What’s going on, ProFans? I’m taking a break from contemplating the quickest way to get rid of my car to bring you the latest releases to home media for September 1, 2015. In this week’s episode, we discuss the oddest movie about Hawaii ever, SAMUEL L. JACKSON, vengeful mothers, karate, and zombies. Ready to get this show on the road? Let’s get to it.
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 19%
When a big time military contractor named Brian Gilcrest (Bradley Cooper) returns to Honolulu, HI – the site of one of his greatest career triumphs – and reconnects when his ex lover Tracy Woodside (Rachel McAdams), he finds himself suddenly thrust into a love triangle when he starts to fall for Allison Ng (Emma Stone) the Air Force watchdog assigned to him. Hilarity ensues. This film, which also stars Bill Murray, John Krasinski, and Alec Baldwin, is available in both a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. I’m sure Cameron Crowe meant well. I’m sure the cast thought everything was gonna work out well. Boy, were they wrong. This is one of those movies where the islands serve as a backdrop to focus on whitewashing the cast. And, don’t get me started on how Emma Stone is supposed to play a character who is a quarter Chinese and a quarter Hawaiian.
Big Game (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 75%
SAMUEL L. JACKSON plays William Allan Moore, the President of the United States. Of America. Yes, really. When Air Force One crash lands in Finland, the President teams up with Oskari (Onni Tommila) a 13 year old boy who is on a traditional quest to become a man. These two unlikely heroes have to team up to save the President from kidnappers while finding the Special Forces troops sent to find them. This film, which also stars Felicity Huffman, Jim Broadbent, and Ray Stevenson, is available in both a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. This movie was made for 8.5 million euros, making it the most expensive film produced in Finland, and it shows. Everything looks spectacular, and SAMUEL L. JACKSON appears to be having a good time, and so should you. Give it a watch. Just as an aside, I’m contractually obligated to write his name in all caps, because he scares me. You want him yelling at you? Go ‘head.
Lila & Eve (R)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 38%
Viola Davis plays Lila, a woman whose son was murdered due to street violence. She joins a support group where she meets Eve (Jennifer Lopez), a woman whose daughter was murdered in a drive-by shooting. When these two can’t seem to find a solution from the police, they take matters into their own hands and become vigilantes. This film, which also stars Ron Caldwell, Shea Whigham, and Julius Tennon, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. Normally, I would come up with something witty to say here, but with tensions as they are here, I think it’s best if I just say watch this only if you’re in the mood for some payback. Also, we get to see what happened to Chief Dooley after Agent Carter.
The Last Dragon: 30th Anniversary Edition (PG-13)
Rotten Tomatoes rating: 33%
Leroy Green (Taimak) is a shy karate champion who has dreams to become the next great martial artist like his idol Bruce Lee. But, when Sho’nuff (Julius J. Carry III), The Shogun of Harlem, sees him as the only challenger to be the true master of martial arts. Chaos and kung fu magic ensue. Come on, now…do I really have to explain any more of the plot of this movie? Nope. This movie, which also stars Vanity, Chris Murney, and Leo O’Brien, is available in a single disc Blu-ray version and a single disc DVD version. Motown + martial arts = the baddest mofo low down movie around this town. What’s the pick of the week? The Last Dragon! Sho’nuff!
The Walking Dead: The Complete Fifth Season
Season Five picks up shortly after the events of the jaw-dropping finale of Season Four. The people of Terminus make their way to Washington D.C. in hope of finding a cure, new places, lost faces, and new conflicts come in the way of keeping the group together and alive. During the course of the season, they’re forced to ask themselves a serious question: after all they’ve seen, done, sacrificed, lost, and held on to…who do they become? This series, which stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, and Steven Yuen, is available in both a five disc Blu-ray + Digital Copy version and a five disc DVD version. This series is haunting, as it forces you to look at these people in their attempt to survive and wonder whether or not they would’ve been better off had they succumbed to the virus. The interpersonal relationships are the driving force behind this series, and I highly recommend it – even though I have seen a grand total of zero minutes and zero seconds of it.
Well, that’s all I’ve got for this week. Got any questions or comments? Did I miss something you wanted to discuss? Please feel free to hit me up in the comments section below.
Until next time…