A need to protect our home is very normal and justified. Whether with installing a security system, alarms, additional locks, etc, it is something we do not take lightly.
In movies, on the other hand, things tend to go a little bit differently.
Without a doubt, those movies play on that notion of needing to protect ourselves, our family, and our homes.
Some of them do it in a comical, over-exaggerated way, some of them might toy with our fears and paranoia.
They might not always be completely realistic, but some of these security systems will entertain you and some of them just might make you think.
Home invasion is always a terrifying thought, so it is not surprising that it is a theme of so many movies.
A panic room seems like a reasonable (although probably an expensive) idea in order to keep everyone in your house safe right?
But it seems that even with a panic room, things can go very wrong.
For most of us, building a panic room might seem like an extreme measure, although no one would probably mind actually having one.
It is a classic intrusion movie (or franchise to be exact). Here, the notion of a secure home is taken to the point of pure survival since the movie introduces us to the world in which all the crimes are legal for 12 hours.
So what happens when we face some of our worst fears? How do we defend ourselves?
Seems like with all the existing security systems that one could possibly obtain, it comes down to pure and primal survival instinct.
The Italian Job
Is there a more effective way of demonstrating the power (and flaws) of different security systems than a heist movie? Probably not.
We are talking about houses with a guard tower, professionally guarded by heavily armed men and attack dogs, safes, reinforced gates, online security systems, armored trucks, the whole deal.
But it seems like there is no security system that can’t be taken down if you are motivated enough (greed and revenge turned out to be quite the motivators in this case).
Bad Boys II
If you think about Tapia’s house, it seems like again we are talking about a strong defense system in a form of a tower and hired protection.
With a guard tower and an army of people carrying all sorts of automated weapons, this place seems like an unapproachable fortress.
In the end, though, detectives Burnett and Lowrey and a crew of highly trained SWAT members, CIA operatives, and DEA agents manage to completely destroy Tapia’s compound.
So, even an extremely guarded building like Tapia’s house wasn’t a match for the good guys.
What kind of a movie would it be otherwise? Would a real-life situation be played out differently?
We will leave that up to you.
All of the Batman Movies
With all the motion sensors, silent alarms, cameras, reinforced doors, and hidden passages and entrances (we all remember the one inside of a metal sarcophagus), the bat-cave is designed as a secret lair.
If you watched all of The Batman movies you might come to a similar conclusion – It does seem that considering everything that is at stake, Bruce Wayne (oops we revealed his identity) should have an even tighter security system in place.
In any case, surely most of us still thought about how great it would be to have a bat-cave within a huge mansion.
We talked about DC, now let’s talk about Marvel (DC vs Marvel seems to be a constant debate so how can we mention one without mention the other).
What better way to protect your house than to be a tech genius/superhero Tony Stark. This billionaire, playboy, philanthropist was the largest weapons maker until he used that technology in order to build his first Iron Man suit.
Not a lot of people would dare to invade Iron Man’s place, especially knowing he has The Avengers on speed dial.
Yet in the third part of the franchise, with all the high-tech weaponry, and numerous Iron Man suits, Tony does fail to prevent his home from being blown up by a missile.
So maybe it is not quite the ultimate security system.
There are not many security systems that are better than an omnidroid. It thinks for itself and is capable of withstanding almost everything. It is equipped with all sorts of powers than can serve for both defense and offense.
Although it seems you need to have quite villainous intentions in order to see an omnidroid as your go-to security system.
This kind of security system might not be quite possible in the real life, but it is surely entertaining on the screen.
Finally, let us not forget about the probably most iconic home security system in movie history.
It is of course the ingenuity of Kevin McCallister in one of our favorite childhood Christmas movies, Home alone.
With his wits and his sense of mischief, Kevin menages to outsmart two burglars (Harry and Marv) and protect his family home.
Seeing him make his elaborate plan of defense with toys and numerous household objects turning them into booby traps, entertained us all.
It is a kids movie that we all like to rewatch every now and then (especially around Christmas season).
As you can see, all these security systems are not exactly applicable in the real world but they are absolutely fun to think about.
Whether they scare us, entertain us, or take us down the memory lane, you can always watch the same movies from a different perspective, having a particular aspect in mind.
Maybe it is time to watch (or rather rewatch) some of these movies.
Slay At Home, a first of its kind virtual metal music and art festival organized by Frank Godla of Metal Injection, is set to air this Friday and Saturday (May29th & 30th) beginning at 3PM EST. The event will fundraise in support of two great charity organizations; Musicares and Global Giving.
The completely free event will be an artfully curated livestream show with exclusive never-before-seen performances from over 30 bands, cover song collaborations, commissioned music from artists that will debut at the fest, special guest appearances, art installations and much more!
The official schedule has now been released via the festival website, and is broken into hourly groups, with organizer Frank Godla explaining the set up:
“By keeping the set times between 5 and 15 minutes for each artist, it allows me to not only keep things moving, but mix it up in ways that conventional festivals simply can’t. Every single hour will contain big names and emerging artists right next to each other. I’m trying to look at the bright side of our current situation, and not only make this an entertaining way to see the artists you love flex their creativity in new ways, but hope this event acts as a place of discovery for every viewer out there. Finding a band or artist to fall in love with is the mark of a great festival to me, and it’s my honor to share the work of these amazing individuals I curated because I’m passionate about them. I’ve been in touch with all of them every step of the way, and some even managed to throw me a few surprises. I’m honored and humbled to have all of them part of this, they truly went above and beyond to showcase their craft for the Slay At Home fest, and I can’t wait for the world to see something really special come to life this weekend.”
The free livestream is scheduled for 3PM EST both days in an effort to raise funds for the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund helping artists, crew and industry workers during financial crisis, as well as the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund, an organization helping front line workers in need during the crisis. See the listings below for details, as well as the festival website.
WHERE TO WATCHYou can find the livestream on any device you own at Metal Injection’s YouTubeand Facebookpages, and by the direct links below.
Frank Godla of music media outlet Metal Injection, is proud to announce Slay At Home, the first of its kind metal music and art festival, in support of MusiCares and Global Giving. Taking inspiration from some of Godla’s favorite European festivals, Slay At Home will be an artfully curated two-day livestream event with exclusive never-before-seen performances from over 30 bands, a dozen cover song collaborations, commissioned music from artists that will debut at the fest, special guest appearances, art installations and much more.
“The Covid-19 pandemic has affected nearly everyone on the planet, and sadly some of the last people to get their lives back will be the ones we depend on to get us through these times,” says Godla. “I wanted to create a platform that aids artists, their crew, and global healthcare efforts alike. The experience of a live concert is irreplaceable, but my aim with Slay At Home is to provide every person in the world an experience they haven’t seen yet, right from their own devices. I’ve never been more proud to be part of the metal community and have so many great friends willing to join the fun, as we support two great organizations.”
The Slay At Home virtual livestream is set to air on May 29th & 30th at the Metal Injection YouTube page for free, in an effort to raise funds for the MusiCares Covid-19 Relief Fund helping artists, crew and industry workers during financial crisis, as well as the Global Giving Coronavirus Relief Fund, an organization helping front line workers in need during the crisis. You can more information about the fest, and donate at the festival website www.slayathomefest.com Slay At Home has announced the first wave of bands, with more each day through May 22nd. Read more.
The initial initial release include never before seen performances from the homes of:
Twelve Foot Ninja
Der Weg einer Freiheit
There will also be commissioned music created by curated groups, set to debut at the festival.
The first group announced includes:Luc Lemay (Gorguts)Dave Davidson (Revocation / Gargoyl)Liam Wilson (Azusa, The Dillinger Escape Plan)Elliot Hoffman (Carbomb)
There will be a dozen brand new cover collaborations, with over 40 musicians. The first names released are: Pustulus Maximus (GWAR) Tiziano Volante (Zeal & Ardor)Trevor Strnad (The Black Dahlia Murder)Sacha Dunable (Intronaut)Johnny Kelly (Silvertomb / Type O Negative)Ash Pearson (Revocation)Brody Uttely (Rivers Of Nihil) The initial announcement also includes special guest appearances fromJessica Pimentel (Orange Is The New Black), Gost, Charlie Benante (Anthrax) Along with art installations from Vincent Castiglia, Trine Grimm, Jodi Cachia.
PRIZE PACK FEATURES CENTURY MEDIA CDS, HEAVY METAL MAGAZINES, IRON MAIDEN COMICS, T-SHIRTS, AND MORE
Century Media Records announces partnership with Heavy Metal Magazine. To celebrate, both companies have teamed up for “The Ultimate Stay At Home Prize Pack”, which starts today, May 11th and ends on Friday, May 15th. Each prize pack will include 1 Heavy Metal t-shirt, 1 Century Media Blue Horns t-shirt, 1 3TEETH Face Mask, 5 issues of Heavy Metal Magazine, 5 issues of Iron Maiden‘s Legacy of the Beast comics, and 10 select Century Media CD’s from your favorite artists such as Napalm Death, Body Count, Lacuna Coil, Sons Of Apollo, Mayhem, Beneath The Massacre, Entombed A.D., Iced Earth, and Unearth. There will be one winner per day. No purchase necessary. Fans can enter for a chance to win HERE.
ABOUT CENTURY MEDIA Since 1988, Century Media Records has been a force within the hard rock and metal market. With a worldwide legacy that has launched the careers of artists as lauded as In This Moment and Lacuna Coil, as well as genre trailblazers including Suicide Silence and Shadows Fall, the German-founded Century Media Records is continuing its third decade in the music business with the same sense of volume and vision it was founded on. The label continues to dominate the genre by delivering epic releases by trailblazing artists such as Body Count, Mayhem, Arch Enemy, Lacuna Coil, Iced Earth, Napalm Death, Queensryche, Triptykon, and more.
ABOUT HEAVY METAL First published in 1977, Heavy Metal, the world’s foremost illustrated fantasy magazine, explores fantastic and surrealistic worlds, alternate realities, science-fiction and horror in the past, present, and future. Writers and illustrators from around the world take you to places you never dreamed existed. Heavy Metal was the first magazine to bring European legends Moebius, Tanino Liberatore, Philippe Druillet, Enki Bilal, Pepe Moreno and Philippe Caza to the U.S. as well as showcasing American superstars Richard Corben, Jim Steranko and Bernie Wrightson. The magazine continues to showcase amazing new talent as well as allow established creators to have “carte blanche.” Heavy Metal magazine is now published six times per year. Most issues feature one or two serialized graphic novels, several short stories, and two artist galleries. Recent creators have featured Grant Morrison, Stephen King, Bart Sears, Tim Seeley and Kevin Eastman. With new CEO Matt Medney and newly appointed Publisher and Chief Creative Overlord, David Erwin, at the helm, Heavy Metal promises to continue Heavy Metal’s legacy, as the leader in cutting-edge science fiction, fantasy, and horror storytelling.
COMING MAY 5, 2020 TO DIGITAL; ARRIVING MAY 19, 2020 ON 4K Ultra HD™ BLU-RAY combo pack, & BLU-RAY™ COMBO PACK
CA (March 4, 2019) – The World’s Greatest Super Heroes square off
once-and-for-all against the despotic Darkseid – with the fate of all humanity
hanging in the balance – in Justice League Dark: Apokolips War, the next entry
in the popular series of DC UniverseMovies. Produced by Warner Bros.
Animation and DC, the feature-length animated film will be released by Warner
Bros. Home Entertainment on Digital starting May 5, 2020, and on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack and Blu-ray Combo Pack on May 19, 2020.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be
accompanied by the all-new DC Showcase animated short, Adam Strange. The
thrilling tale, which offers insight into the space adventurer’s fascinating
backstory, features Charlie Weber (How To
Get Away with Murder) as the voice of title character.
Dark: Apokolips War will be available on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (USA $39.99 SRP;
Canada $44.98 SRP) and Blu-ray Combo Pack (USA $24.98 SRP; Canada $29.98 SRP) as well as on Digital. The 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack features
an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc in 4K with HDR, a Blu-ray disc featuring the film in
hi-definition, and a digital version of the movie. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a
Blu-ray disc with the film in hi-definition, a DVD with the film in standard
definition, and a digital version of the movie.
Culminating a six-year animated
journey that began with the release of Justice League War in 2014, Justice
League Dark: Apokolips War
finds Earth decimated after intergalactic tyrant Darkseid has devastated the
Justice League in a poorly executed war by the DC Super Heroes. Now the
remaining bastions of good – the Justice League, Teen Titans, Suicide Squad and
assorted others – must regroup, strategize and take the war to Darkseid in
order to save the planet and its surviving inhabitants. This is truly the war
to end all wars, and only the victor will live to enjoy the spoils.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War features the largest Super Hero cast in the history of DC
Universe Movies with dozens of actors/characters spotlighted in a grand
ensemble of talent reprising their roles from this six-year story continuum. Matt
Ryan (Legends of Tomorrow, Constantine), Jerry O’Connell (Carter, Bravo’s Play by Play,Stand by Me) and Taissa Farmiga (The Nun, The Mule,American
Horror Story) anchor the cast as Constantine,
Superman and Raven, respectively – the triumvirate determined to assemble the
forces necessary to lead humanity’s final attack. Alongside that trio are the long-running
core of Justice League voices — Jason O’Mara (The Man in the High Castle, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.) as Batman, Rosario Dawson (Briar Patch,Daredevil, Sin City) as Wonder Woman, Shemar Moore (S.W.A.T., Criminal Minds) as Cyborg and Christopher
Gorham (Covert Affairs, Insatiable, Ugly
Betty) as The Flash – as well as JL-adjacents Rebecca Romijn (X-Men, The Librarians) and Rainn Wilson
(The Office, The Meg) as the voices
of Lois Lane and Lex Luthor, respectively.
Tony Todd (Candyman) is the voice of the film’s key villain, Darkseid. The
cast also boasts appearances by Camilla Luddington (Grey’s Anatomy)
as Zatanna, Ray Chase (Justice League Dark, Final Fantasy XV videogame) as Jason Blood/Etrigan, Roger R. Cross
(24, The Strain, Arrow) as John
Stewart & Swamp Thing, Liam McIntyre (Spartacus:
War of the Damned, The Flash) as Captain Boomerang, Hynden Walch (Teen Titans Go! Vs. Teen Titans) as
Harley Quinn, Stuart Allan (Batman vs. Robin, Batman: Bad Blood) as Robin/Damian, Sachie
Alessio (Batman: Hush) as Lady Shiva, and John DiMaggio (Futurama, Batman:
Under the Red Hood) as King Shark.
Matt Peters (LEGO DC: Batman – Family Matters) and Christina Sotta (Young Justice) helm Justice League
Dark: Apokolips War from a script by Ernie Altbacker (Batman: Hush, Justice
League Dark) and Mairghread Scott (Wonder Woman: Bloodlines), who is
also credited with creating the story. Amy McKenna (The Death of Superman) is producer, and Jim Krieg (Batman: Gotham by Gaslight) is
co-producer. Executive Producers are Sam Register and James Tucker (Reign of the Supermen, Justice League Dark).
Dark: Apokolips War is an epic story of supernatural
proportions. A blockbuster, battle royale of a film filled with intense action
and heartfelt emotions, serving up spotlight moments for our cast of unique
characters,” said Mary Ellen Thomas, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Senior
Vice President, Originals, Animation and Family Marketing. “This incredible
thrill-ride takes us to the edge of the DC universe and sets the stage for an
exciting new chapter.”
League Dark: Apokolips War Special
4K Ultra HD
Blu-ray Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital
DC Showcase: Adam
Strange(Animated Short) – On an asteroid mining colony,
mysterious drifter Adam Strange is dismissed as an interplanetary derelict. But when the miners open a
fissure into the home of a horde of deadly
alien insects, his true identity is exposed. He is space adventurer Adam
Strange, whose heroic backstory is played out in flashbacks as he struggles to save the very people
who have scorned him for so long. Charlie Weber provides the voice of
Adam Strange, alongside with Roger R. Cross, Kimberly Brooks, Ray Chase and
Fred Tatasciore. Adam Strange is
produced and directed by Butch Lukic (Batman
Unlimited franchise), who also conceived the original story – which is
written by J.M. DeMatteis (Constantine:
City of Demons).
God/Evil Classic(New Featurette) – This documentary explores the machinations of one of
fiction¹s greatest Super Villains as we learn more about what fuels Darkseid¹s
drive to becoming a galactic Atilla the Hun and the importance of Deities in
our classic and modern fiction.
Commentary – Observations and
behind-the-scenes insight from Executive Producer James Tucker, Directors Matt
Peters and Christina Sotta, and Screenwriter Ernie Altbacker.
Look Back: Justice
League Dark (Featurette) – John Constantine leads a group of misfit characters
that use magic to vanquish their opponents. This is the dark version of the
Justice League taking on the malevolent forces that go beyond our plane of
Look Back: Batman
and Harley Quinn (Featurette) – Take a peek at the animated feature film, Batman
and Harley Quinn, featuring the creators and talented voice cast.
From the DC Vault: Justice League
Action, “Zombie King”
From the DC Vault: Justice League Action,
“Abate and Switch”
From the DC Comics Vault: Teen Titans,
A Sneak Peek at the next DC Universe Movie, Superman: Man of Tomorrow– An advanced look at the next animated film in the popular
DC UniverseMovies collection.
Justice League Dark:
Apokolips War will also be
available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and
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On May 5, 2020, Justice League Dark:
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definition and standard definition from select digital retailers including
Amazon, the Apple TV app, FandangoNOW, PlayStation, Vudu, Xbox and others. On May
19, 2020, Justice League Dark: Apokolips War will be made available digitally on Video On Demand
services from cable and satellite providers, and on select gaming consoles.
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Bros. Home Entertainment (WBHE) brings together Warner Bros. Entertainment’s
home video, digital distribution and interactive entertainment businesses in
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and recognizable characters ever created. As a creative unit of WarnerMedia, DC
is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across
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Warner Bros. Animation (WBA) is one of the
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In 2007, one of the best
televisions you could buy was the Pioneer Kuro. The 50-inch model cost $6,000
at the time. Fast forward a little more than a decade, and you can now buy a 4k
50-in Smart TV for between $150-$300
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home theater systems, streaming packages, and more that’s made it cheaper than
ever to create your perfect home media system.
Follow these steps, and
you’ll be streaming your favorite content in no time.
Before You Begin: Make
Your Media List
The most crucial step is deciding what content you want to stream. More people than ever are cutting the cord and ditching the dish in favor of streaming platforms. There are plenty of them available. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ — you know the drill. Thus, you need to decide which option fits your needs. That is if you don’t want to break your wallet and subscribe to them all.
Use the questions below
to help you determine what options you need.
Do you watch sports?
Do you need live TV?
Do you have children?
Do you want a local TV?
Do you want premium channels like HBO or
Do you mainly watch series or movies?
Do you want multi-device access?
Do you want extra screens in the bedrooms and
Keep an eye out for
deals as well. For example, if you use Amazon Prime for buying things online,
you already have access to Prime Video and Prime Music. Likewise, cell phone
carriers, broadband companies, and other providers add incentives like free Netflix
and Apple Music with contracts along with other deals.
Finally, it’s hard to
believe, but many people are going back to TV antennas. You can buy a digital
antenna and get 20-40 free channels, depending on where you live.
Home Media Center:
The best home media centers have a simple setup. Despite so, you’ll need plenty of space and a loft conversion could be a good idea to make this happen; just factor in the cost of Loft Conversion should this be one of your considerations. You should be able to start streaming your favorite content in a few seconds. Here are the main things you’ll need.
1) Large Screen TV
(Smart Functionality Optional)
You can’t have a media
center without a good TV. Nowadays, smart TVs are everywhere, but anyone who
has ever used them has noticed that they’re not very smart. You can use other
devices to add some brainpower to your home media setup.
Focus on picture quality
instead. Find the right combination of picture quality and size that matches
your budget. Make sure it has enough HDMI and other outputs to support surround
2) Choose Your Home
Media Center Base
There’s no shortage of
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Chromecast to the Amazon Firestick and Apple TV, you can add fantastic
functionality to any TV with an HDMI port.
These products have
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Choose the one you find the easiest to use. These are all streamlined options
with medium functionality.
Some people instead use
a laptop or a computer as their media server. It has advantages of desktop
functionality to run all types of media files you download to your computer.
It’s also cheaper since you’ll be able to hook up any computer to your TV HDMI
port. And software for media centers is often free and open-source, too — for
example, Kodi or Jellyfin.
Plus, you don’t even
have to sacrifice having a remote. You can use apps like Google Remote Desktop
to control your computer from your phone.
3) Don’t Forget About
If you’ve invested this
much into your home media setup, you can’t forget about the sound. It’s what
really makes the experience. What’s the point of a giant 4K TV if you’re using
a tiny internal speaker while watching Star Wars?
Sound systems have
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floors — everything’s wireless.
Your main challenge will
be deciding between soundbars and speakers.
Soundbars are easier to set up while speakers provide better sound. You can
read all the online reviews you want, but you’re better off going to your local
electronics store so you can hear the differences in person.
Harness the Power of
Your Home Media Center
Now your setup is
complete. You may consider adding a few more peripherals. You should download
some remote control apps so you can do everything on your phone. Likewise, you
may want to invest in a couple of Chromecasts to extend content into other
rooms of your house. These are particularly helpful for older TVs and are less
expensive than Apple TVs while still being quite functional.
Now that you have your streaming platforms ready, you can
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classics like Suits, Brooklyn 99, and Archer only available outside the US.
Likewise, it has tons of content you can only find in the US version. With a
VPN, you can switch between Netflix regions to get everything you want.
Starring: Simone Policano, Jeff Ayars, Drew Beckas Directed by: Omri Dorani Rated: Not Rated Running time: 1 hr 13 mins Uncork’d Entertainment
We meet Reina (Simone Policano) and Cory (Jeff Ayars) in what could be one of the most memorable moments of their relationship. Reina eagerly fidgets while trying to share the news that she’s pregnant. The next scene is something most parents will find touching and familiar… our couple, intertwined, in a playful and intimate baby-naming brainstorming session. Things are going well and we’re optimistic for these people who seem like a nice team. The next scene shares a fleeting and incredibly terrifying and intimate moment where you begin to watch the process of mourning that child. This moment alone will decide what how the rest of this film is received depending on the audience’s personal experience.
Reina and Cory head upstate to her family vacation home, secluded in the woods. A relaxing few days, of which we can only assume is intended to serve as a last-ditch effort relationship repair. Scene after scene they become more unbearable to observe together and then an unexpected third party joins them, a child who has seemingly emerged from the woods claiming to be their son. Drew Beckas, who portrays Zeke, brings a remarkable set of eccentricities to his new family unit. His arrival, received by his “parents” in violently varying ways, is agonizing to watch. His age, mannerisms, vocal cadence or the toddler-like prance that doesn’t match his adolescent body all make the second half of the film unsettling and strangely efficient.
After their initial agreement to call the authorities about his arrival, Zeke separates the couple for one on one time, finding Reina submitting to her maternal instincts (and grief) and Cory growing increasingly more agitated and threatened. Both drawn into different corners of madness, the story commits to serving as a psychological thriller when layers of their relationship are peeled back and you start to question how much of what you’re viewing is actually happening, where it’s happening and why?
“This is Our Home” is the equivalent to being a guest at a highly dysfunctional family dinner. You go home, glad you’re not related to these people but with a great story to discuss with others. It’s 73 minute run time falls just short of feeling complete. An early sequence involving the couple’s interaction with some backwoods-y motorists feels wedged in to an otherwise claustrophobic story. There’s additionally several unnecessary lingering shots that unnecessarily pad the film’s short runtime for style’s sake. Director Omri Dorani still makes a very worthwhile attempt at constructing a very horrific study of the demolition of a relationship. His storytelling commits to trusting his audience to piece together their own interpretation warranted a few days digestion and earned a second viewing dissection where it proved even more effective.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Columbia pictures to give (5) readers and a guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Spider-man: Far From Home.”
The film will be shown on Wednesday, June 26th at the AMC Studio 28 Theatre in Olathe, Kansas and will begin at 7:30 pm.
All you have to do is click HERE. (5) random entries will be chosen and will receive a pass for (2) to attend the film. This contest runs through June 24, 2019. On that date, those chosen will be notified by email. Screening is overbooked to ensure a full house. Seating is not guaranteed. Good luck!
“Spider-,man: Far From Home” opens nationwide on July 2, 2019.
Media Mikes has teamed up with their friends at Warner Brothers to give (20) Kansas City area readers and their guest the chance to be among the first to see the new film “Annabelle Comes Home.”
The film, starring Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga, will screen on Wednesday, June 19th at the Cinemark Theatre in Merriam, Kansas. The screening will begin at 7:00 pm.
All you have to do is click HERE. The first (20) readers to do so will receive a pass for (2) to attend the screening. This is a first come/first serve giveaway. Once the allotted passes have been claimed, the giveaway has ended. GOOD LUCK!
Universal City, California, October 2, 2018 – Get ready for a laugh in the cult-classic comedy that has captured everyone’s hearts when The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition debuts for the first time ever on 4K Ultra Combo Pack that also includes Blu-ray™ and Digital via the digital movie app MOVIES ANYWHERE on October 16, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Fans can relive the hilariously freewheeling plot of one of the most beloved films of all-time with the twisted crime-comedy starring Jeff Bridges (Crazy Heart, True Grit), John Goodman (10 Cloverfield Lane, Argo), Julianne Moore (The Hours, Still Alice), Steve Buscemi (Fargo, Ghost World), Philip Seymour Hoffman (The Master, Capote) and John Turturro (Barton Fink, Fading Gigolo). The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Limited Edition is the perfect gift for any fan and the exclusive set includes a collectible bag, bowling ball pencil holder, polishing cloth and sweater packaging offering an experience like no other to look back on the cultural phenomenon of The Dude in the “#1 cult film of all time” (The Boston Globe).
With unforgettable scenes and outrageous humor, The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Edition showcases hours of bonus features including retrospective documentaries, an interactive map, an in-depth look at the phenomenon known as the Lebowski Fest taking audiences deeper than ever before into the upside down world of “The Dude.”
From the Academy Award®-winning Coen brothers, The Big Lebowski is a hilariously quirky comedy about bowling, a severed toe, White Russians and a guy named…The Dude. Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski doesn’t want any drama in his life…heck, he can’t even be bothered with a job. But, he must embark on a quest with his bowling buddies after his rug is destroyed in a twisted case of mistaken identity.
The Dude’s Life: Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Julianne Moore, Steve Buscemi and John Turturro take a look back at their performances and how their delivery of the Coen brothers’ dialog became classic movie lines.
The Dude Abides: The Big Lebowski Ten Years Later: A conversation with the cast about the film’s decade-long reign as a cult classic.
Making of The Big Lebowski
The Lebowski Fest: An Achiever’s Story: An in-depth look at the annual Lebowski Fest, a celebration of The Dude and his world, attended by thousands each year.
Flying Carpets and Bowling Pin Dreams: The Dream Sequences of The Dude: Alook at some of the Dude’s trippiest fantasies so fans can learn for the first time how these innovative scenes were created.
Interactive Map: Take a tour ofthe locations of The Big Lebowski, then and now.
Jeff Bridges Photo Book: For more than 30 years,Jeff Bridges has been snapping pictures on movie sets. The accomplished photographer presents a portfolio of shots taken on the set of The Big Lebowski.
And Much More!
The Big Lebowski 20th Anniversary Edition will be available on 4K Ultra HD combo pack which includes Blu-rayTM and Digital, and Movies Anywhere.
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Own it Early on Digital October 9 / Blu-ray and DVD debut October 30
Burbank, CA, September 11 – When the Teen Titans go to the big screen, they go big! “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” finds our egocentric, wildly satirical superheroes in their first feature film extravaganza—a fresh, gleefully clever, kid-appropriately crass and tongue-in-cheek play on the superhero genre, complete with musical numbers. Get ready to LOL when “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and Digital.
The first-ever big-screen version of DC Entertainment and Cartoon Network’s animated TV show stars Greg Cipes (TV’s “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”) as Beast Boy, Scott Menville (TV’s “Spider-Man”) as Robin, Khary Payton (TV’s “The Walking Dead”) as Cyborg, Tara Strong (the “My Little Pony” franchise) as Raven, and Hynden Walch (TV’s “Adventure Time with Finn & Jake”) as Starfire, reprising their roles from the series. Will Arnett (“The LEGO® Batman Movie”) and Kristen Bell (“Frozen”) also lend their voices as the evil Slade and Hollywood director Jade Wilson.
Peter Rida Michail and Aaron Horvath directed the film from a screenplay by Michael Jelenic and Horvath, which is based on characters from DC. Horvath, Jelenic, Peggy Regan, Michail and Arnett produced the film with Sam Register serving as executive producer. The music is by Jared Faber. Superman was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster.
“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” will be available on Blu-ray Combo Pack for $35.99 and DVD for $28.98. The Blu-ray Combo Pack features a Blu-ray disc with the film and special features in high definition, a DVD with the film in standard definition and a Digital version of the movie. Blu-ray special features are filled with music and fun, including the “DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” mini-movie, sing-a-longs, a hilarious look at the Teen Titans characters dubbing their favorite lines in other languages in “Teen Titans GO!: Translated” plus much more!
“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies” will also be available on Movies Anywhere. Using the free Movies Anywhere app and website, consumers can access all their eligible movies by connecting their Movies Anywhere account with their participating digital retailer accounts.
Fans can also own “Teen Titans GO! to the Movies”via purchase from digital retailers beginning October 9.
It seems like all the superheroes are getting their own movies – everyone but the Teen Titans, that is! Determined to be a star, Robin vows to change this. If only they could get Hollywood director Jade Wilson (Kristen Bell) to notice them! With a few madcap ideas and musical numbers (of course), the Teen Titans head to Tinsel Town. But when Supervillain Slade (Will Arnett) messes with their plans, the Teen Titans will have to become true superheroes to save the world!
BLU-RAY AND DVD SPECIAL FEATURES
“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies”Blu-ray Combo Pack contains the following special features:
Lil Yachty Music Video: “Teen Titans GO! Rap”
Sing-a-long with Silkie “DC Super Hero Girls: The Late Batsby” Mini-Movie
Red Carpet Mayhem
Teen Titans GO! To the Movies: WB Lot Shenanigans
“Everything is Fake”: Exclusive song not in the movie
“Teen Titans GO!: Translated”
o Storyboard Animatics: Time Cycles
o The Final Battle
“Teen Titans GO! to the Movies”Standard Definition DVD contains the following special features:
FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER, A LANDMARK COLLECTION SHOWCASING THE LEGENDARY MONSTERS IN MOTION PICTURE HISTORY
UNIVERSAL CLASSIC MONSTERS: COMPLETE 30-FILM COLLECTION AVAILABLE ON BLU-RAY™ ON AUGUST 28, 2018 FROM UNIVERSAL PICTURES HOME ENTERTAINMENT
Universal City, California, August 22, 2018 – Thirty of the most iconic cinematic masterpieces starring the most famous monsters of horror movie history come together on Blu-ray™for the first time ever in the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection on August 28, 2018, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring unforgettable make-up, ground-breaking special effects and outstanding performances, the Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection includes all Universal Pictures’ legendary monsters from the studio that pioneered the horror genre with imaginative and technically groundbreaking tales of terror in unforgettable films from the 1930s to late-1950s.
From the era of silent movies through present day, Universal Pictures has been regarded as the home of the monsters. The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection showcases all the original films featuring the most iconic monsters in motion picture history including Dracula, Frankenstein, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, The Bride of Frankenstein, The Wolf Man, Phantom of the Opera and Creature from the Black Lagoon. Starring some of the most legendary actors including Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., Claude Rains and Elsa Lanchester in the roles that they made famous, these films set the standard for a new horror genre and showcase why these landmark movies that defined the horror genre are regarded as some of the most unforgettable ever to be filmed.
Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collectionincludes a 48-page collectible book filled with behind-the-scenes stories and rare production photographs and is accompanied by an array of bonus features including behind-the-scenes documentaries, the 1931 Spanish version of Dracula, Featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Jack Pierce, 13 expert feature commentaries, archival footage, production photographs, theatrical trailers and more. The perfect gift for any scary movie fan, the collection offers an opportunity to experience some of the most memorable horror films of our time.
The Universal Classic Monsters: Complete 30-Film Collection includes Dracula(1931), Frankenstein (1931), The Mummy (1932), The Invisible Man (1933), The Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Werewolf of London (1935), Dracula’s Daughter (1936), Son of Frankenstein (1939), The Invisible Man Returns (1940), The Invisible Woman (1940), The Mummy’s Hand (1940), The Wolf Man (1941), The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), The Mummy’s Ghost (1942), The Mummy’s Tomb (1942),Invisible Agent (1942), Phantom of the Opera (1943), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), Son of Dracula (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), The Mummy’s Curse (1944), The Invisible Man’s Revenge (1944), House of Dracula (1945), She-Wolf of London (1946), Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948), Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (1951), Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954, and includes a 3D version), Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1955), Revenge of the Creature (1955 and includes a 3D version) and The Creature Walks Among Us (1956).
3D Versions of Creature from the Black Lagoon and Revenge of the Creature
1931 Spanish Version of Dracula
Featurettes on Bela Lugosi, Boris Karloff, Lon Chaney Jr., and Jack Pierce
Actors: Eva Green, Asa Butterfield, Samuel L. Jackson, Ella Purnell, Judi Dench, Allison Janney
Director: Tim Burton
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Run Time: 127 minutes
Film: 2 out of 5 stars
Blu-ray: 4 out of 5 stars
Extras: 3 out of 5 stars
I am a huge life long fan of director Tim Burton…but I have to admit his last one or two films have not done it for me. “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children” feels like a cheap family friendly version of “X-Men: First Class” and plays way to long. I found myself not caring about the characters at all. I hated the villains Samuel L. Jackson was a joke and was completely wrong for the role. I found myself consistently bored watching this and couldn’t wait for it to be over. So not Burton’s finest for sure but I am still sticking around for what he has planned next.
Official Premise: When Jake discovers clues to a mystery that spans alternate realities and times, he uncovers a secret refuge known as Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As he learns about the residents and their unusual abilities, Jake realizes that safety is an illusion, and danger lurks in the form of powerful, hidden enemies. Jake must figure out who is real, who can be trusted, and who he really is.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment is releasing this film as sa combo pack with a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD copy. The 1080p transfer presented with an aspect ratio of 1.85:1 looks sharp here. I first saw this film in 3D and it had no reason to be in 3D at all and was a complete waste, so the standard Blu-ray is much better way to view. The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is really nice but I still wasn’t in love with the score as a I have been with previous Burton films.
The special features are not loaded solid but they are decent and worth checking out. “The Peculiar Story” is a solid featurette with interviews with Ransom Riggs, who discusses the film. “The Peculiars” runs over an hour long and is packed with interviews and information on the film. “Hollows and Ex-Hollows” showcases the baddies inthe film. “Map of Days” focuses on the time loop aspect of the film. Lastly there is a music video for “Wish That You Were Here” from Florence + The Machine and a photo gallery included.
If you are a homeowner, security is always an important issue. If you are looking to get coverage of your home and not spend thousands of dollars. The Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera. This new camera always you to have 24/7 live video with a 130° wide-angle view with an all-glass lens that will allow you to view your home in 1080p HD all day and night right from your phone. I am not an electrician or a handyman around the house but this is extremely easy to install and get yourself protected. Just mount the camera and go.
Besides just being a neat looking camera, the Nest Cam Outdoor allows you to get alerts and snapshots to your phone or email with a photo of the event. Since it is outdoor but rest assured, this product is weatherproof so rain and shine, this bad boy will work! You are also able to listen and talk back with the built-in speaker and microphone through the app.
With the holiday season coming around quickly, this is a great gift for friends and family and very reasonable priced also. The Nest Cam Outdoor also offers Nest Aware, which allows for continuous cloud recording as well as the ability to create activity zones for more precise alerts. And you even get a trial of this with your purchase.
If you are looking to compare this product to other cameras, you will find that most other outdoor cameras will have limited streaming compatibility since they most rely on battery power. Some also have local storage, so if the camera is stolen the footage is gone also. Our neighborhood recently had issues with bicycles being taken right from in front of their house and this could have been avoided or at least captured with the assistance of a outdoor camera like Nest.
Before coming to the conclusion of the Nest Cam Outdoor, I have tried numerous other products in Ring Doorbell and I have never had such an easy time overall from the moment I opened the box until it was fully operational. I wish it could always be this issue with these products. I am also a big user of the Amazon Echo for voice activation and since it is already working with Nest’s other product it might not be before long that we would be able to interact with the Nest Cam as well. Highly recommend this for this holiday season. I have a feeling that it is going to be a hot item for sure.
Starring: Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg
Directed by: Sean Anders
Rated: PG 13
Running time: 1 hr 36 mins
Our Score: 3 out of 5 stars
With 52% of all marriages in America ending in divorce, the plot of “Daddy’s Home” may resonate more than the filmmakers thought. Brad Whitaker (Ferrell) is a great guy. Volunteers to work with kids, donates his time coaching…he does all the things a great dad does. Except he has no children. A “mishap” earlier in life has made him unable to father a child. But his dream comes true when he marries the beautiful Sarah (Linda Cardenelli), who has two young children from her first marriage. Brad does his best to gain the kid’s love, often making their lunch and putting inspirational messages inside next to the PB&J sandwich. But the kids don’t thaw easily. Young son Dylan (Owen Vacarro) begins to warm but daughter Megan (Scarlett Estevez) is taking a little more time. She has begun including Brad in her “family” drawings, but unfortunately in each drawing he’s dead. Kids!
A hit or miss re-teaming of the stars of “The Other Guys,” “Daddy’s Home” survives on the chemistry between Ferrell and co-star Wahlberg, who plays Dusty, the kids birth father. When he comes to visit, astride a beautiful, gleaming motorcycle, Brad begins to feel intimidated. This doesn’t stop him, however, from allowing Dusty to stay in his house. Brad is the manager of a smooth jazz radio station, whose boss (Thomas Haden Church) is always sharing stories about his multiple marriages. When Dusty is hired to be the “voice” of the radio station (he records all of the station’s bumpers and promos) things get a little testy at home. But Brad doesn’t give up. With occasionally funny consequences.
Director Anders, who also co-wrote the script with John Morris and Brian Burns (they also collaborated on the original “Hot Tub Time Machine” and sequels “Horrible Bosses 2” and “Dumb and Dumber To,” proves himself skillful at setting up some major sight gags but when it’s just the cast intermingling the film begins to slow down. Ferrell and Wahlberg appear to be having fun, and a small role of former handyman/new house tenant Griff (Hannibal Buress) could have been expanded some as he had some of the best lines. All in all, when the kids are disappointed that “Star Wars” is sold out, you can have a little fun with them here.