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Fri, Oct. 28th, 2016, 06:59 pm
The journal is back to active

I will be posting links to latest reviews and I may even do a few film essays here. 2016 has been a trying year as other things have been taking my attention while i have reviewing movies and shows on DVD and blu-ray (just not as much). I have published the first issue of my portfolio magazine, EMV, which highlights my photography, digital art, and writing:

EMV 1

EMV 1

art photography style magazine focusing on creative photos across various genre- issue 1 is the Gothic issue aka October Gothic

Find out more on MagCloud



I have decided it is time to redefine the web site which I started back in 2001 and make it stand out more. I have been wanting to focus more on interviews and essays, and I hope to do that in the future. I would also love to photograph the people who star, write, and make these movies and shows. More posts coming soon.

Fri, Oct. 28th, 2016, 06:54 pm
THE EXORCIST III Collector's Edition blu-ray review (presented here while web site page is down)

THE EXORCIST III Collector’s Edition
Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 110 minutes (theatrical cut)/ 105 minutes (directors cut), featurette, vintage interviews, theatrical trailers, TV spots, still galleries, making-of documentary, audio interview with the director
VIDEO: 1.85:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Subtitles: English

STUDIO: Scream Factory/ Morgan Creek
RELEASE DATE: 10-25-2016

THE EXORCIST III has a troubled production history. It first started as a sequel to the original Exorcist film before writer William Peter Blatty split with director William Friedkin over creative differences, and then it became the novel Legion before Blatty decided again to make it as a movie. John Carpenter was approached to direct and he passed which paved the way for Blatty to direct the movie himself. He thought he had final cut, but Morgan Creek disagreed after the production was finished. It led to rewrites and three weeks of reshoots including bringing back the original actor (Jason Miller) who played Father Karras back and adding an exorcism climax. The additional shoot was filled with problems like Jason Miller not remembering his lines and someone doubling for him and bringing back Brad Dourif to shoot new material as the Gemini Killer. I have seen the theatrical cut which is still a great horror movie by its own right, but the director’s cut does feature some great acting from Dourif. On the downside, the exorcism scene should have still been left out while some of the additional shooting does have some better framing of some scenes in the composite director’s cut (since Scream Factory had to piece together the cut using a VHS source with the HD source material of the theatrical cut to create something pretty close to Blattty’s original vision).

THE EXORCIST III should be treated as a direct sequel to the first Exorcist film as it picks up with Police Lieutenant Kinderman (George C. Scott) who is haunted over the death of his friend, Father Damien Karras, who died over 15 years earlier. He is drawn into a case involving murders linked to the Gemini Killer (who was supposedly died in the electric chair years ago), but Kinderman finds that the Gemini Killer may be in the body of a psychiatric patient who bears an uncanny resemblance to someone that Kinderman knew. THE EXORCIST III is an exploration of terror, faith, and Haven and Hell. It is a detective story mixed with theological discussion about the nature of evil.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
DISC 1-
Vintage promotional featurette with cast and crew interviews with behind-the-scenes footage and clips
Almost forty minutes of vintage interviews edited together with clips from the movie. Interviews with writer/ director William Peter Blatty, actor George C. Scott, actor Jason Miller, Ed Flanders, and more

Deleted scenes, alternate takes, and bloopers (some sourced from the VHS edit)

Two theatrical trailers in 1.33:1 and six TV spots which spoil the climatic scene

Three still galleries: Behind-the-Scenes, Lobby Cards and Posters, and Still Photography

DISC 2-
Audio commentary with writer/ director William Peter Blatty serves as a an audio commentary for the director’s cut as he talks about The Exorcist, The Exorcist III (aka Legion), and faith

DEATH, BE NOT PROUD: THE MAKING OF THE EXORCIST III is a feature length documentary which Scream Factory unfortunately has divided into five featurettes with no play all option for the documentary:
A “WONDERFUL” TIME (24:30)- interviews with cast and crew as they talk about The Exorcist and its impact, how no one liked Exorcist 2, and how THE EXORCIST III came about from starting as a sequel that Blatty was developing with the original film’s director to becoming the novel Legion and Blatty writing and directing the film adaptation of his own novel. They talk about the unusual medical tool they created for the movie and the casting of the movie
SIGNS OF THE GEMINI (17:42)- an interview with actor Brad Dourif as he talks about his involvement as the Gemini Killer character during the original shoot and the reshoot
THE DEVIL IN THE DETAILS (18:03)- production designer Leslie Dilley, the assistant production designer, and the production illustrator talk about the production design of the movie
MUSIC FOR A PADDED CELL (15:16)- composer Barry DeVorzon reveals he was originally wanted by Blatty to be the composer of the first Exorcist to talk about the various elements of THE EXORCIST III score
ALL THIS BLEEDING (28:49)- a look at the problematic reshoot to add the exorcism climax in the theatrical cut and bringing Jason Miller to play Patient X/ Father Karrass, and the special effects and makeup effects featured in the additional shooting

FINAL ANALYSIS: THE EXORICST III is an underrated horror classic which offers a great extras package from Scream Factory (with the minor complaint they split up the making-of documentary into featurettes without offering a play all option).

This review is ©10-26-2016 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

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Thu, Sep. 24th, 2015, 03:06 pm
Blu-ray Review: CINDERELLA (posted here due to Tripod/ Lycos publishing issues)

Disney CINDERELLA
Blu-ray review by David Blackwell

DETAILS: 105 minutes, featurettes, alternate opening, deleted scenes (digital only), Frozen Fever short, DVD, digital HD copy
VIDEO: 2.39:1 (Anamorphic Widescreen) 1080p High Definition
AUDIO: English 7.1 DTS-HD MA (Blu-ray), English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 5.1 DD, English 5.1 DD (DVD)
Subtitles: English SDH, French, Spanish

STUDIO: Disney
RELEASE DATE: 9-15-2015

CINDERELLA is a familiar tale that people know across cultures and movies especially the well known Disney animated movie. This live action version of CINDERELLA is very colorful and beautiful to look at, but I found it to be boring for the first hour. Cinderella is mistreated by her step-sisters and evil Stepmother (Cate Blanchett) while the Prince actually has a personality in this version of the fairy tale, but I wish they made this a better and more fully realized take on the classic story because Kenneth Brangah feels like he is phoning it in as a director. The story of CINDERELLA is timeless where anyone can reach for their dreams while others will backstab to get at that dream too. Fans of the animated tale will recognize elements from that film’s story in the live action take. It is a very safe movie for young girls and the whole family, but CINDERELLA is too safe and boring.

SPECIAL FEATURES:
A FAIRY TALE COMES TO LIFE-the filmmakers and cast reflect on the enduring impact of the classic tale and bringing it to life as a live action movie
COSTUME TEST FUN- look at a variety of costume tests and lighthearted moments from the cast
STAGING THE BALL- a behind-the-scenes look at what it took to create the ballroom scene
ELLA’S FURRY FRIENDS- a look at how they got the animals to perform in the movie

Alternate opening on Ella’s childhood, but sadly Disney has opted to make the five deleted scenes (with introduction by director Kenneth Branagh) a digital only offering and unfortunately not making them available for the blu-ray (which makes me wonder if they will include in a double dip)

FROZEN FEVER short film which is also available on the Disney Animation Shorts Collection blu-ray and it is the closest thing you will see as a sequel until they make FROZEN 2.

The movie is also in standard definition on DVD which has the ELLA’S FURRY FRIENDS featurette and FROZEN FEVER short film as extras. Then there is a code to download a digital HD copy of CINDERELLA to stream and download along with DMA access to the above mentioned deleted scenes.

FINAL ANALYSIS: CINDERELLA will appeal to some fans of Disney movies, but I think I rather watch MALEFICENT again and one Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare movies. I wish Disney included the deleted scenes on the blu-ray instead of taking the route of including them as a DMA extra which juts smells like a later cash grab when they double dip this movie in the future.

This review is ©9-19-2015 David Blackwell and cannot be reprinted without permission. Send all comments to feedback@enterline-media.com

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Thu, Sep. 24th, 2015, 03:05 pm
Movie review: THE SCORCH TRIALS (posted here since Lycos/ Tripod is having issues)

THE SCORCH TRIALS
Movie review by David Blackwell

131 minutes, rated PG-13
STUDIO: 20th Century Fox/ Temple Hill Entertainment/ Gotham Group
Theatrical RELEASE DATE: 9-18-2015

THE SCORCH TRIALS is an exciting action packed sequel better than THE MAZE RUNNER. It picks and chooses what elements from the book it wants to have this movie that very loosely follows the second novel in the THE MAZE RUNNER series. Even though the narrative in the book makes more sense, I like the movie better than book (where I still think the novel of THE MAZE RUNNER is still better than the movie). It is always challenging to adapt a novel into a two hour movie and by giving more of a face to the bad guys of Wicked (WCKD), it helps the narrative of the movie as Thomas (Dylan O’Brien) and his friends from the maze must brave the scorch to get to the mountains while running from the disease transformed Cranks and the soldiers of WCKD led by Mr. Janson (Aidan Gillen) that hunt the ones immune to the Flare. THE SCORCH TRIALS is a successful adaptation even though it doesn’t follow many parts of the novel while having some scenes and characters that fans of the book will recognize, but the screenwriter must condense any novel when turning it into a screenplay as is the case with THE MAZE RUNNER and the scorch trials. If you want movies that follow the books closer, THE HUNGER GAMES series and the DIVERGENT trilogy follow the material more successful than THE MAZE RUNNER movies do. Many of the changes in the movies improve on the source material even though a little longer movie could have fleshed out the new characters that have very little character development (Brenda, Jorge, the Right Arm group).

THE SCORCH TRIALS has some nice visuals and special effects along with great casting and a sweeping sci-fi music score. The landscape of New Mexico lends itself as a character to this sequel as much as Georgia did to THE MAZE RUNNER. I can’t wait for the final movie (which 20th Century Fox wisely decided not to split up the final book into two movies) even though the ending deviates from the book ending, but I think THE MAZE RUNNER movies have to be treated as their own separate thing from the novels.

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Sat, Jun. 27th, 2015, 08:03 pm
Movie Review: JURASSIC WORLD

http://www.enterline-media.com/jurassicworld.html

the review is up finally and this sequel has taken in over $1 billion worldwide already

Sun, Apr. 19th, 2015, 06:54 pm
SyFy TV show reviews

LOST GIRL Season 5 (first two episodes)-
http://www.enterline-media.com/lostgirl_finalseason.html

BITTEN Season 2 (first two episodes)-
http://www.enterline-media.com/bitten_season2_syfy.html

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