This week, audiences will get to see the conclusion to Lightning McQueen’s 11-year-long cinematic journey on the big screen with the release of Disney and Pixar’s Cars 3. The film follows McQueen after he experiences a near career-ending accident on the racetrack, but what starts out as another traditional comeback story eventually evolves into a tale about a veteran finding joy in helping to shape the new generation of racers, when a young, female wannabe racecar cruises suddenly into Lightning’s life.
Disney and Pixar’s Cars films have made the studio absurd amounts of money and have delighted kids and their predisposed car obsessions since the release of the original film. Critics on the other hand have been less than enthusiastic about Pixars’s least well-received brand, especially after the disastrous sequel Cars 2. Never one to shy away from a challenge, Pixar went back to the drawing board for Cars 3 and surprisingly delivered not only the most entertaining film in the franchise, but a movie worthy of at least being mentioned in the upper echelon of the Pixar library.
The LEGO Movie wasn’t big enough to hold the LEGO Dark Knight, so the little man in black got his very own spin-off in The LEGO Batman Movie – one of the most purely enjoyable films of the year, out now on UltraHD Blu-Ray Combo Pack, 3D Blu-Ray Combo Pack, Blu-Ray Combo Pack, and DVD.
As someone who grew up watching the Gorgeous Ladies of Wrestling with my grandmother, the news that Netflix would be producing a new series inspired by the ragtag women’s wrestling league certainly piqued my interest. Created by Liz Flahive and Carly Mensch, and executive produced by Orange is the New Black mastermind Jenji Kohan, GLOW is a highly fictionalized retelling of the events that led to the promotion’s creation in the mid-1980s.
Shared universes are all the rage in Hollywood right now, but so far only the comic book universes of Marvel and DC have managed to get up and running. Universal wants a piece of the action and is developing their own connected films using their catalog of classic monsters for their Dark Universe films. Tom Cruise has been tasked with launching the franchise with The Mummy and it’s clear the Dark Universe has scary prospects as a continued existence.
As Universal Studios is set to release the beginning of its shared “Dark Universe” with the reboot of The Mummy, now is the perfect time to revisit the first and original shared cinematic universe with the classic thirties horror icons. While often referred to as the Legacy Films of Horror, the original films released by Universal in the early thirties lasting until the sci-fi horror films of the mid-fifties are considered by many to be the base foundation of the modern “talkie” horror film.
Following closely on the heels of February’s release of Pinocchio, another Disney classic is getting an updated Blu-Ray offering with Bambi: Anniversary Edition, the latest entry into the Signature Collection of Disney home video releases. The audio and video presentations are identical to the 2011 Diamond Edition, and most of the special features from that version are included here, but there are a handful of new additions that might catch the interest of collectors.
More than 25 years after the animated classic first captivated audiences, Beauty and the Beast returned to cinema screens in a stunningly beautiful live-action version that became one of the studio’s most successful ventures yet, grossing more than $1.2 billion worldwide. This week, the film makes its way to home video in a packed Blu-ray release, and we’ve been fortunate enough to revisit the film and dive into the supplements.
Demetri Martin is best known for his hilarious and thoughtful stand-up and his well received Comedy Central show Important Things with Demetri Martin. After writing several screenplays that never got produced, Martin decided to write a smaller, more personal story which resulted in his first feature film Dean – a somewhat autobiographical story of a father and son struggling to move on after tragic loss.