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Jul. 30, 2013by:

This week: G.I. Joe gets Rock Bottomed, a collector's edition of classic Carpenter, and the gonzo first season of Banshee.

The Rock is having one of those years like Phil Collins in ’85 – you can’t avoid him no matter where you turn. In G.I. JOE: RETALIATION, one of five bloody movies he has already released this year (not to mention Wrestlemania), he’s one of three ‘Joes’ left over after an airstrike. Even worse, Cobra has infiltrated the White House and make themselves America’s new protectors. The Rock gets some help from a slumming Bruce Willis. If you’re watching this for Channing Tatum, he isn’t around long.

► Otherwise known as ‘The Movie Bella Shows the Goods,’ ON THE ROAD is based on the classic 1957 Jack Kerouac book everyone pretends they’ve read to look cool at parties. After the death of his father, a young writer named Sal (Sam Riley) joins some impulsive friends for a cross-country drive across America. They run across Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst and Amy Adams along the way.

► The worst thing BANSHEE can do is put “from the creator of True Blood” on the blu-ray cover. We may never get the smart, nuanced Alan Ball of ‘Six Feet Under’ again, but if he’s going to go balls out, this’ll do just fine. Anthony Starr plays an ex-con who through assorted violent shit assumes the identity of the town’s incoming sheriff. In essence, he’s a bad guy playing a good guy taking on the town’s real bad guys, led by the fantastic Ulrich Thomsen. Solid first season earned Cinemax its biggest ratings ever for an original series.

► Christ, not to bemoan the state of modern cinema again, but how sad is it when you look up the director of an obscure horror flick like TWIXT and see Francis Ford Coppola’s name. That means Francis Ford Coppola – who has merely made some of the greatest films in history – is now making shit no one’s heard of. Val Kilmer stars as a has-been writer who starts investigating a murder for his next novel and is visited by the ghost of a young girl (Dakota Fanning).

► With its fourth season, STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION officially surpassed the original series in both quantity and possibly quality. After turning the corner in Season 3, the show really found its footing with several classic episodes, including the second part of the third season cliffhanger, ‘The Best of Both Worlds’ with Picard assimilated by The Borg. Seven episodes this season combined for eight Emmy nominations. Blu-ray extras include Mission Overview: Year Four, which celebrates the show’s 100th episode.

► In-between his classics ‘Halloween’ and ‘Escape From New York,’ John Carpenter made the old-fashioned ghost story THE FOG. A dud upon its release, it has - like most all of Carpenter’s ‘80s stuff - earned some pedigree over the years. For starters, it’s genuinely scary, and boasts a killer cast of Jamie Lee Curtis, her mom Janet Leigh and a smoking hot Adrienne Barbeau. This was Carpenter’s ‘statement’ movie that he wasn’t going to make slasher flicks to capitalize on ‘Halloween.’ The horrible 2005 remake was worse in every conceivable way.

► A dash of ‘Deliverance’ and a pinch of ‘The Descent’ goes into BLACK ROCK. Kate Bosworth, Katie Aselton and Lake Bell are three chicks with issues who head out for some private time on an empty island off the coast of Maine. In the history of cinema, has that ever been a good idea? Sure enough, they cross paths with three hunters and things go dueling banjos.

► When it comes to bad ‘70s horror, THE INCREDIBLE MELTING MAN has VIP seating. Porn quality directing and acting grace this tale of an astronaut (Alex Rebar) exposed to radiation who finds his flesh melting when he returns to Earth. Of course, the only way to slow the process is to eat other people. Rick Baker’s gooey make-up effects are the real star, but this one’s so bad it couldn’t even cut it at the drive-in.

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3:05AM on 07/31/2013

Hey! JoBlo, you should talk about the Extended Action Cut of GI Joe!

I picked up GI Joe: Retaliation 3D from Best Buy today, but I just found out Best Buy also has an exclusive Blu-ray for GI Joe: Retaliation that contains an Extended Action Cut. It doesn't sound like just a couple added seconds here and there, either... the changes sound quite significant, according to this writeup of the differences:

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It sounds awesome if you're a fan of the Theatrical version! Only problem is that they don't offer it with 3D, if that bothers you... I'm guessing ">
I picked up GI Joe: Retaliation 3D from Best Buy today, but I just found out Best Buy also has an exclusive Blu-ray for GI Joe: Retaliation that contains an Extended Action Cut. It doesn't sound like just a couple added seconds here and there, either... the changes sound quite significant, according to this writeup of the differences:

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It sounds awesome if you're a fan of the Theatrical version! Only problem is that they don't offer it with 3D, if that bothers you... I'm guessing you don't care about that, though :P

Just thought I'd throw it out there for anyone interested. Sounds pretty cool.

As for what I bought today:

GI Joe: Retaliation 3D/2D Combo pack
The Flashpoint Paradox (currently in a real heavy DC and Marvel phase!)
The Pagemaster Blu-ray

Successful purchase, I would say. :D
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11:26PM on 07/30/2013

G.I. JOE - 1/10 (could've been 0).

While the 1st one had the cheese factor and a retro feel, this sequel tries to be a more modern action movie in the worst possible way.
While the 1st one had the cheese factor and a retro feel, this sequel tries to be a more modern action movie in the worst possible way.
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7:56PM on 07/30/2013
Why didn't you do a little review on Devils Back Bone? Its obviously the best movie out this week, and its from Del Toro! I'm definitely only getting that movie since those Criterion editions can be a bit pricey.
Why didn't you do a little review on Devils Back Bone? Its obviously the best movie out this week, and its from Del Toro! I'm definitely only getting that movie since those Criterion editions can be a bit pricey.
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11:53AM on 07/30/2013
Already picked up my G.I. Joe Retaliation steelbook from Walmart this morning!
Already picked up my G.I. Joe Retaliation steelbook from Walmart this morning!
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7:21AM on 07/30/2013
I might splurge for the Criterion edition of The Devil's Backbone. The Mike Mignola cover art is sweeeeet.
I might splurge for the Criterion edition of The Devil's Backbone. The Mike Mignola cover art is sweeeeet.
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6:07AM on 07/30/2013

Wowzers

Yeah, The_Soloist is right. You done goofed, Little Law. Get your mind fixed, or GTFO
Yeah, The_Soloist is right. You done goofed, Little Law. Get your mind fixed, or GTFO
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3:33AM on 07/30/2013
G.I. Joe Retaliation and The Fog for me. Also, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox which I really like - probably the best DC animated movie since Batman: Under the Red Hood.
G.I. Joe Retaliation and The Fog for me. Also, Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox which I really like - probably the best DC animated movie since Batman: Under the Red Hood.
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2:08AM on 07/30/2013
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, and Black Rock for me this week.

And by the way, Twixt came out last week and On The Road doesn't come out until next week.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Justice League: Flashpoint Paradox, and Black Rock for me this week.

And by the way, Twixt came out last week and On The Road doesn't come out until next week.
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2:05AM on 07/30/2013
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is an entertaining roundhouse kick. I had not read the graphic novel before watching the film, so every twist and turn was a shock that you never had the chance to reel from because a new one was just around the corner. The scene of the origin of that universe's Joker was pants-crapping scary.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox is an entertaining roundhouse kick. I had not read the graphic novel before watching the film, so every twist and turn was a shock that you never had the chance to reel from because a new one was just around the corner. The scene of the origin of that universe's Joker was pants-crapping scary.
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3:35AM on 07/30/2013
Indeed. I never read the original graphic novel either so when the mystery was revealed I was awed. And you're right, the alternate universe's Joker origin was very scary. In fact, I'm very surprised that this movie is, by far, the most violent and bloody DC animated movie todate. Nothing wrong with that but if anybody have young children who want to watch this movie, you have to explain to them what's going on on the screen.
Indeed. I never read the original graphic novel either so when the mystery was revealed I was awed. And you're right, the alternate universe's Joker origin was very scary. In fact, I'm very surprised that this movie is, by far, the most violent and bloody DC animated movie todate. Nothing wrong with that but if anybody have young children who want to watch this movie, you have to explain to them what's going on on the screen.
5:21AM on 07/30/2013
Yeah, it was really intense, moreso than I was expecting. I didn't really like the very anime-esque and chest-heavy character design (Aquaman's got jowls!) but it really didn't bother me that much because it was paced so well, there were so many cameos to catch and the action was plentiful. I agree that it might be my favourite of these since Under the Red Hood, which I absolutely loved.
Yeah, it was really intense, moreso than I was expecting. I didn't really like the very anime-esque and chest-heavy character design (Aquaman's got jowls!) but it really didn't bother me that much because it was paced so well, there were so many cameos to catch and the action was plentiful. I agree that it might be my favourite of these since Under the Red Hood, which I absolutely loved.
5:30AM on 07/30/2013
Yeah, Aquaman looks literally like The Rock.
Yeah, Aquaman looks literally like The Rock.
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