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Thunder Bay (Blu-ray)
by Stuart Galbraith IV

The third of star James Stewart's seven collaborations with director Anthony Mann, Thunder Bay (1953) is, arguably, the least significant, but it is an entertaining if dated picture. Only this and The Glenn Miller Story (1954), their biggest hit, weren't Westerns, and Thunder Bay is practically a Western in modern dress. The film is also significant due to the manner in which it was initially released. More on that later.

Oil rig engineer Steve Martin (Stewart) is broke but has big dreams of building a spectacular rig off the Louisiana coast in the Gulf of Mexico. With similarly penniless partner Johnny Gambi (Dan Duryea), they convince oil company president Kermit "Mac" MacDonough (Jay C. Flippen) and his fussy adviser (Harry Morgan) to listen ...Read the entire review »


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Chokeslam (Blu-ray)
by Jesse Skeen

I've enjoyed Chris Marquette in movies like The Girl Next Door and Freddy Vs. Jason so he was the main reason I wanted to check this movie out where he plays one of the leading characters- Corey, stuck working at a deli ten years after high school and still living with his overbearing mom (Gwyneth Walsh). He's got a bit of a backstory that we gradually learn; basically he's been hurting ever since his high school girlfriend Sheena (Amanda Crew) rejected his marriage proposal at the end of the school year (never mind that's a bit too early to propose marriage to anyone.) Sheena aspired to be a professional wrestler and became one soon after graduating, known as "Smasheena". She then became famous for being overly violent and was eventually suspen...Read the entire review »

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