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Blu-ray Review: 8MM
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Scream Factory 8MM Blu-ray Review

8MM
Blu-ray
Director: Joel Schumacher
Screenwriter: Andrew Kevin Walker
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Joaquin Phoenix, James Gandolfini, Peter Stormare, Anthony Heald
Distributor: Scream Factory
Rated R | 123 Minutes
Release Date: January 8, 2019

“The things I do — I do them because I like them. Because I want to.”

Directed by Joel Schumacher (of The Lost Boys, Batman Forever, and The Phantom of the Opera) and written by Andrew Kevin Walker (of Se7en, Sleepy Hollow, and The Wolfman), 1999’s 8MM is a crime thriller about one man’s obsessive search for the truth about a young woman’s disappearance.

Nicolas Cage (Leaving Las Vegas, Mandy) stars as Tom Welles, a private investigator contacted by an attorney (Anthony Heald of The Silence of the Lambs) for a wealthy widow, Mrs. Christian (Myra Carter). While clearing out her late husband’s safe, Mrs. Christian discovered an 8mm home movie — one that appears to depict a real murder, but she needs to know for certain.

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Everything Wrong With ‘Batman & Robin’ (Video)
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Batman & Robin George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell, Alicia Silverstone

Most people know that when it comes to Batman & Robin—the Joel Schumacher-directed fourth movie in the ’90s run of Batman movies that began with Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns which effectively murdered the Batman movie franchise until Christopher Nolan’s reboot began in 2005 with Batman Begins—everything is wrong. It’s a disaster of a movie still talked about to this day because of how bad it is.

But that didn’t stop popular YouTube channel CinemaSins, known for their “Everything Wrong With…” series of videos, from pointing out all of the flaws with Batman & Robin. The video is a record breaker, becoming the lengthiest movie sins video to date at almost 20 minutes, and the one with the most sins to date (a record not likely to fall any time soon).

You can see a rundown of everything wrong with Batman & Robin below.

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Streaming Review: House Of Cards – Season One
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House Of Cards – Season One on Netflix

House Of Cards: Season OneHouse Of Cards: Season One
Netflix
Directed by David Fincher, James Foley, Joel Schumacher, Charles McDougall, Carl Franklin, Carl Franklin
Starring Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Kate Mara, Corey Stoll, Michael Kelly, Sakina Jaffrey, Kristen Connolly, Michael Gill, Soledad O’Brien
Netflix
Originally Released: February 1, 2013

Although Netflix had already taken a step into original series with Lilyhammer, it is with House of Cards that they have positioned a deep (though safe, in my mind) gamble in the belief that streaming is not just the way of the future, that it is already here. And that their customer base is already aware of this. And who among our audience doesn’t agree with this?

I dare you to defy my call on this, because seriously – I’ve lost count of the amount of conversations with fellow geeks that have spoken of the hours of sleepless nights they’ve self-induced to finish a season of Doctor Who or Star Trek or The Office or The IT Crowd, or a franchise of movies. Netflix knows that their fans and followers soak up an entire season in a day or maybe two. Who the hell needs sleep anyway?

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Watch Now: ‘Batman’ Fan Film ‘Death Wish’
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Batman: Death Wish

Few characters have inspired as many entertaining and visually-inspired fan films as Batman. Over the years the Caped Crusader has starred in several labor of love short films financed and created by longtime admirers of the classic DC Comics superhero including Sandy Collora’s Dead End (which pitted Batman against the Joker – played by the late Andrew Koenig – as well as Aliens and Predators) and World’s Finest (Batman teams with Superman to battle Lex Luthor); Jeffery Scheetz’s CGI-animated New Times (featuring the voices of Adam West and Mark Hamill); and John Fiorella’s Robin-centric Grayson.

The latest, and one of the best, Batman fan film to hit the web is Batman: Death Wish, and like the best short features of the pack this one has an interesting hook. You can watch the 12-minute film here below.

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WTF? Nicolas Cage Once Sought By Joel Schumacher For What Would Have Been ‘Batman Triumphant’?
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Nicolas Cage

With hindsight being 20/20, the fact that a third film in the amazingly craptastic run of Batman films directed by Joel Schumacher seems laughable and unlikely. However, one must remember that there was indeed a third film planned.

Following Batman And Robin, Mark Protosevich had written a draft of a new film, Batman Triumphant, which would have seen the maligned filmmaker get back behind the camera for another take at the caped crusader.

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‘Source Code’ Writer Hired For ‘Flatliners’ Remake
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Flatliners

Sony has signed Ben Ripley, who wrote the screenplay for the Duncan Jones mind-bender Source Code, to pen a remake of the 1990 film Flatliners, which starred Kiefer Sutherland, Julia Roberts, Kevin Bacon, and William Baldwin.

The original Joel Schumacher film centered on a group of medical students conducting near-death experiments.

Laurence Mark will produce the new film, which Deadline reports will be “a contemporary reimagining.” Right, remake, exactly, except let me guess: the group uses the Internet — better yet, Facebook! — to conduct the experiments!

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Film Legend & ‘Batman’ Star Michael Gough Has Died
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Michael Gough

Sad news across the world for geeks today, as word has reached us that the wonderful actor, Michael Gough, has passed away. He was 94 years old. To most people, Michael Gough was well known for his role as Alfred Pennyworth in the 1990’s Batman movie series, beginning with Tim Burton’s Batman in 1989 and right through Joel Schumacher’s Batman & Robin in 1997.

However, this wasn’t Michael Gough’s first involvement in a franchise loved by geeks internationally. A very young Gough appeared as The Celestial Toymaker in Doctor Who back in 1965. The episode, The Celestial Toymaker, saw Gough act with the First Doctor William Hartnell. He would later appear with Fifth Doctor Peter Davison, playing a different role, in the episode Arc of Infinity.

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Blu-ray Deal: Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology
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The spotlight deal of the day over Amazon today is Batman: The Motion Picture Anthology on Blu-ray for only $52.49 (that’s 60% off the list price of $129.95).

The blu-ray set comes with the four Batman films that were released from 1989 to 1997: Tim Burton’s Batman and Batman Returns, and Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever and Batman & Robin.

Note, this deal is only for today (Wednesday, July 21, 2010) until midnight PST while supplies last.

See below for a rundown of the special features included in this set.

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DVD Review: Blood Creek
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Blood Creek DVDBlood Creek
Directed by Joel Schumacher
Starring Dominic Purcell, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender, Emma Booth
Lionsgate and Gold Circle Films
Release Date: January 19, 2010

Those Nazis were into some weird stuff, and despite being defeated 65 years ago, filmmakers are still finding ways to make them the villains. In the case of Blood Creek, the villain is a single Nazi, Professor Richard Wirth (Michael Fassbender), who travels to America prior to WWII in search of mysterious runestones. His search brings him to the farm of a German family in Town Creek, West Viriginia. Wirth, a student of the occult, finds what he’s looking for — an ancient runestone he believes holds the secret to immortality — but not before war breaks out.

Seventy years later, Victor Marshall (Dominic Purcell) disappears for nearly two years in the same town. When he reemerges in the middle of the night looking like a tortured caveman, he refuses to explain his absence to his brother Evan (Henry Cavill) and demands his help. Evan does as he is asked without getting the details. Personally, if my feared-dead brother suddenly reappeared after two years looking like he had been through hell and demanded I grab as much ammo as possible and follow him, I would probably ask a question or two.

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