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HDTV Magazine Reviews Archive (September, 2011)

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Blu-ray Review: X-Men First Class

By The HT Guys • Sep 29 2011, 2:37pm

In this exciting prequel to the X-Men series, Charles Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik Lehnsherr (Michael Fassbender) -- the future Professor X and Magneto -- are best friends dedicated to harnessing their powers and promoting the education of fellow mutants during the turbulent 1960s. The duo works together to stop a powerful adversary that threatens mankind, but their ideological differences drive them apart and turn them into ferocious enemies.

Like all X-men movies this one is also about the outcasts of society trying to be accepted or accept themselves. However, this movie is a little different, it has more heart and style than its predecessors. The movie's 1960's look is slick, and I'm not talking Austin Powers slick, I mean Sean Connery's James Bond slick. Not only do they get the look right, they also switched things up and intertwined the movie with actual history. At first this seams off-putting, but...


Blu-ray Review: Bridesmaids

By The HT Guys • Sep 27 2011, 2:48pm

Kristen Wiig leads the cast as Annie, a maid of honor whose life unravels as she leads her best friend, Lillian (Maya Rudolph), and a group of colorful bridesmaids (Rose Byrne, Melissa McCarthy, Wendi McLendon-Covey and Ellie Kemper) on a wild ride down the road to matrimony.

Annie’s life is a mess. But when she finds out her lifetime best friend is engaged, she simply must serve as Lillian’s maid of honor. Though lovelorn and broke, Annie bluffs her way through the expensive and bizarre rituals. With one chance to get it perfect, she’ll show Lillian and her bridesmaids just how far you’ll go for someone you love.

This movie was a horrible...


Blu-ray Review: Thor

By The HT Guys • Sep 26 2011, 2:34pm

Kenneth Branagh directs this Marvel Comics-inspired action flick about the thunder god Thor (Chris Hemsworth), a powerful warrior whose father, Odin (Anthony Hopkins) -- the king of Asgard -- forces him to live among humans on Earth and learn humility. Once there, he finds a friend (Natalie Portman), along with unexpected enemies sent from his world.

When I first heard Thor was going to be a movie I was hesitant. It could easily be corny and awkward, however the acting and direction of Kenneth Branagh brought this movie to life and helped fit it into the existing Marvel movie universe. I'm glad they decided to...


Blu-ray Review: Scarface

By The HT Guys • Sep 23 2011, 2:22pm

In the spring of 1980, the Mariel boatlift brought thousands of Cuban refugees to the sun-washed avenues of Miami in search of the American dream. From acclaimed director Brian DePalma, Scarface is the rags-to-riches story of Tony Montana (Al Pacino), who finds wealth, power and passion beyond his wildest dreams…at a price he never imagined. Tony Montana’s meteoric rise, lavish life and soul-destroying fall anchor an epic film that inspired a worldwide following. Pacino is at his most memorable as Montana, blasting his way to the top of Miami’s drug underworld in a bravura performance.

Scarface is a classic gangster film that has a twisted take on the American dream. It's a groundbreaking film that was almost rated X for excessive violence when it was released in 1983. However, according to the film makers, the violence was based on police reports of Miami drug wars at the time. This film has the best of Hollywood working together. Not only does it star Al Pacino and is directe ...


Blu-ray Review: Priest

By The HT Guys • Sep 22 2011, 2:15pm

PRIEST, a post-apocalyptic sci-fi thriller, is set in an alternate world -- one ravaged by centuries of war between man and vampires. The story revolves around a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War who now lives in obscurity among the other downtrodden human inhabitants in walled-in dystopian cities ruled by the Church. When his niece is abducted by a murderous pack of vampires, Priest breaks his sacred vows to venture out on a quest to find her before they turn her into one of them. He is joined on his crusade by his niece's boyfriend, a trigger-fingered young wasteland sheriff, and a former Warrior Priestess who possesses otherworldly fighting skills.

Priest succeeds in being a different kind of vampire killer movie, but...


Blu-ray Review: Dances with Wolves

By The HT Guys • Sep 21 2011, 2:06pm

Wounded Civil War soldier John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) tries to commit suicide -- and becomes a hero instead. As a reward, he's assigned to his dream post, a remote junction on the Western frontier, and soon makes unlikely friends with the local Sioux tribe. This special edition of Costner's Oscar-winning directorial debut features an extended cut of the film, an audio commentary from Costner, a behind-the-scenes featurette and more.

Dances With Wolves is well deserved American classic, that's thoughtfulness and detail to history stand the test of time. I remember watching this film when it was released, and couldn't figure out what made it so different than other westerns. Now that I'm older it's easy to see it was the first western I saw that was sympathetic to the Indians and told the story from their perspective. In fact, by the end of the film...


Blu-ray Review: Win Win

By The HT Guys • Sep 20 2011, 2:46pm

Academy Award® Nominee Paul Giamatti stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life...where you can't lose ’em all. When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike’s luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy’s family affairs come into play.

Win Win is a relate-able story about average people stuck in an uncomfortable situation. It's a heartwarming film that's funny without going over the top and dramatic without being sappy. The tone is perfect and doesn't need any strange twists or tricks to suck you in. It’s charm and light comedy makes this an easy watch. This film is based in reality, and if you are an adult with a family it's easy to like this movie.

I don't think I've ever seen Paul Giamatti...