mood to overtake everything.  Harrison Ford's character, blade runner Rick Deckard from the first movie is back although he doesn't show up until almost one hour in,  and we learn that he has been missing for 30 years -  it takes "K" to ferret him out ... hard to say a lot about this film without a spoiler alerts, so I'll tell you that if you liked the original, you'll love this one ... and if the first Blade Runner, which is streaming on Cravetv right now, is something you missed, better to see it before the new one, to help you understand what's going on.  I liked it, but I did not love it.  Rated 14A.

     

  • Happy Death Day:

    While the "Groundhog Day" idea of living the same day over and over has been kind of done to death over the years, this horror-thriller with a sense of humour puts a slightly different spin on the idea.  In Happy Death Day, it's a college student named Tree (Jessica Rothe) awakens in the dorm room of a guy she doesn't know, who tells her that she was pretty wasted at a party the night before, and that she came on to him.  She leaves, heads back to the sorority house, goes to class, sees a married prof with whom she is having an affair, goes to a party, and gets murdered by someone dressed in black wearing the mask of the face of the school mascot.  She wakes up in the dorm room of a guy she doesn't know, and the entire thing spins out again, ending in her death.  The first time she was stabbed with a knife.  Second time it's a jagged wine bottle, and as the days progress she is burned to death, she is hangs by the neck until dead, and she is shot, always by the same masked person.  Each day she tries different things to get out of the loop, and each time it looks as if the mystery is solved, she wakes up again after having just died.  There are some funny moments, so it's not all serious all the time, and the mystery as to what is happening and why offers the audience plenty of clues, most of which are red herrings.  Good performance here by Rothe, who begins as a not-so-nice person, and might be trying to improve. Rated 14A.

  • The Snowman:

    Although the previews make this crime thriller look like it has a lot to offer, the execution, other than the bodies of the woman piling up as the serial killer of the title does his work, is sadly lacking.  We have an excellent cast along with some big people behind the film - the executive producer is Martin Scorsese, the stars include Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender and Oscar winner J. K. Simmons, along with a foreign setting in Oslo, Norway, and a successful series of novels as the source material.  With all of that going for it, and promotion that made it look like a taught thriller with supernatural overtones, The Snowman is a crashing bore.  Most of the scenes are shot during winter, and that's fair enough, otherwise the serial killer preying on women would not be able to leave his signature ugly snowman outside the residence of each of his victims, but it creates as stark, sterile look with all the white snow against the grey buildings, matching up perfectly with police investigator Harry Hole (Fassbender) because his character seems to be sleepwalking through the story.  The Snowman's victims are beheaded and dismembered somewhat graphically, and it is gratuitous at best, and just revolting at worst.  But beyond all of that, this movie isn't a thriller, it's a snoozer for the most part, and a disappointing display of talent that should all know better.  Rated 18Ag to improve with each day.  Although it's a slasher movie of a sort, we aren't overwhelmed with blood or gratuitous violence.  Rated 14A.


  • Fallen (2016):

    Based on the series of young adult novels by Lauren Kate, this is a story of a love that transcends most of what any young woman might expect.  Lucinda Price (Addison Timlin) is a 17 year-old girl who is sentenced to a reform school for a crime she did not commit that involved the death of a young boy.  While there, she finds herself strangely drawn to a pair of young men who are, it turns out, fallen angels who claim to have been in love with her for more than a thousand years. One is connected to heaven, the other to hell, and Lucinda must make a choice that will have earth-shaking implications.  Rated 14A.


     

     

    Inconceivable (2017):

    Angela and Brian (Gina Gershon, Nicolas Cage) are a husband and wife that have almost everything in life, but long for a more complete family.  When Katie (Nicky Whelan) arrives in their lives, it seems to be a perfect fit ... the young mother becomes first a fast friend, next a live-in nanny with the family and then ... something very strange that borders on obsession.  As one might expect, Katie is not what she appears to be, and instead of mending and supporting the family, seems to be threatening its very existence.  Faye Dunaway and James Van Patten also star.  Rated 14A. 


Counterpart (TV series, 2017):

Oscar winner (for Whiplash) J. K. Simmons is Howard Silk, a low-end, nearly invisible bureaucrat in a UN agency based in Berlin.  Purely by accident, Howard stumbles across the true purpose of the agency, which is far different than advertised.  Its job is actually to protect a portal to a parallel world in a parallel universe, and suddenly, everyone is after Howard.  He an trust no one, except perhaps his double from the parallel earth ... that person also has a similar struggle ... or does he?  Episode one available now on Cravetv.


New on AMAZON PRIME

First Flights with Neil Armstrong (1991)

Although this series is 26 years old, and Neil Armstrong, the first man to set foot on the moon, has been dead for five years, aviation buffs will want to catch each season of the three that Amazon is offering, in which Armstrong introduces specific eras in aviation, and sometimes flies the planes that he is profiling, from the old "Jenny" biplanes that delivered the mail in post-WWI America, to the first jet trainers such as the T-33 Silver Star that set the tone for the jet age.  I know it's a specific market, but if you like planes, you'll love all of this!