THE ART OF THE STEAL

THE ART OF THE STEAL Anchor Bay I am a sucker for heist movies and always have been. The art of the steal is all that I love about those films and more. This film has got elements of a good con, a well-executed heist and a bit of revenge thrown in for good measure. The plot is fairly basic, the movie opens with a team pulling off the theft of a painting that has already been stolen. Two of the team are half brothers, Crunch Calhoun played by Kurt Russell and Nicky played by Matt Dillon. Nicky gets popped and rolls over to save himself giving them Crunch who then spends the next 5 years in a Polish prison. When Crunch gets out he’s a bit...

KILLING THEM SOFTLY – DVD REVIEW

KILLING THEM SOFTLY Anchor Bay This little gem slipped by my radar completely until I ran across it DVD shopping. KILLING THE SOFTLY is a title that jumps out at me and the cover grabbed my attention as well. Upon a closer look I saw that this movie stars Brad Pitt, Ray Liotta and James Gandolfini. There was no way I was not going to buy it. This movie is based on a book by George V Higgins, COGAN’S TRADE, a fact that I didn’t know until I started watching and it seemed familiar. (I love the book). Higgin’s book THE FRIENDS OF EDDIE COYLE was also made into a movie you should see. Here’s the run down: A shady business man brings in a couple...

Release recap for Sept 21st, 2010

CASTLE: The Complete Second Season (2009-10) Stana Katic, Nathan Fillion, Seamus Dever, Jon Huertas, Tamala Jones. $45.99. Extras: “On Set With Seamus & Jon,” “On Location With Nathan,” “Manhattan’s Most Unusual Murders,” deleted scenes, “Misdemeanors: Bloopers & Outtakes.” (Disney). TV’s most engaging and unlikely crime-solving duo is back in the spectacular second season of ABC’s Castle. The banter flies faster than the bullets in this unique series, loaded with drama, romance, and laughs. Best-selling mystery novelist Rick Castle’s unique approach to crime solving may have won...

DVD Review: UFC 106: ORTIZ VS. GRIFFIN 2

Anchor Bay Release date: Feb. 2, 2010 MSRP: $19.97 UFC 106 was the start of what might well be remembered as the Cursed era. Over the course of several months, literally dozens of fighters dropped out of fights. Cuts, infections, diseases, broken bones, torn muscles and ligaments, the list was both impressive and frightening. This event was originally slated to have HW champ Brock Lesnar take on fellow 265 lb wrecking machine Shane Carwin, with the returning Tito Ortiz facing off against UFC Hall of Famer, and former HW champ, Mark Coleman. Of those four fighters, only Tito Ortiz actually made it to the event. Tito ended up facing former...

DVD/Blu-ray releases for Jan 19th, 2010

21 JUMP STREET: The Complete First Season (1987) Johnny Depp, Steven Williams, Peter DeLuise, Holly Robinson Peete, Dustin Nguyen Two-disc set with 13 episodes, $14.98. (Mill Creek Entertainment). Officer Tom Hanson (Johnny Depp) leads his band of agents in the special Jump Street division by going undercover to infiltrate local schools to put a stop to crime and keep students safe from corrupt influences. The 21 Jump Street team is a mixed group including the wise cracking Officer HT Loki (Dustin Nguyen), the brilliant Officer Judy Hoffs (Holly Robinson Peete), the streetwise Officer Doug Penhall (Peter DeLuise) and the hard-nosed Captain...