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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (August, 2011)

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Blu-ray Review: Super

By The HT Guys • Aug 26 2011, 2:14pm

When his wife (Liv Tyler) falls in league with a drug dealer, average guy Frank D'Arbo (Rainn Wilson) dons the guise of a superhero, dubs himself the Crimson Bolt and tries to keep a tag-along comic-book store clerk (Ellen Page) from becoming his sidekick. But it's hard to be a superhero when all you've got to work with is a pipe wrench.

Super is a crazy awkwardly funny movie and is sometimes too uncomfortable and even depressing to fully enjoy. Frank is a...


Blu-ray Review: Paul

By The HT Guys • Aug 25 2011, 2:06pm

For the past 60 years, an alien named Paul (voiced by Seth Rogen) has been hanging out at a top-secret military base. For reasons unknown, the space-traveling smartass decides to escape the compound and hop on the first vehicle out of town—a rented RV containing Earthlings Graeme Willy (Pegg) and Clive Gollings (Frost). Chased by federal agents and the fanatical father of a young woman they accidentally kidnap, Graeme and Clive hatch a fumbling escape plan to return Paul to his mother ship. As two nerds struggle to help, one little green man might just take his fellow outcasts from misfits to intergalactic heroes.

Paul can be charming at times, but at the end of the day, it's a...


Blu-ray Review: The Eagle

By The HT Guys • Aug 10 2011, 2:09pm

Haunted by the disappearance of his father, who vanished with the Roman Ninth Legion on an expedition into the north of Britain, centurion Marcus Aquila (Channing Tatum) sets out to unravel the mystery and recover the legion's eagle standard. But in the wilds of Caledonia, the soldier and his British slave (Jamie Bell) encounter fierce native tribes and other dangers.

Based on Rosemary Sutcliff's 1954 novel, "The Eagle of the Ninth," The Eagle is a interesting and moody character driven film. The Eagle is like watching two movies, the first one is a Roman war film, the second one is like...


Blu-ray Review: The Lincoln Lawyer

By The HT Guys • Aug 9 2011, 2:03pm

Having spent most of his career defending gutter-variety criminals, attorney Mick Haller (McConaughey) takes on a case that could land him a real office, instead of running his practice out of his old Lincoln. Haller reaches a crisis of conscious, though, while working on the defense of Beverly Hills playboy Louis Roulet (Phillippe). Roulet is charged with attempted murder and what appears to be a straightforward case with a big payoff escalates into a deadly match between two masters of manipulation.

I don't normally like courthouse dramas. Watching Law and Order makes me feel like an old man. However, The Lincoln Lawyer had enough believable twists in it to keep me interested and enjoy the cleverly written storyline. The casting was perfect. Matthew McConaughey plays the morally questionable lawyer with confidence and charisma. The whole cast has great chemistry and help bring the movie to life.

The plot was almost what I expected, but then...


Blu-ray Review: Limitless

By The HT Guys • Aug 8 2011, 2:58pm

Bradley Cooper (The A-Team) and two-time Academy-Award® winner Robert De Niro, star in this provocative and action packed-thriller with unlimited surprising twists. Eddie Morra (Cooper), a burnt-out writer, discovers a top-secret pill that unlocks 100% of his brain’s capacity. He instantly acquires mind-bending talents and mesmerizing visions that bring him big money, beautiful women and limitless success. But his dream life soon becomes a waking nightmare, as the drug’s brutal side effects take their toll and Eddie finds himself entangled with a cunning Wall Street power broker (De Niro) who wants everything Eddie has…and more.

Limitless is a subdued drug related thriller, that is interesting to watch but never crosses the line to be a great movie. The movie is ambiguous and dapples in different film genres to tell the story, but at times it seems a little disjointed. At first, it’s about ...


Blu-ray Review: Insidious

By The HT Guys • Aug 5 2011, 2:54pm

After moving into a new home, Josh (Patrick Wilson) and his wife Renai (Rose Byrne) confront terrifying tribulations when their son Dalton (Ty Simpkins) falls into a coma and his body starts to attract malevolent forces from a mysterious netherworld. But when the family decides to move again, hoping to leave the evil spirits behind, they realize that their problems are just beginning.

Insidious is a small creepy ghost story that capitalizes on writing and direction to make this PG-13 film scarier than it should be. The film was written and directed by the same team that created the highly successful Saw films. Instead of focusing on gore and shock value of their earlier works, they utilized tone and actor performances to make this one of the scariest movies I’ve seen in a while. It’s rare that Hollywood creates an original movie. Even though this is a ghost story, there are a few twists that change up the genre and make this movie stand out in the crowd. For one thing...


Blu-ray Review: Source Code

By The HT Guys • Aug 4 2011, 2:11pm

Jake Gyllenhaal portrays a soldier recruited for a time-bending government investigation that places him in another man's mind and body, reliving the same traumatic event repeatedly in an effort to identify the perpetrators of a terrorist bombing. Vera Farmiga plays a communications specialist who provides the vital link to the soldier's primary reality as he searches for critical clues within a recurring nightmare.

Source Code is an original Sci-Fi thriller with a debatable ending that's interesting to watch but...


Blu-ray Review: Dylan Dog: Dead of Night

By The HT Guys • Aug 3 2011, 9:55pm

Brandon Routh (Superman Returns) stars as Dylan Dog, a supernatural detective who will go where the living dare not — facing friend and foe alike in the monster infested backstreets of New Orleans. Armed with an edgy wit and an arsenal of silver and wood-tipped bullets, Dylan must solve a series of murders before an epic war ensues between his werewolf, vampire and zombie clients. Based on one of the world's most popular comic books (over 60 million copies sold), this inventive horror comedy will slay you with humor and genuine frights.

I have a soft spot for comedy horror films; Zombieland is one of my favorites. Dylan Dog looked like it could be a fun movie. It’s based on a Italian comic book, and stars Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh. This should be a decent bet right?...