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Friday, Dec 19, 2014

Blood, Violence and Babes

A B-Movie Holy Grail by John Allman

If you’ve surfed the DVR pay-per-view options and seen a bunch of movies that you’ve never heard of, chances are John has watched them. Why? He loves movies. All kinds of movies. Good, bad, so-bad-they’re good, even the truly unwatchable ones. He mostly loves horror and science-fiction and drive-in exploitation movies that most upstanding model citizens wouldn’t dare watch. Then he writes up his thoughts so you can decide - watch, don’t watch or avoid at all costs. Sometimes he even gets to talk to the cool folks who make some of your favorite films.

New Releases for Tuesday, May 6, 2014


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What’s new in stores and on video shelves this week

Mr. Jones
Genre: Horror/Found Footage
Directed by: Karl Mueller
Run time: 84 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Format: Blu-Ray

The Lowdown "Mr. Jones" is quite possibly one of the most whack-a-doo entries yet logged in the popular found-footage genre.

It’s a character study of a couple on the verge of breaking up, who plan a year-long excursion away from home to rekindle their romance, who stumble across a series of bizarre totems in the woods, which leads them to an eerie cabin filled with subterranean caves and a plethora of fossilized scarecrow creations.

And then, it gets really weird.

"Mr. Jones" twists the well-established record-everything fetish, even when you’re in mortal danger, injecting elements of time travel and out-of-body experiences and – in it’s completely unhinged third act – makes you question everything you’ve seen for the past hour.

It makes zero sense at times, but it’s unnerving and engaging enough to hold your attention through the few awkward stretches.

If someone could record the random, haunting imagery and paranoid thoughts of a person in full magic mushroom mode, and then project those fleeting snippets onto a screen, that’s what "Mr. Jones" most closely resembles.

It’s crazy, delirious, confounding and surprisingly entertaining.

The Stuff You Care About
Hot chicks – No.
Nudity – No.
Gore – No.
Drug use – No.
Bad Guys/Killers – Honestly, I still have no idea who Mr. Jones is.
Buy/Rent – Rent it.
Blu-Ray Bonus Features – None.

Veronica Mars (Warner Bros., 108 minutes, PG-13, Blu-Ray) "Veronica Mars," the plucky cult-favorite television show resurrected and rebranded for the big-screen through an online kickstarter campaign, answers two age-old questions about beloved TV shows that make the lep to feature films. First, do you need to be familiar with the source material to enjoy a movie based on a show you never saw? The answer, sadly, is yes. And, secondly, does watching a movie based on a show you never saw would make you want to immediately go watch the original series? The answer, sadly, is no.

Revenge of the Nerds (Fox, 90 minutes, R, Blu-Ray) A timeless classic from the golden decade of cinema, and one of the funniest, sweetest comedies ever made. For more, go see BVB Blood, Violence and Babes’ interview with star Curtis Armstrong.

Also Available

Hot Guys with Guns

Honey Buns

The Chambermaids

Countess Dracula

La Madame Parte 1

The Rodgers & Hammerstein Blu-Ray Collection

Weekend at Bernie’s

Rookie Blue The Complete Fourth Season

Making the Rules

Survival Code

Adventure Time The Suitor

Laverne & Shirley The Final Season

Separate But Equal

I Love Lucy Ultimate Season One

The Andy Griffith Show – Season One

The Honeymooners – Classic 39 Episodes

Little House on the Prairie Season Two Deluxe Remastered Edition

The Art of the Steal

China Beach The Complete Season Three

Transformers Energon The Complete Series

The Real Decameron

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